An alumna of Beta Upsilon shares her journey
Today, I received the fall 2013 issue of the Phoenix magazine. How delighted I was to see so many young ladies who are in our wonderful Sorority! After reading the issue cover to cover, I looked back at my journey in Alpha Sigma Alpha.
In 1956, I was thrilled to receive a bid in Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority at Indiana State University. I can still remember the beautiful initiation ceremony and how everyone looked attired in lovely white dresses.
My gold Sorority pin, with rubies and pearls, has a special place in my jewelry box and is worn when I attend alumnae meetings. Through the years, I have thought about the wonderful, meaningful words we were taught…aspire, seek, attain.
In the early 1970s, I helped colonize a new chapter at the University of Southern Indiana. A couple of years ago, I wrote a letter of recommendation for our Epsilon Phi Chapter to become recolonized on the campus of Indiana University. How happy I am to know we now have our Sorority there!
For many years I stayed home and raised our family in southern Indiana and started an alumnae chapter in the area. In the early 1970’s, when we found that our son had dyslexia, I decided to take classes at the University of Evansville to learn more about how I could help him. Little did I realize this would lead to hosting learning disabilities symposiums for other parents and teachers down the road and becoming president of the Tri-State Association for Learning Disabilities.
In 1974, I enrolled in classes to become a teacher in the University of Evansville. Again, I told myself that I must aspire, seek and attain to receive the knowledge I needed to help others. In 1977, I graduated with three bachelors degrees in elementary education, learning disabilities and emotional disturbances. I was thrilled to become a teacher of emotionally disabled students in 1977.
Once again though, I realized that I needed three masters degrees to continue teaching. I attended classes year-round and graduated with two masters degrees in 1979 and then received my third one in 1981.
Our AΣA motto has always been on my mind, inspiring me to continue to work hard in all of my endeavors.
For 26 years I loved teaching emotionally and learning disabled students. I retired in 2003 at the age of 65. Today, ten years later, I continue to substitute teach at a local college preparatory school.
As I look back on my life successes, I know I owe much to Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority. Life lessons were implanted when I took my vows and to aspire, seek and attain in whatever goals I set forth for myself.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to express my feeling and love for our dear Sorority!
Sincerely in AΣA,
Susan L. Reynolds, BΥ