An eNewsletter for members of Phi Sigma Sigma
May 2013
In This Issue
2013-2015 SC Candidates
Always wearing your letters
$8,000 grant donated to FAIR Girls
UIFI Scholarship Winners Announced
New Microsite Designs
Philanthropy Video
Sister wins NHPW contest
Collegiate Chapter Donations

New Staff



The human resources committee is pleased to announce that Supreme Council has approved a new structure to enhance services to our chapters and members. 


Click here to read more about the Fraternity staff structure, as well as information regarding new job opportunities.  

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Stay in contact with your sisters over the summer! Remember: it is never too early to be planning for the fall semester. 

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I cannot believe the end of the semester is here - feels like this semester really flew by, doesn't it?  


For some of you, these are your last few weeks as an undergraduate student. Seniors, enjoy the time you are spending with your sisters before you enter into the next chapter of your life. I urge you all to cherish the time you are spending together as sisters.  

Before we know it, July 10-14, 2013 will be upon us, and hundreds of sisters will gather together to celebrate 100 years of sisterhood. I hope you will each join us that week - it is sure to be a once in a lifetime experience!


Within this last Phi Sig Savvy of the semester, you will see more information about each candidate nominated for our 2013-2015 Supreme Council, an exciting Phi Sigma Sigma technology announcement - one that is sure to help boost your online presence, a reminder that you are always wearing your letters, a story about a sister who helped donate an $8,000 grant to a local Washington, D.C. organization that helps prevent the exploitation of girls worldwide, Convention information and more.

Lastly, did you know Phi Sigma Sigma was as social media-savvy as we are? Be sure to find us on Instragram for our weekly "throwback Thursday" photos, follow us on Twitter for exciting chapter announcements and like us on Facebook to stay up to date on Fraternity news!

Reminder: please remember you may not "opt-out" of emails as a collegiate member.


Wishing you a great ending to your semester and, as always, Diokete Hupsala!


Michelle Ardern
Executive Director

Interested in Learning More About the SC Candidates?    

2013-2015 Supreme Council nominees share with us 


Each candidate was asked the following questions, "What do you feel should be the top three areas of focus for the fraternity? Why do you feel they should be a primary area of focus" and "How would you communicate the importance of the fraternity's strategic initiative to collegians that may not agree with them?"


Click here to view their answers. 

You Are Always Wearing Your Letters   

Reminding you to always be mindful of how you act with or without your letters on   


Recently, organizations and corporations have taken a close look at the images they portray both on and offline. Phi Sigma Sigma strongly encourages its members to do the same thing.


While we understand that groups of people are bound to have their differences, it is important to think before you act. We also recommend that you do not participate in online forums that encourage the exploitation of embarrassing moments where it is obvious that person was not thinking about the long-term effects of a short-term decision.


Whether you are wearing letters or not, we hope that our members live our motto and Aim High each day of their lives. As we prepare to celebrate 100 years of sisterhood, we encourage our members to reflect on the 10 women who fought so hard for our organization. 100 years later, do your actions make them proud? We hope your answer is always yes! 

University of Maryland Gives $8,000 to Local Cause  

Phi Sig spearheads University of Maryland donation to FAIR Girls 


Beta Alpha Chapter Archon Ally Sheinbaum (University of Maryland) took part in a very special project this spring in her philanthropy class.  She and her classmates were excited to impact the future with a grant to an organization(s) that exemplified the class-created mission statement.  Overall, the class was given $10,000 to donate to area non-profits.

Her group wrote a grant application for FAIR Girls, a Washington, D.C.-based organization devoted to preventing the exploitation of girls worldwide through empowerment and education.  Ally first learned about FAIR Girls at Phi Sigma Sigma's Leadership Conference in March. 


After reviewing several applications, conducting phone interviews and completing site visits to their top organizations, the class chose to give an $8,000 grant to FAIR Girls.  "FAIR Girls stood out to my class because it truly fit our mission statement," said Ally. "It was important to us that we would be able to see a direct impact. With the grant, FAIR Girls will be able to create an additional group, which will provide therapy for women." 

Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) Scholarship Winners Announced
Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation awards eight scholarships to collegiate sisters

UIFI is the premier undergraduate interfraternal leadership experience. It supports the principles of community, interfraternalism, leadership and creating positive change.   

  • 99% of the UIFI participants in 2012 indicated that they would recommend UIFI to a peer.
  • 95% indicated that they have seen continued personal growth as a result of UIFI. 

Each year, the Foundation supports UIFI by sponsoring Phi Sigma Sigma sisters. The number of amazing applicants, 22 this year, made the selection process especially difficult. Please join us in congratulating our eight winners:

  • Alyssa Bass, Iota Omicron Chapter at Capital University
  • Nicole Charpentier, Beta Upsilon Chapter at American University
  • Viviana Colin-Torres, Zeta Alpha Chapter at Woodbury University
  • Cheyenne Earle, Theta Iota Chapter at University of Michigan-Flint
  • Michelle Hurst, Theta Mu Chapter at California State University - Stanislaus
  • Alana Mello, Kappa Chapter at The George Washington University
  • Brittany Rhodes, Gamma Iota Chapter at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Kaitlyn Roose, Theta Gamma Chapter at Gannon University

We wish all of our recipients an awesome experience and safe travels to UIFI this summer! 

Announcing New Microsite Designs  

Phi Sigma Sigma microsite designs now available  


Phi Sigma Sigma is pleased to announce that the new designs for chapter microsites are now available. Click here to view a sample of this new template. The design comes with a choice of four color schemes for the masthead along with the ability to have a slide show with up to ten different slides on your home page.   


This new design also comes with some syndicated pages from Phi Sigma Sigma for topics such as PSS History, PSS Insignia and Mission, Vision & Creed.


Click here to view the microsite users guide.  

Foundation Philanthropy Video Coming in August
FREE resource for the upcoming school year

You asked, we answered! The Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation is producing a philanthropy video that will be available to all of our chapters in August at no cost.

This professionally produced 3-4 minute video will highlight the philanthropic efforts of the Foundation, with special emphasis on the impacts made by you, our donors, through leadership programming, scholarships and the Twin Ideals Fund. Released prior to the fall semester, the video will be a great resource for our chapters to share with potential new members during recruitment.

In addition, the video will serve as a powerful educational tool in helping our sisters and campus communities understand the powerful impacts our donors, through the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation, make for our members and the world around us. More information will follow for MRCs and chapter officers this summer!
Sister Wins National Hazing Prevention Week Poster Contest  
Iota Alpha Chapter member wins 2013 CAMPUSPEAK poster contest 

Congratulations to Anna-Shea Beeman from our Iota Alpha Chapter. Anna-Shea, a senior at Saginaw Valley State University studying Graphic Design, won the 2013 National Hazing Prevention Week CAMPUSPEAK Poster Contest.

"I have been blessed to be in an organization that does not condone hazing and ultimately, does not participate. Hazing happens in every kind of organization, not just Greek Life. That is what I wanted to portray in my posters. I wanted to include all the feelings that may be felt in a situation where one would be hazed. The "hazee," or the individual being hazed, can feel both mentally and physically abused. I have focused on three mental abuses (judged, forced, punished) and three physical abuses (deprived, abused, bruised)," said Anna-Shea.   

Click here
to view the entire anti-hazing campaign posters. 
Collegiate Chapter Donations On Track to Reach Record High! 
Phi Sigma Sigma sisters donate more than ever

So far, raising over $230,000 for the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation, our collegians are on track to break previous year fundraising records. WOW! These funds make a real difference - supporting the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) scholarships, Leadership Conference programming, Twin Ideals Fund disaster relief, as well as scholarships and need-based education grants for deserving sisters.


The Foundation board of directors thanks all of our collegians for aiming higher!