Bloomington Alumnae Association
For information about the Bloomington Alumnae Association of Delta Gamma, contact the local president, Suzie Kyle, at The group usually gathers at least twice a year: A Holiday Lunch or Dinner and Founders Day (with Theta Chapter - usually the first Sunday in March). Local alumnae provide support for Theta Chapter as advisers and house corporation members.

Alumnae News Items
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News from 2000 Class - Present

Three Theta Chapter '00 alumnae are living together - along with a DG from UCLA - and working in Washington DC. Marisa Etter is at the White House, working as a confidential assistant to Ambassador Rob Portman, the U.S. Trade Representative; Annie O'Toole works as a legislative correspondent in the office of Senator Kit Bond of Missouri; and Sarah Milligan works as the executive assistant to Representative Steve Buyer (Indiana) who is chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee. They live one block from the Capitol and welcome IU visitors.

The "Bill Blass: An American Designer" exhibit at the Indiana University Art Museum, October 4-December 17, 2002, included two garments contributed by Theta chapter alumnae: a dress from the late Diana Boisson Nering and a coat from Dale Stark Leff.

News from 1990-1999

Leigh Jenkins Hinkle, '94, has been named Chapter Adviser at Theta Chapter, and Cyrena Fedele Keating, '98, has become a Regional Collegiate Specialist for Delta Gamma Fraternity, effective Fall 2007.

Valerie Robbins Swack, '91, and her husband recently relocated from Chicago to Zionsville, In. She writes: "We had a daughter, Kate, in June of ’03 I'’m working for the web portion of our family business,, where I actually use my business degree. We'’re also starting a new company called the Mustard Sprout that focuses on products for the famil– our first product is a Men’s Diaper bag."

Hillary Thompson, '95, is living in Bebedouro, Brazil (about 5 hours from São Paulo) as a volunteer English teacher. She has a web site she updates with photos. (6/02)

Elizabeth Schickedanz Haile, '93, is an attorney in Washington, D.C. with Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn. She and Chris Haile were married at Sears Tower, Chicago, on Jan. 6, 2001. She reports (left to right) that Dana Stuart is in advertising and making plans for her marriage to Kevin Clarke; Lisa Stuart is an OB nurse at Northwestern Hospital, and Christie Bell has left her accounting job since the wedding and is now traveling around Nepal, Thailand, etc.

From Megan Erisman Cleary, '92 -- I just got married in May, and was honored that some of my pledge sisters AND Mom Kyle attended. It was really special. My husband Mike, (IU 1994 grad), and I recently relocated to Ann Arbor where he began his residency in internal medicine. I am a Program Representative with NSF International.Living here reminds us of our days living in another small college town.. (Posted 8/99.)

Three DGs from 1996 and 1997 graduating classes are living together in Chicago: Christie Bell, '93, who is working as an accountant at KPMG Peat Marwick, recently passed the CPA exam; Megan Webber, '94, also an accountant at KPMG Peat Marwick and a CPA exam "survivor," and Kendal Anderson, '94, who is an assistant account executive at Edelman Public Relations Worldwide. They're living in the Lincoln Park area.

From Tracie Poole Olson, '90: I teach in a developmental first grade in St. Charles, Illinois, and my classroom was recently wired for the Internet. From Julie Bell, '74:I have lived in Seattle for 13 years with my husband, Alan Hughes. We have two children, Natalie and Sam. Alan and I both went to the University of Oregon School of Law, and graduated in 1983. I am currently Associate Counsel for Washington Mutual Bank for its life insurance subsidiary. In January, I will begin working as counsel for Safeco Life. If there are any other Thetas in Puget Sound region, I would love to hear from them. I hope to be there in September for the celebration.

News from 1980-1989

Donna McNeely, '80, is a screenwriter living in Los Angeles. Donna was a graduate Fellow at The American Film Institute Conservatory, and was awarded a prestigious Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She has one son, Marco, who was born in 1998.

EllaStyle, a fast-growing tableware company started by Ellen Magrini, a past president of Indiana University’s Delta Gamma chapter (’84), is looking for other Delta Gammas interested in joining its nationwide team of sales representatives. The company sells products imported from Italy, France and Mexico – to name just a few countries — through home parties, gift shows and its website, “We’ve definitely depended on Delta Gamma relationships to build the company,” said Magrini, whose 40-person sales team includes six Delta Gammas. Maria Magrini Mohl, Ellen Magrini'’s sister, IU ’85, became EllaStyle’s first rep in Chicago’s western suburbs in 2000. She’s since been joined by classmates Challen Sullivan Stadler, who heads up Chicago’s North Shore sales region; Patty Bennett Carroll in Indianapolis; Lori Foreman Flink in Atlanta; and Nancy Nolan Smith in northern Indiana. The sixth Delta Gamma is Peggy Talbot, (Colorado University ’76), who heads up the Denver sales region. For more information, please call 1-888-920-Ella (3552) or email

Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame--Jennifer Hooker Brinegar, '80, joined Stephanie Reece Hunn, '89, at her induction ceremony in September 2002. Reece played on four Big Ten championship tennis teams and was Big Ten Player of the Year in 1991 and '92 during her career at Indiana University. She also played in four NCAA tournaments in both singles and doubles. She went on to enjoy a successful professional career, competing in the French Open, the Australian Open and Wimbledon. Her mother is Mary Lou Stark Reece, Theta Chapter '60, and her aunt is Dale Stark Leff, Theta Chapter '66. Jennifer was a 1999 inductee in the Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame. She placed 6th in the 200 freestyle while representing the United States at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. She also was the American and U.S. record holder and national champion in the 500 and 1650 freestyle in 1977, the captain of the 1981 Big Ten Championship swimming and diving team, and won seven individual Big Ten titles during her career at Indiana University. Jennifer, an attorney, now heads the compliance office in the IU Atheltic Department. Portraits of both IU Delta Gammas are displayed in Assembly Hall.

Susanne Harmon Kondracke, '86, is the Webmaster for Delta Gamma Fraternity in Columbus, Ohio She previously had worked as the Associate Editor of the Anchora. She writes: "After spending several years at an ad agency and taking time off to give birth to a boy and a girl, I am now working part-time out of my house as the Delta Gamma Webmaster. It is a joy to work for the Fraternity, and I am having fun becoming reacquainted with old friends. I hope this finds you all well."

News from 1970-1979

Barbara Olenyik Morrow, '71, is author of Nature's Storyteller: The Life of Gene Stratton-Porter, published by the Indiana Historical Society in November 2010. Barb is a journalist and author who has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist for editorial writing. her two children's picture books, A Good Night for Freedom and Mr. Mosquito Put on His Tuxedo, have been praised by reviewers and garnered awards, including one from Friends of American Writers, an organization that honors emerging Midwestern authors.

News from 1960-1969

Dale Stark Leff, '66, chair emerita of the IU Foundation's Women’s Philanthropy Council, received the Keystone Award at the IU Foundation’s annual Partners in Philanthropy Awards Dinner in October 2012. Dale received this award for her exemplary leadership through multiple Indiana University campaigns and fundraising initiatives.

Barb Carvill Cline, '64, died Mar. 25, 2006, in Dayton. She served as president of Theta Chapter and later as editor of THE ANCHORA. She is survived by her husband of 30 years, J. Timothy Cline; one son and one brother.

Carole Geisler Everson, '63, died Feb. 5, 2001 at her home in Indianapolis , after a brief illness (flu). She is survived by her husband, Morgan, two daughters, her mother, and her sister.

Mary Parry (Mrs. Addison Parry), the Theta Chapter house director in the late 1960s, died in the Spring of 1997. She is included in a public television documentary on the totem pole that was brought to Indianapolis by her husband's family from Alaska for placement in Golden Hill. A replica of it was created and now stands at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis.

News from 1950s and before

Theta Chapter celebrated the initiation of its newest members and the 50th anniversary of the initiation of the 1955 pledge class at a Founders Day luncheon on Sunday, March 6. The 50-year members attending - and presenting a skit that portrayed their own days in the chapter, included: Sandy Brown Berry, Sandra Davis Mysen, Kathryn (DeeDee) Pence Roberts, Anne Turner Nation, Sandy Jones Obremsky, Sharon Caybill Papas, Margo Chevalier Brown, Luanne Morris Chamness, Evelyn Kaufmann Johnson, and Lois Kett Kiley. They were joined by Gloria Hale Riggs from the initiation class of 1954.

Sally Kissinger Wilt, '55, died in California on July 18, 2004 from breast cancer. Growing up in South Bend, IN, she was an Indiana State Junior Champion in Horsemanship in 1948. She graduated from Indiana University, Magna Cum Laude, with special honors in English and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, as well as Delta Gamma.

Patty Peterson Danielson, '42, was one of five persons honored with IU's Distinguished Alumni Service Awards during Cream and Crimson Weekend. She was joined at the event by her three Theta Chapter daughters. See article. (6/02)

Marcie Robinson Carlton, '55, was incorrectly included in the "In Memoriam" list in the Spring 2002 issue of The Anchora. She is alive and well with her husband Dave Carlton, living in Borden, In. (The two of them were donors of the Foyer at the IU Alumni Center; as such their photo is displayed in the entrance.) The correct entry in The Anchora would have been for Marcie's mother, who was also a member of Theta Chapter. (6/02)

Ola Belle Taylor, the head cook at Theta Chapter for many years, died at the age of 82 on September 16, 2001. She was a part of the chapter's tradition of long-term, loyal staff who make life in the DG house better than other houses on campus!!!

Dale Chamness, who has been a loyal and helpful DG husband and father (Wife: Luanne Morris Chamness; Daughter: Cathy Chamness Gavette) for Theta Chapter for over 30 years, died after a very brief illness on July 18, 2001. He oversaw most major and minor physical plant work at the chapter house, built a new anchor pin light, made emergency repairs, and generally made every house director's and every house corporation's job a lot easier. He will be greatly missed.

Sherry Fobes Hollett, who was initiated into the University of Colorado chapter in 1958 and then transferred to Theta Chapter, died of sepsis (a lethal bacterial infection) on August 13, 2000 in Indianapolis, at the age of 61. She is included in the 1999 photo below.

Marcia Hoelscher Ober, '58, won her election as Selectman in New Ipswich, NH on March 10, 1998. She reports: "I received 588 votes and my opponent got 101. I had a good time at the polls and realized how many friends Nat and I have here after living in New Ipswich for 11+ years. Lots of people say things such as, 'We can't think why you want this job, but we're glad you do.'" Marcia and pledge sister Carolyn Beardsley Ehrman, who lives in Massachusetts, just across the state line, had lunch recently and made plans to come to the Centennial.

Diana Boisson Nering, '57, who won a Delta Gamma Fraternity's Shield Award for community service, died April 30, 1997. Memorial contributions may be made to the Theta Chapter Centennial Fund. The chapter house library was given in her honor.

Barbara Meek Haugh, '42, and her husband, Robert C. Haugh, of Dallas, were honored guests at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Bloomington, June 4-7, 1997. Mr. Haugh, a member of Delta Upsilon, contributed $1.5 million for the refurbishing of the IU track and field complex, which now bears his name.


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Page last updated: October 15, 2012