Significant Sigma Kappas
Members of Sigma Kappa have excelled in their fields, advanced their scholarly interests, and have helped make the world a better place. Some, recognized as being “first,” were pioneers who opened fields of endeavor for women of today. They are all an inspiration and source of pride.
Their fields of endeavor are diverse, and the following lists are meant to serve as a sampling of the diversity in Sigma Kappa excellence.
Significant Sigma Kappas
Mary Jane Behrends Clark
Mary Jane Behrends Clark, Phi, is an American author of 13 suspense novels. She spent three decades at the CBS News’ New York City headquarters where she began her career as a desk assistant after graduating with degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Rhode Island. Her first books came from that experience. She developed KEY News, a fictional television news world where the characters go out into the world to cover their stories and get involved in mystery and suspense. She lives in New Jersey and Florida.
Lindsay Czarniak, Delta Rho, is an American sports anchor and reporter. After spending six years with WRC-TV (usually dubbed NBC4), the local NBC television affiliate in Washington, D.C., Czarniak joined ESPN as a SportsCenter anchor in August 2011. She has also been a pit reporter and studio host for TNT's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series coverage and a former co-host and reporter for the syndicated The George Michael Sports Machine. Czarniak served as a host and sportsdesk reporter for NBC Sports coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.
Nina Davuluri, Alpha Mu, is the second consecutive Miss New York and the first contestant of Indian descent to win the Miss America Competition. Her platform is “Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency.” As part of her consciousness-raising efforts on behalf of diversity, Nina has launched a social media campaign to encourage constructive and civil dialogue on diversity issues. In addition, Nina will serve as the official National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and work with the U.S. Department of Education to raise awareness about the importance of education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Susan Eisenhower, Epsilon Epsilon, became an honor initiate in 2006 with the Epsilon Epsilon Chapter. Susan is the president of the Eisenhower Group, Inc. which provides counsel on political, business and public affairs. She is the granddaughter of former United States President Dwight Eisenhower and is the chairman of the leadership and public policy programs & chairman Emeritus of the Eisenhower Institute. She has consulted for Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies. Susan is also the author of three books and has been involved in the editing of four others. She has and is leading a life of great leadership and political awareness.
Theresa Grentz, Theta, is the former head coach of the women’s basketball program at the University of Illinois, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and St. Joseph’s. In 2001 she was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Her career record is 671-309 and she served as a head coach for 32 years. She was the Olympic head coach in 1992 where the team was awarded the Bronze medal at the Barcelona games. She is 10th all-time in women’s NCAA basketball coaching victories and only had two losing seasons in her tenure as a head coach. Theresa was an alumna initiate into the University of Illinois Chapter.
Judith Guest, Alpha Mu, is the author of Ordinary People, the first unsolicited manuscript to be accepted by Viking Press since 1949, and was made into a 1980 film Ordinary Peoplethat won the Award for Best Picture. This novel and two others, Second Heaven (1982) andErrands (1997), are about adolescent children forced to deal with a crisis in their family. Ms. Guest also wrote the screenplay for the 1987 film Rachel River and co-authored the mystery Killing Time in St. Cloud (1988) with fellow novelist Rebecca Hill. Her most recent book, The Tarnished Eye (2004), is loosely based on a real unsolved crime in her native Michigan.
Anne McCune Harper
Anna McCune Harper, Lambda, was inducted into the California Women Athletes Hall of Fame. She won the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon 1931 and has won other numerous state and national tennis championships. Ms. Harper was ranked in the U.S. top ten five consecutive years from 1928 through 1932 and was top ranked in 1930. In 1932, she was called home because of an illness in her family. She decided to give up tournament tennis for other tasks, including raising her three children but she continued to follow the game and played for many years. Anna served as national president of Sigma Kappa from 1939-1942.
Ashley Henderson Huff
Ashley Henderson Huff, Epsilon Epsilon, a First Lieutenant in the United States Army was the first known sorority casualty in the current conflict in Iraq.
Nancy Lopez, Theta Xi, is a professional golfer with 48 LPGA Tour victories and three major championship wins to her name. She was awarded Player of the Year four times and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. She is also a strong spokesperson for women’s rights and Latino-awareness issues and actively works to promote public awareness of multiple diseases, including arthritis, cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Glennon Doyle Melton
Glennon Doyle Melton, Delta Rho, is the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir, “Carry On, Warrior.” Glennon is the founder of Momastery.com, an online community where more than 135,000 readers meet daily to read her shameless and hilarious essays about marriage, motherhood, faith, addiction, recovery and connection. She is the creator and president of a nonprofit organization that has connected countless families in need with hundreds of thousands of
dollars in critical resources (http://www.monkeeseemonkeedo.org). Glennon speaks domestically and internationally and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and other publications. “Carry On, Warrior,” Glennon and her philanthropic work have been featured on The TODAY Show, The Talk, Ladies’ Home Journal, Woman’s Day, Glamour UK, and Family Circle, among other television and print outlets. She lives in Florida with her family.
Dr. Margaret Rhea Seddon
A veteran of three space shuttle flights, Dr. Rhea Seddon, Lambda, spent 19 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In 1978 she was selected as one of the first six women to enter the Astronaut Program. She served as a Mission Specialist on flights in 1985 and 1991 and as Payload Commander in charge of all science activities on her final flight in 1993. This brought her total time in space to 30 days. After leaving NASA in 1997, Dr. Seddon was the Assistant Chief Medical Officer of the Vanderbilt Medical Group in Nashville for 11 years. There she led an initiative aimed at improving patient safety, quality of care, and team effectiveness by the use of an aviation-based model of Crew Resource Management. Now with LifeWings Partners, LLC she teaches this concept to healthcare institutions across the United States. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in physiology and a member of Sigma Kappa's Lambda chapter, Dr. Seddon received her M.D. degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, where she completed her residency in General Surgery.
Dr. Seddon was inducted into the US Astronaut Hall of Fame on May 30th and launched her first book "Go For Orbit" at the same time. "Go For Orbit" discusses her journey through the NASA program, how she overcame obstacles to women as one of the first to venture into space, and acts as an encouragement for women to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In addition to launching her first book, Rhea also started a publishing company called Your Space Press out of her desire to help women around the world reach for greater heights in their personal and professional lives.
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Margaret Chase Smith
Margaret Chase Smith, Alpha, was the first U.S. woman senator, first woman to sit in both houses of Congress and the first woman to represent Maine in either. She is recipient of the U.S. Air Force's most prestigious award and has been presented with 96 honorary degrees and presented with a Presidential Medal of Freedom Award by President George Bush in 1989.
She was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination in the 1964 presidential election, but was the first woman to be placed in nomination for the presidency at a major party's convention. Upon leaving office, she was the longest-serving female Senator in history, a distinction that was not surpassed until January 5, 2011, when Senator Barbara Mikulski was sworn in for a fifth term.
Angela Stanford, Kappa Eta, is a professional golfer who currently competes on the LPGA Tour. She has six professional wins including one in 2012 at the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore, making her the first American to win in Asia in this century.
The Angela Stanford Foundation, founded in 2009, focuses on helping children of families in the Fort Worth, Texas community who have been affected by cancer achieve their dreams of attending college.
Sarah Weddington, Zeta Nu, is an attorney and spokesperson on public issues and leadership. In 1972 she became the first woman elected from Austin to be a member of the Texas House of Representatives. Sarah served three terms as a representative before becoming assistant to President Jimmy Carter. Sarah is well-known for her work on issues affecting women in her role as an attorney, legislator, professor and expert called upon by the national media. Her first book, A Question of Choice, detailed the Roe v. Wade case which she argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and won in 1973.
Additionally, Ms. Weddington served as General Counsel of the United States Department of Agriculture in 1977 (the first woman to hold that office) and lecturer at Texas Wesleyan University from 1981 to 1990. She is the founder of the Weddington Center, which focuses on women in leadership. She is currently a speaker and adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Austin.