SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - Delta Week 2003, sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Inc. sorority, begins Sunday, Feb. 16. The sorority has planned a week filled with things to do.
At 9:13 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, a production titled "He Say! She Say No More Drama" will be presented in Ness Auditorium, located in the campus' new academic building, Hollenbeck Hall. This will be followed at 9:13 p.m., Monday, Feb. 17, with Hollywood Squares in the Alumni Room of the Benham-Pence Student Center. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. will also participate. At 9:13 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, room 210 in the Shouvlin Center will be the site of a sex awareness lecture by Dr. Mary Jo Groves, university physician. Finally, a white elephant auction will take place at 9:13 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the Student Center lobby.
The week's activities will culminate with the 22nd annual Crystal T. Scott Talent Extravaganza at 8:13 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 in the Student Center Dining Room. The party continues until 2 a.m. with DJ Chaos of 102.9 FM.
"The significance of having all of these events at 13 minutes past the hour relates to our sorority founding in 1913," said senior Kristen Bailey of Delta Sigma Theta. "The Omicron Theta Chapter uses these events to bridge the communities of Wittenberg and Springfield, in addition to providing students the opportunity to showcase their talents and raise scholarship funds."
Cash prizes are awarded to first, second and third place winners. In addition, scholarship monies in excess of $500 are awarded each year to deserving students. The activities are focused on building the mind, body, spirit and social awareness, while fostering positive relationships.
Crystal T. Scott, who was from Springfield, helped found the Omicron Theta chapter of Delta Sigma Theta at Wittenberg University in 1981. A biology major, she passed away a year after she graduated in 1982 after being diagnosed with cancer while she attended college. The extravaganza is an annual event with all proceeds going to the Crystal T. Scott Scholarship, which is awarded each April to a deserving African American female student meeting the criteria.
Any African-American female student with junior status, a 2.3 grade point average or better, who has strong community involvement is encouraged to apply. Application forms for the Crystal T. Scott Scholarship will be available at the Student Center information desk from Sunday, Feb. 16, until the April 1 deadline. Completed applications should be mailed to Delta Sigma Theta, box 3868, in the Student Center.
The talent show follows a successful Christmas adopt-a-family program in which the chapter hosted two families, with a total of six children and their mothers. The Benjamin Prince House was the venue for dinner, entertainment and gifts to make this Christmas a special one for these families.
"Other Wittenberg organizations really helped us to make this a major success," Bailey said.
For more information about any of the events of Delta Week 2003, contact Bailey at (937) 325-5429.
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