Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Last Day for T-shirts!

Don't forget to order your tee, sweatshirt, or coffee cup!!! The online store will close March 31st: Chose to view your school store, and log in under Shippensburg using the password ship.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Our Friends at CSP

Updates from our friends at Charlotte Smarty Pants:
From website author to TV!!! Watch co-founder Jennifer Plym's interview on Charlotte Today, where she promotes some of the site's great finds.

Support the annual Hope Floats Duck Race on April 18. Become a member of our team and support KinderMourn by adopting your ducks today. Click here to join Team CSP/ Jen Bunich! One little yellow rubber ducky can teach us amazing things about the power of hope. For grieving children and bereaved parents in the Charlotte area, these adorable ducks and the Hope Floats Duck Race offer a lifeline...the assurance that no one is turned away from KinderMourn because of an inability to pay for counseling services they receive after the devastating death of a loved one. For thousands of families in need, a duck offers hope, KinderMourn offers hope, your support offers hope.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Send Your Pictures

Anyone remember Captain Noah???!! (I think it might just be a "Philly-thing"... but I keep wanting to sing that song with this request:
"Send your pictures to dear Linda Montella"... imagine it to the tune of: "Send your pictures to dear-ol'Captain Noah"!

ANYWHOOO.... we are looking for PICTURES!!!
If you have a lot you could send them on a CD or thumb drive... or Linda has a scanner... she can return anything that you send to her. Please include names of everyone in the pictures. Email them to her at or mail to Linda Montella-Carter 210 Station Drive Forked River, NJ 08731.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Crate & Barrel contest - OleMiss grad

An AOII Alumna needs your vote for a Crate and Barrel contest! Here is an email from their CNS about a member from our Nu Beta Chapter. Please read through this touching story and help a sister out!

I am emailing all of you to ask for your help. I am an AOII alumna from Ole Miss (pledge class '04) and I am asking for help on behalf of my college roommate/sorority sister/best friend.

We lived in the dorm together our freshmen year and both pledged AOII. Everything was great..but Krystal kept getting this excruciating pain in her jaw..after dozens of tests, scans, and doctors she was told that she had Hodgkin's lymphoma. Of course, we were all devastated and worried about if she would live! Well, after surgery more bad news followed and turns out she also had another form of cancer that was by her brain stem- it was an inoperable tumor. This cancer was in stage 4. She and her Mom moved to Nashville and she underwent chemo and radiation there. She was in remission and the cancer has come back one time and just when she thought everything would be back to normal (relatively)- her Mom was diagnosed with lung cancer. Her mother died this past August and it has been very hard on the family. While her Mom was dying they found out her 17 year old sister was pregnant- so now she's helping raise the baby. But, Krystal has managed to pull through all of this and be an optimistic rock for her family!!

She graduated last May with an Associates in Dental Hygiene (with a 4.0- not kidding) and now has her dream job at a Pediatric Dental Office. Through all of this, her boyfriend Nick stood by her side. They've been together almost seven years but because of everything and all of the expenses it hasn't been realistic to get married.

Okay, here's where I need help.. Krystal has entered the "Ultimate Wedding Contest" through Crate and Barrel and she needs ALOT more votes. This is more than just a silly contest- she DESERVES this! I would give anything for her to win this. She is only 24 and has been through more than most people ever will in their lives. This would be a dream come true for her! She's even been on the front page of our local newspaper in Olive Branch, MS. ( I attached a link to the article)

I'm asking you to please forward to the link below to the Crate and Barrel "Ultimate Wedding Contest" and this email- to your chapter. If Krystal is in the top 50 votes wise- then a panel will decide who wins! (If they don't pick her they're crazy!) Please help and forward this to as many people as you can.

Click on Crate and Barrel Contest to vote... : Newspaper article.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

April Weekend - FAQ's

Visit, under school chose Shippensburg and the password is ship.

We are offering "25 Years and we rocked them all" t-shirts either long or short sleeve, with the "AOII est. 1984" on the front... all in red writing and shirt color options are white, grey, or pink.

For those of us with daughters: "I became a legacy the second I was born" either long or short sleeve, with the SHIPPENSBURG AOII (polka dots) on the back. Color choices pink or white.

Thru the online store, we also have a zip-sweatshirt with the "AOII est. 1984" on the front in white and pants (no imprint) to match... baseball hat, coffee mug, picture frame, and panda picture.

If you are attending the weekend:
Friday night Meet-n-Greet $10/person
Saturday Happy Hour $5/person
Red Rose Banquet $45/per alum

Please send your check made payable to "TAU LAMBDA ALUMNAE" to:
Coleen Fickes
1731 Middletown Road
Glen Mills PA 19342

Saturday's ceremony will be "badge attire" (no jeans or sneakers)... and alums do not need to wear white.
For the banquet, we are going with a semi-formal type theme, so a dress or dress pants would be appropriate.

The cost of the dinner includes the buffet, room rental, minimal decorations, and the shuttle bus that will transport everyone to/from campus then run until 11:30 pm that night. The alums are incurring these costs so the current sisters may attend at a discounted price.

Yes; we would appreciate if any 'volunteers' would be willing to make a dish or dessert for Saturday's luncheon at the house.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Happy Spring!

Today is the first day of Spring, and that means free water ice at Rita’s. Stop by any Rita’s today from noon to 10 pm to score your free 10 oz cup of your favorite sweet, sweet water ice. Rita’s is dishing out a new, bright yellow “Peeps” ice, flavored like those delicious, marshmallow candies. To find a location near you click here.

Friday, March 19, 2010


Lilly Pulitzer has created a limited edition print to benefit World Wildlife Fund, the leading conservation organization. This print will be sold in various styles in the Spring line. We all know pandas are cute… but did you also know they are among the world's most threatened animals?

For 45 years the World Wildlife Fund has worked towards the protection of endangered species, and the panda has been the logo for WWF since it was founded in 1961. In protecting everything that LILLY LOVES, they had to turn to the most well-known PROTECTORS out there. Lilly has designed a print that is bound to be a collector’s item… black and white Lilly pandas intermingled with the WWF logo panda… many with hot pink flowers tucked behind their ears.

Did you know that the Giant Panda is the rarest member of the bear family and among the world’s MOST threatened animals.

Could be the perfect outfit for our April weekend...LOL

Thursday, March 18, 2010

And now, back to our plans...

Sisters, As you know, this year celebrates Tau Lambda’s 25th Anniversary! We have a great weekend planned and hope you will join us. We ask that you send your response by Friday April 9, 2010. Details for payment info below...

A few notes: due to constraints between the University and Headquarters, we are unable to serve alcohol at the banquet; however we will meet for Happy Hour prior to the dinner and we have the rest of the night to enjoy ourselves… we even have a driver!!!! The money we are requesting for the banquet will cover the shuttle bus, decorations (minimal), as well as the room rental. We are incurring this cost so the current sisters will be able to attend the evening at a discount.

We are collecting for Relay For Life, a campus-wide event to benefit the American Cancer Society, which the chapter will participate. We are also asking that you consider making a donation to Tau Lambda to offset the cost of the event for current sisters even more and to raise money for the upkeep of their chapter house. Any amount is greatly appreciated…even if you are unable to join us, please consider showing your support.

FRIDAY April 23rd, 2010:
Relay for Life
6 pm – 6 am @ Saturday SHIP Rec Center
Stop by and cheer for AOII as the campus participates in this 12-hour event to benefit the American Cancer Society.

“Meet-n-Greet” at Black Horse Tavern
7 pm – 9 pm @ 32 East King Street located inside Shippen Place Hotel
Our first “meeting place”… we will have light appetizers and a cash bar as we catch up.

SATURDAY April 24th, 2010:
25th Anniversary Ceremony
11 am – 12 pm @Messiah United Methodist Church – 30 South Penn
During this special ceremony we will “renew” our AOII vows and honor our founding sisters who now celebrate 25 years with AOII! Dress for the ceremony is badge attire (no jeans or sneakers) - more a "business casual"... alums do not need to wear all white.

Luncheon at AOII House
12 pm – 2 pm @ 19 North Earl Street
Tour the newest AOII house and meet the current sisters! Light lunch will be served. We would love volunteers to make dishes or desserts.

Happy Hour - Knute’s Pub & Grill
3 pm – 5:30 pm @ 15 West King Street
We will have an area reserved for Hors D’oeuvres and cash bar.

Red Rose Banquet Dinner
6 pm – 8 pm @ 500 Newburg Road at the Conference Center on Shippensburg Campus
Join us “formal style” as we officially celebrate our chapter. “Taste of Italy” buffet includes: Soft drinks, Salad, Chicken Romano Freschetta, Grilled Flank Steak, Roasted Potatoes, Green Beans with Coffee, Tea, Biscotti and Cannoli for dessert. We suggest a "semi-formal" dress (ie. black dress LOL... no need for "prom gowns"!haha but dress or dress pants appropriate... after all, we will be going "out on the town" afterward!)

We have reserved a shuttle that will transport everyone to the Conference Center. Pick up will begin at 5:30 pm from 3 locations: Shippen Place Hotel, AOII House, and Knute’s Pub. This will then pick up after dinner and service will be available until 11:30 pm Saturday, it will “loop” around town stopping at all the “hot spots”!

Rooms are blocked at Shippen Place Hotel (717) 532-4141 under “AOII” for $79/night.

Please RSVP by April 9th... include your name (including maiden), address, email, and pledge class or initiation year.

Meet-n-Greet Friday night $10/person
Saturday Happy Hour at Knute's $5/person
Saturday Red Rose Banquet $45/person
You may include doations for Relay for Life or Tau Lambda, please specify.

Make checks payable to "Tau Lambda Alumnae"
Mail your payment to:
Coleen Fickes
1731 Middletown Road
Glen Mills PA 19342

Also be sure to check out our online store to purchase your t-shirts and other apparel: Select school - Shippensburg and use the password ship.

Any questions feel free to contact

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

being IRISH means...

you swear very well
you think you sing very well
you have no idea how to make a long story short
much of your food was boiled
you're strangely poetic after a few beers
you're poetic a lot
you don't know the words but that doesn't stop you from singing
"Irish Stew" is the euphemism for "boiled leftovers from the fridge"
you're not nearly as funny as you think you are, but what you lack in talent, you make up for in frequency
there wasn't a huge difference between your last wake and your last kegger
you are, or know someone, named "Murph"
if you don't know Murph, then you know "Flah"
you are genetically incapable of keeping a secret
your parents were on a first name basis with everyone at the local emergency room


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

T-Shirt Sales!!!

We are pleased to present an online store... for sale is our "25 YEAR" t-shirts with the slogan that everyone voted: 25 years and we rocked them all!... Those of us with daughters may be interested in our "I became a legacy the second I was born" tee, which is available in pink or white with red and white lettering. We also have a picture frame, coffee mug, sweats.

Check it out:
On the left, select: "School/Company Stores" and click on "Online Store Login". In the middle of the page, "Click here to login to your personal store", then select "Shippensburg University" and the password is ship.
Orders may be placed until March 31st so we will recieve by April 21st.

Thank you to Sheila Dragon for making this all possible!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Ship Happenings - Alumni Association

Hershey Bears Hockey & Dinner
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Dinner: 5:30p.m., in Cocoa's Den & Power Play over-looking the ice.
Game: 7:00p.m., seats in section 102 & 125
Location: Giant Center, Hershey, PA.
Cost: $57.00/adult; $34.50/children
Come out and join us to watch the Hershey Bears host the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins. Dinner is served in the private dining rooms of Cocoa's Den & Power Play overlooking the ice and includes a delicious buffet menu of salad, oven-baked stuffed chicken, sides, the ever popular peanut butter pie, and non-alcoholic beverages and popcorn to enjoy during the game - all with great seats!

Alumni Social at The Field House - Philadelphia, PA
Thursday March 25th, 2010 from 5 pm - 8 pm $10 cover charge
Dr. Jody Harpster '74M and Dr. Tony Winter '76 will be guest bartending. Come on out for a fun social evening and support Shippensburg while enjoying the company of friends and fellow alumni. Slippery Rock University alumni will be joining us as well! Hors d'oeuvres and door prizes throughout the night. Cash bar available with special drink prices of $3 beers, $4 wines, and $5 mixed drinks. Help us prepare and let us know you'll be there - RSVP to or phone (717) 477-1218 by March 17. **Parking is available at Elite Parking on 11th & Filbert at a rate of $6.00 for guests. Bring your ticket to the social for validation.

Marian Anderson Award Gala, The Kimmel Center - Philadelphia
Tuesday April 6th at 8:30 pm $57/ticket
Secure your tickets at a great group discount and enjoy what is sure to be an exceptional performance. This year's honoree is Bill Cosby.

RSVP to these events:

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Pi Day

Pi, Greek letter, is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi Day is celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14th. Pi = 3.1415926535…

With the use of computers, Pi has been calculated to over 1 trillion digits past the decimal. Pi is an irrational number meaning it will continue infinitely without repeating. The symbol for pi was first used in 1706 by William Jones, but was popular after it was adopted by the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler in 1737.

Believe it or not, there's even a Pi Day website!!!!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Read Across America Day

March 2nd is marked "National Read Across America Day" which promotes the love of reading. In keeping up with the spirit of the day, here's a fun 'poem' to recite with the kids...
I promise to read Each day and each night.
I know it's the key To growing up right.
I'll read to myself,I'll read to a crowd.
It makes no difference If silent or loud.
I'll read at my desk, At home and at school,
On my bean bag or bed, By the fire or pool.
Each book that I read Puts smarts in my head,
'Cause brains grow more thoughts The more they are fed.
So I take this oath To make reading my way
Of feeding my brain What it needs every day.

Did we mention "Dr. Seuss" was Greek??? That's right, Sigma Phi Epsilon!
Check out other "Famous Greeks".

Monday, March 1, 2010

Badge Day

Marh 1st is International Badge Day... take a moment to think of your wonderful AOII experience... keep it "close to your heart"!