September 2018
Empowered Volunteer: Tami Ackerman
The Alumnae Programming and Engagement Committee, led by Megan Lilly, is excited to announce a new series spotlighting our Empowered Volunteers! Each month, we will interview a dedicated volunteer to learn more about them and their service to Sigma Delta Tau.
This month we’re excited to introduce you to National Vice President Tami Ackerman. She has volunteered with SDT for more than 15 years! Tami’s passion for SDT shines in everything she does, and we are lucky to have her as a volunteer in our organization! Read our Q&A with Tami to see why she is so passionate about volunteering for SDT!

Q: Why do you volunteer for SDT?
A: I volunteer because I enjoy making an impact on the world around me. Through Sigma Delta Tau, I have been given the opportunity to work closely with our...
Treat Yourself and Others While Benefiting the Foundation
You can send edible gifts to sisters, friends, loved ones, and even treat yourself, with proceeds benefiting the SDT Foundation. Sweet Seidner’s Bake Shop is an online bakery with production facili­ties in Woodbridge, CT. All products are certified Kosher, baked from scratch in small batches, with wholesome ingredients like real butter, sugar and eggs. Check out the selection of gourmet cookies, maca­roons, and more!
Alumnae Day of Service This October
Save the date and begin planning on how you'll spend the Sigma Delta Tau Alumnae Day of Service during the weekend of October 13-14.

We currently have projects being planned in Boca Raton, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Indianapolis, Memphis, Brooklyn NY, Philadelphia, Rochester, Tampa, and Washington, DC. Please reach out to your city's lead to volunteer. If you are interested in organizing an Alumnae Day of Service project in your region, please  complete a brief form  in order to receive more information.

If you are unable to join the Day of Service event in your region, please consider participating virtually by donating to the Sigma Delta Tau Foundation . The Foundation is committed to empowering SDT sisters to grow personally and professionally through annual scholarship opportunities, essential funding of educational programs, and influential charitable giving from alumnae, collegians, and friends.
Join Us for Upcoming Webinars
During our August webinar, we heard from Melissa Clark on confidence building, your authentic self, and developing professional goals. If you missed her presentation, you can watch a recording here .

We have two more webinars this year that you are encouraged to join. Our next one is with Wendy Lieber, Gamma Lambda-FSU.
Chapter Spotlight
The recruitment spirit at the Alpha Epsilon chapter at Purdue University is at an all time high as the women prepare for their first formal recruitment in their new home! Be a part of helping this chapter furnish and put the finishing touches to their living space by viewing their Amazon Wishlist . Best wishes to Alpha Epsilon this recruitment! Special thanks to Laura Estes, Housing Corporation President, and the entire Housing Corporation team for helping make this dream a reality!
Local Panhellenic Groups
The National Panhellenic Conference, of which Sigma Delta Tau is a member, is the world’s largest umbrella organization specifically charged with advancing the sorority experience. They have several alumnae chapters that are interested in expanding their membership base.

  • Fort Lauderdale Area: The Fort Lauderdale Alumnae Panhellenic is hosting a scholarship luncheon and fashion show on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at 11:30 am, at the Signature Grand in Davie, FL. For more information and to register, please contact Natalie Nutzell-Morales at or 901-413-1291.
  • Phoenix Area: The Phoenix Alumnae Panhellenic is looking for women in the Maricopa County area. If you are interested in getting involved in this group, please contact Sandra Gocke at
  • Annapolis Area: The Panhellenic Club of Annapolis is hosting a networking event on September 27, 2018, at 11:00 am, at the Gloria Dei Fellowship Hall in Arnold, MD. For more information and to register, please contact Donna Stackhouse at
  • Seattle Area: The Seattle Alumnae Panhellenic chapter is inviting Sigma Delta Tau alumnae to participate in their NPC chapter. If you are interested in joining or learning more, please contact Kiara Timeus at
  • Pensacola Area: There is potential interest in re-establishing a Pensacola Alumnae Panhellenic group. You are invited to attend an interest meeting on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at 10:00 am, at 4792 Mallard Creek Road. For more information, please contact Brooke Saquibal at
  • Fort Walton Beach Area: There is potential interest in re-establishing a Fort Walton Beach Alumnae Panhellenic group. You are invited to attend an interest meeting on September 10, 2018, at 5:30 pm, at Clemenzas in Uptown Station. For more information, please contact Cindy Frakes at
JScreen Tests for Genetic Diseases
Some young couples may be at risk for having children with devastating genetic diseases, but most don't know it. Despite existing education and carrier screening programs, a study showed that 76% of young Jewish men and women had not been screened. Through JScreen, you can register online to receive a saliva collection kit. Then, send in a sample, and receive results by phone or secure video conference with a genetic counselor. JScreen's screening panel tests for more than 200 diseases, many of which are common in Ashkenazi, Sephardic and Mizrahi communities, and others that are common in the non-Jewish population. To learn more or to request a kit, visit .  

September always brings fond memories of going back to school and enjoying time with sisters. When is the last time you pulled out your scrapbooks, called a sister or visited your chapter? We'd love to hear from you about your favorite memory to share on our social media for Throwback Thursdays. Send your photos and information to , or tag @sdtsorority when you post to your personal accounts.

We would also like to wish our sisters celebrating Happy Rosh Hashanah and a meaningful Yom Kippur.

Liz Norton
Gamma Delta-American University
National Vice President
Sigma Delta Tau
714 Adams Street, Carmel, IN 46032