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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s Public Meeting Wrapped in the Art of Giving JOURNAL Winter 2017 s39 53rd National Convention C O V E R A G E The Las Vegas community along with convention attendees were provided a glimpse of the achievements and strides Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has made through the “art of giving.” Through speeches, awards and tributes during the Public Meeting Sunday, August 6, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, more than 2,000 members and guests were able to see just how hard Delta loves and gives back. The “Art of Giving” was the theme for the afternoon program. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has made substantial contributions both monetary, in-kind and by supplying goods and services internationally, nationally and to local communities over the last biennium. Dalila Patton, St. Croix Alumnae Chapter, waited in anticipation for the start of the program. She said the Public Meeting presents the Sorority with the opportunity to showcase its fundamental principles, which all tie-in with the “Art of Giving.” “I invited guests to the Public Meeting so others could see for themselves how we focus on the community,” said Soror Patton. National President Dr. Paulette C. Walker opened the Public Meeting with a report card on the philanthropic gifts Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. awarded to organizations during her tenure in the areas of the Five-Point Programmatic Thrust. A BY GLENISE CLOUDY Delta Sigma Theta awards Tuskegee University the 2017 – 2019 Distinguished Professor Endowed Chair award during the Public Meeting Aug. 6, 2017. PICTURED (L – R): Dr. Louise Rice, 23rd National President; Dr. Thelma Daley, 16th National President; Dr. Paulette C. Walker, National President; Dr. Vivian Carter, chair, Department of Psychology and Sociology; Dr. Tamara Floyd Smith, assistant provost and professor of chemical engineering; Dr. Joan Prince, chair, Distinguished Professor Endowed Chair Committee. PHOTO BY SHARON FARMER


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