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JULY 2016

Sorority Sisters Celebrate Chapter Milestone

When Lai’Treshur O’Neil Ferguson BA’98, the first initiate of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. at UT Dallas, and other charter members formed the Sigma Mu chapter in 1996, they didn’t necessarily envision a group that would continue to grow and impact the University community for years to come. Yet 20 years later, current and former members gathered to commemorate the milestone at an anniversary celebration.

Current and past members of UT Dallas’ Sigma Mu chapter, a part of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., celebrate 20 years of the organization.

“This was the very first time the charter members and the current members, and everyone in between, were in the same room,” said Tineil Lewis BA’08, a 2006 initiate who helped spearhead the reunion.

More than 40 UT Dallas alumni and past Sigma Mu members returned to campus to mark the occasion. Festivities during the two-day celebration included mixing and mingling, a game night, brunch, a chapter history challenge, dancing and numerous photo opportunities. Lewis said viewing photos and hearing stories from the early years bolstered the camaraderie and fellowship among chapter members past and present.

Reunion attendees collected more than 450 items for the UT Dallas Comet Cupboard.

“It was really good for the current members to get to know the charter members — the people who actually brought our organization to campus — and to see how far we’ve come,” she said.

With service long a part of the sorority’s mission, attendees also collected more than 450 nonperishable items for the UT Dallas Comet Cupboard, a campus food pantry dedicated to assisting students in need.

“Collecting for Comet Cupboard is just one of the projects that we were very excited to take on as a chapter, not only as our 20-year celebration service project, but also moving forward,” said Alexis René, a health care studies student and current chapter president. “Service is at the heart of what we do.”

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., a Greek organization that encourages women to take an active role on campus and in the community, focuses efforts on scholarship, sisterhood and service. Sigma Mu Chapter members drive initiatives around topics such as financial success, studying, social dialogue and human trafficking.

“We always look toward the future, but it’s meaningful to know where our roots started,” René said.

Media Contact: Jill Blevins, UT Dallas, (972) 883-5386, [email protected]

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