Alpha Sigma Tau ~AΣΤ
Open Motto: “Active, Self-reliant, Trustworthy.”
Mascot: They encourage each local chapter to choose their own mascot.
Colors: Emerald Green and Gold
Flower: Yellow Rose
Alpha Sigma Tau sorority was founded on November 4, 1899 at Michigan State Normal College, which is now Eastern Michigan University. At the time of Alpha Sigma Tau's founding, there were three other sororities already on campus; Pi Kappa Sigma, Sigma Nu Phi and Zeta Phi. The women who founded this sorority - Harriet Marx, Eva O'Keefe, Adriance Rice, Helene M. Rice, Mable Chase, Ruth Dutcher, May Gephart and Mayene Tracy - are said to have been positive visionaries, inspire integrity and were remarkably resourceful.
Alpha Sigma Tau members are involved in several philanthropic activities. For one, they support Pine Mountain Settlement School, which is in Southeastern Kentucky in the mountains of Appalachia. The school provides a hands on approach to education and provides basic and environmental programs. According to the Alpha Sigma Tau official website the sorority has supported PMSS since 1945 through financial contributions from its members. Some members and alumnae also give of their time and talents by volunteering at the school as well.
"...the following are some of Alpha Sigma Tau's sponsored projects: purchase of major equipment, renovation of campus buildings, purchase of a fifteen-passenger van, and most recently, the endowment of the Pine Mountain Settlement School Intervention Program Fund. These projects support the Pine Mountain Settlement School as it maintains its successful programs and expands the opportunities available to the area. Alpha Sigma Tau donations are also used to purchase library and audio-visual materials for the Pine Mountain Center. In appreciation of these donations, each item carries a bookplate designating it as a gift from a specific collegiate or alumnae chapter. These bookplates are nature prints designated by Gwen Frostic, a well-known nature artist, environmentalist, and Alpha Sigma Tau."
In June of 2004 the sorority also officially adopted Habitat for Humanity and added it to its National philanthropic service. This is a Christian ministry which helps build houses for families in need. Members volunteer their labor and assist the organization by contributing funds as well.