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Soror Ann Murphy Knight- On January 5, 2017, the Mayor, Councilmembers and a host of citizens of the City of Fort Myers, Florida, conducted the rededication of the S.T.A.R.S. (Success Through Academic and Recreational Support) Complex to honor Soror Ann Murphy Knight. As a retired educator with over 40 years as a teacher and school administrator, Dr. Knight also served five terms as an elected member of the City Council. This is longer than any other councilmember past or present. During her elected terms she was instrumental in spearheading set-aside programs for disadvantaged minority and female businesses; low income family housing; beautification of blighted areas; and renaming of a state highway to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For over 25 years, the S.T.A.R.S. Complex has provided sports, music, dance, art and academic tutoring. In addition, it provides a safe haven for the community youth as an alternative to drugs, crime, illiteracy and poverty. A major priority for Dr. Knight, The S.T.A.R.S. Complex was initiated and completed during her terms in office. s Soror Gloria Dean Randle Scott, who served as Bennett College’s 11th president from 1987 to 2001, received an honorary degree during their 2016 Commencement Exercise. Soror Scott was the first African American president of the Girl Scouts of America. In 1959 Scott became s68 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. the first African-American to receive a degree in zoology from Indiana University. She also received a Ph.D. in higher education from Indiana in 1965. Soror Scott’s career began as a research associate in genetics and embryology at Indiana University Institution for Psychiatric Research. During this time, she worked as a biology instructor at Marion College until 1965, making her the first African American instructor at a predominately white college in Indianapolis, Indiana. Scott held the positions as Dean of Students and deputy director of Upward Bound at Knoxville College in 1965 and as the special assistant to the president and Educational Research Planning director at North Carolina A&T University in 1967. She then served as the Institutional Research Planning director at Texas Southern University for a year before becoming vice president at Clark College in Atlanta in 1977. After 10 years at Clark College, Scott became the President of Bennett College in 1987, thus fulfilling her life’s mission to educate African- American women. Soror Scott said she was more touched by the honorary degree than any other award she’s received including those from Indiana University, from which she earned her bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees. She was one of four past presidents of Bennett College who attended the Commencement exercises. Also attending was Soror Johnetta B. Cole who served as the 14th president. s Soror Jennifer Stimpson, a science educator at the elite allgirls Hockaday School, makes science an incredible learning experience for students. In March 2017 Soror Stimpson received the Hidden Figures of Dallas award for her work in civic education, empowering girls about science. The honor was bestowed by the National Society of Black Engineers at its annual fundraiser. It has been Jennifer’s mission to foster a love and value of science and to dispel the misconceptions that science is limited to particular individuals. Soror Stimpson engages students by sharing real-world applications of scientific concepts, exciting them about the tangibility of science. Each day students enter and exit her classroom normalizing what it means to be not only a scientist but that science sees no color or gender. So when asked, “How does the science perspective from a girl of impact the world?” Jennifer draws on new ideas that stretch learning and understanding making it possible to impact others while expanding the knowledge base. Stimpson was initiated into the Beta Gamma chapter, Dillard University. At present, Jennifer lives in the Southwest Region city of Dallas, TX, where she is a member of the Dallas Alumnae Chapter. s Delta Women


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