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Regional ConferenceH I G H L I G H T S message, she referenced the famous topics such as: social networking, Midwest Region “Hold Fast to Dreams.” In her speech, ting Delta business. Sisterhood Luncheon“paper” versus “made,” and conduc- poem by notable Langston Hughes, Soror Fudge pushed her point that Soror Ashley Carpenter of Epsi- Chapters Honored for dreams really do come true. lon Psi Chapter said the Collegiate Soror Fudge shared a quote from Day activities were “inspirational” Keeping the Charge one of the founders of Delta Sigma and that she learned “a lot of great of Service Theta, Soror Florence Letcher Toms: information on how to better your- “I have learned to not accept no from self and your chapter.” someone who does not even have Throughout Collegiate Day, so- BY JENICE MITCHELL FORD, ESQ. to surround themselves with people ment that allowed them to open up ence Sisterhood Luncheon be-The Midwest Regional Confer-rors bonded through commonalitiesamongst one another in an environ-She also advised collegiate sorors the authority to tell me yes.” who they aspire to be like. “You have with one another. gan with the savoir faire of a Pa- to associate with people who have “Great balance between being risian fashion show as national and what you want,” said Soror Fudge. formal and comfortable, collegiates regional offi cers—past and present— As Soror Fudge concluded her were fulfi entered the room on crimson carpet lled,” said Soror Whittney message, Soror Lena Horne’s “If Murphy, Indiana State Facilitator. “I to energetic music and an expectant you believe” began playing in the honestly feel it was a great success. atmosphere. The luncheon, themed background. The tune’s message of Leslye did an awesome job.” “Charge to Keep…From the Heart: hope combined with Soror Fudge’s Collegiate Day ended with a can- We Lead, We Serve, We Empower,” continued on to present panache and featured operatic offerings along with poetic pronouncements. But, true to Delta’s roots, the real stars of the event were the chapters recognized for innovative and indis- pensable service to Midwest commu- nities. Meeting people at the point of their need was the 2009-2011 biennium charge heralded by Midwest Regional Director Regina Harper. Such charge was accepted and accomplished by the Gamma Nu Chapter (Indiana Uni- versity) for Economic Development and Xi Chapter (University of Louis- ville) for Educational Development. Gamma Nu was recognized for Collegiate sorors participate Collegiate Day workshops during the 45th Midwest Regional its environmental program titled Conference. PHOTO BY STEPHANIE STOVALL “Sustainability.” In collaboration with many campus organizations, Gamma inspiring words left the sorors in the did conversation among collegiate Nu organized a panel discussion fea- room with renewed feelings of em- sorors and the region’s Collegiate turing Majora Carter, nationally rec- powerment. Collegiate chapters and Leadership Team about their expe- ognized environmental justice advo- individual sorors were honored with riences. cate, author and radio host. awards and the graduates of the 2011 “I believe collegiates left feeling Gamma Nu Chapter President Leadership Delta Program were reco- like they have a voice,” said Soror Kelem Tariku advises that “on a cam- gnized during the luncheon. Suarez. “Collegiates can actually be pus such as Indiana University, it is Following the luncheon, colle- the change they want to see.” ▲ important to have an impact on the giate sorors attended workshops on entire community.” 38 ▲ DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.


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