Chapter History

The University of Pittsburgh
The First Chapter of Cwens

On November 3, 1922, Elizabeth Zeigler and Jean Ballou of the Class of 1925, and Thyrsa W. Amos, Dean of Women, discussed informally the advisability of organizing a sophomore honor society for women leaders of student activities at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1920, a chapter of Druids, a sophomore honor society for men, had been installed at the University, and this had raised the question of a similar society for women. Miss Amos suggested that the question be referred for final decision to women of the sophomore class active in the various undergraduate organizations for women.

These leaders were then notified that there would “be a meeting of all sophomore girls interested in promoting freshman and sophomore scholarship and activities in the Heinz House, Tuesday, November 7, 1922, at 12:30 o’clock.” It was agreed that such a society ought not be given a Greek letter name, but like Druids, have a name that would “stand out because it was different.” It was agreed also that sincere effort must be made by such a society “to foster activities for all freshman and sophomore women” and to select for membership in the spring of the freshman year those freshmen who displayed the finest Pitt spirit, showed good scholarship, and expressed interest in activities through fine participation in them. Elizabeth Zeigler then moved that “this group present proceed to form an organization for sophomore women leaders and elect temporary officers.” The motion was carried unanimously. Agnes Hewitt was elected temporary chairman, and Jean Ballou, temporary officer. The motion was carried unanimously.

Agnes Hewitt then took the chair and Miss Amos took her place as member of the group. Upon request, Miss Amos acted as administrative advisor also. On Friday, November 17, reports were given and action taken on some of them. The Committee on Name reported that they had gone to Anglo-Saxon and Sanskrit sources for names. The Committee proposed three names: Cwens, Anglo-Saxon, meaning “lady” or “queen”; Sanskrit for “bond” or “band”; Witan, Anglo-Saxon for “leaders” or “wise men”. The emblems suggested were: a tiny branch of mistletoe to be done in green and white enamel; a crown resting upon a scepter to be done in gold; a circlet of green enamel mistletoe leaves surrounding a monogram of gold letters indicating the name of the society. After much discussion, “Cwens” was chosen as the name, and the scepter and crown as the emblem. The first members of this society were:

  • Jean G. Ballou                      
  • Agnes T. Hewitt
  • Elizabeth Highberger
  • Louise M. Hoge
  • Theresa Kahn
  • Frances M. Koenig
  • Stella Mulligan
  • Mildred Pickrell
  • Margaret Porch
  • Elizabeth D. Seville
  • Sarah M. Stoughton
  • Elizabeth G. Zeigler

In the spring of 1976, thirty-six women were initiated into the National Society of Cwens. These women were:

  • Celeste D. Barringer
  • Ellen R. Nord (Corresponding Secretary)
  • Cynthis L. Obetz
  • Rozlyn M. Berty
  • Maryellen Orcutt (Ritual Chairman)
  • Linda Percy
  • Judith L. Chappel
  • Marie Ribik
  • Carmelita T. Civitarese
  • Katherine A. Rockar (Recording Secretary)
  • Linda S. Roll
  • Rosemary J. Colecchia
  • Karen J. Roney
  • Janice Crain
  • Elsie Sauer
  • Aloise E. Dumbovich
  • Debra L. Shufler
  • Cheryl L. Gallagher (Historian)
  • Stacie Gaynor
  • Mary Sisak
  • Ann C. Hansen
  • Jane V. Smith
  • Lauran Hausdorff (Diamond Editor)
  • Caryn J. Hirsh
  • Kathy A. Starry
  • Carol Levenson
  • Joyce Tasillo
  • Judith A. Lynn
  • Kim M. Vercamen (President)
  • Nancy J. Vido
  • Anita D. McAtee (Vice President)
  • Alexis Megaludis
  • Phyllis Woodard (Treasurer)
  • Eleonora M. Zych
  • Mary Moran
  • Melanie Moyer

In June of 1976, we were notified of Title IX and that we must reorganize and admit male members. This was a difficult task set before us since we ourselves were new to the organization. During the summer the newly elected officers started initiating future goals for the new organization Lambda Sigma. A list of eligible male members was obtained and the selection process took place. Twenty-six male members were initiated. A first annual banquet of the Alpha Chapter of Lambda Sigma was held in their honor. Since officers had already been elected, two positions were temporarily created so that male members could be represented on the executive board. The new members were as follows:

  • Daniel D. Abrams
  • Christopher A. Maranuk
  • Thomas Bonavita
  • Mark W. Morrissey
  • Richard B. Charny
  • Robert Moulton
  • Tab H. Crooks
  • Robert E. Mowder
  • Scott H. Davidson
  • Kurt Nellis
  • James Ditaranto
  • Harry V. Patchin
  • Martin J. Geisler, Jr. (Executive Board Member)
  • Joseph E. Ross
  • David J. Hesidence
  • Thomas Schauble
  • Gordon R. Iben
  • Dan A. Sciullo
  • Geoffrey Joseph
  • David Tepper
  • Martin Klanchar
  • Astrophel C. Tiburcio
  • Charles Kunkle
  • Rick E. Wagner
  • David Mann
  • Arthur D. Wong

The Miami University
The Second Society of Cwens

In November, 1924, two years after the founding of the Cwens society at the University of Pittsburgh, an inquiry was sent to Dean Elizabeth Hamilton of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, by Thyrsa W. Amos, concerning the possibility of organizing a Cwens society at Miami. Dean Hamilton replied on November 5, 1924, saying: “We do not at present have an organization of sophomore girls at Miami, but I can see that such an organization might be very serviceable. We should be glad to organize a group and put them in touch with some national movement.” In reply, Dean Amos suggested that Dean Hamilton send her “the name of one of your outstanding sophomore girls. I will have the president of Cwens write to her: then if your sophomore girl likes the idea, she can pass it on to the other girls.”

On November 20, Dean Hamilton sent the name of Kathryn Patterson. Then began a correspondence between her and Jeannette McClure, Extension Chairman of the Pitt Chapter, in which Miami was invited to use the name Cwens for its organization. On January 16, 1925, Dean Hamilton wrote.” We have a wonderfully fine, strong group of sophomore girls and are taking steps to select them carefully and to form an organization.”

On April 6, 1925, she reported that Mortar Board had assisted her in the final organization of the Cwens society on the Miami campus. She inquired about Cwens colors and pin, and asked if the Pitt group would be willing for Miami to use them. The reply authorized Miami to use the crimson and silver as colors, and the crown and scepter pin. At this time, she said Miami would be glad to be hostess to an intercollegiate conference of sophomore honor societies. The following seventeen sophomore girls were charter members of the Miami Cwens:

  • Mildred Angle
  • Mildred Schiller
  • Frances Eaton
  • Dorothy Smelker
  • Catherine Ellis
  • Elizabeth St. John
  • Mildred Engle
  • Doris Wetzel
  • Julia Glover
  • Jeannette White
  • Margarette Holcomb
  • Susan Wine
  • Virginia Newman
  • Alice Young
  • Kathryn Patterson
  • Florence Zehring
  • Barbara Rehberg

The University of Missouri
The Third Society of Cwens

On October 30, 1924, Dean Bessie Leach Priddy, Dean of Women, University of Missouri, in reply to an inquiry of Dean Amos concerning an organization for sophomore women, wrote, “There is no organization of sophomore girls on this campus similar to Mortar Board for seniors. Our sophomore girls are organized, however, and operate through what is known as the Sophomore Women’s Cabinet. Miss Frances Wayne Allen is president of the sophomore class.”

On November 26, 1924, Jeannette McClure, Extension Chairman of the Pitt Cwens, wrote to Frances Wayne Allen asking if she was interested in the organization of a national honor society for sophomore women. In her response of January 8, 1925, Miss Allen said she had read Miss McClure’s letter to the Cabinet, and they were much interested in the proposal. “Perhaps,” she continued, “you would be interested in knowing about our organization. It is an outgrowth of `Freshman Commission’, another organization that began primarily as junior workers in the Y.W.C.A. The members of `Freshman Commission’ were chosen by the faculty, judging each girl’s record in activities and grades during her high school life.

This club of freshman girls was limited to one member from each sorority and three non-sorority girls. The Sophomore Cabinet had been an organization here three years ago – 1921 – but had ceased to exist. Our Freshman Commission believed that there was a need for re-establishing a sophomore organization. Those who were still in school then used Freshman Commission as a nucleus and selected other sophomore girls according to their grades, interests, and activities of the previous year. We had twenty members who accomplished several worthwhile things this year, mainly, the organization of freshman women.
Note: Gamma Chapter is now inactive.

Pennsylvania State College
The Fourth Chapter of Cwens

In October, 1924, an inquiry was sent to Dean Charlotte Ray of Pennsylvania State College, asking about a sophomore honor society for women there. Dean Ray replied that Penn State had no such organization. Jeannette McClure, Extension Chairman, wrote in November and December giving details of the Cwens society. Dean Ray expressed interest but felt that the time was not “quite yet” for a sophomore activities society.

In answer to an invitation to send a delegate to a conference in May, 1925, she wrote, “Our girls have a great interest in promoting activities, but they do not feel that we have yet any need for such an organization. There may be a time when circumstances will make it very desirable for us to have such a society. We shall notify you when we reach the point of a new organization.”

In 1927, Penn State sent a delegate, Helen Faust, to the convention at Pittsburgh. Dean Ray wrote, “This seems a suitable time for us to attempt to do something in the way of an honorary activities society for sophomores.” On May 21,the following ten sophomore women, with the approval of Dean Ray, M. Ellen Burkholder, President of the Women’s Self Government Association, Marie Haidt, faculty member, and Esther R. Frank, the retiring president of W.S.G.A., petitioned the Student Welfare Committee of Pennsylvania State College for recognition as an honorary activities fraternity.

  • Eleanor Dutton
  • Delia Myer
  • Helen F. Faust
  • A. Pauline Myers (President)
  • Mabel A. Thomas
  • Louise H. Fitz (Secretary-Treasurer)
  • Caroline S. Haller
  • Grace Woodrow (Vice President)
  • Edna May Yoke
  • Janice L. Kauffman

These members held the following offices in extra-curricular activities at Penn State: all the class offices for the sophomore year; one or two Y.W.C.A. cabinet members, a member of the Senate (W.S.G.A); treasurer of W.S.G.A.; and other memberships on the Customs Committee (W.S.G.A.). The petition said in part that the organization wished “to be known as Cwens. The group are made up of girls who have been outstanding during their freshman year for scholarship, personality, and participation in activities and were chosen by Dean Ray, Miss Haidt, and the retiring and newly elected presidents of the Women’s Self Government Association from lists sent in by instructors, leaders of activities, and class officers.” Dean Charlotte Ray and Gertrude Toewe were named as honorary members. Upon acceptance as an activity on the Penn State campus, the chapter was installed as a member of the National Society of Cwens on June 4, 1927, by national officers and members from the Alpha Chapter.
Note: Delta Chapter is now inactive.

Allegheny College
The Fifth Chapter of Cwens

Epsilon Chapter at Allegheny College, Meadville, PA, was founded in the spring of 1927, following correspondence between Dean Wren Staley, Dean Amos, and Jeannette McClure. Under the leadership of Dean Staley, a committee of faculty women selected secretly ten outstanding freshman women. They were: Elizabeth Bunner, Martha Langworthy, Laura Byers, Elizabeth Schieck, Marjorie Cole, Margaret Snee, Ida Hammond, Margaret Squieres, Thelma Karlen, and Sarah Wakefield.

They were chosen as the most representative freshman leaders. Dean Staley had received permission of the national president to use the name Cwens, because she wished this new group to be affiliated as quickly as possible with the National Society of Cwens. One night “after hours”, so the record goes, when all of the students were in the dormitory, the girls who had been chosen were called downstairs to Dean Staley’s apartment in the dormitory. They were told about the National Society of Cwens, and that they had been chosen as Cwens at Allegheny. It came as a total surprise and brought a pleasure which most of them consider “one of the outstanding experiences of their college lives.”

This is the only chapter that had its beginning in a tapping ceremony. The Allegheny Cwens sent delegates to the national convention at Pittsburgh, May 10, 1927, where they petitioned the national society for recognition. This was given, and in the fall of 1927, the Allegheny Cwens were installed in the national society as Epsilon Chapter. Installation took place in the “Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority rooms on the fourth floor of Hulings Hall” and was conducted by the national officers and the Cwens from the Alpha Chapter at Pitt.

Quickly responding to Title Nine, the Epsilon Chapter of Cwens succeeded in providing a smooth transition to the Epsilon Chapter of the Lambda Sigma Society. Selection of new members included a vote by the members of their class, an evaluation of their extra-curricular activities and their cumulative grade report and interaction with members of the Selection Committee (Cwens, faculty members and student leaders) at a Make-Your-Own-Sundae were notified of their acceptance through the mail.

Muskingum College
The Sixth Chapter of Cwens

Cwens, a sophomore women’s honorary, disbanded in 1976 because of the Title IX regulations of 1972. In its place a new honor society including sophomore men and women was formed. On March 6, 1976, the Lambda Sigma Society came into being. At their first national convention at Westminster College, October 24-26, 1976, the national officers were elected. They are as follows:

  • Jane Harmon, President
  • Mary Ann Allen, Vice President
  • Wendy Wells, Recording Secretary
  • J.J. Uluch, Publications Editor

Following the national organization, the Cwens at Muskingum College which was chartered in 1927 was disbanded and the Zeta Chapter of Lambda Sigma Society was begun! The following students were tapped April 9, 1976, and inducted into membership April 19,1976, to become the charter members of the organization.

  • Barbara Bauer
  • Andy Liggett
  • Barbara Bell
  • Don Mason
  • Frank Cappetta
  • Ron Mazeroski
  • Lyndon Christman
  • Molly Mock
  • Leslie Conger
  • Linda Mokay
  • Susan Douglass
  • Larry Overmire
  • Judy Falcsik
  • Matthew Palmer
  • Susan Fellows
  • Kevin Peck
  • Kay Fischer
  • Steve Porter
  • Pamula Gruzinski
  • John Robinett
  • Douglas Henshaw
  • Nancy Shearer
  • David Hobart
  • Shelly Skvoretz
  • Dana Horton
  • Sharon Snode
  • Patricia Jenkins
  • Dean Turner
  • Terry Kelley
  • Melanie Warren
  • John Lee
  • Joyce Westerkamp (President)

Carnegie-Mellon University
The Seventh Chapter of Cwens

In December, 1927, Dean Thyrsa Amos, in answer to a letter from Dean Mary Watson Green of Carnegie Institute of Technology, inquiring about Cwens, said, “I am enclosing a little material on Cwens. As you know, it is an honorary sophomore society, and the girls are chosen for scholarship, leadership, and personality. It corresponds very much to Mortar Board of the senior year, and Druids, the men’s honorary sophomore fraternity.” During December, 1927, Margaret Wegeley, Katherine H. Anderson and Dean Green worked together to organize a sophomore honorary. In the beginning of the year, the following girls of the freshman class were selected to form the new society.

  • Sally Beatty
  • Isabel Levin
  • Ruth Buckwaiter
  • Ruth Lieberman (President)
  • Doris Mather
  • Grace L. Borgerding
  • Gladys Mitchell
  • Ann G. Dickinson
  • Jane Moses
  • Faith Hanna
  • Helen Mylrea (Secretary-Treasurer)
  • Eleanor Lemon (Vice President)
  • Elsa Weber

On November 13, 1926, the Carnegie Tech Student Council recognized the new group called Acleas as an honor society for sophomore women. On March 19, 1929, Dean Mary Watson Green and others recommended Acleas to the National Society of Cwens. A delegate from Acleas attended the national convention at Pennsylvania State College on March 22, 23, and 24, 1929. The convention received Acleas and designated it as prospective Eta Chapter.

On May 2, 1929, Acleas was installed as Cwens, Eta Chapter. Miss Margaret Wegeley and Dean Green were made honorary members. In the spring of 1976, Eta Chapter decided to reorganize and admit male students, following the recommendation of the National Society of Cwens. Those selected to be the first members of the new Eta Chapter of Lambda Sigma were:

  • Jean Monica Becker
  • Stephen H. Montgomery
  • Roberta Chin
  • Caryl B. Moskowitz
  • Andrea Cummis (Vice President)
  • Joan Cunningham
  • Deirdre Mullan
  • Linda Annette Deak
  • John M. Perlich, Jr.
  • L. Lisa deSandes
  • Rita Jane Rettger
  • Lynn D. Dewees
  • Paulette Gail Rosner
  • Laurie Ann Fedigan
  • Paul Frederick Sacher
  • Louis John Giovannini
  • Michele Maria Scalzitti
  • Robert A. Harris (Secretary)
  • Louis Herta
  • Carol Schwarzwaelder (President)
  • Ellen J. Silverman
  • Charles E. Hochstetler
  • Andrew Struble
  • Edith P. Kohn
  • Carlton Stuebing
  • Amy Lynn Levine
  • Catherine Maureen Walsh (Treasurer)
  • Carolyn Ellen Welty
  • Suellen Marsha Meyer
  • Thomas J. Zacharias

University of Kentucky
The Eighth Chapter of Cwens

On November 4, 1924, when the first attempts were made to have a general conference on the advisability of a national sophomore honor society, Dean Sara G. Blanding of the University of Kentucky wrote to Dean Thyrsa Amos. “We have no sophomore organization at the University of Kentucky.”

Six years later, November 21, 1930, Dean Blanding’s assistant, Dean Sarah Holmes, wrote to Dean Amos: “Tell me something about the history and object of this organization and send me any printed material you may have. I am thinking of establishing a sophomore honorary fraternity on the campus of the University of Kentucky and for this reason am interested in Cwens.” Miss Amos replied telling something of the Pitt Chapter and its program. “I have asked Margaret Hall,” she concluded, “the national president, to correspond further with you.” As a result, Dean Blanding, Dean Holmes, and the officers of the Women’s Self Government Association organized a local honorary for sophomores. Fifteen freshman girls were chosen, and publicly tapped at a W.S.G.A. banquet, March 12, 1931. They were given the name, “Fifteen,” from the number chosen. They were:

  • Alice Bruner
  • Mildred Neal
  • Jacqueline Bull
  • Mary O’Brien
  • Hortense Carter (Secretary-Treasurer)
  • Eleanor Dawson
  • Mary Elizabeth Price
  • Jane Dyer (Vice President)
  • Dorothy Gould
  • Ayleene Razor
  • Isabelle Isrig
  • Margaret Le Stourgeon
  • Mary King Montgomery
  • Ruth Wehle
  • Lois Neal (President)

Two weeks later, March 26, 1931, “Fifteen” sponsored the first sorority sing, later to become an all-university tradition. In the fall of 1931, correspondence was begun with the National Society of Cwens, concerning induction into it. On October 24, 1931, the National President, Margaret Hall, installed “Fifteen” as Theta Chapter of Cwens.

The spring of 1976 brought with it the decision to change the name of Cwens to that of the Lambda Sigma Society. In addition to changing the name, several bylaws were changed with the most important one changing this sophomore honorary to a coed honorary rather than accepting strictly young women as in the past. All the individual chapters retained their same names, and Lambda Sigma began its first year as a new, yet already established, honor society for outstanding men and women of sophomore standing. Ultimately, thirty-three members, seventeen males and sixteen females, were chosen from approximately ninety of those who expressed interested. They were:

  • Bob Belle
  • Gregg Learned
  • Leann Bleakney
  • Doug Lukasik
  • Sam Brown
  • Art Marziale
  • Tom Carter
  • Barb Mock
  • Dave Clajch
  • Jim D’Dwyer
  • Karen Davis
  • Karin Olsen
  • Don Delach
  • Patty Sennett
  • Kathy Derr
  • Patty Slovick
  • Sharon Dicker
  • Sue Spencer
  • Joanne Dixon
  • John Spencer
  • Jim Freeman
  • Todd Steck
  • Chris Fustine
  • Al Thomas
  • Dave Clajch
  • Ellen Thomas
  • Lisa Howrelook
  • Nancy Welsh
  • Jeff Hummel
  • Tom Wormer
  • Vicki Johnston
  • Steve Wylie
  • Karen Kapsanis
  • Karen Killam

Soon after notification, the new members attended an initiation dinner held in the Skylight Dining Hall.
Note: Theta Chapter is now inactive.

University of Mississippi
The Ninth Chapter of Cwens

The “Triads”, sophomore local honor society for girls at the University of Mississippi, was organized in 1937-38, with a nucleus of 16 girls. Barbara Butts served as president, and Mrs. Jeff K. Hamm and Mrs. W.A. Coulter (wives of faculty members) served as sponsors. After some correspondence with the national organization from the group, Mrs. Sarah B. Holmes visited the campus in the spring of 1940, then recommended that “Triads” be accepted as a new chapter of Cwens.

At the biennial convention in October, 1940, the delegates voted to accept “Triads” petition. Marjorie Dee Hopkins, their president, who was present as an unofficial delegate, was initiated at the Feast. On March 1, 1941, “Triads” were installed as Iota Chapter of Cwens. Because of illness of Helen Faust, National President, Nancy B. Sutch, National Executive Secretary, initiated the group. Present also were Mrs. Holmes and three girls from the University of Kentucky – Betty South, Lorraine Harris, and Jean Williams -who assisted. The fifteen active members included:

  • Jean Bordeaux
  • Annie Glenn Johnson
  • Melva Cartwright
  • Martha Polk Perkins (Treasurer)
  • Marguerite Phelps
  • Jane Coffer
  • Elizabeth Puller
  • Mary Courtney
  • Mildred Ramsey
  • Helen Cunavant
  • Ruth Ray
  • Frances Garrett (Secretary)
  • Ann Rowan (Vice President)
  • Marjorie Dee Hopkins
  • Lotta Swaze (President)

Alumnae members initiated were:

  • Mary Elizabeth Cook
  • Oleta Shows
  • Lillian Dooley
  • Norma Shuford
  • Mary Margaret Grass
  • Nell Spenser
  • Bae Kramer
  • Juanita Walker
  • Lanelle Long
  • Sidney Watson
  • Margaret McCoy
  • Yvette Williams
  • Ninnabel Neilson
  • Catherine Winn
  • Polly Rankin

Iota Chapter had already completed its selection process in the spring of 1976 when word came of the proposed changes in the national organization. At the first meeting in the fall of 1976, members were informed of the creation of Lambda Sigma, and they agreed to become a part of the new organization. Plans were formulated to make the transition year productive and meaningful.

Seton Hill College
The Tenth Chapter of Cwens

Lothians,” a local honorary, was organized at Seton Hill College, Greensburg, PA., in 1942. As a project, the chapter published the “Greenbook,” a clever and attractive handbook for freshman women entering Seton Hill College.

After the chapter’s petition was received by the Executive Secretary, Betty Teal, National Vice-President, visited the chapter in the spring of 1945, to help organize credentials and inspect it. The chapter was accepted by the chapters of Cwens on June 4, 1945. Formal installation was held the week-end of October 20, 1945 with two national officers present: Ann Melick, President, and Betty Teal, Vice- President, assisted by four Cwens form Pitt, Alpha Chapter. The examination was given Saturday afternoon and the installation was held on Sunday. The original chapter advisers were Sister Maurice and Sister Muriel. The following girls were initiated:

  • Marjorie Anthony
  • Carmille Larghi
  • Pat Bickel (Historian)
  • Dolores Callahan
  • Pat Liddell
  • Mary Camiolo (President)
  • Joan Daley
  • Catherine Ruddle (Secretary)
  • Marjorie Firsching (Treasurer)
  • Marie Teresa Spoerlein
  • Flora Gorirossi
  • Virginia Steel
  • Mary C. Hackett (Vice President)
  • Alice Kosmerl

NOTE: Kappa Chapter is now inactive.

Westminster College
The Eleventh Chapter of Cwens

“Scepter”, a local honor society, was organized at Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA, in 1942. It petitioned the Executive Secretary and was accepted by the chapters of Cwens on June 4, 1945. It was installed as Lambda Chapter of Cwens on the weekend of October 27, 1945. National Officers present at the installation were: President, Ann Melick, Vice President, Betty Teal, and four Tech Cwens. The following members of “Scepter” were initiated into Cwens:

  • Gloria Ashbaugh
  • Grace Jones
  • Marilyn Ashbaugh
  • Winifred McCalmont (Vice President)
  • Margaret McClure
  • Ann Babbitt
  • Jeanne Myers
  • Marie Baumann
  • Barbara Peters (Secretary)
  • Lois Burton (President)
  • Martha Shoup
  • Ruth DeHaven
  • Mary Ellen Stewart
  • Anna May Fitzsimmons
  • Lois Utley (Treasurer)
  • Wilma Woods
  • Anna Grill

With the dissolution of the National Society of Cwens at hand, the Lambda Cwens and a local sophomore men’s honor society, Thanes, decided to merge, thus complying with the recent Title IX regulations. Each organization tapped a new class in the spring of 1976. With new initiates combined, the coed group was called the Sophomore Honorary. On May 18, 1976, Westminister’s Sophomore Honorary voted to become a chapter of the Lambda Sigma Society. The Lambda Chapter included the following:

  • Ann Ague
  • Susan McNamara
  • Judy Bowdler
  • Traci Meadows
  • Mary Buchanan
  • Marla Messett
  • Doug Burr
  • Grad Mortiz
  • Carl Campbell
  • Kurt Muehlheuser
  • Jeff Canose (Vice President)
  • Momodou Ceesay
  • Sue Muskrave
  • Barb Davis
  • Dave Nesbit
  • Deb DeMeester
  • Bille Pearce
  • Gordon Dufour
  • Amy Peterson
  • Suzanne Elway
  • Beth Prosser
  • Jeanette Ford
  • Lucinda Rowe
  • Judy Geis
  • Rick Scheffield (Secretary)
  • Rob Sheehan
  • Rick Grejuda (Vice President)
  • Hal Hartley
  • Greg Smith
  • Mark Howell
  • Barb Stiver
  • Mark Huber
  • Debbie Uhlman
  • Todd Ireland (Treasurer)
  • Suzanne Keith
  • Pete Waite (President)
  • Todd Weaver
  • Pete Waite
  • Cindy Wilt
  • Paul Koenig
  • Bill Woodman
  • Larry Lloyd
  • Bob Wright
  • Chris Loizeaux
  • Irene Zucharias
  • Scott Magnuson

Eastern Kentucky University
The Twelfth Chapter of Cwens

In the spring of 1945, a group of freshman girls who had maintained a grade standing of 1.80 (on a three point system) for the first two quarters of that year met with Mrs. Emma Y. Case, Dean of Women, to discuss the possibility of forming a sophomore women’s honor society at Eastern Kentucky State College in Richmond, Kentucky. Case had felt a definite need for a service organization of this type on Eastern’s campus.

The group learned about Cwens  and the three year probation period. The following fall they began work as a service organization and chose as the name of their organization “Prota Decca”, which means first ten. Since “Prota Decca” was the first group of this type on the campus, theirs was the task of forming policies and setting precedents. That fall, they had as their guests at a dinner, Mrs. Holmes, then sponsor of Theta Cwens at the University of Kentucky; the Dean of Women; and the President of the Cwens Chapter at the University of Kentucky. Their advice and suggestions proved to be very helpful during the year.

The 1946-47 edition of “Prota Decca” continued its program of service, but broadened its activities considerably. In the spring quarter of 1946, twenty-two girls were initiated into “Prota Decca”. The “Prota Decca” was installed as Mu Chapter of Cwens on March 11, 1948. In the spring of 1976, when the national organization announced its plans to form a new co-educational honor society for sophomores named Lambda Sigma, the Mu Chapter elected to affiliate with the new society and to initiate young men as well as young women in the spring of 1977.  Long-time advisor Dr. Martha Grise continued with Lambda Sigma and Dr. Ron Wolfe joined her as faculty advisor in 1977.

University of Louisville

The Thirteenth Chapter of Cwens

Nu chapter at the University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, was founded locally in the Spring of 1950. Under the direction of the Mortar Board chapter, sixteen freshman women were chosen to form the local group to be known as the THINKERS:

  • Joan Brietbeil
  • Ola Miracle
  • Helen Clark (Publicity)
  • Carol Cochran
  • Peggy Moll
  • Eileen Connolley
  • Doris Russell (Treasurer)
  • Selma Goodman (Secretary)
  • Janice Shroder
  • Julie Groeber
  • Barbara Wellendorf
  • Inga Hirschheimer
  • Joanne Wilkinson
  • Joanne Knight (Vice President)
  • Betty Wolfe (President)
  • Annette Lillard

Definite standards for membership in the THINKERS were set up. Scholastically, a girl had to be in the first third of her class, and to further qualify, she must have evidenced outstanding service on the Louisville campus. While it remained local, THINKERS worked under the supervision of Mortar Board and the Dean of Women at the University of Louisville, Miss Hilda Threlkeld. There were two additional groups of THINKERS tapped in the two following years. In the Spring of 1952, THINKERS petitioned Cwens for membership as Nu Chapter; the group was inspected and approved by Mrs. Sarah B. Holmes, Dean of Women at the University of Kentucky and advisor to the Cwen National Board, and upon the further approval of the individual chapters of Cwens was duly installed at Louisville on October 18, 1952. The installation ceremony was carried out under the supervision of Miss Duella Stranahan, National Executive-Secretary of Cwens, aided by active Cwens from Theta and Mu Chapters.
Note: Nu is now inactive.

Grove City College
The Fourteenth Chapter of Cwens

The first members of Crown and Sceptre, local sophomore women’s honorary society of Grove City College, were tapped by members of Alpha Theta Mu, Senior Women’s honorary society, at the May Day exercises in May, 1951. Sixteen freshman women who had shown outstanding qualities in leadership, scholarship and service were chosen to organize and build the new honorary society.

During the first year, the members of Crown and Sceptre carried on numerous projects of benefit to every member of the college. At the May Day program in May, 1952, the charter members of this group turned their duties over to eleven freshman women who would continue the established projects besides sponsoring new ones. Crown and Sceptre submitted its petition to become Cwens during the summer of 1952.

Mabel DeForest Angelo, Extension Chairman, inspected the group and upon her recommendation, the individual Cwen chapters voted unanimously to accept them into the membership of the National Society of Cwens. Epsilon, accepting the responsibility as the installing chapter, and Lambda Chapters participated at the installation of Xi Chapter on April 11, 1953. Miss Duella Stranahan, Executive Secretary, and Mrs. Mabel Riddle, Vice-President, were present to aid the Extension Chairman with the installation proceedings. Twenty-three members were initiated. At the annual May Day Program, 1953, fourteen freshman women were tapped to be chapter members of Cwens, Xi Chapter. They were:

  • Barbara Brock
  • Margaret Pringle
  • Ruth Christy
  • Viola Roberts
  • Sue Davidson
  • LaVonne Rudolph
  • Janet Diefenderfer
  • Nancy Rupp
  • Shirley Gills (Treasurer)
  • Louise Slavcoff (Vice President)
  • Linda Johnson (President)
  • Janet Stoller (Secretary)
  • DeLois Maloney
  • Edna Zipay
    Note: Xi is now inactive.

Northern Illinois University
The Fifteenth Chapter of Cwens

In the spring of 1931, Nu Alpha Lambda was established as a sophomore women’s honor society at what was then Northern Illinois State Teacher’s College. Its purpose was to foster higher standards in education and to promote leadership and service to the college among freshman women.

In 1954, under the guidance of the Dean of Women, Ruth Haddock, Nu Alpha Lambda petitioned for membership into Cwens. The Nu Alpha Lambda officers and advisors were initiated into Cwens at the national convention of 1954, and the Omicron Chapter of Cwens was installed in DeKalb, Illinois on December 5, 1954.

Cwens had thrived throughout the years due to efforts of many members and advisors; among them, advisors Ruth Haddock and Joy Nelson. Since its beginning, Cwens has seen changes come both in its organization and in its chapters. Northern Illinois State Teachers College became Northern Illinois University in 1957 and now enrolls over 21,000 on-campus students in five undergraduate colleges and the graduate school.

The 45 Cwens members have determined their program of social, service, and educational events annually. A long-standing Cwens (now Lambda Sigma) project has been ushering for university theatrical productions, football games, and commencement exercises. The most dramatic change in Omicron Chapter’s history came in the fall of 1976 when the chapter was informed that Cwens had been dissolved and that a new national organization was being formed. 1976-77 President Rose Tonies, Vice-President Nancy Kowal, Sandy Bialek, and advisor Denise Rode, attended the national convention at Westminister College to learn about the changes. They came back full of enthusiasm for Lambda Sigma and succeeded in spreading this to the rest of the chapter. Within a few months of hard work on the part of members and officers, the transition was complete. At the first Lambda Sigma feast on April 22, 1977, 18 men and 27 women were initiated into the Lambda Sigma Society at NIU. The Omicron Chapter, proud of its past in Cwens, looks forward with optimism to its future in Lambda Sigma.

Auburn University
The Sixteenth Chapter of Cwens

May, 1976, Pi Chapter of the Lambda Sigma Society tapped its first members on the Auburn University campus. Its immediate forerunner was Pi Chapter of the National Society of Cwens. The original group, which became Cwens, was a local organization called Owls Honor Society.

Owls was founded in 1940 to recognize scholastic ability and campus leadership in the sophomore women’s honor society, Cardinal Key. During the following years, Owls did many service and social projects for the University and the community. The Owls Honor Society petitioned the National Society of Cwens, sophomore women’s honor society, for membership and Mrs. Allene B. Swanson, Extension Chairman of Cwens, visited the campus to inspect the local honor society. Owls’ petition to affiliate with the National Society of Cwens as approved and on May 18, 1957, Pi Chapter of Cwens was installed at Alabama Polytechnic Institute.

Forty-nine charter, alumnae, and honorary members were initiated by Mrs. Mabel D. Angelo, National President of Cwens, and Mu Chapter, Eastern Kentucky State College. From 1957 to 1976, over 600 women were tapped into Pi Chapter. In March, 1976, Pi Chapter voted to comply with the National Executive Board’s decision to create a new national honor society for outstanding freshman men and women out of the National Society for Cwens. After a farewell banquet for Cwens, Pi Chapter turned its attention to the newly-formed honor society. This new honor society was named the Lambda Sigma Society.

In May, Pi Chapter selected the men and women who were to be the first members of Lambda Sigma at Auburn University. On May 13, 1976, the first Lambda Sigma members were tapped into Pi Chapter at a surprise breakfast. After an organizational meeting, Pi Chapter had an initiation banquet for its new members. The first male ever to be president of Pi Chapter was installed along with the other officers at the banquet. Based on its rich heritage and on the enduring ideals of the new society, Pi Chapter of Lambda Sigma has begun and will continue to be an inspiring and vital influence in the lives of its members and that of Auburn University.

Thiel College
The Seventeenth Chapter of Cwens

Cynelic, an honor society fraternity for sophomore women, was organized at Thiel College in the spring of 1956, under the guidance of Miss Dorothy J. Maple, Dean of Women. In organizing this group, Miss Marple received information and help from the National City and Allegheny Colleges. It was hoped that the organization would receive a bid for membership from Cwens at some time in the future. Twelve senior women were chosen as sponsors for the proposed group. These twelve women were honor students, some being members of “Who’s Who In American Colleges And Universities”.

The name Cynelic was chosen from a list of suitable Anglo-Saxon words. The meaning is “royal”; thus, the colors purple and white were chosen for the group. From a list of twenty-nine names submitted by the nominating committee, the election committee chose ten girls, who met a long list of qualifications. The names of the women chosen were announced on April 24, 1957, at a college assembly. Service projects, especially for freshman women, were the aim of the first group. On Class Awards Day, May 1, 1958, the names of the second group of eleven Cynelic members were announced. Cynelic received a bid to join the National Society of Cwens during 1958. The eleven new Cynelic members of 1959 were tapped on April 28, 1959. These girls became the charter members of Rho Cwens. They are:

  • Karen Benson
  • Judith Myers
  • Marsha Clark
  • Linda Smith
  • Mary Lynn Coddington
  • Brigitte Smorodsky
  • Carol Sue Edmiston
  • Judith Stutzman
  • Dorothy Ermacoff
  • Barbara Taylor
  • Brenda Hamilton

Then on May 3, 1959, the Xi Chapter of Cwens, of Grove City College, arrived at Thiel to formally initiate them into the Cwens The year of 1976-77, was a transitory time in which the Rho Chapter of Cwens at Thiel College changed over to Lambda Sigma.

Alfred University
The Eighteenth Chapter of Cwen

Alfred University was established in March 1957 and twelve outstanding freshman women were chosen as charter members of the sophomore women’s honorary. Selected on the basis of scholarship, leadership, character, and service, the members were active in the sophomore year. Miss Lavinia Creighton, Director of Women’s Athletics, was elected faculty advisor, and together with the Dean of Women, Nancy Gullette, guided Cwentessence as its program developed.

The campus readily recognized the new organization as it carried on an active program of service to the University. Serving as Orientation Week hostesses, campus guides for prospective students, ushers at convocations, aides at student and administrative social functions, and conducting rental of the University Print Collection were some of the innumerable services given by Cwentessence. In 1959, the local group desired to become a chapter of National Society of Cwens and Mrs. Donald Swanson, Extension Chairman, visited them on their campus in the foothills of the Alleghenies. Their petition was approved and on May 16, 1959, Miss Alice Smolkovich, Vice President, and Epsilon Chapter of Allegheny College installed Sigma Chapter and initiated nineteen members. Newly tapped freshmen were:

Gloria Bletter
Marion Rothberg
Marilyn Chapel (Vice President)
Rose Ciullo
Wendy Schoenbach
Judith Douglass
Carol Sloan (Treasurer)
Susan Wolf
Sandra Kaplan (President)
M. Alice Ogden

Alumnae and honorary members were:

Miss Lavinia Creightn
Nona Serlen
Kathleen Erb
Ruth Silverman
Carolyn Erikson
Sandra Zimmerman
Mrs. Margaret Klitzke
Jacquelyn Zinke
Mary Newton

Note: Sigma is now inactive.

University of Kansas
The Nineteenth Chapter of Cwens

For a number of years, the Associated Women Students at the University of Kansas sponsored a sophomore counseling program with the main purpose of helping new freshman women in their transition to college.

Then, in the spring of 1957, the sophomore counselors changed their name to Jay Sisters and expanded their program. In order to make the program more effective, only 85 women were given the name Jay Sister. They were selected on the basis of interest, grades, citizenship, and recommendations. Two major changes were made in the program of 1959-60. There were new emphases on scholarship and culture. Fifty-two women were selected according to the following criteria: 1.5 (or B-) grade average, participation in campus activities, and responsible citizenship in the residence halls. The members worked on projects similar to those of the previous years. Again, they helped in Orientation Week, Associated Women’s Students’ programs, and other major areas of service to their university.

The Jay Sisters encouraged freshman women to attend music recitals, university drama productions, Student Union forums, and other campus cultural events. Each Jay Sister and her freshman women friends attended at least two cultural events per semester. In the spring of 1960, the Associated Women Students petitioned the National Society of Cwens for membership. In the hopes that the Jay Sisters would become the Cwens honorary, the selections for the school year of 1960-61 were made in accordance with all requirements for membership in the National Society of Cwens.

Each member was assigned to a corridor in the freshman residence halls, and worked with these young women during the year. The program now included special emphases on the developing of cultural interests in the freshman women, assisting with projects and programs of the Associated Women Students, serving the University of Kansas, and providing incentives for freshman achievement. On November 19 and 20, 1960, Dean Emily Taylor; Mrs. J.B. Stroup, assistant to the Dean of Women; Nan Newton, A.W.S. advisor to Jay Sisters; Sue Hardisty, president of the 1960-61 Jay Sister organization; George Ann Porter, vice-president; Linda, secretary; and Sharon Saylor, rituals chairman; attended the Eighteenth National Convention of the National Society of Cwens. Mrs. Stroup and the five students were initiated into the society and received a charter for the University of Kansas Jay Sister organization as Tau Chapter of the National Society of Cwens. Dean Taylor was already a member.

These women initiated the rest of the 1960-61 Jay Sisters on January 15, 1961. Honorary members and alumnae members were also initiated into Tau Chapter, the first Cwen Chapter west of the Mississippi. On November 13, 1975, the Cwens group called a meeting to decide its stand on Title IX. The choices included disbanding, moving off campus, or admitting men. The question was discussed seriously, and the decision was to admit men. A task force was formed, made up of six women, with the stipulation that six men also join. The women met on November 21, 1975, in the Dean of Women’s Office, in order to find six qualified men to join the women.

The Dean of Men was contacted and he gave his cooperation. On December 10, 1976, an outline was drawn up describing the purpose and selection principles of the new group as well as the objectives of the task force. The purpose was to be of service to the University, with the group offering guidance to women and men in society, as students at the University of Kansas, and as persons with leadership qualities. The selection of new members would be based on scholarship, outside activities, recommendations, and peer support. The group also had a list of recommended men to join the six women.

February 15, 1976, was the birthday of the new organization. The name “The S.I.L. Society” was decided on. Ivy was chosen as the symbol and the colors of green and silver were approved. Subcommittees began working on the selection process, the bylaws, and the ritual. On April 14, 1976, the new group, including 13 women and 14 men, was tapped. Initiation was held on April 29, with the new officers being announced. At the new group’s first meeting, different goals were discussed, and it was decided that they would be devoted first to service to the incoming freshmen class, secondly to the service of the university, and finally to the enrichment of the society. Two representatives were chosen to attend the national meeting of the newly-forming national organization, Lambda Sigma. Plans were made for the First Annual S.I.L. Summer Reunion, which was held on the weekend of July 16-18, in Kansas City.

During the summer of 1976, the National Cwens Society, formed Lambda Sigma Society, a coed sophomore honor society, and in the fall of 1976, the S.I.L. Society became Tau Chapter of Lambda Sigma Society.

Morehead State College

The Twentieth Chapter of Cwens

Crown and Sceptre, a sophomore honor society service for women, was organized in the spring of 1959 by Dean Earlyne Saunders, Associate Dean of Students, Morehead State College. The 28 charter members were selected by the faculty on the basis of scholarship, leadership, character and the manner in which they upheld the spirit of the college.

The first semester of the 1959-60 academic year was used for the compilation of ideas and facts and the organization of the constitution which was patterned to some extent after the National Society of Cwens. The first official meeting of Crown and Sceptre was held on February 18, 1960. The constitution was ratified and the officers were elected.

The activities during the first year of Crown and Sceptre included serving as official hostesses for various functions as well as being the first dormitory counselors on the Morehead State College campus. They also collected funds and articles for the Friendship to Korea drive. A lovely spring tea for the new members concluded the first year’s successful program. Twenty-one active members participated in the final year’s activity of the two-year probationary period before petitioning for Cwens membership. The girls served as counselors, assistant house directors in two women’s dormitories, and official campus hostesses. They served also as ushers for the Civic Celebrity Concert Series, monitors of extra study rooms during final exam time, and “Campus Campers” for freshmen orientation. A Christmas project included the decoration of a Christmas tree in the lobby of the Doran Student House and the playing of carols in the cafeteria.

Mrs. Donald Swanson, National Extension Chairman, visited the campus to see the organization in the spring of 1960. The chapter was accepted by the National Society of Cwens in August, 1961. On Saturday, November 18, 1961, Upsilon Chapter of Cwens was installed on the Morehead State College campus. Miss Alice Smolkovich, National Vice President and Ritual Chairman, was present for the initiation. One of the three sister chapters in Kentucky, Nu Chapter from the University of Louisville and their sponsor, Mrs. Doris Stokes, National Advisory Dean, came to share the occasion with the Morehead girls. The National Society of Cwens presented a Cwens banner and a charter, and the Nu chapter gave some ritual equipment. The active members initiated were:

Donna Alexander

Judy Henky   

Deanna Barker

Wanda Holbrook

Diann Barker

Deannie Kohls

Mary Sue Barlow

Christie Lepper

Patty Burton

Martha Lewis

Beverly Chapman

June Martin

Judy Corum

Melinda Moore

Sue Galbreath

Judy Prichard

Thirty members of Crown and Sceptre were initiated as alumnae. The 1976-77 members of Cwens had the responsibility of writing the constitution in preparation for the change over to the Upsilon Chapter of the Lambda Sigma Society. This change was brought about due to the constitutional ruling prohibiting gender discrimination. Dean Anna Mae Riggle served as adviser for Cwens for many years. Mr. Tom Scott is our main adviser and Mrs. Carolyn Flatt also served as associate advisor.
Note: Upsilon is now inactive.

Union College
The Twenty-First Chapter of Cwens

Feeling that there was a definite need for a women’s honor sorority on the Union College campus, Dr. Mary C. Owen began the preliminary steps for the organization of a chapter of the Cwens in the spring of 1959. The women students of the class of 1962 who had an average of 2.00 (B) or greater at the mid-semester of the second semester of 1959 met with Dr. Owen and discussed the organization and the prerequisites for the formation of a chapter. During the summer of 1959, all eligible girls received notification and further information about the plans. In the fall of 1959, the group of girls began the steps for the information of a Cwens chapter.

Following a booklet furnished by the national organization, they chose the name Beta Sigma and selected a leader, Miss Lanie Pendleton, and a sponsor, Dr. Mary C. Owen. The group decided that they would in their duties as a service organization try to serve the college and the community. During the year, they made tray favors for the local hospital, were available for story sessions at the hospital, encouraged the members of the class of 1963 to higher scholarship, and made themselves helpful whenever needed. Twice during the year, they met with members of the class of 1963 to explain the group.

Both inactive and active members met in the fall of 1960 for the second year of work. Miss Isabell Littleton was selected as the leader for the year, and the organization continued on its service projects. More definite plans for the national affiliation were being made and followed through. The sale of personalized stationary and pizzas in the dormitory were the money-makers. Definite decisions as to choice of faculty advisors, Miss Larue Millen and Mrs. Christine Merchant, were made. Members were appointed to assume the responsibility for preparing the materials that must be presented to the National Extension Chairman, Mrs. Donald Swanson, when the chapter formally applied for membership in Cwens. Again, the group met with all the freshman girls (class of 1964) to acquaint them with the organization. At the close of the second semester of the 1960-61 school year, the group made formal application for national membership.

Arnita Clark
Marie Eloise Newsom
Lynn Dietrich
Joyce Peacock
Aice Dudley (Vice President)
Ruth Gleason
Cassandra Tignor
Sharon Harriman (President)
Carolyn Sue Akers
Linda McGoughy
Patsy Allen
Nancy Anne Moore
Alice Blackman
Jeannie Rice
Carolyn Burns
Kathryn E. Roberts
Mabel Duff
Carol Schultz
Wilma Evans
Alberta Sheldon
Mark Kirkland
Mary Lou Smith
Paulette Look
Sarah Snowball
Lanie Loos
Rae Sharon Stetler
Billy Lovelace
Martha Stevens
Gretchen Lovett
Harriet Tower
Miss Larue Millen
Dean Mary C. Owen

Note: Phi is now inactive.

Louisiana Tech University

The Twenty-Second Chapter of Cwens

Chi Chapter of Cwens, at Louisiana Tech University, was installed as the twenty-second Cwens Chapter on May 2, 1964, in Ruston, Louisiana. Presiding over the installation was Miss Alice Smolkovich, National Vice President, assisted by 12 Iota Cwens from the University of Mississippi. Delta Beta Omicron, the sophomore service organization that served as Chi Chapter’s forerunner, had been in existence on the  campus for six years. Fifty-three members were initiated in the May 2 ceremony. These included the 25 members of the 1964-65 group, 24 alumnae members, and honorary members, Miss Adelaide Murdock, Dr. Reba K. Neel, Miss Annis Cawthon, and Dean of Women, June W. Dyson. Charter members included:

Kay Albritton
Nancy Greenwood
Frances Anders
Ann Hardin
Johnnie Ruth Beasley
Melba Headrick
Elizabeth Bernard
Kathleen Higgs
Lynda Brooks
Delores Ingram
Zella Faye Brown
Jonelle Kellogg
Dora Doty
Mary Kite
Camille Duchesne
Helen McBridge
Marion Kay Enloe
Anita Frances Shadow
Margaret Estes
Sharon Teague
Rosemary Estes
Carol Jean Waggonner
Alice Marie Fulgham
Bonita Carmelle Worsham
Sondra Fulmer
Ann Adams
Carolyn Hunter
Frankie Adams
Carolyn Jones
Dorothy Alford
Mary Esther Lewis
Corre Ann Anding
Judith Lipscomb
M. Enid Barr
Maribeth Madden
Sylvia Binkowski
Nancy Mason
Shirley Colvin
Mary McCasland
Yvonne Cox
Dana Miller
Ann Liddell Davis
Margie Ann Murry
Olivia Fox
Florence Carole Pruett
Elizabeth Haley
Ruth Ann Waits
Marilyn Hill
Martha Lou Worley
Annis Cawthon
Adelaide Murdock
June W. Dyson
Reba K. Neel

Advisors to the new chapter were: Miss Murdock, Dean Dyson, and Dr. Lucile Folk.

The Chi Chapter, at Louisiana Tech University, held a meeting in September, 1976, in Ruston, Louisiana, and voted to affiliate with Lambda Sigma. Also, at that meeting, forty-six members were initiated:

Leah Alexander
Lauren Livingston
Cheryl Aulds
Teresa Martin
Gwendolyn Aulds
Patricia May
Cynthia Balentine
Aprile McGee
Betty Bellando
Wendy Morgan
Martina Blackwell
Kathy Patterson
Gail Burford
Janet Plaxco
Cheryl Calcote
Ramona Ponder
Debbie Causey
Julie Redden
Elizabeth Cawthon
Sharon Richardson
Conniel Clark
Teri Saunders
Cynthia Coe
Gail Schwartzenburg
Nancy Croll
Cindy Scorsone
Bonida Curry
Lynette Shows
Linda Dozier
Jeri Smith
Karen Dyson
Sally Smith
Cindy Engh
Shelia Smith
Janet Gray
Kerry Sweeney
Debbie Hayford
Deborah Tindell
Nancy Hechler
Karla Vanhoy
Leslie Landry
Kathryn Wright
Robin Lange
Cynthia Young
Martha Littlefield
Cheri Zeringue
Advisor to the chapter is Miss Hermione Driskell

Central Missouri State College
The Twenty-Third Chapter of Cwens

Psi Chapter of Cwens, located on the campus of Central Missouri State College in Warrensburg, Missouri, was installed as the twenty-third Cwens Chapter on May 9, 1965. Officiating at the installation were members of Tau Chapter of Cwens from the University of Kansas. At that time, 12 alumnae and 3 honorary chapter members were initiated by the alumnae Cwens. Charter members:

Patricia Beaty
Susan Noble
Linda Blacksmith
Sharon Pipkin
Nancy Brockman
Arlene Quell
Donna Bybel
Linda Stahl
Priscilla Florence
Janie Steiner
Tracy Hayes
Marjory C. Van Horne
G. Charlene Hofstetter
Ernestine Vohs
Gay Jones
Bonnie Walker
Pennye Nichols
Judy Lynn Brockman
M. Jean Norton
Eileen Haase
Carol Ann Shoemaker
Marsha Hollo
Julianne Shotwell
Judith Lynn Huffman
Diane Smith
Judy Lane
Karen Jo Talbot
Dorothy Joann Leiter
Mary Wiles
Dr. Alice Elliott
Mrs. Floy Timmerman
Miss Mary M. Mayfield (Dean of Women)

In 1975, in anticipation of Title IX requirements, Psi Chapter chose to include both men and women students in all activities. Invitations to Lambda Sigma Society were accepted by both men and women. Russell Rennison, Perry Luetkemeyer, Arthur McFarland, and Edwin Streich were the first men to become members of Psi Chapter

Pittsburg State University
The Twenty-Fourth Chapter of Cwens

The Omega Chapter of Cwens at Pittsburgh State University is located in a southeastern Kansas town in the heart of the Ozark recreation area. Pittsburg State University was established in 1902, and is a co-educational, state-sponsored school. The college is a multi-purpose institution whose primary objective is to offer appropriate educational programs to those in its service area. Graduate and undergraduate degrees may be reached in Arts and Sciences, Technology, Education, Business and Economics.

The national sophomore honor society, Cwens, grew out of an organization founded in 1963. Under the guidance of Miss Pat Patterson, Dean of Women at that time, Spars was established. The group was formed to encourage capable sophomore women to continue to be active on campus. Qualifications for selection consisted of outstanding work or participation in at least four of the five categories listed below

1) Scholarship
2) Personality
3) Activities
4) Recommendations
5) Service

 The first letter of each category formed the name, SPARS.

In the spring of 1965, the goal of the organization was finally reached. On May 14 with the help of Tau Chapter of Cwens of the University of Kansas, the Spars became the Omega Chapter of Cwens. Striving to help freshman women adjust to the college routine and interest them in the educational as well as social events, continued then, as the Cwens of Omega chapter sought the sisterhood of sincerity, simplicity, sympathy and serenity. Charter members:

Farrell Jeanne Archer
Barbara Lee Hammers
Darlene Jo Battitori
Nancy Kay Hoffman
Giulia F. Bradford
Eweleen Hornbuckle
Sharon Lea Brant
Janice Daylle Knuth
Lura Catherine Burnett
Cynthia Ann Kreutziger
Carolyn K. Card
Paula Elaine Morgan
Mary Fortune Cavanaugh
Karen Annette Myers
Patricia J. Coleman
Nancy Louise Oldham
Antoinette Cordry
Judy Ellen Pickens
Cheryl Ann Crutchfield
Marjorie Faye Puckett
Linda Tracy Davidson
Nancy Ann Rush
Christine Lee Erman
Carolyn Ann Stebbins
Tana Diane Garrett
Helen Jean Aikens
Jacqueline Kay Helton
Mary Irene Baker
Martha Jane Hutchins
Mary Margaret Benelli
Terri Lynn James
Jeannette Kay Borello
Susan Lee Jorden
Katherine Ann Bradshaw
Judith Diane Koch
Judy Jo Buckley
Janet Elaine LaFaver
Jerry Ann Cleveland
Judith Kay McCreight
Judith Ann Coonrod
Beverly Joan Powell
Jean Jeanette Cox
Christine Louise Reda
Gwendolyn Daily
Sheryll Ann Reeves
Barbara Denton
Marlys Kay Simpson
Mildred Jean Dieu
Ann Louise Speck
Jennifer Clare Ellis
LaDonna Sue Speck
Bernice Lenora Fields
Rochelle Ann Stewart
Louise Christine Gomer
Celia Ann Swearingen
Mary Florence Gudgen
Salena Claudette White
Marilyn Lee Hall
Charlotte Ellen Wilkins
Rebecca Sue Harrison
Marilyn Kay Wood
Alice M. Baker
Dr. Mary Moore

When the National Society of Cwens voted in March of 1976 to disband and reorganize to admit men (due to Title IX) the Omega Chapter of Cwens formed a task force to review the formation of a new sophomore honor society for men and women. Nine male sophomore students and one male faculty advisor were selected to join the group of ten Cwens and one advisor to form the Pittsburg State University Lambda Sigma Task Force. In April and May of 1976, the group worked diligently to develop ideas and suggestions  to help with the formation of this new coed sophomore group. A new handbook covered the local rules and rituals to go along with the national Bylaws and Rituals. Cwens at Pittsburg State University became the new coed Lambda Sigma Society in April, 1977.

Mt. Union College

The Twenty-Fifth Chapter of Cwens

Peks, the sophomore women’s honorary at Mr. Union College, became the Alpha Alpha Chapter of Cwens on Saturday, November 19, 1966, when Alice Smolkovich, past national Vice President, assisted by Zeta Cwens from Muskingum College, initiated 10 active, 16 alumna, and 4 honorary charter members.

Peks had been established for four years on Mt. Union’s campus before its Cwens affiliation. Peks was primarily a service organization, as exemplified by its name which comes from the Greek for their motto “Always On Duty.”

Kathryn Anderson
Cathie Sue Franks
Marcy Callahan
Neva Jones
Pamela Creedon
Carol Lloyd
Elaine Dean
Joyce Simmons
Pamela Engler
Sally Zuck
Barbara Bacon
Anne O’Connor
Julie Bethel
Sue Porter
Bette Bodley
Charlotte Sampson
Ellen Donaldson
Sheryl Lynn Trudicks
Susan Girt
Nancy Ward
Marilyn Hosken
Connie Weber
Linda Sue Moxley
Jane Wehner
Carol Nelson
Judy Willout
Mary Lou Barclay (adviser to Alpha Chapter)
Ermal Bracy (wife of the president of Mt. Union)
Dr. Mary Ellen Gilpatric (adviser to Alpha Alpha Chapter)
Judith McMillin (Dean of Women)
Note: Alpha Alpha is now inactive.

University of Oklahoma
The Twenty-Sixth Chapter of Cwens

Establishment of the twenty-sixth chapter of Cwens, Alpha Beta, on the campus of the University of Oklahoma at Norman, Oklahoma, on March 22, 1969, was the culmination of five years of planning and organizing.

Formation of a sophomore women’s honorary at OU was the creation of Mrs. Jean Hjelle, university housing activities director. In the fall of 1965, Mrs. Hjelle contacted 27 sophomore women who had been selected by Mortar Board as finalists for the 1965 Outstanding Freshman Women. This illustrious group met on October 5 and agreed to work with Mrs. Hjelle in founding such a society. The girls began immediately to write universities across the United States inquiring about similar societies on their campuses. One such letter was written to the Kansas Cwens, and the process of affiliation began.

The steering committee met in December to revise and approve the proposed constitution and elect officers. The name Pipers, symbolizing Oklahoma’s Indian heritage, was chosen. Affiliation with a national group moved along for several years. The 1967-68 group became interested in affiliation, but did not get the ball rolling before the school year was over. When the 1968-69 group was tapped, however, the prime goal was affiliation. Cwens invited Pipers to send three delegates to their National Witan at the University of Kansas in October, 1968, and Judy Yeatts, Tamsen Murray, and Mrs. Jerry Burlingame, Pipers sponsors, returned from the convention “very impressed” and urging immediate affiliation. After many letters, a visit from Lorraine Sibbet, TID editor, Pipers officially voted to affiliate with Cwens. After Cwens voted to accept Pipers as Alpha Beta Chapter, the March installation ceremony was planned.

On March 22, 1969, twenty-five Tau Cwens from the University of Kansas, together with several KU advisers, journeyed to Norman, Oklahoma, and installed Alpha Beta Chapter of Cwens at the University of Oklahoma.

Janie Bumpers
Jocelyn Lee
Cindy Burner
Sally Livermore
Karen Campbell
Marles Long
Diane Darrough
Gena MacArthur
Cathy Erskine
Melinda McElroy
Peggy Ford
Tamsen Murray
Gayle Freeman
Karen Ostroot
Jeanne Anne Grisso
Marjie Ratcliffe
Wendy Hilty
Carol Stortz
Nancy Huneke
Diane Theimer
Donna Jackson
Pam Thompson
Janie Johnstone
Kathy Ward
Connie King
Suzanne Williams
Connie Lee
Janice Cherry
Judy Yeatts
Jerry Burlingame
Dorothy Truex (Adviser)
(Dean of Women)

Note: Alpha Beta is now inactive.

Duquesne University
The Twenty-Seventh Chapter of Cwens

Lambda Sigma Society, a National Sophomore Honorary Society, was formed on March 6, 1976, in Atlanta, Georgia. With the basic purpose of promoting scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship among college students, the society was thus initiated in order that these values may be attained. The specific name, Lambda Sigma Society, was chosen because of Lambda signifying leadership, and Sigma signifying scholarship, the two outstanding virtues of the society. With a total of twenty-six chapters across the nation, the new society was well under way of becoming a distinguished organization on college campuses.

At Duquesne, the Alpha Gamma Chapter of the Lambda Sigma Society, was formally initiated in the spring of 1976. With a total of 72 new members, the rather enthusiastic group began to display the virtues of the society. Under the group direction of Dean Patricia Watt and Mr. Reginald Ney, the society actively participated or coordinated such functions as the Tutor Recruiter, Commuter Overnight, College Day, Carnival, Ugly Man On Campus, Dance Marathon, and College Union Conference, to name just a few.

The concept of forming this honor society did not just come into being, but was initiated because of the National Society of Cwens. This organization was founded at the University of Pittsburgh in 1922 and it restricted its membership to sophomore women. With a purpose similar to the Lambda Sigma Society, Cwens existed for 53 years, but had to disband because of certain legislative acts. Due to Title IX, Cwens could not remain a recognized honorary organization, since it did not allow for the admittance of men. It was then decided by the National Executive Board of Cwens to establish the national sophomore honor society known as the Lambda Sigma Society. It is because of this decision that we are in existence today and are able to participate in projects such as:

–Ushers for graduation
–Host of the National Task Force Meeting which formulated and directed the transition of Cwens to the Lambda Sigma Society
–Sponsors of the Commuter Overnight program for incoming commuter freshmen
–Developers of a Tutor Recruiter Program for all Duquesne students
— Guides for high school students on College Day
–Sponsors of a couple in the Duquesne Dance Marathon to raise money in the name of Muscular Dystrophy

These are a few of the activities of the chapter.

University of Southern Mississippi
The Twenty-Eighth Chapter of Cwens

The twenty-eighth chapter of Cwens, Alpha Delta, was installed on Sunday, October 25, 1970. This chapter, to be located on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi at Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was installed during the Feast held at the twenty-third National Witan of the National Society of Cwens at the University of Mississippi. Twenty-two actives, one alumna, and two honorary charter members were initiated.

The Druids Society, forerunners of Cwens on Southern’s campus, began as a small group of campus leaders wishing to organize a trans-curricular organization of women who had proven outstanding leadership in various significant activities as USM undergraduates. The original organization was composed of sophomore women in various areas of study and extracurricular activities. The first inductees were in 1965.

At meetings in the spring of 1970, plans were made for petitioning for membership in the National Society of Cwens. The Druids’s officers for 1969-70 and 1970-71, met with Becky DeCoux, president of Iota Cwens at Ole Miss and a transfer to USM, to continue compiling information for the petition. Charter Members:

Paula M. Bounds
Ranae Rainey
Susan Courtney
Veda Reed
Judy Craft
Ginger Rhinehart
Melinda Cranford
Brenda Schrock
Terrie French
Carol Shelton
Teresa Johnson
Mary Shumock
Sarah McInnis
Juanita Sims
Gayle Morgan
Jane Sullivan
Margaret Peters
Sarah Tompkins
Martha Piepenbring
Marilyn Ulen
Kit Prestridge
Nancy Meador
Linda Amacker
Craig B. Skates
Sally Hines

When the National Society of Cwens voted in March of 1976 to disband and reorganize as Lambda Sigma Society, the Alpha Delta Chapter voted to remain a part of this organization, but decided to wait until the following year to initiate men. The 1976-77 school year proved to be a transition period for our chapter. During this year, all activities and projects were directed to men as well as women. Then, in the spring of 1977, men were initiated into the Alpha Delta Chapter of Lambda Sigma Society. Our first coed initiates included the following:

Donna Jean Britt
Jodi Alain Holcomb
Soni Jo Guice Buckalew
Howard Ian Joines
Leta Teresa Callahan
John Leslie Keller
Elizabeth Anne Campbell
David Paul LcCroy
Daryl Robert Coats
David Alan O’Shields
Cheri Lynn Coon
Lisa Gayle Sandifer
Cheryl Lynn Coppage
David Leon Sonnier
Dulcie Bentley Davie
Iris Faye Strickland
Donald Blair Driskell
Nancy Szalwinski
Russell Alan Eldridge
Francies Essye Wilson
Deborah Grim
Laurie Lynn Wright

Mansfield State College
The Twenty-Ninth Chapter of Cwens

The Alpha Epsilon Chapter of the National Society of Cwens originated on the campus of Mansfield State College as SWANNES, a local honorary for sophomore women. In April 1969, inquiries were made by Mrs. Molly Snively, then Assistant Dean of Women at MSC, concerning National Women’s Service Honoraries. Steps were then taken to organize SWANNES after the National Society of Cwens, a National Honorary for sophomore women. Mrs. Helen Lutes, a faculty member, was asked to act as faculty advisor along with Mrs. Snively, an administration advisor. Original members were chosen from recommendations submitted by the Deans of Women and Dormitory Counselors based on scholarship, leadership, service and character. On May 1, 1969, SWANNES was founded with the initiation of the seventeen original members.

In September, 1970, the second group of SWANNES began proceedings to associate the MSC SWANNES with the National Society of Cwens. Contact was made with the Lambda Chapter from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, concerning membership. After much planning and careful preparation, Mansfield State College was initiated as the Alpha Epsilon Chapter on March 14, 1971. Advisors at the time of installation were Mrs. Helen Lutes and Mrs. Esther Roberts. Seventeen active members, ten alumni members and three honorary members were at the first Alpha Epsilon Feast held in the South Dining room of Manser Hall. The Lambda Chapter from Westminster College was in charge of the installation.

After weeks of discussion, on October 14, 1976, the sixth group of Cwens voted to become a chapter of the National Society of Lambda Sigma. At that time there were twenty-nine members, three advisors, three junior advisors and Mrs. Lutes served as honorary advisor.

Texas A&M University
The Thirtieth Chapter of Cwens

The thirtieth chapter of Cwens, Alpha Zeta, was installed on April 30, 1972, during a ceremony on the campus of Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. This chapter of Cwens was an outgrowth of an organization called University Women which was organized to facilitate communication on a previously all-male campus; that groups’ officers are among Cwens honorary members.

The installation of the Alpha Zeta Chapter was made possible largely through University Womens’ efforts and those of Toby Rives, then Dean of Women. The chapter was based on service and academic achievement. When Cwens decided to go coed in the summer of 1976, and accordingly changed its name to Lambda Sigma Society, the Alpha Zeta Chapter voted to remain with the national organization, thus, we were the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Lambda Sigma Society. This organization is also based on service and academic achievement.

During its first year, Alpha Zeta, Cwens, established a freshman orientation program to familiarize freshmen with the traditions and spirit of Aggieland. This program, now a tradition at A&M, was presented as usual this year, but by Lambda Sigma. Lambda Sigma will continue to provide the standard services of Cwens: hosting faculty/staff and student functions, operating the elevators to the campus restaurant for all home football games, weekly distributing flyers and posters campus-wide, and helping with blood drives, voter registration, and bonfires. As the first Alpha Zeta Chapter of Lambda Sigma, we incorporated ideas, projects, and programs to make Lambda Sigma a productive coed honor society at Texas A&M University.

Terri Alani
Brenda Kunze
Ellen Barrett
Kathy Kurcherka
Connie Beard
Kathy Lindquist
Colores Bell
Ava Lingenfelder
Debi Blackmon
Jane Logan
Sherry Bradshaw
Helen Martin
Brenda Brannen
Melissa Martin
Patricia Bullock
Gayle Mikeska
Brenda Burleson
Merrill Mitchell
Susan Carstens
Pam Mitchell
Libby Comell
Becky Moore
Nancy Cronk
Carol Pearce
Kayron Dube
Jane Rozsypal
Debbie Esser
Jill Saybolt
Cynthia Galbreath
Stella Stravolemos
Becky Grimes
Patti Whatley
Lucy Haydon
Pat Wilkinson
Kathy Keng
Janet Willmann
Cheryl Klos
Roberta Dix
Nancy Ondrovik
Anne Marie Elmquist
Toby Rives
Nancy Evans
Tish Self
Mary Jo Hoffman
Karen Dawn Switzer
Connie Karcher
Kendra (Ward) Williams
Julia McCall
Margaret Williams
Judy McConnell

Behrend College
The Thirty-First Chapter of Cwens

A satellite chapter of the Delta Chapter of Cwens was founded at the Behrend Campus of Pennsylvania State University in the spring of 1970 under the guidance of Dean Betty L. Seanor. The group was organized by first selecting seven sophomore women as honorary members, who, in turn, chose the first members of the Delta-Behrend Chapter. Initiation for the members of the first chapter took place on May 21, 1970.

The four years that followed were marked by academic growth of the campus itself and all-around growth of the Cwens Chapter in numbers and strength. In the fall of 1973, the campus was renamed the Behrend College of the Pennsylvania State University in recognition of its enlarged curricula offerings and new official status as a degree-granting college of the university. At the end of that academic year (May, 1974), the official status of the Cwens Chapter was also transformed as the Delta-Behrend Chapter became the Alpha Eta Chapter with full voting rights in the National Society. The Epsilon Chapter from Allegheny College, together with Executive Secretary Kathryn A. Koblentz, initiated the following as charter members of the Alpha Eta Chapter:

Rachel Battles
Jennifer McAlevy
Pamela Berry
Gina Myers
Shari Bronsky
Sylvia Polasky
Virginia Brown
Susan Ricke
Angela Detlev
Heidi Rutz
Mary Beth Finke
Diane Saalberg
Annette Fox
Cynthia Salak
Barbara Frank
Karen Smogorzewski
Joni Grauso
Jane Truskey
Lynne Hamlin
Jan Turkovich
Barbara Jones
Pat Wahrenberger
Sandra Malone
Deborah Wickwire
Norene Massey
Barbara Baily
Eileen Miller
Loretta Cardinale
Barbara Myers
Bronwen Gamble
Sarah Patton
Trish Jagodzindski
Lynne Phillips
Janice Kilburn
Advisor: Cathy Sargent Mester

Slippery Rock University
The Thirty-Second Chapter of CWENS

In the spring of 1966-67, the Dean of Women at (then) Slippery Rock State College, Ellen H. Perrin, contacted freshman women who were active as leaders in campus organizations and formed the Sophomore Women’s Honorary. The honorary was established in order to recognize outstanding women students with the ultimate goal of affiliation with the national society of Cwens. The qualities of scholarship, leadership, and service were emphasized. To be eligible for membership, students had to be full-time, must have earned between 28 and 62 credits, and have maintained a G.P.A. of at least 3.0. Faculty recommendations were also considered in making the final decision regarding membership.

On November 17, 1974, their goal was finally realized when 21 active, 4 alumna, and 2 honorary charter members of the Sophomore Women’s Honorary were initiated as members of Cwens. Slippery Rock became the Alpha Theta Chapter when they were initiated by the Lambda Chapter at Westminster College with Miss Lorraine R. Sibbet, Lambda Chapter Adviser, and Mrs. Kathryn Koblentz, National Executive Secretary, in attendance at the installation feast. Dean Ellen Perrin and Dr. Joan Egan were the advisers of the charter Cwens chapter. Charter active members were.

Joni Bartell
Kathy Rattelsdorfer
Andrea Betovich (Secretary)
(Treasurer) Debbie Read
Jodi Brylinsky
Nancy Rocco
Jackie Davis
Janet Rock (Vice President)
Sue Simpson
Kerry Erwin
Marisue Stephenson
Sue Everden
Karen Sutphin
Jane Innerst
Darla Uram
Mary Ellen Jencka (President)
Peggy Jeran
Debi Yates
Dianne Kerr
Kris Zilavy
Carol Larson

The four alumna members, who were the leaders of the 1973-74 group which really worked toward acceptance into Cwens, were Phyllis Wettig, Sheryl Rees, Maria DeMarino, and Jackie Grimmer. On March 6, 1976, along with all other Cwens chapters, the Alpha Theta Chapter became an official member of the Lambda Sigma Society.

Mississippi State University
The Thirty-Third Chapter

In the spring of 1978, Ms. Barbara Blankenship and Candy Williamson received permission from the Office of Student Life and Services to form a sophomore honorary on the campus of Mississippi State University. The name of the organization was Chimes and its purpose was to promote leadership, scholarship, and service among freshmen; to provide an opportunity for sophomores to serve; and to promote the advancement of the status of women.

To be eligible for membership, a candidate was required to have completed at least 12 hours the previous semester and be taking 12 hours during the semester being considered for membership. The candidate also had to be a second semester freshmen or a first semester sophomore with a 3.00 to be considered. Following is a list of charter members of the Chimes organization:

Mary Jene Addkison
Susan Kroger
Margaret Arnold
Gina Lackey
Nancy Bennett
Gwen McDill
Nancy Biglane (Secretary/Treasurer)
Elizabeth Bost
Adrienne Pakis
Vicki Crowder (President)
Donna Fava
Kathy Pyatt
Janet Green
Rebecca Rose
Debbie Hardin
Susan Rouse
Kate Howell
Cathy Thomas (Vice President)
Mary Virden
Jana Jarnagan

The Chimes organization petitioned to become a chapter of Lambda Sigma in the late spring of 1978 and in November of that same year the Alpha Iota Chapter of Lambda Sigma was installed at Mississippi State University. The first initiates were the following:

Nancy Adams
Lynn Hitchings
Donna Barkley
Sherry Lee
Suzanne Blalock
Lauri Metts
Gwen Booth
Kim Mobley
Terri Box
Marty Mosley
Julie Burress
Cheryl Sidney
Susan Creekmore
Lynn Tillery
Gay Culpepper
Kathy Waltman
Rhonda Earnest
Jan Watson

Georgia Institute of Technology
The Thirty-Fourth Chapter

Alpha Kappa was installed by Pi Chapter, Auburn University at the Georgia Institute of Technology on Friday, January 19, 1979. This was a result of one year’s work with a core group of students who had shown an interest in establishing a chapter on the campus.

In February of 1978, Jane Price Harmon, National President, visited the campus to talk with Sally Hammock, organizations advisor, to investigate the possibility of placing the first chapter in Georgia at Tech. Frequent meetings were held with the students, Dr. Sarah Jackson and Dr. James Young of the English Department, and the selection process was completed in November of 1978.

The group began building its treasury by doughnut sales, and initiated its first service project at Roosevelt House, a high rise elderly apartment building, with a Casino party and movies. The program expanded when the chapter became the official hosts and hostesses of the campus and when it produced a chapter newsletter.

D’Youville College
Thirty-Fifth Chapter

The Alpha Lambda Chapter of the Lambda Sigma Society was established at D’Youville College in 1981. The first group of 19 freshmen were tapped on Wednesday, March 11, 1981. Installation by the Lambda Chapter of Westminster College took place on Sunday, April 5. The first initiates were:

Christine Barr
Eileen Grinnell
Carrie A. Bisanty
Kenneth Kavanaugh
Diane M. Boloz
Julianne E. Kiz
Gerald Boyce
Canio Marasco, Jr.
Anthony Cannuli
Cynthia J. Palenski
Cynthia Childs
Mary Louise Ray
Frances J. D’Amico
Denise M. Rutkowski
Jeffrey Dygulski
Kenneth Stanton
Evelyn Gawronski
Judy A. Zemrak
Karen L. Graczyk

Since 1981, Alpha Lambda Chapter has contributed much to the college and community through fund-raisers and service projects. These activities have included helping the freshmen move into the dorms, ushering at Honors Convocation, Baccalaureate and Commencement, assisting alumni with the annual phon-a-thon, hosting Halloween and Christmas parties for the local children and nursing home residents, blood mobiles, and organizing the annual week-long Moving Up Days activities. Members have also raised money through bake sales, on-campus birthday cake sales, blind auctions, fish frys, and sales of First Aid Kits. Overall, this organization is a highly motivated group of individuals who truly exhibit scholarship, leadership, fellowship and service at D’Youville College.

Berry College
The Thirty-Sixth Chapter

In May of 1980, Dean of Students, Thomas Carver, and Barbara Morgan called a meeting of selected freshmen interested in forming a new club. This club was organized for the purpose of becoming a new chapter of Lambda Sigma Honor Society. The group was enthusiastic about the idea and decided to go “full speed ahead”. Jane Price Harmon, National President, was contacted and met with Dean Carver on several occasions to formulate plans for installation.

The club was formed under the official name of Berry Leadership and Scholarship Sophomore Honor Society. Officers were elected and work began as the students initiated many projects with an emphasis on service to the Berry community. The activities included helping at Freshman Orientation, writing and performing singing telegrams for all occasions, performing a valet parking service for the annual Founder’s Day Dinner, sending representatives to the regional convention at Texas A&M, serving as score keepers and timers at a Scholar’s Bowl, and helping with the first annual Viking Classic Road Race.

The group was initiated in the spring of 1981 by the Alpha Kappa Chapter of Georgia Tech.

Butler University
The Thirty-Seventh Chapter

Sophomore honorary-service organizations were an integral part of Butler University for over 62 years. The first such organization, Torch, was founded in 1920. Torch was made up of sophomore women whose purpose was to promote democratic ideals and to bring about solidity among upper class women. One of their activities was arranging social affairs for freshmen.

In 1921, another similar organization was formed. Scarf was the name of the group made up of freshman women. Scarf’s purpose was to promote good fellowship and cultural pursuits and to bring about increased student body support of campus activities. Some of its activities included hosting a party for the freshmen women and collecting food and toys for needy families during the holidays.

In the fall of 1932, Scarf and Torch combined to make one group. The reasoning behind this was that Scarf members were not active until their sophomore year, which caused overlapping with membership in Torch. The group decided to petition to a national sophomore honorary, and disbanded after the 1932-33 school year to form Spurs.

The Butler Chapter of Spurs was installed on May 5, 1933, and was the fifteenth Spurs Chapter and the only one east of the Rocky mountains. The first project that the new group undertook was a food sale that made them $16. “Kid Kapers,” an informal dance and party where students came dressed in children’s clothes became a traditional event sponsored by Spurs at Butler. Perhaps the most successful Spurs activity was the caramel apple sale to the fraternity and sorority houses every Wednesday at noon. From this alone, Spurs made enough money to finance all its social activities for the year. In 1934, the Butler Chapter won the national trophy for the best chapter record in the nation for that year. This trophy was based on accomplishments in campus activities, scholarship, and service to the university.

The next major change in Spurs came in the fall of 1976 when men were allowed to join the organization for the first time. Some of Spurs activities included assisting the university and the new freshmen during orientation week, selling mums at homecoming, and May Day carnations to benefit a local senior citizen’s center.

In the spring of 1982, Spurs decided it was time again to change to a new organization. Spurs national was not contributing to the local chapter of Spurs so Spurs decided to disaffiliate and look for a new organization. Many alternatives were investigated and it was decided that the national Lambda Sigma Society would be the best choice. After petitioning, the society of Butler University sophomore organization was accepted and installed November 13, 1982.

The Butler University sophomore honorary-service group has had a strong impression on campus for many years. Despite changes in society, the group has survived. It has survived through tough economic times, a World War, and an upheaval of societal values.

Note: Alpha Nu is now inactive.

Texas Tech University
The Thirty-Eighth Chapter

In the fall of 1982, a coordinating council of representatives from six college honoraries, Alpha Lambda Delta, Junior Council, Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma, and Phi Kappa Phi formed with the Dean of Students’ encouragement, to plan a spring recognition program and to organize a sophomore honorary. The council agreed that the members of the honorary would be chosen on their achievements of scholarship, leadership, and service activities from high school and college involvement. The objective of the honorary would be to foster leadership, scholarship, fellowship, and the spirit of service among college students. Students were required to have completed a minimum of 12 graded hours, be in their first year of college residence and have earned a cumulative 3.25 grade point average on a 4 point system.

From approximately ninety applications submitted in the spring of 1983, fifty finalists were interviewed by the honor society and thirty-six members were chosen. An orientation and workshop for these new members was conducted and officers elected in May 1983. A summer newsletter was mailed, and the group organized to begin its year of activities.

Note: Alpha Xi is now inactive.

Beaver College of Penn State
The Thirty-Nineth Chapter

On October 2, 1982, Dr. David Wood and Dr. Robert DeWitt were interviewed by Lambda Sigma National Executive Board at the national conference. Later on November 10 Dr. Wood and Dr. DeWitt met with the first prospective group of Lambda Sigma and a petition for membership sent to Barbara Ross, National Board Vice President.

On January 25, 1983,  the Student Government Association recognized Lambda Sigma as the Alpha Omicron Chapter and the first Lambda Sigma Chapter members were later inducted by Duquesne University. The officers were Delrine Jackson, Frederick Picci, Lisa Ungor and Christine Alberts.

Note: Alpha Omicron is now inactive.

Lawrence University
The Fortieth Chapter

Alpha Pi began as an effort to recognize and retain sophomore students at Lawrence University. Christine Frantz, Assistant Dean of Students, who had been a former Cwens member, felt that the strong, competitive academic atmosphere at Lawrence left little room for nurturing or positive reinforcement. Consequently, with the assistance of a very supportive dean and Denise Rode from NIU, Lambda Sigma began at Lawrence University.

After a visit from Denise Rode, the chapter was installed on November 25, 1984, by the Omicron Chapter. Charter members included:

Rich Agness (Dean of Campus Life)
Peter Marsh
David Mitchell
Susan Beckwith
Melissa Pahel
Elizabeth Brown
Linda Paul
Rose Brzezinski
Susan Peterson
Beth Campbell
Stephen Purdum
Thayre Faust
Steve Reich
Deborah Goldman
Omar Sayeed
Scott Halloin
Greta Schewe
Karen Hamilton
Lisa Shirah
Karen Hoffmann
Lisa Toussaint
Jeffrey Jolton
Angela Wagoner
Peter Kelly
Rik Warch (Lawrence’s President)
Lisette Kielson
Aron Livingston
Janine Yanisch

Activities for the first academic year included establishing a link with the admissions office through tours, hosting, fund drives, etc., establishing a support network (for tutoring, counseling, and assisting freshmen), and recruiting new members in spring. Lawrence’s chapter also attended the Lambda Sigma Society Regional Conference in Chicago, November 9-11.

The group’s leaders seemed very enthusiastic about Lambda Sigma. President Thayre Faust: “I’m excited about being involved in the development of a sophomore honor society. A group of this type can contribute much to the university in terms of activities and over-all spirit. The members are very positive and energetic about establishing Lambda Sigma as the first chapter in the state of Wisconsin. The response from the administration and the faculty has been most encouraging and most helpful.”

Robert Morris College
The Forty-First Chapter

The forty-first chapter of the Lambda Sigma Society was installed at Robert Morris College January 18, 1987 at an installation ceremony. A welcome was extended by the President of the College, Charles L. Sewall. The guest speaker was Dr. Robert C. Dewitt, National Vice President of Lambda Sigma Society. Closing remarks were made by Jack V. Balderson, Dean of Students. The first founding members included the following:

Suzanne M. Allen                  Beth Lynn Idecker
Tracie Lee Andrews               Heather Jo Kanzelmeyer
Scott Antoline                       Brian J. Koah
Tammy Lynn Bach                James A. Krivanek, Jr.
Laura E. Bayer                      Lori Lake
Lisa Benes                           Barbara L. McKenzie
Steven R. Bennett                 Carol Lee Munch
Heather Gray Bruwelheide      Karen Pavlic
Mark Philip Bula                    Lauri A. Reimer
Shari A. Caruso                    Erik M. Sockman
Mari Beth Conklin                 Lori A. Stripay
Mary Susan Connolly            Timothy Paul Stroupe
Kelly DeCarlo                       Debbie Sutterlin
John Dotchin                       Stephen Uhing
Julie Fitzgerald                    Kimberly Vandenheuval
Leslie C. Frank                   Sheri Marie Vollmer
Kenneth Froelich                 Kimberly Ann Ward
Richard M. Gmys               Cynthia L. Watson
Joyce M. Hill                      Maurice Anthony Wilhelm
Bruce L. Holtzinger             Jeffrey Wills
Advisors for the Alpha Rho Chapter included the Assistant Dean of Students, Dr. Larry Lunsford and Dr. Gayle J. Marco, Assistant Professor of Marketing/Management.

Note: Alpha Rho is now inactive.

Gannon University
The Forty-Second Chapter

Lambda Sigma, Gannon’s first University-wide national honor society, was chartered January 31, 1987, with the installation of 31 students and five honorary members. Efforts to establish an organization such as Lambda Sigma were initiated by James Fitzpatrick, Director of Student Development. Mr. Fitzpatrick discovered, upon his arrival in August of 1986, that no university-wide national honor societies existed at Gannon, and he began working toward the installation of an organization. According to Fitzpatrick, the founding of the Lambda Sigma chapter at Gannon was facilitated by his knowledge of the group and his contacts with their board of directors.

Mr. Fitzpatrick said that he expected that chapters of freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior societies would be established at Gannon by the end of the school year (1987). Indeed, his prediction was correct. In November, a meeting was held for those sophomores meeting the leadership and service requirements. At this meeting, details of the national organization were explained to potential members.

Of the 46 sophomores attending the meeting, 31 accepted positions and paid dues by the end of the semester. The installation and founding ceremony also included the induction of honorary members Gannon President, Dr. Joseph Scottino; Vice President of Academic Services, Dr. Robert Wall; Vice President of Student Services, Richard Dunford; Assistant Registrar, Timothy W. Pilewski; and Director of Student Development, James Fitzpatrick. Dr. Robert DeWitt, National Vice President, was also in attendance as presiding officer at the installation ceremony and presented the chapter President Margaret Rothgery with the charter officially proclaiming the Alpha Sigma Chapter of Lambda Sigma at Gannon University.

Alpha Sigma Chapter members have participated in many events throughout the years. Some of the activities members have been involved in, include participating in the annual Dance Marathon to benefit the MDA foundation, serving as Host and Hostesses for the annual Parent-Weekend, offering volunteer tutorial services at the JFK Center, volunteering for Freshmen Orientation, participating in the annual Phone- A-Thon to raise money for the University, and having a Halloween party for underprivileged children. The Alpha Sigma Chapter plans to continue its success in the future and to continue reaching the goals of the Lambda Sigma Society.

The University of Alabama
The Forty-Third Chapter

In the Spring of 1988, the Alpha Tau Chapter of Lambda Sigma was installed on the campus at the University of Alabama. Auburn students from Pi Chapter and Joe Kicklighter, the Pi Adviser and national vice president conducted the installation ceremony at a banquet. The University of Alabama president, Dr. Roger Soyers and Dr. Ed Whipple, director of student life, attended the festive occasion.

Fifty students were initiated as charter members along with the adviser, Jeffery Munroe who serves as assistant director of student life, and Dr. Jay Black, a faculty member.

The chartered members include the following:

Dee Anderson                       Amy Renee Jones
Daniel E. Archer                    Steven M. Kennedy
Dana R. Bailey                      Craig Knight
Elizabeth B. Baird                 Gloria A. Kraver
Jonathon Barnette                 Sheri McClellan
William Bedwell-VP               Stan McGee
Bill Bolen                             Melissa J. McLeod
Gwyn D. Carmichael              Nancy Metcalf
Amy L. Chasteen                  Lisa A. Morgan
Joanna H. Cocoris                 Patricia Michelle Morton
Ivan B. Cooper                      Christine M. Muscolino
Lori Crampton -Treasurer       Melanie Parsons
Dianna Cribbs-Secretary        Kimberly Ann Reichmann
Carla Crossno                      James V. Rivers, IV
Daphne Z. Dehnad               Melissa A. Sanders
Gregory Dobbins                 Jay Shiland
Deanna V. Duncan-Pres.     Dianna Smith
Kelly Fugit                         Kathy Smith
David Gold                         Leslie Ellen Stapp
Srimathy Gopalakrishnan    Virginia Stewart
Bradley G. Gray                 Robert D. Story
Joe Green                         Denise Stripling
Debra Hatley                     Denise M. Wadlington
Terry M. Hirsberg              Mare Warner
Terri Jackson                    David Brent Wyper

Mount Saint Clare College
The Forty-Fourth Chapter

In the academic year of 1990-1991, the President and Academic Dean’s Council discussed and studied options to form a sophomore honor society on campus. Mount Saint Clare College was initially a junior college, when  the college became a four year institution, our goal was to be recognized by an honor society in keeping with the nature of this institution.

Dr. Fred Medinger, the Academic Dean, received permission from the President of the college to apply for membership with Lambda Sigma Society. Dr. Joseph Kicklighter encouraged us to proceed with our petition, and advised us to the steps for desired membership.

Then, Dr. Medinger contacted those students who had achieved a 3.00 GPA and had been active as leaders in campus and civic organizations. In October 1991, eight charter members were initiated in the Alpha Upsilon Chapter. Omicron, the installing chapter from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, conducted the ceremony and was represented by the advisor, Denise Rode, and three Omicron members, Eric Lynch, Ivette Rodriquez, and Carren Heck. The charter members of Alpha Upsilon are:

Connie Banker
Linda Lulkowski
Pamela Bromley
Brenda Mussmann
Angela Kilburg
Christine Tripses
Yuki Kuriyama
Advisors are: Dr. Fred Medinger, Administrative Advisor and Sister William McCue, Faculty Advisor.

Ferrum College
Forty-Fifth Chapter

Through the encouragement of the Office of Student Affairs, in the spring of 1991, Dr. Jerry Sumney and Mr. Al Iantorno began forming a sophomore service oriented honors organization. The purpose of the organization was to give opportunities for service and leadership to sophomores. The original students drew up and ratified a constitution and were officially recognized on campus by the Student Government Association that spring. To be eligible for membership, a candidate was required to have sufficient hours to be a sophomore and have a 3.0 or better GPA. Following is a list of charter members of Ferrum’s honor organization.

Madison Caldwell
Mitzi Jones
Christopher Cobb
Judith Kitchens
Stacy Dowis
Todd Maiden (President)
Mem McGraw
Kristin Ebert
Mary Pharr
Keith Fender (Treasurer)
Mike Huff
Joanna Rogers (Vice President)
Joey Stanley

The Ferrum Honors organization petitioned to become a chapter of Lambda Sigma late in the spring of 1991 and in November of that year the Alpha Phi Chapter of Lambda Sigma was installed at Ferrum College by Dr. Ron Wolfe and members of Mu Chapter from Eastern Kentucky University. In addition, to the charter members, the first initiates were:

Preston Ball
Angie Johnson
Caran Bonfili
Mark Joy
Heath Cockerham
Kelly Main
Nancy Custer
Scott Newlon
Thomas W. Dowdy II
Kristy Ricks
Greg Haymore
Susan Stephenson
John Hopkins
Christopher West

Notre Dame College of Ohio
The Forty-Six Chapter

In the spring of 1991, Dr. Lorraine A. Sibbet, Vice President for Student Development, and members of the local Sophomore Honor Society petitioned to become a chapter of Lambda Sigma. The purpose of this organization is to foster leadership, scholarship, fellowship and the spirit of service among the women of the sophomore class; to stimulate interest in scholarship, leadership and participation in activities and the development of character among freshman women, and to serve and promote the interest of the College in every possible way.

To be eligible for membership, a candidate was required to have completed at least 12 hours the previous semester and be taking 12 hours during the semester in which she was being considered for membership. The candidate also had to be a second semester freshman with a 3.00 GPA. The original Sophomore Honor Society members, who were also the charter members, include the following:

Rebecca Balash
Rosemary Schneider
Jennifer Ciehanski
Debra Dewey
Kristen Schumacher
Patricia Walter
Kathy Mraz

On April 5, 1992, both the charter members and the new inductees were tapped into the Alpha Chi Chapter of Lambda Sigma by Alpha Omicron Chapter at Penn State, Beaver Campus. Members for the 1992-93 year include the following:

Michele Blair
Melissa Rizzo
Monica Bodajlo
Amy Schreiber
Lisa Goldrick (President)
Janis Govang
Aimee Shinhearl
Laura Jeffries
Jennifer Keppler (Treasurer)
Tonya Welch
Patricia Masterson (Vice President)
Kelley McIntrye (Secretary)

Note: Alpha Chi is now inactive.

The University of Toledo
The Forty-Seventh Chapter

Plans for establishing a chapter of Lambda Sigma at the University of Toledo began in the Fall of 1994. A meeting was held with approximately thirty freshmen in the Leadership UT program and announcement of the formation of this society on our campus was presented in the student newspaper, The Collegian. Over thirty applications were received. From these applications twenty-one students were selected who had the qualifications considered to be of primary importance. Emphasis was upon scholarship and demonstrated leadership or organizational ability. Several also were involved in athletics, either on a varsity team or in intramurals.

Dr. Dan Abrahamowicz, Dean of Students; Dr. Richard Perry, Dean of Admissions; Dr. Terribeth Gordon-Moore, Assistant Dean of the College of Business Administration; and Dr. James A. Brunner, Professor of Marketing and a member of the faculty for several decades, were chosen to serve as the advisors and be members of this founding group for the society. The installation was held on Sunday, June 4, 1995, at a brunch held at Inverness Club, the site of the PGA and other tournaments. Dr. Ron Wolfe, the national executive secretary, conducted the installation ceremony with the assistance of members of Mu Chapter at Eastern Kentucky University. Members of this society are listed below:

Esequiel V. Agnosto
Erin M. Horsley
Eirene Renee Alexandrou
Jessica L. Hutchison
Matthew John Allen
Kristine D. Linton
Shelly L. Asad
Ryan K. Miltner
Amanda L. Bartell
Julie A. Rader
Alfonso Cortez
Tracey Lynn Stryker
Jennifer Lynne Engle
Jennifer M. Wellman
Kimberly Ferchau
David Whalen
Janna E. Frome
Brad A. Windbigler
Joshua D. Herchl
Anna c. Yosick
Kevin D. Hopkins

Westfield State College
The Forty-Eighth Chapter

Twenty-seven charter members were inducted in Alpha Omega chapter at Westfield State College on December 10,1995. Dr. Peter Mazza, vice-president of student affairs, spoke at the banquet in which parents and family members were also in attendance. Entertainment was provided by the Westfield State College jazz band.

The installation of the chapter and initiation of its members was conducted by Dr. Jon Conlogue, national recording secretary of Lambda Sigma. Dr. Conlogue is also director of resident life at Westfield State College and will be serving as chapter adviser. The new officers include: president, Michael Donahue; vice president, Karen Pawlishen; treasurer, Tammy Leary; and secretary Nicole Murray. The members are listed below:

Michael Boyle
Stephen Huntley
Adreanna Brault
Jenny Jovell
Laura Bryant
Kathleen Kieck
Wendy Burton
Michael Knodler
Jim Calnan
Tammy Leary
William Chisholm
Lisa Maranda
Jared Curtis
Beth McCloskey
Amber DeFore
Maura S. McLaughlin
Michael Donahue
Nicole Murray
Carrie-Ann Egan
James E. O’Connor II
Michelle Gandee
Karen A. Pawlishen
Thomas Giannini II
Lauren Rivers
Eric Griffin
Dawn Sellars
Chad Hespell
Lori Somes
Greg Hochmuth
Heather Suher

The University of Montevallo
The Forty-Ninth Chapter

The installation of Beta Alpha chapter at the University of Montevallo occurred on February 25, 1996. Several members of Pi chapter along with their advisors, Gail McCullers and Dr. Joe Kicklighter, who serves as the national vice president, conducted the ceremony. Twenty-three students were initiated into the charter group which will be advised by Bobby Deavers, director of student activities at the University of Montevallo. Members are listed below:

Kita Ard
Bess Monneyham
Amy Bloom
Amber Mullins
Josh Bradshaw
Allen Orr
Christy Brasher
Mark Penaskovic
April Chambers
Dominique Prince
Chris Cochran
Tomeiko Pritchett
Vanessa Davis
Ava Putman
Katie Derieux
Kevin Shivers
Emily Greer
Jim Sullivan
Paige Harwell
Kecia Topping
Jennifer Maddox
Leslie Uptain|
Elizabeth Melton

Note: Beta Alpha is now inactive.

Mississippi University for Women
The Fiftieth Chapter

In September 1996, the Beta Beta chapter at Mississippi University for Women located in Columbus, MS, was installed as the 36th chapter of Lambda Sigma. Two national officers, Dr. Joe Kicklighter and Barbara Ross and six members from the Alpha Delta chapter conducted the ceremony. Several university administrators were present including the university president, Dr. Clyda Rent. Following the ceremony, a reception was held.

Nineteen members were initiated into the charter group which will be advised by Dr. William Parker and Ms. Melissa Tucker.

The Beta Beta chapter began as a local honor society, Lantern, in 1926 and has promoted ideas of academic excellence for over 70 years. MUW has a rich heritage dating back to 1884 when it opened its doors as the first public college for women in America.

The charter members include the following:

Ruth Ashcraft
Melinda Barrett
Serena Blount
Sunshine Bradshaw
Michele Y. Clark
C. Allison Davis
Quintelle Griggs
Trey Harper
Amy Howell Harris
Amanda R. Luna
Lori Jean Mantooth
Melanie Anne Partridge
Rachel M. Pierce
Amy Rhodes
Megan Rockwell|
Thomas “Mack” Spencer
Amy Strong|
Leigh Ann Watson

Note: Beta Beta chapter is now inactive.

Pikeville College
The Fiftieth Chapter

In March of 1998, Dean of Students Ron Damron and Karen Smith, who had been an advisor to the Zeta Chapter of Lambda Sigma at Muskingum, called a meeting of selected first year students interested in forming a new society. Thie group was organized for the purpose of becoming a new chaper of Lambda Sigma Honor Society.

It was agreed that the members of the honor society would be chosen for their achievements of scholarship, leadership and service activities from high school and college. The objective of the honor society would be to foster leadership, scholarship, fellowship and service among second year college students.

Students were required to have completed a minimum of 12 college hours, be in their first year and have earned a cumulative 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 system.

Letters were sent to 27 students who met the academic standards and 12 of these students attended an informational meeting and took applications. From the applications submitted to the Dean of Students, eight were chosen as the first group of Lambda Sigma. An orientation workship was held for these students on May 5, 1998 and officers were elected to work on bylaws and fall projects.

The Beta Gamma Chapter of Lambda Sigma Society was officially installed at Eastern Kentucky University by Mu Chapter on Saturday, October 4, 1998. Mu chapter presented the bond as a gift as they hosted the newest chapter at an evening banquet.

Founding members of Beta Gamma included:

President: Jerry Walker
Vice President: Jeremy Parsons
Secretary: Olivia Gannon
Treasurer: C.J. Robinson
Historian: Toni Casebolt
SGA Liaison: Jackie Layne
Team A: Amy Parsley
Team B: Erin Hunter

Middle Tennessee State University

The Fifty-First Chapter

During the spring of 1999 seven members of Phi Eta Sigma expressed an interest in assisting in the organization of a sophomore honor society. Those seven members along with Dr. Gene Fitch, Associate Dean of Student Life, began looking for a national organization whose mission was similar to their mission – to provide service to the campus and community.  

After looking at Lambda Sigma and Gamma Beta Phi, Lambda Sigma was selected. Seven months later, on April 28, 2000, Dr. Ron Wolfe and six members of Mu Chapter from Eastern Kentucky University traveled to Middle Tennessee State University and installed the Beta Delta Chapter at a campus reception. Nineteen students were initiated as charter members.

Charter members included:
Shannon Aplin
Usman Bacha
Lori Bruce
Benjamin Chiles
Jennifer Davis
Laura Beth Franklin
Karen Foster
Sarah Gilbert
Stephanie Henry
Courtney Huckabay
Jennifer Kisgen
Amber Larkin
D.J. Marshall
Melanie Moore
Melinda Person
Tim Scotton
Melissa Snowden
Jason Talley
Meredith White

Washington University
The Fifty-Second Chapter

After completing her first semester at Washington University, freshman Katherine MacArthur noticed that there was a lack of interaction and communication between Washington University students and the surrounding St. Louis community. She believed that an organization dedicated to encouraging the exchange of ideas and interaction between the students and the St. Louis community was much needed. Lambda Sigma, a national honor society whose purpose is to promote leadership, scholarship, fellowship, and service among sophomore students, appeared to best fit this need.

After approval from the Washington University administration, Dean Darla Dale agreed to advise the honor society at WU. Thirty-eight members of the sophomore class were recruited for membership. The students are strong leaders committed to the ideas of Lambda Sigma. The support of the Lambda Sigma National Vice President, Neal Edman, was key in bringing this honor society to Washington University.

The chapter was installed January 27, 2002 by John Hauser from the National Board who presented each member ribbon. Two members from Tau Chapter at the University of Kansas assisted in the installation, Kelly O’Brien and Scott Roberts. Rho Chapter at Thiel College gave the new chapter “The Bond.”  Charter officers and advisor included:

President Katherine MacArthur
Vice President Alison Kleaver
Crystal Moten Secretary
Franklin Williams Treasurer
Angela Chang Publicity Coordinator
Darla Dale Advisor

The charter members include the following:

Chidinma Asenye             Alison Kleaver
Raviv Berlin                      Benjamin Levine
George Bell                     Shannon Lieberg
Gary Berman                   Katherine MacArthur
Justin Buszin                   Kelley Mesa
Nicole Cante                    Stephen Moses
Angela Chany                  Crystal Moten
Jessica Cole                   Radhika Narla
Joya Deutsci                   Laura Oakland
Malcah Effon                   Erin Parkinson
James Fitzroy                 John Reeves
Rachel Flyn                    Andrew Reff
Galen Fowlo                   George Schweitzer
Lauren Fraris                  Robynn Scott-Clayton
Paul Frihau                    Joseph Sumberg
Jarred Gibson                Barne Suskin
Kristin Hode                  Ashwin Unniknishman
Mishele Kiefer               Michelle Weiner
Travis Kilparick              Franklin Williams

Pace University (NYC)
The Fifty-Third Chapter

The Beta Zeta Chapter in New York City was installed in April 2005. Members of the charter group at Pace included:

Michael Abdurakhmanov
Shamara Alterno
Paul E. Bascope
Christina Bauer
Sarah Brunelle
Alexandra Cancel
Amy Ching
Rachel Chopra
Jayson Michael Cordero
Ana Dinulovic
Helen Dong
Michelle A. Dwaileebe
John Ellie Jr.
Erin M. Flaherty
Richard M. Franciosa
Megan Friedman
Adam Dane Galarneau
Rose Ann S. Ghabour
Yelena Glants
Barbara Anne Landi
Tara Lantieri
Emer Lawn
Maria Izza Mariano
Stephanie L. Martinelli
Peggy Ng
Suzanne La Padula
Cindy S. Pang
Jaime Perrone
Sara Amanda Pyne
Alexandra E. Quint
Stevi A. Raab
Nadali evon Reyes
Mark Roszkowski
Radha Singh
Rebecca M. Stull
Rachelle Suissa
Gregory C. Thompson
Elif Yuksel s Ramirez

Ying Zheng

Pace University-Pleasantville
The Fifty-Fourth Chapter

The Pace University Beta Eta chapter of Lambda Sigma is launched on the Pleasantville campus.  The charter membership was installed in a formal ceremony in April of 2006.   Our Beta Eta Pleasantville chapter engages in community, social and fund-raising endeavors planned and happening.  President Lawrence DePrimo attended the Lambda Sigma National Conference at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2006 in Hattiesburg. 

In March of each year Pleasantville Lambda Sigma officers meet with administrative advisors to consider applications from soon-to-be sophomores for the coming year.  The candidates are considered and chosen and all applicants are notified of the decisions. 

The induction ceremony features a candle-lighted ritual, a guest speaker and refreshments for all attending.  Faculty members and administrators are invited to join members, inductees and their families.  The formal gathering involves inductions.  Following the ceremony refreshments and conversation among the gathered people eases the evening and relaxes attendees and fosters a sense of community.    

The university’s finance department has established an account into which funds are deposited and maintained.  A major aspect of the honor organization is community service.  Such is stressed to the membership.  The president, the officers and the members are intelligent, cheery and eager. 

The 2006 Beta Eta inaugural class of Lambda Sigma, the national sophomore honor society includes Asif Ali, Denis Alimonti, Melissa Allen, Gina Camilli, Jennifer Carey, Marie Carlin, Danielle Davis, Lawrence DePrimo, Dandelion Dilluvio, Vanessa Dones, Caitlin Doran, Yasmin El Jamal, Julia Freeman, Danielle Greene, Lisa Hendrick, Michael Johnson, Kristin Kolano, Antonella Leone, Deirdre Matthews, Lisa Piscopiello, Gianna Sandri, and Alison Tobin. 

Urbana University
The Fifty-Fifth Chapter

The petition to charter the Beta Theta Chapter of Lambda Sigma at Urbana University was produced throughout the 2005-06 school year by students in the University’s Student Leadership Institute.  Members of that group included: Jenna Acord, Derek Ballas, Nathasha DeVita, Beth Elam, Nick guidera, Mitch Joseph, Eric Latham, Rachel Matthews, Lisa Schulte and Bob Stimmel.

The petition was approved by the National Board in the summer of 2006 in Nashville, and 18 members of the charter chapter were inducted on September 12, 2006 in the student center on the campus of Urbana University by Dr. Ron G. Wolfe, Executive Secretary of Lambda Sigma.  Beta Chapter of nearby Miami University presented the bond as a gift to the new chapter and Beta president, Jennifer Mouch and member Kaitlyn Baker took part in the ceremony where Dr. Robert Head, president of the University was made an honorary member.

Also attending the charter ceremony were Dr. Tom Fouquet, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Chip Weisgerber, Dean of Students; Mr. Bob Keller, Vice President for Institutional Advancement; Dr. Cheryl Fenno, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences;  Dr. Betsy Siddle, Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and several parents.  Advisors, Nicholas Christian, Director of Career Services and Carrie James,  Assistant Professor of Humanities, were also in attendance.  Dr. Weisgerber gave a short testimonial for Lambda Sigma, having been a president and faculty advisor at Muskingum.  Mr. Christian gave a brief history of the new chapter and introduced the third and fourth year students who were instrumental in chartering the group.

Members of the charter chapter included officers:

Alex McCaskey, president
Della Trimble, vice-president
Cami Anthony, treasurer
Elizabeth Trick, Secretary

 General members:

Sara Allison              Melissa Bentley
Amanda Davis           Karey Evans
Michael Greer            Brandi Hembree
Stephanie Ramey      Ashley Rigsby
Heather Shotts          Elisha Strous
Nathan Stull              Chris Tuco
Heather Washburn

George Mason University
The Fifty Sixth Chapter

The installation of the Beta Kappa Chapter was held on October 3, 2009, on the George Mason University campus. GMU president Dr. Alan Merten was presented the charter by John Hauser, national vice president, and initiated as an honorary member of the new chapter.

Advisors Mark Kidd (University of Mississippi) and Jude Butch (Slippery Rock University) wore their Lambda Sigma pins and, along with John Hauser, conducted the Gift of Fellowship in chich 43 members were initiated as members of the charter class. Also in attendance were several parents and family members.

Upon signing of the Bond, new members received certificates (rolledd and tied with blue and gold ribbon) which stated the purposes of Lambda Sigma and encouraging their full participation in the work of the chapter during the coming year.

Punch and a cake decorated with the Lambda Sigma logo were served following the ceremony.”

Both Kidd and Butch have been former members in other chapters, and have a good understanding of Lambda Sigma and how it can succeed on campus. Also, both the new president and vice president of the chapter have been involved in student government at George Mason, so both should be strong leaders for the new group.

University of North Carolina at Pembroke
The Fifty Seventh Chapter

In early 2009, a former member of the Pennsylvania State University – the Behrend Campus chapter of Lambda Sigma recalled the great experience he had as an undergraduate and wanted to provide that same opportunity at the University of North Carolina – Pembroke. Mr. Douglas Smith, Coordinator of Second year Programs, petitioned the National Board of Lambda Sigma for permission to establish a chapter at UNCP which was granted on June 27 , 2009.  As the 59th chapter of the Society, the Beta Lambda chapter was installed and the charter class of __ members was initiated on October 5, 2009.  John Hauser, National Vice President, attended the ceremony. Mr. Smith was introduced as the adviser to the chapter.

Mankato State University
The Fifty Eighth Chapter

On September 3, 2013 the Beta Nu Chapter was installed at the Minnesota State University – Mankato campus. Present at the installation were chapter advisor and Associate Director of the Centennial Student Union and Student Activities Advisor, Greg Wilkins; Vice President for Student Affairs, David Jones; and Lambda Sigma National Board representative, Denise Rode. A reception for the 18 new members and guests was held following the ceremony. The chapter ceased activities in May 2014.

· Lydia Andu
· Jeremy Balster
· Madelyn Brown
· Brennen Goodeen
· Bailey Hoffman
· Amanda Kirk
· Suhirja Kumar
· Krystal Klement
· Tara Maranda
· Alex Nelson
· Haylee Sieben
· Kaylea Von Feldt
· Chaltu Ansha
· Monique Bibeau
· Amanda Edberg
· Jenna Hess
· Brian Viessman
· Rebecca Wegscheild

Alvernia University
The Fifty Ninth Chapter

Dr. Claire Berardini, Dean of Student Success at Alvernia University, had been involved with the chapter at Pace University, New York City chapter, when it was formed in 2001. When she accepted the position at Alvernia, she began the process to have a chapter formed on her new campus. With the support of President Dr. Thomas F. Flynn, Vice President for University Life Dr. Joseph J. Cicala, and the faculty, Alvernia University
petitioned the National Organization for a chapter of Lambda Sigma, and on January 21, 2010, Alvernia University was informed by the National President that the Beta Mu chapter was established.

The chartering ceremony and induction of the charter class was held on Monday, April 12, 2010. Representing the national organization was John R. Hauser, National Vice President. In addition to President Flynn and Vice President Cicala, others from Alvernia University present at the ceremony were University Chaplain Fr. Kevin Queally, Dr. Berardini, Megan Adukaitis, Program Coordinator, First Year Experience, Dr. Gerald A. Vigna, Associate Professor of Theology, and Lee Ann Bieber, Student Success Operations Coordinator. Dr. Flynn was inducted as an honorary member, followed by the induction of 25 charter members. Ms Adukaitis and Dr. Vigna were introduced as the advisors of the chapter. The charter members were:

Nathan A. Bauer
Brandi L. Bentz
Emily C. Bieber
Kimberly A. Byrne
Anthony A. A. Cafurello
Prima Das
Thomas M. DiFilippo
Alicia E. Fidler
Kelli A. Goshert
Vanessa C. Hernandez
Jennifer L. Kaucher
Jennifer M. Kingman
Daniel T. Kwasniewski
Kirsten M. Lill
Gaohnou Lo
Leidy V. Londono
Brendon T. McGirr
Kayla E. Morgan
Ryan E. Mulligan
Rebecca E. Ownes
Anna J. Patterson
Christopher T. Ray
Jeffrey L. Schaefer
Cody J. Smith
Erin E. Solley
Jessica L. Taylor
Dana E. Valasek
Annie N. Wagner

Jackson State University
The Sixtieth Chapter

On April 20, 2015, Lambda Sigma Society welcomed the Jackson State University chapter into its ranks as the sixty-second chapter. Jackson State University, located in Jackson, MS, is the first historically black college/university to have a chapter of Lambda Sigma. The chapter was chartered by a University of Southern Mississippi, 1996 Lambda Sigma member, LaTonya Robinson-Kanonu. National board member, Amy Fountain, and Lambda Sigma members from Mississippi State University, University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of Mississippi participated in the Beta Xi chapter installation and inaugural ceremony. Fifty students and five honorary members were inducted, including the University president, Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers. Dr. James C. Renick, provost and senior vice president for Academic and Student Affairs welcomed everyone and later received the charter and bond for the Beta Xi chapter. After the chapter installation Wilton Jackson, former president from the Alpha Delta chapter at Southern Miss and a former national board member, serving as student representative gave an inspiring speech. Following The Gift of Friendship by Fountain and installation of officers by Robinson-Kanonu, Dr. Robert Blaine, dean of Undergraduate Studies and Cyber Learning gave the closing remarks. Charter members included the following:

Asia Amos
Justin Bennett
Barbara Carter
Marquis Chanay
Jesslyn Course
Jasmine Craft
Brandon Davis
Joslyn Day
Bryanne Delgado
Tyra Floyd
Ra’Kedra Ford
Akilah Fuller
Danielle Gaines
Amber Harris
Dierra House
Gabrielle Hughes
Markiesha James
Destiny Johnson
Kenya Johnson
Tanesha Johnson
Victoria Jones
Terrica Kelley
Mya Lee
Kelsi May
Joshua McCoy
Brandon Mitchell
Tasia Mitchum
Jasmine Moore
Chuckelle Morton
Chanel Norphlet
Ursla-Marie Offiah
Alyssa Pennington
Michael Peterson
Toneca Picken
Stherline Silencieux
Brittany Snell
Nija Spires
Marquesha Street
Alexia Thomas
Andrea Thomas
Rhonda Triplett
Shelbi Ware
Ravin Washington
Natalie White
Anath Willianms
Kelvin Williams
Tierra Woods
Jaelah Wright-Keely

Honorary members included the following:

Galina Bennett, Retention Specialist and Beta Xi Advisor

University Of West Alabama
The Sixty First Chapter

The petition to charter the Beta Omicron Chapter of Lambda Sigma at the University of West Alabama was shaped throughout the 2015-16 school year by key members of the university administration.  Members of that group included: Mr. Danny Buckalew, Mr. Richard Hester, Ms. Angel Jowers, Dr. Amy Jones, and Mr. Jeremy Sheffield.  Jowers, Jones and Sheffield were named as advisors to the chapter.

The petition was approved by the National Board in the spring of 2016 and 27 members of the charter chapter were inducted on March 16, 2016 at the Student Union building on the campus of the University of West Alabama by Mr. John Hauser, National Vice President of Lambda Sigma.  The students selected for membership are strong leaders committed to the ideals of Lambda Sigma.

Members of the charter group at the University of West Alabama include 27 students and three honorary memberships:


William David Amason
Renosha Barlow
Megan Black
Peyton Black
Tameriah Cameron
Sarah Coffey
Andrea Leigh Edmonds
Brianna Nicole Farley
Jaylon DeWuan Gaines
Baylee Delana Gardner
Laura Wrenn Griffith
Natasha Henderson
Christopher Ian Hester
Reagan Breanna Johnston
Destiny Langford
Valerie Alexis Larkin
Kendarius Davonta McNeese
Guadalupe Maria Meza
Briana Engracia Milliner
Jade Morgan Montgomery
Taylor Alexis Pollock
Kathlene Raye Saliba
Daniel Bryant Sellers
Patricia Kiersten Schellhammer
Margaret Tippy Stegall
Baylee Julia Morgan Tindol
Valencia Chardae Witherspoon


Dr. Ken Tucker, President of University of West Alabama
Mr. Richard Hester, Vice President for Student Affairs,
Mr. Danny Buckalew, Former Vice President for Student Affairs

Jacksonville State University
The Sixty Second Chapter

Under the leadership of Keaton Glass, Coordinator of First and Second Year Experience, a petition to install the Beta Pi chapter of Lambda Sigma at Jacksonville State University was submitted to the national board during the spring of 2018. On Thursday, October 25, 2018, seventeen members were inducted into the charter chapter at the Leone Cole Auditorium on the university’s campus. Amy Fountain, National Vice President, and Josie Hadaway, Student Representative, represented the Lambda Sigma National Board at the ceremony and conducted the installation of the new chapter. Also in attendance were active members of the nearby Alpha Mu chapter from Berry College. Members of the university administration who provided suppor for the charter and were named as honorary members include: Dr. John M. Beehler, President, Dr. Tim King, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Terry Casey, Dean of Students. Keaton Glass and Amy Tomlinson were named advisors to the chapter. Jacksonville State University joins three other universities in the state of Alabama with Lambda Sigma chapters. The inaugural members of the Beta Pi chapter were:

Sabin Banjara
Kevin Barajas
Taylor Anne Beckham
Mackenzie Chafin
McKenzie Chunn
Kate Fleming
Allison Follett
Houston Howard
Justin Jones
Caylin Moore
Hope Ruddle
Cassidy Russell
Erin Sims
Raine Taylor
Julia Webb
Demetria Williams
Andra Williams