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  1. 1. ΦΣΡ Registration Packet Columbus, Ohio July 14-17th, 2011
  2. 2. Dear Phi Sigma Rho,We are very excited to have you join us for National Convention 2011! Thisyear our theme will be United in a Common Goal. This convention is going tobe held jointly with Triangle Fraternity in Columbus, Ohio on July 14th-17th.National Convention 2011 will offer an assortment of opportunities to our PhiSigma Rho active and alumnae sisters. We have some great leadershipprogramming planed and lots of fun social activities to bond and mingle withyour fellow sisters. We will kick off on Thursday with our State of the Sororityand State of the Foundation addresses followed by updates from each chapter.Friday is filled with great LEAP workshops during which you can obtain a LEAPcertification by following the guidelines explained within this packet. Fridayevening we have our College Night banquet followed by our Dive-in moviewhich will be held at the outdoor rooftop pool!On Saturday, join your sisters for the Legislative Session to elect the 13thNational Council followed by our awards luncheon. In the afternoon we willget to preview and practice the ritual updates at our ritual session. That nightwe will be holding our semi-formal banquet; the theme this year is the Black &White Ball so wear your all black or all white ritual attire.This packet provides detailed information on our Convention activities; pleasedo not hesitate to contact us for more information! We look forward to seeingyou in Columbus and learning and having fun together!In Sisterhood,National Convention 2011 CommitteeLEAP CommitteeConvention2011@PhiSigmaRho.orgNational Convention 2011 is funded in part by the Phi Sigma Rho Foundation.To find out more about the Foundation or make a donation, please visit their website: *2*
  3. 3. Table of ContentsHOTEL INFORMATION ............................................................................................................... 4TRANSPORTATION INFO ............................................................................................................ 5SCHEDULE .................................................................................................................................. 7NATIONAL CONVENTION 2011 SESSIONS ................................................................................. 9SPECIAL EVENTS ...................................................................................................................... 10LEAP WORKSHOPS .................................................................................................................... 12SERVICE ACTIVITIES ................................................................................................................ 15PSR FOUNDATION ACTIVITIES ................................................................................................ 16SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES ............................................................................................................ 17AREA TO-DOS ........................................................................................................................... 20FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ............................................................................................ 21CONTACT US ............................................................................................................................ 22REGISTRATION FORM ........................................................................................................23+24 *3*
  4. 4. Hotel Information –All Attendees ll Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel North 3rd Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215 (614) 228-5050 Hotel costs are not included in registration. You are expected to make your own hotel reservations but please mention you are with Phi Sigma Rho to get our group rate of $109/night. General Hotel Information: Check-in: 3:00 PM Check-out: 12:00 PM No smoking facility Cash machine/ATM Newspaper in lobby Safe deposit boxes, front desk Valet dry-cleaning Vending machines Fitness Center Sauna Outdoor pool and whirlpool Free valet parking for PSR guests Room Information: Coffee/tea in-room Concierge desk Gift/newsstand Housekeeping service daily Newspaper delivered to room, on request Room service, 6:00 AM-1:00 AM 1:00 *4*
  5. 5. Transportation info (directions)If you’re coming from Port Columbus International Airport: • Start out going West on International GTWY toward Sawyer Rd 0.7miles • Bear Right onto Sawyer Rd 0.07 miles • Bear Left on International GTWY toward I-670/Columbus 1.3 miles • Take ramp onto I-670 W toward US-62 W/Columbus 5.0 miles • Take Exit 4B for Third St/US-23 S on left 0.6 miles • Bear Left onto N 3rd St/US-23 S 0.5 miles • Arrive at 50 N 3RD ST on the LEFT *This is just past E Gay St. If you have passed E Lynn St you have gone too farIf you’re coming from the NORTH: • Take I-71 South toward Columbus • At exit 109A, merge onto I-670 West toward Dayton 0.8 miles • Take exit 4B for Third St/US-23 S on the left 0.6 miles • Turn slight Left onto N 3rd St/US-23 S 0.5 miles • Arrive at 50 N 3RD ST on the LEFT *This is just past E Gay St. If you have passed E Lynn St you have gone too farIf you’re coming from the SOUTH: • Take I-71 North toward Columbus • Merge onto OH-315 N via Exit 106B-A toward I-70 W (Dayton) 1.2 miles • Take the US-33 Exit toward Long St/Dublin Rd 0.2 miles • Turn Right onto W Long St/US-33 1.2 miles • Turn Right onto N 3rd St/US-33 E 0.1 miles • Arrive at 50 N 3RD ST on the LEFT *This is just past E Gay St. If you have passed E Lynn St you have gone too farIf you’re coming from the WEST: • Take I-70 East toward Columbus • Merge onto I-670 East, Exit 96 toward Airport 1.9 miles • Take Exit 2A for US-33/OH-315 S 0.5 miles • Turn Right onto US-33/Dublin Rd 1.4 miles • Turn Right onto N 3rd St/US-33 E 0.1 miles • Arrive at 50 N 3RD ST on the LEFT *This is just past E Gay St. If you have passed E Lynn St you have gone too far *5*
  6. 6. If you’re coming from the EAST: • Take I-70 West toward Columbus • Take Exit 100B for US US-23/Fourth St 0.2 miles • Turn Right onto S 4th St/US St/US-33 W 0.7 miles • Turn Left onto E Gay St 0.1 miles • Turn Left onto N 3rd St/US St/US-33 E 0.03 miles • Arrive at 50 N 3RD ST on the LEFT *If you reach E Lynn St you’ve gone too far *6*
  7. 7. Schedule *Schedule is tentative and subject to change. Visit for the most updatedinformation.Thursday July 14th3:00pm – 10:00pm Registration3:00pm – 5:00pm National Council and Foundation Board Meetings5:00pm – 6:00pm Buffet Dinner*6:00pm – 10:00pm Opening Activities and Film Series (“Trombone Player Wanted”)6:00pm – 6:30pm Welcome and Convention 2011 Overview6:30pm – 7:00pm State of the Sorority and State of the Foundation Addresses7:00pm – 10:00pm Chapter Highlights10:00pm – ? Free Time / Beta Chapter Open House (Optional)Friday July 15th8:00am – 5:00pm Registration8:00am – 5:00pm Phi Sigma Rho Lounge9:00am – 9:50am LEAP Session 1†10:00am – 10:50am LEAP Session 2†10:50am – 11:00am Wellness Break*11:00am – 11:50am LEAP Session 3†12:00pm – 1:30pm Alumnae Luncheon12:00pm – 1:30pm Buffet Lunch*1:30pm – 2:30pm Service Workshop / Free Time2:30pm – 3:20pm LEAP Session 4†3:30pm – 4:20pm LEAP Session 5†3:30pm – 4:30pm Chapter Presidents Meeting4:30pm – 5:30pm Regional Field Director Session4:30pm – 6:00pm Sigmand’s Roundtable for Actives4:30pm – 6:00pm Body and Soul for Alumnae (Zumba and Crafts)4:30pm – 6:30pm Foundation Hospitality Suite for All Alumnae6:30pm – 8:00pm College Night Banquet*8:00pm – 10:00pm Foundation Hospitality Suite for Alumnae8:00pm – 10:00pm Foundation Hospitality Suite for Actives8:00pm – ? Dive-in Movie*Saturday July 16th8:00am – 9:00am Registration8:00am – 8:45am National Leadership Breakfast8:00am – 5:00pm Phi Sigma Rho Lounge9:00am – 11:15am Legislative Session‡10:30am – 10:45am Wellness Break*11:30am – 2:00pm Awards Luncheon2:30pm – 6:00pm Ritual Session6:00pm – 7:00pm Reception*7:00pm – 12:00pm Black and White Ball*10:00pm – 12:00am Foundation Hospitality Suite for Alumnae *7*
  8. 8. Sunday July 17thMorning – 12:00pm Check-out8:00am – 9:00am Phi Sigma Rho and Triangle Joint National Council Meeting*9:00am – 3:00pm National Council and Foundation Transition Meetings3:00pm – 5:00pm National Council and Foundation Joint Meeting*Joint event with Triangle Fraternity† See separate schedule for LEAP sessions‡ Mandatory for delegatesLEAP Certification ProgramWorkshop Schedule (Friday, July 15)9:00am – 9:50am LEAP Session 1: Pyramid Base Workshops PSR Ideals: What’s it to ya? a/A What’s Your Plan? a/A Sisterhood Lasts a Lifetime a/A10:00am – 10:50am LEAP Session 2: Pyramid Building Blocks Workshops *Roberts Rules: New Business, Motions, and Voting a/A a Personal Consequences: Understanding Personal Liability Understanding and Accepting Change A11:00am – 11:50am LEAP Session 3: Pyramid Top Workshops Think Recruitment! a A Mustang Sallies: Achieving Success on Your Own Terms2:30pm – 3:20pm LEAP Session 4: Pyramid Building Blocks Workshops *Roberts Rules: New Business, Motions, and Voting a/A Planning Successful Events and Fundraisers a Sticky Situations: Managing Conflict Constructively A3:30pm – 4:20pm LEAP Session 5: Pyramid Top Workshops a Making the Most of Your Membership Education Service Never Stops Aa A a/A For actives For alumnae For actives and alumnae* Convention delegates must attend one of the Robert’s Rules workshopsCertification Requirements • For Pyramid Certification: Attend at least one Pyramid Base Workshop, one Pyramid Building Blocks Workshop, and one Pyramid Top Workshop. • For Key Certification (for national volunteers): Fulfill the requirements for Pyramid Certification and attend at least one additional workshop. *8*
  9. 9. National Convention 2011 SessionsOpening Activities:We’ll kick off the weekend with opportunities to hear from National Council, the FoundationBoard of Directors, and individual chapters, combined with viewings of the short film series“Trombone Player Wanted.” Welcome and Convention 2011 Overview: Join us for an overview of the weekend’s sessions and activities and find out how to get the most out of your Convention 2011 experience! State of the Sorority Address: 12th National Council President Nicolette Yovanof will deliver the State of the Sorority address, to update the membership about recent events, current initiatives, and progress on the sorority strategic plan. State of the Foundation Presentation: The Foundation Board of Directors will give an overview of their activities for 2010 and review of progress for 2011 in their annual State of the Foundation presentation. Chapter Highlights: This year, we’re giving chapters an opportunity to showcase their accomplishments and fun moments in this Chapter Highlights segment! Each chapter will have 5 minutes to talk or show a video about the great things they’ve been doing. Film Series “Trombone Player Wanted”: In between hearing about all of the exciting things going on with Phi Sigma Rho, you’ll get a chance to view six short films by Marcus Buckingham, called “Trombone Player Wanted”, that teach you how to discover your strengths and put them to work.Legislative Session (MANDATORY FOR DELEGATES)This general body meeting will be mandatory for delegates from all chapters and alumnaeassociations, and will provide the opportunity to vote on important proposals affecting thefuture of our Sorority and elect the 13th National Council.Ritual SessionThis session will bring together all members of our Sorority for a review of our ritualceremonies with the recent updates by the Ritual Committee. Join your sisters in rememberingwhat it means to be a Phi Rho, and possibly even in welcoming new sisters or new chapters toPhi Sigma Rho! *9*
  10. 10. Special EventsBlack and White BallJoin your sisters, significant others, and Triangle Fraternity at this semi-formal banquet andreception to celebrate the accomplishments of both organizations! Since this event follows theritual session, wear your black (and possibly white) ritual attire for this Black and White Ball.Programming will include an opportunity to meet the new National Councils for both groups,as well as an address by a guest speaker and local entertainment. Continue the celebrationinto the evening at a reception with a DJ and dancing!Awards LuncheonTime to recognize the great achievements of our chapters and alumnae at the Convention 2011awards luncheon, where chapter awards, alumnae awards, Foundation scholarship awards, andother special awards will be announced.College Night BanquetBring your school pride, your college attire, and your significant others to this fun banquetwith Triangle Fraternity! Enjoy tailgate food and a keynote address on ethical leadership andpreparing for the future by Jerry Nelson of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. Mr. Nelson will bereceiving the Richard H. Sudheimer Interfraternal Leadership Award from Triangle for hiscontributions to the advancement of the fraternal movement.Phi Sigma Rho LoungeTake some time to hang out with your sisters, check out and buy PSR products from the PhiRho Store, participate in the Foundation Star Pyramid Fundraiser and Silent Auction, and more!Sigmand’s Roundtable for ActivesNo issue is unique. This facilitated group discussion brings active sisters together to learnfrom each other and discuss anything they have on their minds. Any and all Phi Sigma Rhotopics are up for discussion. Throughout the conference, there will be a suggestion box fortopics in the Phi Rho Lounge, so bring your questions, concerns, comments, and suggestions!Alumnae LuncheonEnjoy a chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones during the Alumnae Luncheon,which will be highlighted by a guest speaker address.“Body and Soul” for AlumnaeJoin your fellow alumnae in this chance to unwind through Zumba and/or some craft time! Zumba Fitness Class: “Ditch the workout, join the party,” with certified Zumba instructor Danielle Welch! Zumba is a fantastic way to express yourself through dance & music, all while burning between 400-800 calories per hour class. Zumba incorporates multiple dance styles, such as Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, Hip Hop & Cumbia. Come have a fun workout and let yourself loose! Craft Time: Those alumnae that do not want to Zumba but still want to engage in fellowship with other sisters are invited to the Phi Rho Lounge to participate in a craft activity. For *10*
  11. 11. $3.50, you will be provided with a 5x7 bent acrylic frame and a variety of Phi Rho centered notions to personalize the frame (stickers, cutouts, letters, etc.). This opportunity will be also be open for actives, as well as alumnae who participate in Zumba, as an "as you can squeeze it in or take home with you" activity. Supplies will only be available for those that have registered for this activity.“Dive-In” MovieRelax in or by the pool on the Renaissance Hotel’s spectacular rooftop terrace while viewingthe movie “Old School” with other Phi Rhos, Triangles, and guests! Snacks and a cash bar willbe available.Beta Chapter Open HouseFor anyone who wants to venture out of the hotel and spend some time with the local chapterof Phi Sigma Rho, the sisters of the OSU-Beta Chapter will be hosting a gathering at theirpersonal residence. Historical Beta Chapter items, including composites, photo albums, housegifts, awards, and trophies, will be available for viewing. For transportation to and from thehotel, we suggest coordinating rides with your sisters or taking the bus.National Leadership Breakfast (By Invitation Only)This is an opportunity to network and discuss PSR amongst past National Council member,Foundation directors, Alpha-Alphas, active alumnae, and other special guests. Attendance isby invitation only.Regional Field Director Session (RFDs Only)This meeting is for all Regional Field Directors, hosted by the VP of Collegiate Affairs TeresaPhillips, to go over RFD issues and expectations for the future. This is also an opportunity todiscuss the possible role of RFDs in the LEAP program.Chapter Presidents Meeting (Presidents Only)This meeting is for Chapter Presidents to meet with each other and the VP of Collegiate AffairsTeresa Phillips to discuss any problems or issues and ask questions of NC and each other. *11*
  12. 12. LEAP WorkshopsFor Actives and Alumnae:PSR Ideals: What’s it to ya?with Christine JacksonWhether you are a new member of Phi Sigma Rho or a seasoned alumna, sit in on thisdiscussion of promoting the ideals upon which Phi Sigma Rho was founded. What does it meanto fulfill your obligation as a sister of Phi Sigma Rho and how are you fulfilling that obligation?Attend this forum to share ideas and get ideas from fellow sisters!What’s Your Plan?with Edua DickersonMost of the time, we think that things will get better with time or that things will simple workthemselves out. Don’t you want to look back and be able to say you made it happen foryourself, for your cause or simply for what matters to you? In this session we are going to setgoals, short-term and long-term, and define the steps needed to make those goals intoachievements.Sisterhood Lasts a Lifetimewith Leanne SmithWhen you joined Phi Sigma Rho, you signed up for a lifetime connection and developed bondsthat will last for years. What has sisterhood meant to you? In this session, join your sisters indiscussing what it means to be a sister, how to sustain those bonds, and what you can do toensure that you and your sisters get the most out of your lifelong commitment to Phi SigmaRho.Roberts Rules: New Business, Motions, and Voting (MANDATORY FOR DELEGATES)with Marcie Aydelotte / Hillary EmerTired of unruly and inefficient chapter meetings? Do you find yourself and your chapter justwinging the whole New Business part of your meetings? In this session well cover the RobertsRules basics and go through the proper way to make and pass a motion, handle amendmentsand create the proper voting atmosphere in both chapter and National meetings!For Actives:Personal Consequences: Understanding the Personal Liability of Your Greek Experiencewith representatives from Willis InsuranceIn this session, you will learn to understand why risk management is important for you, yourchapter, and Phi Sigma Rho nationally, as well as how best to mitigate risks. The presentationwill provide identification of large loss incidents, exposing the criminal and civil judgmentsfor past fraternity/sorority cases. Discussion will highlight overall perception of the Greekcommunity, reducing the dangers of alcohol abuse and simple steps to minimize and controlrisk. Learn the responsibility of yourself and your chapter in relation to risks ofundergraduate life or policy infractions. *12*
  13. 13. Think Recruitment!with Missy BarberThis session focuses on strategies to prepare your chapter for successful rush andrecruitment. An emphasis will be on transitioning to dynamic recruitment thinking, how touse values-based selection criteria, and how to seal the deal with tips on how to combat typicalexcuses for not joining.Planning Successful Events and Fundraiserswith Lisa RogersThis session is designed to give helpful hints for planning events – from large events likeregional conferences, sisterhood retreats, and formals to smaller events like socials oroutreach. Learn more about the importance of advertising, especially for events open to yourcampus/Greek community or to which you are inviting alumnae. We’ll also discuss strategiesand ideas for fundraising for charities as well as for chapter activities (such as attendingNational Conventions!)Making the Most of Your Membership Educationwith Jennifer AndyThis session will focus on the importance of membership education in order to build a strongsisterhood. Join your sisters for an active discussion about the obstacles encountered inmembership education and overcoming those difficulties. The session will also provide anopportunity for sisters to provide feedback to Nationals, in order to explore methods forimproving the current membership education process.For Alumnae:Understanding and Accepting Changewith Nicole Bylsma and Edua DickersonTired of the usual alumnae sessions? This particular session will help you liven up your daywith a hands-on activity with your fellow alumnae from across the country! Get to know yourfellow sisters as you talk about how situation and experience affects progress. In this sessionwe will discuss the progress of our chapters along with the changes that may occur. Thisactivity is great for discussion and ideas regarding how your chapter has changed throughoutthe years and how alumnae have shaped their sisters’ decisions. We also will learn how toapply the hands-on activity to help overcome obstacles in our everyday lives. Change hasaffected all of us through our pasts and inevitably in our futures; with this session we willlearn how to adapt to change with ease.Mustang Sallies: Achieving Success on Your Own Termswith Sara DaSilvaMustang Sallies, by Fawn Germer, is a book about women who are unwilling to "run with theherd." They are "women who question the rules, challenge the status quo, and dare to make alittle noise." As Phi Rho sisters, many of us are "Mustang Sallies" by nature. Join Sara DaSilvafor an interactive session on what it means to be a "Mustang Sally" and how to harness thepower of being such a woman. Come ready to share your stories and emotions about what itslike to be a social, strong, woman in a male dominated work culture. *13*
  14. 14. Sticky Situations: Managing Conflict Constructivelywith Edua DickersonDealing with difficult people; stuck in a difficult situation and feeling like there is no way tomake things better? Well stop right there! All situations can be improved if you have the righttools. Join us, as we talk about the steps you can take to turn that difficult colleague into youradvocate and how to turn what looks like a hopeless endeavor into a learning experience. It isall about your perception and how you choose to approach it. Let us help you get to a way ofthinking with the right tools that will make these obstacles into stepping stones!Service Never Stopswith Stephanie GagliardiPhilanthropy is more than just participating in mandated service hours and raising money for acause. Philanthropy is a pillar of Greek Life and can be a lifelong commitment. Join our paneldiscussion with Phi Sigma Rho alumnae featuring women who actively participate in serviceactivities. If you have ever thought about giving back to the sorority as an alumna volunteer,getting more involved with our national philanthropies (Phi Sigma Rho Foundation, Leukemiaand Lymphoma Education and Awareness, and Scouting for Girls), or general service events inyour community at large, then this is the workshop for you! Learn about what these womendo, opportunities for you to make a difference, and share your own advice and experiences aswell! From being a Resumania volunteer, to starting an annual charity event from scratch,leading a Girl Scout troop, participating in a Penguin Plunge, involvement in your companysponsored service events, or donating to the Phi Sigma Rho Foundation, there is something foreveryone in this workshop! *14*
  15. 15. Service ActivitiesPenguin DriveThis year we will have our THIRD ANNUAL Penguin Drive at the 2011 National Convention!Even if you won’t be able to make it to the Convention, consider picking something up todonate. Donations can be dropped off all weekend in the Phi Rho Lounge.Last year we donated OVER $500 worth of penguin themed items and other toys to ClevelandClinic Children’s Hospital and Providence House!This year we will be sending donations to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. Forsuggested items, visit that areas of high need include Teens andInfants/Toddlers.Guidelines include – • No used toys • Must be unwrapped • No stuffed animals that are not tagged • Stuffed animals must be new and recently purchased • No candy or foodService WorkshopIn addition to supporting Nationwide Children’s Hospital with our donations, the ServiceWorkshop will also benefit the children there!The hospital likes to have craft components ready for kids to assemble and create, and theyalso keep activity bags on hand. We will be helping prepare some components and puttogether activity bags. There will be various stations at which you can participate, including: • Picture Files: cutting out and categorizing pictures from magazines (e.g., people, food, sports, animals, etc.) • Monthly Calendars: provide the outline for monthly wall calendar so that children can fill in the month and numbers and then decorate it • Activity Bags: assemble bags with crafts and fun things to do (e.g., word searches, puzzles, crayons, coloring pages, etc.) • Banner Making: Create and decorate fun banners to be hung for the children, including signs for Birthdays, Holidays, and basic “Congratulations”We will provide almost all of the supplies, but we will need people to bring magazines thatcan be cut up for the picture files! Otherwise, come ready to spend time with your fellow PhiRhos while supporting great kids who deserve some smiles! *15*
  16. 16. Phi Sigma Rho Foundation ActivitiesHospitality Suites for Alumnae/ActivesThe Phi Sigma Rho Foundation Board and volunteers would like to offer this social time tothank our donors for their contributions of talent and treasure to the Foundation. Please comeand enjoy some refreshments, socialize with other alumnae/active donors, and learn about thegreat things going on with the Foundation.Hospitality Suite for All AlumnaeThe Phi Sigma Rho Foundation Board and volunteers would like to offer this social time tothank our alumnae for their contributions of talent and treasure to the Foundation, especiallythe local Ohio alumnae for hosting such a spectacular event. Please come and enjoy somerefreshments, socialize with other alumnae, and learn about the great things going on with theFoundation.Silent AuctionThe Foundation will be hosting a Silent Auction to generate funding for its programs andoperations. All Phi Sigma Rho Sorority and Triangle Fraternity members are encouraged toparticipate. At the silent auction, you will be able to bid on items in silence... on paper. Thecloser it comes to the end of the auction, the more the bids may go up, so youll have to keep aclose eye on that item you want to win! Come to the auction frequently to make sure you getthat special item. The silent auction starts at Friday at 8am and lasts until 8pm. Well beavailable on Saturday for you to pick up items that you may have WON!Star Pyramid -- Remembering our Sisters!Each year, the Foundation brings our Star Pyramid for you to add your special star inremembrance of a sister who was not able to come to Convention. For each star, we ask for asmall donation. You will get to decorate your star and hang it on our Pyramid. In addition,youll get to write a short postcard that we will send out to your sister to notify her of yourgenerous donation. We have a beautiful Pyramid made by our sister Julie Hayden (Pitt-Zeta), sowe hope that you will consider adding a couple of your stars!AwardsThe Phi Sigma Rho Foundation will be giving out several Merit and Leadership Scholarships thisyear at the Awards Luncheon. *16*
  17. 17. Speaker BiographiesChristine Jackson (Alpha/Alpha) is currently a 1st grade teacher. She has worked in variousIndustrial Engineering positions with UPS, Kraft General Foods and The Quaker Oats Company.For several years, Christine was also the Manager of Training for the Tooling & ManufacturingAssociation. She received Master degrees in Elementary Education from Chicago StateUniversity (Chicago, IL) and Adult Continuing Education from Northern Illinois University(DeKalb, Illinois) and a Bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University (WestLafayette, Indiana).Christine is currently volunteering as Assistant Treasurer for the Phi Sigma Rho Foundation.She has served as a Director for the Phi Sigma Rho Foundation and has been a member of:Divine Infant School Board, Society of Women Engineers Advisory Council - Chicago, TheNational Society of Black Engineers - Alumni Extension and the Region IV Advisory Board forseveral years. Christine has also served on the Education Committee for the AssociationForum of Chicago and often works with schools and other youth groups encouraging studentsto excel and pursue their life’s dreams.Christine lives in Westchester, IL and has been married for 20 years and has two phenomenalteenage children!Edua Dickerson is an alumna of The UCLA-Nu Chapter and currently the National LeadershipDirector. She joined as part of the Iota Class in the fall of 2005. As an active in the sororityshe served as Membership Educator, and was responsible for educating the two largest classesthe chapter had seen since its inception. She graduated from UCLA with a degree inMathematics with an Emphasis in Management and Accounting at the age of 19. Aftergraduation, she began her career with PwC, a Big 4 Accounting Firm, in San Jose in the heart ofSilicon Valley, as an auditor working primarily on large public technology clients. In her firstyear with the firm she was appointed super-user, champion and instructor of new softwarelaunched by the firm. Exhibiting great leadership and confidence, she has performed that rolefor the past three years teaching all over the country to first year staff through veryexperienced partners in the firm. She has recently transitioned into a position in the globaleducation space and has continues to travel the globe looking for opportunities and means todevelop the people she comes in contact with.Marcie Aydelotte joined the Case Western Reserve University - Omicron Chapter of Phi SigmaRho in the spring of 2006 as an Eta Class member. As an active in the sorority she heldmultiple positions such as Vice President, Membership Educator, Ritual Chair and RobertsRules Enthusiast. (unofficially). In 2009, Marcie graduated from Case Western with a BSE inCivil Engineering.Marcie works for Michael Baker, Jr. as a EIT in the transportation department. She helps todesign roadways, drainage and the occasional bridge hydraulics system. She also is studyingpart-time to obtain her Masters in Civil Engineering. Marcie currently resides in Cleveland,Ohio where she serves as the East Region 2 RFD and Sergeant at Arms for Phi Sigma Rho.Missy Barber is an alumna of the Purdue-Alpha chapter and graduated in 2009 with a BS inChemical Engineering. She is currently serving on the National Recruitment Committee andwhile at Purdue she held several positions, including Sergeant at Arms, Spirit Coordinator, andDirector of Internal Relations. She currently works in Greenfield, IN at Avery Dennison as aQuality Engineer and is in the Global Operations Leadership (GOLD) Rotational Program. Shealso volunteers at her local church and is a Confirmation mentor. *17*
  18. 18. Nicole Marie Bylsma graduated from the Pi Chapter in 2006 with her Bachelors of Science inChemistry. While an active member of the Pi Chapter she held many positions, including VicePresident, Social Chair and Fundraiser Chair of the Zeta class. Since graduating from UC Irvine,she has earned a Single Subject teaching credential and her master’s in education. Nicoletaught high school Chemistry and Physical Science in the Garden Grove Unified School districtbefore moving back to the San Jose Bay Area to teach middle school physical science at BridgesAcademy. Nicole has been working with both Phi Sigma Rho and Triangle Fraternity since 2005and has helped to facilitate many leadership programs with both organizations.Hillary Emer joined the Omicron Chapter (Case Western Reserve) with the Gamma Class in2004. While at Case she served as publicity/spirit chair, risk manager, secretary, andpresident. Hillary graduated in 2007 with a Bachelors and Masters in Mechanical Engineering.She currently works for National Instruments as a Field Sales Engineer and Account Manager inNortheast Ohio. Hillary lives in Cleveland Heights with her fiancé and is planning herSeptember wedding.Jennifer Andy is an alumna of the Case-Omicron chapter, and currently serves as the NationalVice President of Publications. She has previously volunteered for Nationals as the East2 RFD.Jennifer received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in January2007 and has worked since her co-op experience in 2005 with Michael Baker Jr., Inc. Aftergraduation, she moved back to her hometown, while remaining with Baker. Currently sheworks in the aviation services department, designing airfield rehabilitation projects as well asassisting with airfield planning. Jennifer hopes to sit for the PE exam in October 2011 andobtain her professional engineering license.Stephanie Gagliardi joined the University of Connecticut (UConn) - Theta Chapter of Phi SigmaRho in Spring 2006 as a member of the Kappa Class. As an active she served as SWERepresentative, Standards Board member, and Scholarship Chair in addition to participating onevery committee at some point during her four years. She graduated in 2009 with a B.S. inMaterials Science and Engineering. As an alumna she has served as Vice President of Expansionon the 12th National Council, Alumnae Programming Director, as well as a LEAP Conferenceand Convention Committee participant. Stephanie currently works for QuEST Global Services,an engineering outsourcing company, currently performing material failure analysis oncommercial aircraft engine parts for Hamilton-Sundstrand in Windsor Locks, CT. She alsoworks part-time for Weight Watchers. In her spare time Stephanie is a Girl Scout leader in EastHaven, CT and enjoys exercising (especially Zumba and running), reading, attending countrymusic concerts, camping, watching Yankees baseball and UConn Womens basketball, andspending time with family, Phi Rhos, and friends.Leanne Smith has been a member of Phi Sigma Rho since 2005 when she joined the Purdue-Alpha Chapter as an Alpha Alpha. While at Purdue she held the positions of Associate MemberEducator, Director of External Relations, and President. She also founded the Alpha ChapterHousing Corporation, and previously volunteered with the Phi Sigma Rho Foundation. Shegraduated in 2008 with a degree in Industrial Engineering. Leanne now works for Accenture inChicago, Illinois.Lisa Rogers joined Phi Sigma Rho in 2006 as a member of the Nu Class at the University ofKentucky - Epsilon Chapter. As an active she planned a 10 Year Gala in 2009 and served asSWE Representative, Bowl-a-thon Director, VP of Communications, and Chapter President. Asan alumna she has served on LEAP Conference and Convention committees and as AlumnaeProgramming Director. Lisa graduated in 2010 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and iscurrently employed at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. ThroughSandias Critical Skills Masters Program she is currently working on her Masters in MechanicalEngineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. *18*
  19. 19. Sara DaSilva is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with Praxair, Inc., an industrial gases manufacturer.She resides in Pottstown, PA with her husband Marco and their two dogs, Coco and Bear. Sarahas been involved on Phi Sigma Rhos National Council for the past six years, serving asPresident on the 11th National Council and VP of Alumnae Affairs on the 10th and 12thNational Councils. She is a founding member of the Pittsburgh-Zeta Chapter. Sara has not onlyserved as the President of Phi Sigma Rho, but has also managed technicians and truck driversat a manufacturing facility. It is with this background she brings to life the concepts discussedin Fawn Germers book, "Mustang Sallies."Jerry Nelson is the first volunteer to be nominated for Triangle’s Sudheimer Award. He isbeing nominated for his role in the creation of the Institute for Greek Advancement, thepremier educational program for Greek Foundation CEOs. Jerry is a member of the UCLAchapter of Phi Kappa Psi and has been a ΦΚΨ Foundation Trustee since 1989 and has led thecharge to grow the Endowment and expand the board. Jerry has been the catalyst behind thechapter scholarship funds program, promoting the Foundation as the "community foundation"for Phi Psis almost 100 chapters and he has been a leader in the promotion of grants andreserves for safe and competitive chapter housing. At the 2000 Grand Arch Council, Phi KappaPsi recognized Jerrys outstanding achievement as a volunteer and philanthropist with aNational Leadership Award.Jerry is an outstanding motivational speaker on leadership and ethics. As a long time advocatefor the Greek world he has been a keynote speaker at a number of national fraternityconventions and leadership schools. In 2004, Jerry was selected by the North-AmericanInterfraternity Conference Foundations Section as Philanthropist of the Year. In addition, hehas been presented the Salisbury-Scott Interfraternal Award by Tau Kappa Epsilon. Jerry andhis late wife, Florence, have welcomed thousands of Phi Psis to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for theAmerican Leadership Academy, which she and Jerry developed into a foremost leadershipacademy within the fraternal world.Jerry was appointed by Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt to the Urban Lands AdvisoryCommission and, in 1997, was inducted into Scottsdales “History Maker Hall of Fame.” He andhis late wife, Florence, were very active in Phoenix, Arizona and national philanthropy,including Arizona State University, the Mayo Clinic - Scottsdale, the University of Arizona, theU.S. Olympics, and the American Leadership Academy.In 1969, Jerry discovered water on his Pinnacle Peak property in North Scottsdale, which hasled to the building of some of Arizona’s most spectacular developments with over 10,000homes. Jerry has been a general contractor with construction projects in Michigan, California,Arizona and Mexico. He is president and founder of Pinnacle Peak Land Company and ofPinnacle Paradise, Inc. Mr. Nelson has also funded the creation and startup of numerouscompanies, including Simulnet, Video Electronics, Ticketmaster, Antenna TechnologyCorporation, Technology Control Services, and Troon Golf Management.Danielle Welch is a Certified Zumba Instructor who absolutely loves to dance. Since she wasyoung, she has had a passion for dance. Danielle was certified in June 2009 and has beenactively teaching her own classes since January 2010. During this time, she’s performed withthe Perrysburg Zumba Troupe for a variety of events and also led participants during twoZumbathons (a two hour Zumba party). *19*
  20. 20. Area To-dosCOSI – Center of Science and Industry333 W. Broad St 614-228-2674www.cosi.orgVoted #1 Science Center in the Country by Parents MagazineArena District375 N.Front St., Ste. 200 614-857-2336 a fantastic nightlife scene with many restaurants and bars. Also featuresNationwide Arena, hope of the NHL Blue Jackets, and Huntington Park, home of theAAA Clippers.Short North Arts District1126 ½-A North High St 614-299-8050’ premier arts, dining, and shopping district.Columbus Zoo and Aquarium4850 W. Powell Rd. 614-645-3550 the #1 Zoo in America by USA Travel Guide.Franklin Park Conservatory1777 E. Broad St 614-645-8733 Conservatory showcases exotic plant collections, special exhibitions, and asignature collection of work by glass artist Dale Chihuly.Columbus Museum of Art480 E. Broad St. 614-221-6801 features a collection of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century American andEuropean modern art as well as regional collections.Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams59 Spruce St, and other area locations 614-228-9960 fresh, handmade ice cream made with the finest, freshest ingredients,including their most popular flavor, Salty Caramel.Graeter’s Ice Cream2555 Bethel Rd., and other area locations 614-442-0622’s Ice Cream has been producing the best frozen desserts in Ohio since 1870.For more area activities, visit *20*
  21. 21. Frequently Asked Questions1. How much does registration cost? See the registration form at the end of the packet for allregistration costs and what is included in them.2. Which registration fee do I pay if I am an active now, but will graduate before theConvention? You can pay the active registration fee but feel free to attend active or alumnaeevents, please just select which events you wish to attend on the second page of theregistration form.3. When does early bird registration end? May 1, 2011; after that registration increases.4. How do I get to Convention? See the Transportation Information section for directions andground transportation details. Valet parking is included this year at the hotel with areservation.5. How can I get involved with Convention/Conference planning or volunteer for workshoppanels? Email the Convention planning committee at How will housing be assigned? Housing will not be pre-assigned. It is up to you to makeyour hotel reservation. See the housing section for more details on doing so.7. Where can I get the most up-to-date information about the Convention? Visit the websiteat How can I register? The registration form is at the end of this packet. Mailing instructionsare on the form or you can register online at the above website. Payment can be done onlinevia paypal or a check mailed in with your registration form.9. Can I bring a guest to Convention? Yes, this year we are opening up Convention to yoursignificant other or any guest you would like to bring. Guests cannot attend PSR only sessions.Please check the guest box on the registration form and fill out a separate registration form foryour guest. There is a guest registration fee of $25 plus the total of the food costs the guestselects to attend. Food pricing can be found on page 2 of the registration form.10. What sort of things should I pack? While this list is not all inclusive it should help. Inthe attendee packet we will include further details. • Thursday is casual attire • Dress to your pin on Friday & Saturday (Business casual, for example blouse and slacks) • Wear your favorite college gear to Friday’s banquet. • Black and White semi-formal attire for Saturday (ritual session and banquet) • Change of clothes for traveling home on Sunday • Pens, pencils and notebooks to take notes during the sessions • Toiletries • Checkbook or cash if you plan on shopping in the PSR loungePlease feel free to contact us at the followinginformation with any additional questions. *21*
  22. 22. Contact UsGeneral - Convention CommitteeProgramming – Edua - Minna KrejciLogistical – Kristen WatersRegistration – Lisa Canterbury *22*
  23. 23. Phi Sigma Rho - Registration Form – Page 1 of 2 National Convention 2011General InfoFirst Name ______________ Middle Initial ____ Last Name ______________Maiden Name _____________Mailing Address ___________________________________________________________________________Email Address _________________________________ Summer Phone Number ____________________Chapter/Colony ___________________ Class _____________________ Pin Number __________________Attendee StatusI will be attending National Convention as a(n) (please check one):Collegian: I am the official voting delegate for my chapter Active Candidate (colony or associate member) Collegian member guest Current Office (if applicable)_________________________Alumnae: I am the official voting delegate for my alumnae association Alumnae Alumnae member guest Foundation Volunteer National VolunteerGuest *Please fill out a separate registration form (both pages) for any guests, see FAQs for more info I would like to bring a guest to convention. Name of guest _____________________________Special Dietary Considerations Vegetarian Option Other Special Dietary Needs (explain)______________________________________Registration InformationRegistration for sisters and volunteers includes the following meals: Morning Snack: Fri-Sat, Lunch:Fri-Sat, Dinner: Thurs-Fri-SatRegistration DOES NOT include: Formal breakfasts, hotel lodging, travel expenses & transportationto/from the airport, guest mealsRegistration Fees – Deadline June 1st 2011, Early Bird registration May 1st 2011Early Bird – By May 1st, 2011:Active ($125)___ Alum ($150)___ Saturday Only ($85)___ Guest ($25)___ + food costsGeneral – By June 1st, 2011:Active ($150)___ Alum ($200)____ Saturday Only ($100)___ Guest ($25)___ + food costsT-shirt: Size ___ (S, M, L, XL, 2XL) *$10 additional cost, Unisex sizingPolo Shirt Size ___ (S, M, L, XL, 2XL) *$20 additional cost, Unisex sizingTotal Registration Cost: ______________________ Date: __________________Pay by Paypal or by sending a check payable to “Phi Sigma Rho” to the address shown below. Please mail registration form and check to: Phi Sigma Rho – Convention 2011 * c/o Colleen Bush * PO Box 58304*Cincinnati, Ohio 45258 Or email the registration form to: Email the National Convention Committee with questions Convention 2011 is funded in part by the Phi Sigma Rho Foundation.
  24. 24. Phi Sigma Rho Registration Form – Page 2 of 2I, (_________________________) plan on attending the following events: (Y/N)*Please check schedule as some events might conflict, active/alumnae breakdown of workshops and LEAPcertification guidelinesThurdsday July 14th____Buffet Dinner* ($35 extra for guest)____Opening Activities and Film SeriesFriday July 15thLEAP Session 1 – Select 1Φ ____PSR Ideals: What’s it to Ya? ____Whats Your Plan? ____Sisterhood Lasts a LifeteimeLEAP Sessions 2 – Select 1 Φ ____Robert’s Rules: New Business, Motions and Voting ____Personal Consequences: Understanding Personal Liability ____Understanding and Accepting Change____Wellness Break ($10 for guest)LEAP Session 3 – Select 1Φ ____Think Recruitment ____Mustang Sailies: Achieving Success on Your Own Terms____Alumnae Luncheon ($25 extra for guest)____Active Buffet Lunch* ($25 extra for guest)____Service WorkshopLEAP Session 4 – Select 1Φ ____Robert’s Rules: New Business, Motions and Voting ____Planning Successful Events and Fundraisers ____Sticky Situations: Managing Conflict ConstructivelyLEAP Session 5 – Select 1Φ ____Making the Most of Your Membership Education ____Service Never Stops____Chapter Presidents Meeting____RFD Session____Sigmand’s Roundtable for Actives____Body & Soul for Alumnae – Zumba option____Body & Soul for Alumnae – Craft option ($3.50 in cash needed at workshop for materials)____College Night Banquet* ($35 extra for guest)____Dive-in Movie*Saturday July 16th____Legislative Session‡Φ____Wellness Break ($10 extra for guest)____Awards Luncheon ($25 extra for guest)____Ritual SessionΦ____Reception*____Black and White Ball* ($35 extra for guest)*Joint event with Triangle Fraternity‡ Mandatory for voting delegatesΦ No guests permitted, initiated sisters only Please mail registration form and check to: Phi Sigma Rho – Convention 2011 * c/o Colleen Bush * PO Box 58304*Cincinnati, Ohio 45258 Or email the registration form to: Email the National Convention Committee with questions Convention 2011 is funded in part by the Phi Sigma Rho Foundation.