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Xi Chapter members display the Chapter of the Year Award at the University of Louisville. Xi Chapter Awarded 2013 Outstanding Student Organization of the Year JOURNAL Summer 2013 s65 ON THE YARD: COLLEGIATE NEWS Triumph, glory and outstanding achievement have been synonymous with the city of Louisville, Ky. in the year 2013. In addition to the Louisville Cardinals bringing home an emotional men’s NCAA basketball championship, the ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. are truly setting the example of Greek leaders on campus, recently being named the 2013 Outstanding Student Organization of the Year. “They are not only committed to making a difference through Delta Sigma Theta, but also making a difference through any organization in which they are a member,” said admissions counselor for the university and chapter advisor Soror Nakia Strickland in her recommendation for the chapter to receive such a prestigious award. “Xi Chapter is definitely making a difference at the University of Louisville and paving the way for others to follow.” With the Five Point Programmatic Thrust at the helm of their efforts, members of Xi Chapter saturated the campus with meaningful and unforgettable programs and service projects. This past year, they implemented 15 programs (before their own Delta week). Xi Chapter believes in creating a community that is educated on politics with programs like its Operation V.O.T.E. – Voicing Our Thoughts Effectively initiative; on economics through its Cashing OWT—Information on Taxes and Financial Fortitude program; on international involvement by discussing issues during HIV/Diabetes forums; on physical & mental health programs such as Work OWT with the Deltas; and educational development through programs such as G.O.A.L.S.—Going Out And Living Successfully. They also host long standing programs that are replicated each year such as the Black Faculty & Staff Reception which allows students to interface with the African-American faculty and staff; and Trick or Treating for Canned Goods which has raised over 2,000 can goods for Dare to Care. Operating on a campus with a student body of over 22,000 students, Xi Chapter continues to stand out among other student organizations, primarily focusing on collaborating with other diverse organizations to reach broad populations. The chapter places special emphasis on breaking down barriers between black and white organizations in order to bridge the gaps and decrease the likelihood of low African-American retention rates. They are not only active “on the yard,” but they make it a priority to attend the regional and national events of Delta Sigma Theta such as the 2013 Founders Day Celebration, Reenactment of the Women’s Suffrage March, and Delta Days at the Nation’s Capital. Nine members of the chapter are registered and preparing to attend the 51st National Convention in July. The chapter can now also add “Ms. Cardinal” to the long resume of accomplishments for the chapter. Since 1973, the University of Louisville bestows the award of “Ms. Cardinal” to an outstanding senior female student. This award is based on academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and contributions to the university and the Louisville community. The 2013 Ms. Cardinal, Soror Gillian Griggs, proudly serves as president of Xi Chapter, and Kentucky State Facilitator. She joins the Ms. Cardinal 2012 and 2013. Pictured (LEFT TO RIGHT) Soror Gillian Griggs and Soror Janessa Siegel. continued on page 71


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