CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIION Founders Day Weekend person they were meant to be. Careers highlighted during the session included retail/fashion, medical/ healthcare, mass communications, law, and education. While the students were interested in all the careers, they seemed particularly eager to learn about fashion and mass communications. A resource center with career information tables and opportunities was available for the students to ask questions in smaller groups, as well as a “Let’s Move” session s where the students burned energy by doing line dances such as the “Cupid Shuffle.” The general session featured keynote speaker Soror April Holmes. She told her inspirational story of losing her left leg in a train accident in 2001, then, through faith, dedication, consistency and support, she became an amazing Paralympic track and field athlete. Soror Holmes won the gold medal in the 100 meters at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, and the bronze medal during the 2012 games in London. “It’s absolutely an honor and a pleasure to be able to share my life and my journey with so many young people. It is more than I could have ever asked God for,” said Soror Holmes. “Hopefully I was able to encourage them to go forth and do great things in the world. If I could impart that wisdom in them as they go about their journey, I can definitely say my living has not been in vain.” Harriette Cole, “Today Show” contributor and former lifestyle assistant editor for Essence magazine urged students to find what they love to do and do it well. During break-out sessions, current Howard University students served as panelists in the mass communications discussion, which included two seniors majoring in public relations and legal communications and one doctoral Members greet visitors and distribute guest passes at Howard University Hospital. COURTESY OF SOROR ANNA RILEY candidate majoring in mass communications and media studies. Their message focused on the importance of “branding” and the importance of being cautious of the images they put on the internet as it will affect their “brand.” The students listed various inappropriate internet activities that could impact them negatively, and they enjoyed the chance to have an open discussion about the usage of social media. In honor of Founder Pauline Oberdorfer Minor, a career day activity was held at Washington Metro High School where students were grouped by interest and by gender. During the self-esteem session for female students, the speakers focused on the importance of getting to know and believing in oneself. The session for the male participants focused on “steps to success.” The young men were split into small groups and were asked to make a list of factors needed to be successful in life. One of the most impressive sessions focused on teenage parenting. Participants and speakers participated in an open discussion on the difficulties of being a teenage mother, and the presenters commented that, by the end of the session, they felt as if they had gained as much from the session as the young mothers. After the breakout groups concluded, a resource and networking fair allowed students to talk to each other and meet volunteers. Pamphlets and other information were made available to students. The service project at Bright Beginnings, a childcare facility for homeless infants, toddlers, and preschool children, honored Founder Bertha Pitts Campbell. Volunteers read to children, tended to infants, decorated classrooms or assisted with other daily activities. Gail Boyd of Rutherford County Alumnae Chapter, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. was one of the volunteers who felt that her experience at Bright Beginnings was both rewarding and humbling. “I know this event was a success. The teachers and children were very appreciative of our help and time,” said Soror Boyd. She also remarked how intelligent and vibrant the children appeared to be and despite their circumstances, 28 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.
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