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Confessions of a Sigma-holic

  • Posted on March 17, 2015 at 12:03 pm

Hello, my name is Jackie and I’m a Sigma-holic…Jacqulyn King

In April, I will celebrate the 42nd anniversary of my initiation into our sisterhood. It has been one of the best decisions I have ever made, and one I have never regretted. So I’m feeling rather sentimental as I recall the beginnings of my Sigma journey, and I must confess that the road traveled has not always been a smooth one.

When I became a new member back in 1973, joining Tri Sigma was an easy choice. My roommate and I were transfer students living off campus, and knew very little about the sororities at Central Michigan University. I had worked with a young woman who was a sister of Alpha Sigma Alpha, and it is to her credit that I am a Tri Sigma today, because she explained how to participate in Panhellenic recruitment. Had it not been for Ann, I would not have known to watch in the campus newspaper for the advertisement inviting women to attend an information meeting that would kick off recruitment.

Ignorance was truly bliss for my roommate and I. Having no prior knowledge of the sororities on campus, allowed us to go through recruitment without any biases. We judged for ourselves as we proceeded through the process, and found our “Goldie Locks” group. Tri Sigma was not too big, not too small, and all the sisters were “just right”. We choose and were chosen.

Back then we were referred to as pledges, but I cannot say we were subjected to hazing. We were never made to feel that we might be “black balled”, and understood that there was much to learn about our sisterhood. The active sisters were very supportive and my pledge class had a blast! Initiation was amazing and will always be a special memory for me. Then came our first meeting.

“Shiny Badges” was our new title. This would be the last meeting before summer break, and we were so excited to be officially initiated members. However, we soon picked up on tension in the room. Our current membership was at 40 sisters, but we were losing 20 seniors to graduation. In just a few weeks our “Goldie Locks” sorority, would suddenly be “too small”. This prompted the apartment management corporation who owned our house to decide not to renew our lease. Added to this, our beloved advisor of 10 years informed us that she was retiring from that position. Everyone left the meeting in tears.

So began the blip on the Alpha Phi chapter’s membership chart that marks my time as an active there. Fortunately, an Alumna sister came to our rescue in regard to our house. She and her husband had downsized to another place, and offered to rent their family home to us. It was fully furnished and located within walking distance of campus. This became our house, which was beautifully decorated, oozing with charm. Although this was a huge plus for us, we still struggled.

Prior to “the blip” Alpha Phi had been named as National’s Chapter of the Year, and won numerous awards. We had a lot to live up to, and keenly felt that responsibility. Yet the Tri Sigma grapevine proved to be cruel, and harsh criticism from Alumnae would soon be picked up on our radar. I am sure these sisters were just frustrated, but to pass judgment without offering assistance only added to the problem. After all, the true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don’t know what to do. (Character Counts)

Some how the Alpha Phi chapter prevailed. Things didn’t happen over night, but we hung in there. The 70’s were a difficult decade for Greeks in general. Membership was down for all groups. Two sororities were closed while I was still on campus. Our core group of sisters stayed the course, and while I didn’t personally experience the turn around, one by one the chapter added wonderful new members, and Tri Sigma was back on top by the 1980’s.

My heart always goes out to struggling chapters. Please know that there is power in perseverance. The lesson my group learned was the importance of reaching out and inviting interested women to explore what Tri Sigma is all about. We had become too comfortable with formal recruitment and neglected to use Continuous Open Recruitment (COR) to build our membership back in our “Goldie Locks” days. Alpha Phi also reinvested in our Tri Sigma values by taking on service opportunities and projects. Potential members were invited to participate in these activities along with the chapter. It soon became clear that Tri Sigma was about more than just a good time. By changing the focus from us to others the chapter began to flourish. You can too.


Jacqulyn King (Alpha Phi) is a retired high school Library Media Specialist, and she and her husband Mark divide their time between homes in Michigan and Florida. She belongs to the West Michigan, Central Michigan and Southwest Florida Alumnae chapters. Her blog Confessions of a Sigmaholic runs the third Tuesday of every month.

Reading the Pages of our History: Who was Robbie?

  • Posted on March 11, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Linda Manley-Kuitu (Epsilon Rho)

As the Archives Committee organizes and catalogs old documents, they often find themselves paused in their archiving work, engrossed in a particular “golden find” within our history. One such document was the November 1951 issue of The Triangle, where committee member, Linda Manley-Kuitu (Epsilon Rho) came across an article detailing Robbie Page’s last days on this earth. A photograph she had never seen before, of Robbie and his mother, caught her eye. Sitting at the dining room table in the Walton House, surrounded with stacks of Triangle magazine issues, and wearing gloves to protect the delicate documents, Linda leaned back in her chair and read the story. It quickly drew her back in Tri Sigma’s time, making her oblivious to the other committee members working around her as she continued to read.

The Pages took their first vacation as a family to a cottage on the beach in late August of 1951 – just one week before Robbie would start kindergarten. The family of four would take long walks after supper to watch the sunset, with Robbie leading his small sister by the hand and dancing along at her side or collecting sea shells for her.

The family returned from their vacation on Labor Day and just a week later, Robbie attended his first day of kindergarten; nobody knowing it would be his last day as well because the next morning, Robbie woke up with a severe headache. The family doctor diagnosed it as the “three day grippe.” The next 48 hours involved violent nausea and a temperature of 103 degrees. That Thursday, after Robbie’s speech had become slurred, he was rushed by ambulance to Children’s Hospital where he was immediately placed on the “danger” list, put in isolation, and soon diagnosed with bulbar polio. Doctors connected him to an electro-phrenic respirator, an electrode that stimulates the nerve in the neck that controls the breathing action of the lungs. But on Saturday morning, his phrenic nerve gave way and he was then placed into an iron lung. The hospital finally let Robertson and Mary come to their child’s bedside. In addition to being inside a large metal canister, he had tubes in his mouth and nose and he was semi-conscious. Mary sat beside Robbie and sang songs to him. She and Robertson told Robbie how much they loved him and that he should sleep so that he would get well. That afternoon, Robbie’s condition had taken a grave turn. His temperature had gone up to 107 degrees. At 3:00 p.m., the doctors told Robertson and Mary that their son would not recover. One last effort, something that was given intravenously temporarily brought his temperature down to 103 degrees; but then it shot back up again. The nerves in the brain controlling his body’s temperature had been destroyed. Robbie died sometime between seven o’clock and eight o’clock that evening.

Linda had tears in her eyes at this point of the article, knowing her own daughter had just started kindergarten the month before, and not even being able to imagine the great pain in Mary and Robertson’s hearts as parents. Tri Sigma’s national social service effort took on an entirely new and deeper meaning when the Robbie Page Memorial was started with just eighty cents from Robbie’s own savings passbook account. Within three months, the RPM Fund had grown to over $1,000 and in two years, over $12,000 had been raised. In 1955, news of the Salk vaccine trials was announced to the world and a nationwide inoculation campaign began. Mary remained as Tri Sigma’s National President during that entire time and even the triennium after that.

Is Everyone Wearing Panties? A Princess in Panties.

  • Posted on March 6, 2015 at 12:08 pm

By: Molly Molly Schroeder SteadmanSchroeder Steadman

If you are a regular reader you know, we recently completed a visit to the Magic Kingdom. We had a blast and the kiddos did great. The highlight for my girls was lunch with the Princesses. I have a love/hate thing going with Mr. Disney’s stable of lovelies.

I loved the look on the girls faces when I showed them their crowns and the fairy dust I hid in my suitcase and surprised them with. I hated hearing my girls talk about how one princess was more beautiful than the other, and consequently more beloved.
I loved that the princesses visited our table and were kind and gracious and made my girls feel so special. I hate how the movies demonstrate a passive heroine that waits for her prince to come.
I love that Cinderella and her gal pals posed for pictures and signed our photo matt and helped make a memory to treasure. I hate that this princess mania has gripped my house and apparently Mickey’s and shows no sign of retreating.
I am anti-Barbie; we watch shows about women veterinarians; my diplomas are hanging up next to my husbands. I stay home and the kids know I have the best job in the world. So how do I reconcile my mighty girl power parenting with the Little Mermaid, a girl that traded her voice so a boy would like her? Cinderella married a guy after one meeting and he didn’t know her name and wouldn’t recognize her in a line up. And the favorite our house? Aurora met her prince on her 16th birthday. Not a great example for a household that encourages its young people to finish graduate school before there is any talk about serious dating!
Is it crazy to want to limit their exposure to Walt’s way of thinking? Do I deny them the magic and the fancy dresses and the fancy shoes? It’s a bit like closing the barn door after the horse has left but I am as torn as Cinderella’s dress before the ball.
And if you haven’t been to the Magic Kingdom lately you may not recognize the place. Dinner at Belle’s castle is booked months in advance. Character meals run hundreds of dollars and the line to meet Elsa and Anna was 4 hours long. Gone are the days where you stumble over a princess while walking from the Dumbo to the Teacups. Each major princess has her own special alcove and little princesses of all ages stand in the Florida sun for their photo and two minutes with royalty. I am not sure I like the changes, although to be fair, nobody asked me.
But I am asking you! Did you suffer a bout of princess madness as a child or did your mother have you vaccinated? And those with little legacies of their own, do you  Disney? Leave word in the comments I read them all!
Molly Schroeder Steadman (Chi) is a former chapter officer, local and national sorority volunteer, and National Headquarters employee. She recently moved back to Kansas with her husband and three children. Join her in supporting the future of Tri Sigma with regular donations to the Foundation, preferably the Chi Scholarship fund. Her blog, “Is everybody wearing panties?”, runs the first Friday of every month. Values aren’t something you are born wearing; like your panties, you have to put them on every day before you leave the house.

My Initiation Story

  • Posted on March 1, 2015 at 12:14 pm

By: Kaye SchendelKayeSchendel

I was initiated into the Gamma Phi Chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls on January 29, 1976. I recall the day as being very cold. My chapter held their initiation ceremony in the basement of the Lutheran church right across the street from campus. I remember walking across the street in my white dress and being so excited about becoming an initiated member of the chapter. Back then we were called pledges and I just knew that this day was going to be one to remember. As I sat waiting with my other pledge sisters I recall us talking about the decision we made and how excited we were to be initiated.

I recall the actual initiation ceremony as something that I was in awe of and thought it to be very mysterious. I remember the Greek that is spoken during the ceremony as something I did not truly understand and it wasn’t until the next quarter when we initiated again that I think I truly came to understand the meaning of the ritual. After hearing it several more times, I think I came to understand what it means to be true sisters, bound together by values that have such significance and meaning.

I recall getting my badge and being so excited to wear it. I truly treasure that badge and it really is my favorite. I have a couple other badges – one for being National President and the other from the first time I served on Executive Council – but it is my Gamma Phi badge that means the most to me.

Immediately following initiation we had a big celebration. Our National Collegiate Chair, Jan Gibis Zeipen was there as were several other alumnae. They brought out all the silver and made cherries  jubilee for the entire group. Imagine how excited we all were when they lit the dish on fire as is customary with making cherries jubilee! We thought we were really something special because we had a flaming dessert! Fast forward a few years and I am traveling as a consultant for Tri Sigma and attending my first initiation ceremony on the road. I recall asking the women who was making the cherries jubilee as I thought that was a part of everyone’s initiation!

Our Sigma values are truly what ground me, are what I use daily as a focal point in my life, have become so internalized in who I am, and have great meaning to me. I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t think about them or a piece of the ritual.

Confessions of a Sigma-holic

  • Posted on February 19, 2015 at 12:01 pm

Hello, my name is Jackie and I’m a Sigma-holic…Jacqulyn King

Here we are in the middle of February, a month our country has set aside to commemorate the achievements of African Americans and the struggle for civil rights.  As a Sigma, I confess that I know very little about the history of our own controversies concerning the diversification of our membership.

There is a part of me that would like to believe that our sisterhood has always been what it is today, with our emphasis being on friendship, character, and conduct. That the only color we have ever seen is only purple, but we know this was not always the case. Just as the United States has had to rectify past mistakes, so has Tri Sigma. Change is never easy, and tempers surly flared at the time, but thank heaven reason prevailed and exclusionary practices ended.

Diversity in our membership has enriched our sisterhood, allowing Tri Sigmas to understand different points of view and appreciate various cultures. This prepares sisters to more effectively function and contribute in today’s global society.

So while it is true that skeletons of segregation hang in our closet, I am so grateful that Tri Sigma has evolved to embrace Dr. King’s dream, in which our sisters are not judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.


Jacqulyn King (Alpha Phi) is a retired high school Library Media Specialist, and she and her husband Mark divide their time between homes in Michigan and Florida. She belongs to the West Michigan, Central Michigan and Southwest Florida Alumnae chapters. Her blog Confessions of a Sigmaholic runs the third Tuesday of every month.

Is everybody wearing panties? The Disney Version

  • Posted on February 6, 2015 at 12:05 pm

By: Molly Molly Schroeder SteadmanSchroeder Steadman

My long suffering husband and I are taking our kids to Disney World this month. It’s the kid’s first trip to the house of mouse and my sweet girls have been abducted by aliens and in their place are Drusilla and Anastasia. It is full on princess central around here; the gowns, the shoes, the jewels. I can’t make it across the house without tripping over some frilly bit of fairy tale nonsense.

And I am excited, it will be a blast for them, for all of us. But there is just something about multi-state travel with all of these kids that may just make me a little nuts. (Really not that much of a stretch most days…) I am going to remember to pack my values and my panties. Here are just a few Disney World mines I will need to avoid:

We are on vacation, don’t nickel and dime it to death. It is possible that this trip to the Happiest Place on Earth may also coincide with our trip to the Most Expensive Place on Earth. Are you kidding me? The cost of one meal with Cinderella is roughly my entire week’s grocery budget. The hotel costs more than my first car. Here’s the thing, when I was a child, I too was cursed by an evil fairy. Unlike Aurora, my curse gave me wildly expensive taste, a sense of thriftiness that would put a depression era housewife to shame. I reuse zip top bags, butter wrappers and the bags the newspaper comes in. We cut coupons, shop at thrift stores and all of my couture clothes come from the outlets. With that in mind, you know how hard it will be to go ahead and let the kids eat while we are there.

The second land mine is anger. Vacation is supposed to be a joyful and happy time. I can’t let my anger and resentment for Walt get the best of me. Oh I know plenty of women who are hung up on that whole Prince Charming thing, but my beef with him is different; I don’t care that he lied about my prince being perfect. (He’s not!) I am more upset about forest creatures and their unwillingness to clean my house. I have 3 kids under 5, a husband that literally grew up in a barn and 15 acres of dirt and mud just waiting to attach to everything I own. Where are the little blue birds doing the mending? Where did Gus Gus and Jack scamper off to; it’s time to make breakfast? On laundry day, I would settle for a couple of dwarves or a flying carpet. But what do I get? Two 4 year olds who fold towels because it builds character, not because they have any sort affinity for the undertaking.

I think if I can keep those two, let’s call them character flaws, under my mouse ears, the trip might make memories that will last a lifetime. It better, I will be paying off the Amex for at least that long.

Molly Schroeder Steadman (Chi) is a former chapter officer, local and national sorority volunteer, and National Headquarters employee. She recently moved back to Kansas with her husband and three children. Join her in supporting the future of Tri Sigma with regular donations to the Foundation, preferably the Chi Scholarship fund. Her blog, “Is everybody wearing panties?”, runs the first Friday of every month. Values aren’t something you are born wearing; like your panties, you have to put them on every day before you leave the house.

Dust, Dolls and Documents

  • Posted on February 4, 2015 at 12:01 pm

Over Columbus Day Weekend, the Archives Committee and a few Sigma volunteers from around the country visited the Walton House to really get into the archival collection and get organized. Volunteers and committee members cleaned jewelry, set up a doll hospital to repair damaged dolls, and organized important Tri Sigma documents.

One of the greatest accomplishments from the weekend was creating an inventory of every loose issue of the Triangle.

Committee members and volunteers completed the inventory every issue of the Triangle. While organizing and boxing the Triangles may not seem too exciting, they discovered amazing stories – like the announcement of the Robbie Page Memorial Fund – and [carefully!] flipped through a 1905 issue.

They set up a mini “doll hospital and spa” to clean up the dolls and get them ready for their photo shoot. Some dolls did not have photographs, so stay tuned as the Committee starts posting the photos on social media. Did you know that Barbies begin to look sweaty over time? As the plastic degrades it gets sticky and looks like Barbie has just come from an intense workout! The committee is working on a plan to restore the current dolls, and set guidelines and recommendations for new dolls added to the collection. We want to ensure that future generations of Sigmas will see their dolls in all their sparkly and beautiful glory!

Many of the volunteers spent time cataloging, photographing, and cleaning the jewelry displayed in the Memorial Room. The beautiful pieces included badge boxes, pledge pins, and Executive Council badges and rings. Check out the next Triangle issue for a feature on some of the convention favors they found!

One of the dirtier projects of the weekend had volunteers in the basement pulling files out of cabinets for proper storage in archival boxes on the first floor. All of Mabel Lee Walton’s files are now safe and sound upstairs – we can’t wait to see what’s in there! Sisters also went on a mini scavenger hunt to track down and organized all the history books and Triangles spread throughout the house. During the hunt, they went through all the nooks and crannies of the house, finding amazing treasures – like Mary Hastings Page’s framed member certificate – in drawers and cabinets.

It was these treasures unexpectedly found throughout the Walton House that made the weekend special. Sisters found amazing pieces from over a century ago: the 1904 college scrapbook, complete with full dance cards of Emily Walton, sister of Mable Lee and mother of Mary Hastings; a 1900 yearbook with signatures of our founders; and Alpha Chapter’s first New Member Signature book [pictured].


These treasures showed the committee how important it is to continue restoring and preserving our archival collection. As we move closer to the 50th Anniversary of the Walton House, our committee will continue to ready the archives so that Sigmas can enjoy our history at the Anniversary and every year forward.

Take the Chance and Mentor the Future of Tri Sigma

  • Posted on January 27, 2015 at 12:02 pm

By Lindsay ManuzIMG_4855

Imagine one weekend away that changes your perspective. Imagine one weekend being surrounded by not only the future of Tri Sigma, but wonderful and wise alumnae. Imagine one weekend that you will never forget. If I could express anything from that weekend, it is that Dunham will transform your outlook on Tri Sigma, but also life.

If you’ve been to the Dunham Woman of Character Institute in the past, it’s a weekend long journey that makes you think through and understand the values instilled in our sisterhood and how to become the best woman of character you can be. You have a short weekend to really dig deep and you have the amazing opportunity to be surrounded by sisters from all over the nation that are doing the exact same thing along side you. You experience this instant click with your group, almost as if you’ve known them for years. You have this opportunity to talk about the journey you have encountered within Tri Sigma and what you are taking back from the weekend. But most importantly, you fall even deeper in love with the sisterhood of Sigma Sigma Sigma.

Becoming a mentor for this weekend, you have the short opportunity to be a role model, leader and a friend to a younger generation of Tri Sigma. You carry out the wisdom and power that you gained from your own experience and pass it on to the new emerging leaders. You help give them the confidence they need to believe that they can achieve anything in this chapter. Being a mentor, you have the opportunity to reflect on all the experiences Tri Sigma has offered you, and how you value this sisterhood.
If you are even contemplating about applying to be a mentor, take the leap of faith and just do it. This is an opportunity that can’t be missed. It reiterates the Woman of Character you not only want to have for yourself, but for the future of Tri Sigma.


Lindsay (Alpha Phi) is a senior, studying Public Health and Childhood Development. She joined Tri Sigma in Fall 2012 and has been in love ever since.  Tri Sigma helped her recognize her leadership capabilities and gave her the confidence boost she needed to be successful.  Lindsay is embracing the unknown as her graduation date nears. She loves all things sweet and purple.

My Experience as a Collegiate Mentor at the Dunham Women of Character Institute

  • Posted on January 20, 2015 at 12:07 pm

By: Rachel FenskeRachel Fenske

We who receive much, must give much. As a Tri Sigma, I hear that line often. It wasn’t until last year, when I served as a collegiate mentor for the Dunham Women of Character Institute that those words came full circle.

My experience with Dunham goes beyond my time as a mentor. When I joined Tri Sigma in the Spring of 2012, I was given the chance to attend Dunham. I had no idea what I was getting myself into and didn’t know what to expect. What came to be was a weekend that inspired me beyond words. It spurred my ambitions in Sigma, and pushed me to apply for an open position on Honor Council in my chapter, which eventually led to being elected onto Officer Board to which I served two terms. It was Dunham that sparked my love of national programming, and helped me find the desire to attend Convention, Officer Academy and to apply (and eventually be accepted and attend) the Labyrinth Leadership Experience.

It was because of my experience with Dunham the first time, that when the opportunity arose to be a collegiate mentor, I didn’t hesitate to apply. I knew that my Sigma experience could have been drastically different without Dunham, and I wanted to help others start their leadership journey.

That was exactly what being a mentor did for me. I was around newly-initiated Sigmas, listening to their ideas, watching conversations ignite passions. I watched as their knowledge of our organization grew and as they frantically took down notes to bring back to their chapter. It was like looking in a mirror-seeing other women gain so much from the conference that gave me so much. I left the weekend with my heart full of hope for those young women, knowing that their Sigma journey was just beginning.

I would encourage anyone who is interested to apply to be a mentor at Dunham. You will help mold and shape sister’s futures in their chapters and nationally. You will learn so much yourself! You will make new friendships and bonds with the other mentors and the attendees at your table. You will leave Dunham feeling whole, happy, and filled with Sigma love. You will receive much, while giving much. Dunham is a special conference that holds a dear place in my heart, apply to be a mentor and I know it will find a place into your heart too.


Hi! I’m Rae, and I am a recent graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato where I studied Sociology and Non-Profit Leadership. I have recently entered the workforce and am excited to join an Alumna chapter and continue my life-long Sigma journey!

Confessions of a Sigma-holic

  • Posted on January 15, 2015 at 12:08 pm

Hello, my name is Jackie and I’m a Sigma-holic…Jacqulyn King

As a confessed Sigma-holic, I’m obviously obsessed with all things Tri Sigma, but I recently discovered something that I confess… I found disappointing.

Recently, I was perusing a copy of Essential Sigma, which is the manual used in Tri Sigma’s new member education program.  I am fiercely proud of this resource.  The sisters who developed this curriculum did an outstanding job, and it certainly deserves all the acclaim and awards bestowed.  Yet, I found something missing that I consider essential.

When reading the section dealing with Alumnae Membership, I discovered there is no mention of the Golden Violet Award.  This book explains there are Alumnae Opportunities such as Alumnae Chapter membership, serving as a Key Alumna, or being a member of a Collegiate Advisory Board or Housing Corporation.  It also points out there are opportunities to participate in Alumnae Panhellenic associations, and to become a National Officer of Tri Sigma.  Even when discussing Alumnae Recognition, the Golden Violet, the very symbol of a sister remaining Faithful Unto Death, was not listed. What an unfortunate oversight.

Not wanting to nit pick, I hesitated to write about this.  Times change and it is important to keep an open mind.  However, when a younger sister mentioned that she had no idea what a Golden Violet was until she attended a National Convention, I felt compelled to speak up. As a collegiate member, I was always taught that we should all strive to become Golden Violets, is this no longer the case?

In searching for current information published by Tri Sigma concerning the Golden Violet Award, I found this definition on page 414, of the Appendix of Ever Forward Sigma Sigma Sigma: Over a Century of Sisterhood 1898-2010:

            “The Golden Violet Award is awarded to a member who has been an

            alumna for 50 years and who has given service and financial support

            to Tri Sigma.  She shall have paid her lifetime dues or annual national

            dues for 20 years or more.  She must be nominated [by an Alumnae or

            Collegiate Chapter] to receive this award.”

Following this explanation, Golden Violet recipients were listed under their collegiate chapters.  Although I was grateful to find this information, it was buried in the Appendix, and did little to justify the significance of this award.

I suspect that many sisters are under the impression that the Golden Violet is simply a pin presented to sisters upon the 50th anniversary of their initiation into Tri Sigma. This is a huge misconception. It has been my privilege to see eight incredible members of the West Michigan Alumnae Chapter receive their Golden Violet.  These sisters exemplify what it means to be a steadfast Tri Sigma, who is also involved with, and contributes to her community. The Golden Violet is an award sisters earn, not just become. Shouldn’t it be “essential” that Sigma sisters aspire to be eligible for nomination, when their time comes?

Jacqulyn King (Alpha Phi) is a retired high school Library Media Specialist, and she and her husband Mark divide their time between homes in Michigan and Florida. She belongs to the West Michigan, Central Michigan and Southwest Florida Alumnae chapters. Her blog Confessions of a Sigmaholic runs the third Tuesday of every month.