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Delta Sigma Theta returns to UNCP following 9-year hiatusBy Erica Vaught
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the oldest public service sorority, is active again after a nine-year hiatus at UNCP. Dabrielle “Dabby” Bowden, a senior and Custodian of Properties, is one of 14 women who are reenergizing the sorority.
“The chapter (on campus) was reactivated April 2005. Before then, our chapter wasn’t active for nine years. It’s back and we’re booming!” Bowden said.
“The public service sorority is built on a five-point thrust system,” Bowden said.
The thrusts are economic development, educational development, international awareness and involvement, mental and physical health, and political awareness and involvement.”
For educational development, the Deltas sponsor tutoring sessions on the first and third Wednesday of every month.
According to Bowden, Deltas go to the high schools in the county and give handouts and prep tests to help the students prepare for SATs and to help them get ready for college.
For mental and physical health thrust, Deltas provide aerobics and workouts on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month.
“We are participating in a Conversation Partners program, where American students partner up with foreign exchange students to tell them about American culture,” Bowden said about the international thrust.
In order to be a member of Delta Sigma Theta, a student must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Twenty-four credit hours must be completed along with three months of consecutive community service.
Deltas also hold interest meetings.
According to Bowden, there is no pressure to join at the meetings because they do not recruit.
As Bowden said, “We are a public service sorority, not a social one.”