Date & Location

July 18-21, 2018
Phoenix, AZ

Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

Discover cultural heritage, fun and adventure for the entire family at Arizona’s Native American-owned premier luxury family resort.

CONNECT
Rising Relationships 

The national convention & leadership conference is an incredible opportunity to develop life-long friendships. Meet new sisters at the Connections Reception. Hear from convention experts at the First Timers Welcome. Sit next to new faces at the Awards Banquet. Participate in pre-conference options and after-hours activities in the local community.

GROW
Rising Leaders

Choose your own path of learning at the leadership conference on July 19. Hear from empowering female speakers. Participate in workshops on a variety of topics requested by Alpha Sigma Alpha’s membership. Serve the local community during the pre-conference service activity.* Shop at the artisan tradeshow to meet artists from the local Phoenix community.

INFLUENCE
Rising Legacy

Make a difference by leaving your footprint on Alpha Sigma Alpha at the national convention & leadership conference. Celebrate the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation at the Red Tie Dinner. Witness initiations at the Sanctuary Degree Service. Celebrate Alpha Sigma Alpha’s heritage by attending the memorial service and recognition of the 50 year members.

 

 

 

Programming & Schedule

Alpha Sigma Alpha has designed new programming for our members attending the 2018 national convention & leadership conference. Get a glimpse of our featured speakers and a full event schedule below.

Featured Speakers

Lee Wolfe Blume
Brave is the New Beautiful

Opening Keynote

Wednesday, July 18

In a culture that bombards women with “thinspiration” messages and pressure to “do it all” while wearing the mask of perfection, women are left feeling alone and overwhelmed. How can they stop comparing themselves to others? How can they live out who they really are?

 

Lee will be available for a meet and greet and book signing following her keynote. Books will be available for purchase.

 

Julie Kratz
Alumnae Pre-Conference: Women in Today’s Professional World

Women’s Advancement Series

Wednesday, July 18

Alpha Sigma Alpha will be providing alumnae an opportunity for personal and professional growth. Facilitated by Julie Kratz, author of Pivot Point: How to Build a Winning Career Game Plan, alumnae will be coached through important skills in today’s professional world, including negotiation to get that “yes”, the importance of partnering with male allies, and more.

Julie has facilitated Alpha Sigma Alpha’s Women’s Advancement Series development events and webinars in the 2017-18 year. Register for Julie’s session on your online registration form.

Josie Ahlquist, Ph. D.
Digital Wellness

Rising Leaders General Session

Thursday, July 19

Get ready for a digital remix designed to empower leaders of the 21st century. Dr. Ahlquist has trained thousands of professionals and students around the globe on how to thrive online and in life. As a speaker, researcher and author on digital leadership she takes a personal approach to transforming how we view technology through the lens of empathy and empowerment that will result in stronger companies, communities, schools and future leaders.

Kim Becking
Looking Forward Living Life

Rising Legacy General Session

Friday, July 20

A member of Alpha Sigma Alpha, Kim is a speaker, author, coach and life thriver who truly believes that life’s inevitable challenges are an opportunity to pause and reinvent ourselves – not only surviving but thriving, even in the midst of unexpected change, challenges and adversity.

Kim will be available for a meet and greet and book signing following her keynote. Books will be available for purchase and a portion of proceeds will be donated to benefit the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation.

 

Educational programming is made possible by grants from the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation and the Alpha Sigma Alpha Set Aside fund.


Schedule At A Glance

Wednesday, July 18
11:30 a.m – 5:30 p.m Registration open
1:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m. **Preconference options:

  • Service opportunity: Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (bus transportation)
  • Alumnae pre-conference: Women’s Advancement Series with Julie Kratz (on property)
5:00 – 5:45 p.m. First Timers Welcome
6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Opening Welcome
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Opening Keynote: Lee Wolfe Blum
Brave is the New Beautiful
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Lee Wolfe Blum meet and greet/book signing
7:30 – 9:00 p.m. *Connections Reception
Thursday, July 19
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Rising Leaders: Dr. Josie Ahlquist
Digital Wellness
10:00 a.m – 3:30 p.m. Crimson Collections & Herff Jones open
9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Workshop block 1
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Workshop block 2
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Past national presidents’ tea
12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Local artisan tradeshow
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. *Boxed lunch
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Foundation donor dessert reception
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Workshop block 3
2:45 – 3:15 p.m. Delegate orientation
3:30 – 5:30 p.m. First business meeting
6:00 p.m. **After-hours activities

  • Rawhide Western Town Experience (bus transportation)
  • Wild Horse Pass Casino (bus transportation)
  • S’mores & Stories (on property)
Friday, July 20
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Second business meeting
11:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m. Foundation red ticket raffle
12:30 – 1:45 p.m. *Volunteer Recognition Luncheon
1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Service opportunity: No Child Hungry
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Rising Legacy: Kim Becking
Looking Forward Living Life
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Kim Becking meet & greet/book signing
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Workshop: Understanding the Sanctuary Degree Service
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Red Tie Dinner
8:30 p.m. Foundation Chairman’s Affair
Saturday, July 21
8:15  – 9:00 a.m. Sanctuary Degree Service
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Third business meeting
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Memorial Service
12:30 – 6:00 p.m. Open time
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. *Awards Banquet
8:30 – 10:00 p.m. Closing reception

*Meal tickets
Guests are welcome to attend meals. Purchase guest meal tickets on your online registration form. Meals are not included in the cost of daily registration and must be purchased separately on the online registration form.

$30 Connections Reception (Wednesday, July 18)
$35 Boxed lunch (Thursday, July 19)
$45 Volunteer Recognition Luncheon (Friday, July 20)
$50 Foundation Red Tie Dinner (Friday, July 20)
$60 Awards Banquet (Saturday, July 21)

**Pre-conference options & After-hours activities
Attendees are invited to register for our pre-conference options and after-hours activities. Sign up on your online registration form. See ‘Costs & Accommodations’ for more information.

 

Costs & Accommodations

Registration

All attendees pay the registration fee*

$324 Early registration before March 19, 2018
$364 Regular registration March 19 – June 3, 2018
$434 Late registration June 4 – June 29, 2018

*All collegiate chapters are eligible for our registration deal – pay for three registrations and get the fourth FREE!

On-site daily registration fee: $125 per day. Meal tickets purchased separately.*

$30 Connections Reception (Wednesday, July 18)
$35 Boxed lunch (Thursday, July 19)
$45 Volunteer Recognition Luncheon (Friday, July 20)
$50 Foundation Red Tie Dinner (Friday, July 20)
$60 Awards Banquet (Saturday, July 21)

Accommodations Packages

*The accommodations package includes four nights in a two double-bed room at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass AND meal tickets for the following:

  • Two lunches Thursday, Friday
  • Two dinners Friday, Saturday
  • Two receptions Wednesday, Saturday
Accommodations package rates
$384/person Four-person room
$429/person Three-person room
$518/person Two-person room
$786/person Single room

*Accommodations packages must be purchased with registration, with the exception of daily attendees. If you do not wish to purchase an accommodations package, you will need to register as a daily attendee. Roommate requests can be indicated on the online registration form.

Accommodations Packages sponsored by Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority

The national organization sponsors the four-person room accommodations package for the following individuals:

  • National council members
  • Past national presidents
  • Slated national council nominees
  • Region facilitators
  • NPC delegate
  • Selected convention support volunteers
  • Convention bylaws and resolutions chairman
  • Academic excellence coaching team leader
  • Ritual coaching team leader
  • Nominating committee chairman
  • Collegiate chapter delegates (one per chapter)
  • Advisor delegates (one per chapter)
  • Alumnae chapter delegates (one per chapter meeting reporting qualifications)

Room upgrades are available for sponsored accommodations packages at the following rates:

$134 Three-person room
$268 Two-person room
$402 Single room

Additional tickets and merchandise

Pre-Conference opportunities
Wednesday, July 18

Head to Phoenix early to participate in one of our pre-conference opportunities. Tickets can be purchased on the online registration form. Plan to arrive no later than 11 a.m. if you are participating in a pre-conference opportunity.

Julie Kratz

Alumnae Pre-Conference: Women in Today’s Professional World

Women’s Advancement Series

Alpha Sigma Alpha will be providing alumnae an opportunity for personal and professional growth. Facilitated by Julie Kratz, author of Pivot Point: How to Build a Winning Career Game Plan, alumnae will be coached through important skills in today’s professional world, including negotiation to get that “yes”, the importance of partnering with male allies, and more.

Cost: $45 per person
This opportunity is open for all alumnae.

Service Opportunity:
Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center

The Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) provides a lifetime of services for individuals and their families and conducts ground-breaking autism research. Join sisters and make an impact on the Phoenix community by participating in an afternoon service project to benefit the SARRC. Service projects may include gardening, painting and other improvement projects at the SARRC campuses in Phoenix.

Cost: $10 per person (covers transportation)
This opportunity is open for all collegians, alumnae and volunteers.

After-hours activities
Thursday, July 19

Experience everything the local area has to offer by participating in our after-hours activities on Thursday evening. Tickets for after-hours activities can be purchased on the online registration form. Attendees can participate in both the S’mores & Stories and Casino or Rawhide options.

Wild Horse Pass Casino

The Wild Horse Pass Casino offers the latest and greatest table games and slots for an exciting evening of gaming and testing your luck. Dining and lounges are also available for catching up with sisters or trying some of the local cuisine.

Buses will leave the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass at 6:30 pm and will run on a return schedule until 10:00 pm.

Cost: $5 per person for transportation
Must be 21 or older to participate
Meals and other expenses are on your own.

Rawhide Western Town Experience

Rawhide offers an authentic western town experience. Shop at the General Store for western-themed souvenirs, dine at the town restaurant, and visit the blacksmith to see metal and leather goods made. Various activities are available including, gold-panning, wagon rides, a petting zoo and a stunt show at the Six Gun Theater. And don’t forget to get your Western photo taken!

Cost: $5 per person for transportation
Buses will leave the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass at 6:30 pm and will run on a return schedule until 10:00 pm.

Meals and other expenses are on your own.

S’mores & Stories

Native Americans’ passed stories through generations as their primary form of wisdom communication long after the written word had spread across the globe. Grab a s’more and take a seat around our campfire to hear the stories and wisdom of a local Native American storyteller.

This event will begin at 9:00 pm. Attendees can attend after returning from the Casino or Rawhide Western Town.

Cost: $10 per person

Merchandise
Rise Merchandise

Convention merchandise is available for purchase on the online registration form and will be available for pick-up at the registration booth.

Rise t-shirt

$15 per shirt

Available in blue and coral

Want to purchase both colors? Order two t-shirts for $26.

2018 Convention Ladder

Convention head bar & Phoenix 2018 ladder $35.

Purchase this option if this is your first time ordering a convention ladder.

2018 Phoenix ladder $15 each.

Past convention ladders are also available for purchase.

How to register

Ready to register for Rise? Review the following information to get prepared to submit your online registration form:

#1 Registration
  • Know what type of registration you are filling out. If you are attending the entire convention, you are submitting a full registration (recommended). If you are only attending specific days of convention OR are not staying at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, you will register as a daily registrant.
  • Full registration [most popular option] – you will be required to purchase an accommodations package with your registration form.
  • Daily registration– you must pay the daily registration fee for each day you are attending convention. Meal tickets for each day must be purchased separately on your online registration form.
  • Collegiate chapters will receive a FREE registration for every three registrations purchased.
  • Check the ‘Cost & Accommodations’ tab for registration fee costs.
  • Are you a voting delegate? Check the ‘FAQs’ tab to review the list of voting delegates and voting delegate requirements.

*Non-member advisors OR seniors graduating in May 2018 cannot use the online registration form. Please contact Kim Richard, director of events & programs, directly to register.

#2 Accommodations packages
  • Convention registrants will purchase an accommodations package with their online registration form. Accommodations packages include:
    • Four nights in a two double-bed room at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass AND meal tickets for the following:
    • Two lunches Thursday, Friday
    • Two dinners Friday, Saturday
    • Two receptions Wednesday, Saturday
  • Types of accommodations packages:
$384/person Four-person room
$429/person Three-person room
$518/person Two-person room
$786/person Single room
  • Alpha Sigma Alpha sponsors a four-person room accommodations package for the following individuals:
    • National council members
    • Past national presidents
    • Slated national council nominees
    • Region facilitators
    • NPC delegate
    • Selected convention support volunteers
    • Convention bylaws and resolutions chairman
    • Academic excellence coaching team leader
    • Ritual coaching team leader
    • Nominating committee chairman
    • Collegiate chapter delegates (one per chapter)
    • Advisor delegates (one per chapter)
    • Alumnae chapter delegates (one per chapter meeting reporting qualifications)

Those with sponsored accommodations packages can upgrade to a three-person, two-person or single room at the following costs. Upgrades can be done on the online registration form.

$134 Three-person room upgrade
$268 Two-person room upgrade
$402 Single room upgrade
  • If you are a daily attendee interested in staying overnight at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, contact Kim Richard, director of events and programs.
#3 Optional Activities and Merchandise

Rise merchandise and tickets for pre-conference options and after-hours activities can be purchased on the online registration form.

Pre-Conference Opportunities
Wednesday, July 18

Julie Kratz
Alumnae Pre-Conference: Women in Today’s Professional World
Women’s Advancement Series
Cost: $45 per person
This opportunity is open for all alumnae.

Service Opportunity
Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center
Cost: $10 per person (covers transportation)
This opportunity is open for collegians, alumnae and volunteers.

After-hours activities
Thursday, July 19

Wild Horse Pass Casino

Cost: $5 per person for transportation
Must be 21 or older to participate
Meals and other expenses are on your own.

Rawhide Western Town Experience

Cost: $5 per person for transportation
Meals and other expenses are on your own.

S’mores & Stories

Cost: $10 per person
*Held at the hotel

Rise Merchandise

Rise t-shirt

$15 per shirt
Available in blue and coral.

2018 Convention Ladder

Convention head bar & Phoenix 2018 ladder $35.
Purchase this option if this is your first time ordering a convention ladder.

2018 Phoenix ladder $15 each.
Past convention ladders are also available for purchase.

#4 Payment
Collegiate chapters

Payment for your chapter’s registration should be submitted by check to Alpha Sigma Alpha National Headquarters immediately following submission of your chapter’s online registration form. You will have the option to apply your chapter savings to registration expenses on the online registration form.

Alumnae and volunteers

Payment will be due by credit card upon submission of your online registration form.

*Advisors are to register individually and not on the collegiate chapter’s registration form.

FAQs

Voting delegates

Who serves as voting delegates at national convention?

Board members

National council

Region volunteers

Region facilitators
Finance leaders
Social responsibility leaders
Membership commitment leaders
Recruitment leaders
Alumnae engagement liaisons
Advisory board liaisons
Panhellenic liaisons

National volunteers

NPC delegate
NPC 1st alternate delegate
NPC 2nd alternate delegate
NPC 3rd alternate delegate
Nominating committee chairman
Board & leadership advancement committee
Convention bylaws & resolutions chairman
Academic excellence coaching team leader
Ritual coaching team leader
Individual awards project team leader
Service & giving project team leader
Recruitment revitalization project team leader
Risk management project team leader
Historian
Foundation Chairman

Past volunteers

Past national presidents

Chapter officers

Collegiate chapter delegates (One per chapter)
Alumnae chapter delegates (who meet reporting qualifications) (One per chapter)
Advisor delegates (officially approved advisors and who are initiated) (One per chapter)

What are the requirements of voting delegates?

In order to qualify, voting delegates must:

  • Be fully registered (not a daily attendee) for the national convention & leadership conference and be committed to attending all of the business meetings.
  • Be paid in full at least two weeks prior to the start of convention.
  • Be named as the voting delegate at least two weeks prior to convention. Voting delegates may not be changed/added/transferred on-site.* The person who is registered as the voting delegate must remain as that voting delegate for the entire convention.
  • Alumnae must have paid their 2017-18 alumnae dues prior to May 31, 2018.

National volunteers appointed to roles in which the national policy acknowledges the volunteer as a voting delegate may not transfer her vote to someone else in her absence.

*Collegiate chapter delegates may have the opportunity to change a delegate on-site in the event of extenuating circumstances. Changes must be approved by the Credentials Committee Chairman no later than one hour prior to the first business meeting.

Travel

When should I make my travel plans?

Alpha Sigma Alpha recommends making your travel plans, including booking flights, when registration is submitted.

What time should I plan to arrive?

Plan to arrive on Wednesday, July 18th and check-in at the registration booth between 11:00 am-5:30 pm. Alpha Sigma Alpha recommends booking flights that arrive in Phoenix early to mid-morning as the tarmac at the airport can become too hot for planes to land in the afternoon.

The registration booth will always be open during the week for daily attendees to check-in upon their arrival.

What airport should I fly into?

Alpha Sigma Alpha recommends flying into the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).

When should I plan to leave?

All attendees can depart on Sunday, July 22nd.

Hotel

How do I book my hotel room?

Alpha Sigma Alpha will book your hotel room for you after submission of your online registration form.

Do I have to share a room?

Accommodations packages can be purchased for four, three or two people. All rooms will have 2 double-bed rooms.

Single room upgrades can also be purchased.

Can I request a roommate?

There is a place to indicate roommate requests on the online registration form.

Attire

What am I required to wear during the national convention & leadership conference?

Attire includes:

Wednesday
Casual
Badge attire

Thursday
Badge attire
Casual

Friday
Badge attire
Red semi-formal

Saturday
White Ritual attire
Formalwear

Collegiate Chapters

Who can register collegiate chapter attendees?

The chapter president or chapter treasurer.

Does it matter which order I register our women in?

Yes. The first person to register will be designated as the chapter delegate.

Can I register our chapter advisor when I register the chapter?

No. The chapter advisor must register separately by selecting to register as an alumna.

Can chapters bring three women and qualify to get an advisor’s registration free?

No. It must be four collegiate chapter members. Seniors graduating in May 2018 do not qualify.

What does the national organization cover for each collegiate chapter’s voting delegate?

Each collegiate chapter receives one sponsored accommodations package for their chapter’s voting delegate. This includes:

  • Four nights in a two double-bed room at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass AND meal tickets for the following:
    • Two lunches Thursday, Friday
    • Two dinners Friday, Saturday
    • Two receptions Wednesday, Saturday

The chapter is responsible for travel, registration fee and personal expenses.

Alumnae and volunteers

What information is needed to start the online registration process?

First name
Last name (at the time of initiation)
Birthdate

Can a non-member advisor register online?

No. Non-member advisors are to register by contacting Kim Richard, director of events & programs.

How do I register as a daily attendee?

On the registration form, select: I will only be able to attend on specific days.

You will then be prompted to select which days you are attending and what meals tickets you are purchasing. You will need to purchase daily registration fees and meals separately.

How can an alumna pay for registration?

Registration payments must be made by credit card upon submission of the online registration form.

General Registration

What do I do if I made a mistake on my registration?

Contact Kim Richard, director of events & programs, to make an update to a completed registration.

Can I choose more than one pre-conference option on Wednesday?

No. The two pre-conference options will occur simultaneously.

Can I choose more than one after-hours activity on Thursday?

Yes. The Wild Horse Pass Casino and Rawhide Western Town Experiences will occur simultaneously, but the S’mores & Stories activity is not until later that evening at the hotel. Attendees can plan to participate in both.

Can I register for convention but not purchase an accommodations package?

*Yes. You can register as a daily registrant for each day you plan to attend convention without purchasing the accommodations package. Meal tickets will then need to be purchased individually on the registration form.

*Note: it is less expensive for an attendee to choose the registration with the accommodations package than to choose single day registration plus meals, despite the fact that single day registration does not include a hotel room. Alpha Sigma Alpha recommends choosing the full registration option, which includes the accommodations package.

Does everyone register online?

No. Graduating seniors and non-member advisors cannot use the online registration and therefore must contact Kim Richard, director of events & programs, directly to register.