Thursday, December 28, 2006

Phi Sig Foundation Scholarship and Grant Applications Available Now!

The Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation is pleased to share the 2007 scholarship and grant application with our collegiate or alumnae sisters who continue to pursue their undergraduate or graduate education. Please visit our website at to download an application. Applications must be postmarked by APRIL 10, 2007.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Gamma Tau's Walk for Kids

Thank you to the Gamma Tau chapter at Northern Kentucky University who told us about their very successful major Fall service/philanthropy project. Allison, philanthropy chair emailed:
On November 4, 2006, the Gamma Tau chapter at Northern Kentucky University participated in first annual Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Cincinnati Walks for Kids. This event was held to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Our chapter walked for a very special child named McKenzie. McKenzie is 8 months old and was a victim of physical abuse. She is now mentally handicapped for life due to the abuse. We walked in her honor to raise money for the Neurology department at Children’s Hospital. Together with community members, our chapter raised over $4000. Our chapter feels honored to have participated in an amazing event that goes towards the betterment of a child’s life.

In the Spring, Gamma Tau's major philanthropy event, a Rock-A-Thon, will benefit the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation. Congratulations on a wonderful event!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Past Grand Archon Ruth Burg Visits International Headquarters

On Saturday, December 15th, Past Grand Archon Ruth Cooper Breslauer Burg visited our International Headquarters in Elkridge, Maryland. Ruth was Grand Archon from 1954 to 1956 and is a sister from our Kappa chapter at George Washington University. She graduated first in her class from the George Washington University law school and had a long and distinguised career as a lawyer and judge.

Past Grand Archon Judith Distler, joined by Beta Theta (University of Miami) alumna Valerie Shapiro, brought Ruth to Headquarters, where she received a tour from Executive Director Michelle Snyder, and also met with Kim Hildred, Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation President and Past Grand Archon and Rosemary Straub, the Foundation’s Director of Development. It was a wonderful day of sharing memories and discussing Phi Sig history.

During her visit to HQ, Ruth remarked that when she served as Grand Archon our Headquarters (then called Central Office) was located in her Washington, DC home. My how things have changed!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Congratulations Theta Eta (Rider University)!

Congratulations to our Theta Eta Chapter at Rider University for winning the following awards at the Greek Banquet:

  • Highest Individual Female Cumulative GPA
  • House Manager of the Year

Has your chapter done something outstanding? Leave us a comment to tell us about it. Your chapter's accomplishments could be the next feature on the Foundation blog!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Sisters Celebrate the Life of Past Grand Archon Jeanine Jacobs Goldberg

On October 29, the Foundation hosted an event at the Nu house on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania to honor the life and legacy of Past Grand Archon Jeanine Jacobs Goldberg.

Sandy Grossman (Grand Archon), Kim Hildred (Past Grand Archon and Foundation President), Louise Kier Ziretta (Past Grand Archon), Veachey Bloom (Past Grand Archon), Arlene Fickler (past Foundation President), Joan Eilbott (Jeanine's chapter sister at Nu), Sylvana Trabout (past Supreme Council officer), and Nancy Pfeffer (past Grand Council officer) each gave a moving tribute to Jeanine, the impact she had on them as individuals and her legacy to Phi Sigma Sigma.

It was especially appropriate that this memorial was held at the University of Pennsylvania which is Jeanine's alma mater. After she graduated from our Nu chapter, Jeanine went on to Harvard Law school where she graduated top in her class. Jeanine had a tremendous impact not only in ensuring the future and perpetuity of Phi Sigma Sigma during the 1970's, but also as a woman pioneer in the legal profession.

Do you have a wonderful memory that you'd like to share about Jeanine? Email us at to share!

Founders' Day Service Events Elicit a Great Response from Alumnae and Collegiate Chapters!

Thank you to all of the alumnae and collegiate chapters who answered the Foundation's call to serve others as a way to honor our founding. Stories have poured in telling us about the great work our chapters did in November.

Samantha from our Zeta Zeta chapter at Quinnipiac University wrote to tell us about how her chapter not only honored our founders but also their sister Katie, who touched everyone she met through her brave battle with leukemia. Samantha wrote:

As you know our chapter here at Quinnipiac University lost a very special sister to leukemia last October. While Katie was in the hospital she received a "Hugs and Kisses" fleece blanket from the nurses for comfort. The nurses give out one blanket a week and it meant so much to Katie when she received the blanket one week. When our chapter heard about this and the fact that the hospital relies on donations to keep the blankets in stock we made in one of our missions to be sure there was always a blanket for the next child who came through. This year for Founders' Day we invited the Phi Sigma Sigma chapter from Central Connecticut State University and the new Colony at the University of New Haven to join us in making some blankets. The ladies from all three chapters got together last Saturday afternoon for an hour of pizza and socializing before we dove into making the blankets. We put together eight blankets during this time which we were very excited about. The blankets will be delivered to the hospital in the next week so that children coming into the oncology wing will have some comfort even as they are far from home during the holidays.

We also heard from Brittany, a sister from our Delta Psi chapter at the University of West Florida. Brittany wrote to tell us:
To celebrate our founders this year, a local alumnae chapter and our chapter got together and made dinner at the Ronald McDonald house. By doing this we brought a little ease to the parents that have been there taking care of their sick children during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Thank you to both Samantha and Brittany for your touching stories of service. It is especially wonderful that these chapters reached out to both local collegiate and alumnae chapters to strengthen both their service and their sisterhood.

Want to share what your chapter is doing? Post a comment now! Do you have pictures to share? Email the Foundation at!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Sisters Everywhere Celebrate Founders' Day

The Foundation would like to recognize all of our sisters who served others as a tribute to our Founders' Day. We have heard from chapters and individuals from all across North America who have shared their selfless acts of giving with us. Here is just one example:

"To honor our founders I purchased a live Christmas tree for a young Marine wife (and her kids) who live at Camp Pendleton in San Diego who will be alone this Christmas while her husband is in Iraq fighting for our country. Hopefully this small gesture will brighten their holidays and give them something that they wouldn't be able to have otherwise."
-- Gina, Delta Gamma '86

Did you do something to honor the legacy of our founders? If so, tell us about it by emailing us at or leave your story as a "comment" to this post. We look forward to hearing from you!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Alumnae Chapters Shine!

Phi Sigma Sigma alumnae chapters are helping to make a difference in communities all across the country. Here are just two examples of the amazing projects our alumnae are involved in.

Southern LA County Alumnae Chapter reported:

"The chapter participated in Sight Night this October with the CSU Dominguez Hills Institute for Cultural Diversity. We collected 109 eyeglasses which are being donated to the Lions Club for refurbishing and distribution."

Las Vegas Alumnae Chapter wrote to say:
"We recently participated in a great local cause for Make a Difference Day. "Goodie Two Shoes" works with the Boys & Girls Clubs and provided new shoes, socks, backpacks, school supplies and lunch to 1240 kids in one morning! Payless Shoes closes several stores and the kids get to pick any shoes they want! They also get 6 pairs of socks and the backpacks/supplies. We had two celebrities at my location - Miss Nevada (a Greek, but not a Phi Sig) and Kenny Anderson, a professional skateboarder. Very cool people!"

Has your chapter done something great to live our core value of "leadership through service?" If so, email the Foundation at to tell us about it! Who knows, maybe you'll see your chapter highlighted in the Foundation's blog!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Celebrate Founders' Day by Serving Others

Nearly 100 years ago, ten women with extreme foresight came together in friendship and inclusiveness to create a new sorority - Phi Sigma Sigma. Each November, thousands of collegiate and alumnae sisters from across North America come together to honor our Founders on Founders' Day - November 26.

There is no better way to celebrate the founding of our sisterhood than to serve others and demonstrate our core value of "servant leadership." This year, in celebration of our 93rd year of sisterhood, the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation invites you to serve others as a way to commemorate and remember the selfless giving of our Founders. During the month of November, join together with your Phi Sigma Sigma sisters to serve your community. You can increase the impact of your project by inviting other alumnae and collegiate chapters and sisters in your area, to join you in your philanthropic efforts.

If you are looking for ideas on what to do for Founders' Day, please email Don't forget to tell us about your success and send us your pictures !

Make A Difference Day

Saturday, October 28th marked Make A Difference Day 2006. For the past several years, Phi Sigma Sigma sisters from across North America have worked to make our communities strong through this important initiative. We have already heard from several of our chapters, including Iota Beta (Quincy University) , who reported a successful "Princess For A Day" event that served 63 young girls in Quincy, Illinois and raised over $1400 for the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation. Thank you Iota Beta! Now it is your turn! Leave us a "comment" or send us an email at to tell us about the great work you did to celebrate Make A Difference Day!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006


Welcome to the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation blog! After the tremendous success we had with our "Transplant Games Blog" we knew a blog would be the best way to connect with our sisters as we launch our brand new website. Thank you for "clicking" our way and we hope that you will check back to the Foundation site often to see the accomplishments of our sisters and learn more about the Foundation's good work. Feel free to leave a "comment" and let us know your service and philanthropy success stories!