Happy January to My Alpha Gam Sisters!

This fall, I had the pleasure of stepping into the role as the Alumnae Relations Team Advisor for the Epsilon Omega Chapter of AGD. My Alpha Gamma Delta memories from college are easily some of my fondest memories. My hope for this position is to see the relationship between collegiate members and alumnae members grow. Along with the Alumnae Relations Chair and her committee, we are committed to improving communication and strengthening the partnership between actives and alumnae. This twice yearly e-newsletter is the first step. We are also working on creating a website exclusively for alumnae members of Epsilon Omega. Additionally, we want to hear from you! Tell us what information you need and how we can help you feel more connected to our Chapter. Email us at with your comments and suggestions.

Alpha Gam Always,

Niki Birdsill Buesse (Fall '02)

Alum Homecoming BBQ at The University Farm

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Second Semester Calendar

1/19/16- 1/22/16 Spring Recruitment

1/23/16 Bid Day

3/14/16-3/18/16 Initiation Week

3/19/16 Initiation

4/3/16 - 4/8/16 Greek Week

4/16/16 IRD & Formal

5/7/16 Graduation


In December, we had 6 members make the transition to Alumnae so we will be looking for 6 to 7 new members in spring 2016. The first week back at school, January 12th through the 15th, there will be publicity tables in the SUB and in Missouri Hall to share information about our awesome sisterhood! Recruitment will run from January 19th to the 22nd with Bid day occurring on Saturday, January 23rd. Lunch, dinner, and coffee dates will be planned for all four days as well as some more structured, activity-based events. One event will be a philanthropy crafting night where girls will make inspirational canvases for young girls with diabetes. Our chapter will then work with Boxes of Joy for Diabetics to have them distributed. If you would like to recommend a girl who you think would fit our chapter well or would like to write a letter of recommendation for a girl, please feel free to contact Lydia Davis, VPR at
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Newest Alpha Gam Graduates

Top Left to Bottom Right: Sarah Graeler, Rachel Wilson, Ciara Wheeler, Sam Maxfield, Sally Grone.

Social - Groovy Jams and Winter Formal

The second annual Skate Date Groovy Jams was a total success this past fall! Us Alpha Gams love to skate so much that Leisure World ran out of skates for all of us and our dates! After all the skates were checked out, we moved on over to do a little bowling too.

Formal was just as crowded as normal! It was held at the Shrine Club which allowed us to be classy but not too fancy. Appetizers were catered and cupcakes were supplied by the mother of one of our sisters. We had great music, tables to sit at, and a painted banner for pictures. Overall, we had some great social events this semester!


AGD's are working hard in the classroom! Last spring, our chapter’s average GPA was 3.23, which is higher than Truman State University’s average GPA. We had many members placed on the President’s or VPAA’s List! We also had 57 members each Strive for Pi last spring. The Vice President of Scholarship is currently waiting on this past semester’s scholarship information.

What's New In Housing?

The Chapter Room was painted “Sand Dollar” over winter break and an FHC staff member will be coming during the spring semester to measure the room and select furniture. We are hoping to receive a purpose wall, new cubbies in the kitchen, and all new furniture. The Chapter Room should be redecorated by the end of January (fingers crossed)! Pictures coming soon!

New Officers

President: Clara Hughes

Alumnae Relations: Eryn Crawford

Risk Management: Tina Dungan

Ritual: Angie Barco

Music: Emmy Robertson

VPMD: Julia Missel

Alpha: Hailey Koob

Gamma 1: Alex Vietor

Gamma 2: Grace Bodman

Delta: Emily Thompson and Marie Arnett

Sisterhood: Olivia Klemme

Sunshine: MacKenna Palazza

VPS: Taylor McLeod

Social: Emily Starkey

Special Events: Ashley Eubanks

VPR: Lydia Davis

COR: Kailey Braddy

Membership: Josie Greenemay

VPO: Becca Wilson

Correspondence: Bridget Jensen

Publications: Aerin Johnson

Social Media: Lindsey Erwin

VPF: Khala Schulte

Philanthropy (external): Heidi Glickert

Philanthropy (internal): Allie Beckmann

Property: Kate Marnati

Purchasing: Audrey Vogl

VPCR: Morgan Fauth

Activities: Clare Mattione

PR: Kiersten Michel

Panhel: Aly Naes

Lip Sync: Caroline Welch

Health and Wellness: Jennifer Myers

Meet Eryn Crawford, the new Alumnae Relations Chair!

My name is Eryn Crawford. I am a junior, psychology/ Pre MAE major. I am from Moberly, MO. I love to travel and recently ran my first half marathon! I am a Grey's Anatomy fan and love dessert! My favorite part of Alpha Gamma Delta is the lifelong friendships and memories I have made!

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The First Pearls Project Update

The members of the Fall 2015 pledge class, along with the Epsilon Omega Advisors, would like to thank each alumnae member who participated in The First Pearls Project by becoming a Pearl Sister. Each new member received their gift of pearls along with a congratulatory note on the morning of their Initiation. It was a very inspiring portion of the Initiation day that the Chapter hopes more alumnae have an opportunity to be a part of. Some great connections were formed through this project, ones that we hope continue. Alpha Gamma Delta has a rich history and tradition that is meant to be shared between both active and alumnae members. Sisterhood in Alpha Gamma Delta is not just a four-year commitment, it is a relationship and connection that lasts a lifetime. Participation in The First Pearls Project serves to confirm that connection and strengthens those bonds. Roses to the beautiful pearls and the beautiful alumnae who participated.

Fall of 2015

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Collegiate Chapter Support

Have an interest in helping the collegiate chapter with buying a few new things? Teresa Davidson, Chapter Advisor, is hoping to raise funds to purchase two electric roasters to use for Chapter dinners. They are approximately $40 each. Our Chapter is also in need of five new ritual tablecloths. They are approximately $10 each. If you’d like to assist, please contact Teresa at

Epsilon Omega Advisors:

Teresa Begnoche Davidson: Chapter Advisor, Finance Advisor Team, Operation Advisor Team

Niki Birdsill Buesse: Alumnae Relations Team

Madeline Herrman Nash: Member Development Team

Kelsey Louder: Recruitment Team

Taira Meadowcroft: Campus Relations Team

Erika Walschmidt Sterup: Local Advisor

Jenny Welker: Scholarship Team

Alumnae News and Updates

Do you have news? A move? A job promotion? Wedding Bells? An Alpha Gam baby on the way? Email any special announcements that you would like shared with your sisters in the next newsletter!


If you are looking for ways to stay involved with Alpha Gamma Delta or keep in touch with your sisters here are a few ways! Epsilon Omega has an Alumnae Facebook group! If you would like to join this group to get instant updates about our chapter please contact Niki Birdsill Buesse or Eryn Crawford to have them add you to the group. We will be having a newsletter twice a year (one per semester) and you can keep an eye out for these via email. We are also working on getting an alumnae website up and running so that everyone can stay connected, involved, and informed!

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Alpha Gam Trivia

  • Alpha Gamma Delta has more than 165,000 members throughout 190 collegiate chapters.

  • Alpha Gamma Delta was the third sorority founded at Syracuse University and became the last sorority to form the Syracuse Triad along with Alpha Phi and Gamma Phi Beta.

  • One of our founding members, Emily Helen Butterfield, created our coat of arms as well as the coat of arms for several other sororities and fraternities including Theta Phi Alpha and Phi Beta.

  • Alpha Gamma Delta’s mascot is squirrel and was given the name Skiouros by the Gamma Chapter. (Also, it is currently fat squirrel season therefore you should enjoy this great picture of fat squirrels: )

  • Some notable members include singer Rita Coolidge, singer/songwriter/actress Gloria Loring, Screenwriter Karen McCullah Lutz, and Miss America 1947 Barbara Jo Walker.
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**A Special Thank You to Rachel Wilson and Melanie Gipson-Hutchinson for their contributions to the newsletter!