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The Gamma Xi Post
Special Edition June 2008: A Year in Review

The Road Was Tough but We Made it Through!
It all seemed overwhelming at first…each Gamma Xi member was a new inductee, and did not know what Delta had in store for the upcoming fiscal year. However, it did not distract us from reaching our goals. These uncertainties only festered into a tremendous amount of determination and perseverance in each of us.

Now that we have learned some of the ends and outs of Delta, let’s keep the same focus and determination we had as new members. I encourage you to read this poem, and keep these words of wisdom in your hearts as we embark on a new chapter in Delta! - Ashley Easter, Gamma Xi Historian Your Dimension Of Greatness
No one can know the potential, Of a life that is committed to win; With courage - the challenge it faces, To achieve great success in the end! So, explore the Dimension of Greatness, And believe that the world CAN be won; By a mind that is fully committed, KNOWING the task can be done! Your world has no place for the skeptic, No room for the DOUBTER to stand; To weaken your firm resolution That you CAN EXCEL in this land! We must have VISION TO SEE our potential, And FAITH TO BELIEVE that we can; Then COURAGE TO ACT with conviction, To become what GOD MEANT us to be! So, possess the strength and the courage, To conquer WHATEVER you choose; It's the person WHO NEVER GETS STARTED, That is destined FOREVER to lose!
~ Author Unknown ~


20072007-2008 Service and Programming
University of Nebraska-Omaha Beginning of the Year Student Organization Fair
The organization fair is a yearly ritual that allows student groups to showcase their organization’s accomplishments etc.

NPHC and MGC Children’s Halloween Carnival
This event provided children with a safe place to have Halloween fun! GX members set up a face painting booth for all of the kiddies!

Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army During the Holidays

‘Tis the season to be jolly! In the above pictures GX members ring bells, and sing Christmas carols to raise funds for the Salvation Army!


The Gamma Xi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Presents…

The Gamma Xi Chapter Collected 43 Coats for the Central Region Coat Drive!

January 20-25, 2008 Main Collection Sites: UNL Culture Center UNO Student Organizations Office (located in the Student Union) Stadium View Apartments (349 W. Charleston St. Lincoln, NE) New/ gently used coats, hats, scarves, gloves, etc. All Donations will be given to…

The Open Door Mission of Omaha, NE Program: Wear Red Day Thrust: Physical and Mental Health Description: National Wear Red Day was hosted on February 1, 2008, and is sponsored by the American Heart Association. This day has been developed to raise awareness about the effects of heart disease in women. The chapter sponsored a booth to distribute information and collect donations for the cause.


Program: Tax Relief with DST Thrust: Economic Development Description: This program was organized to make college students more aware of their financial responsibilities. Students received financial advice from H and R Block Representatives, and were given the opportunity to complete their 2007 taxes. By the end of the program, students were fully aware of the different avenues that are available to help conquer their major financial obligations.

The Gamma Xi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Presents…

Tax Relief with DST

When: Saturday, February 9, 2008 Where: UNO’s Durham Science Center Room 104 Time: 12 p.m.- 3 p.m. Receive financial advice from H and R Block Representatives, and complete your 1040 EZ all in one day! Be Stress Free… Get Your Taxes Done Early! Space is Limited…RSVP Today! Contact The Gamma Xi Chapter at

5 Program: 2008 Delta Days at the State Capitol Thrust: Political Awareness and Involvement Description: This program was hosted on April 7, 2008, in conjunction with the Omaha Alumnae Chapter. It served as the chapter’s Project ACE activity, and allowed the Gamma Xi Chapter to sit in on the state’s legislative hearings; ultimately making the chapter members more aware of legislative activities in the state of Nebraska. Following the legislative hearings, Sorors gathered at a local Applebees Restaurant to share a delectable meal.

Omaha Alumnae and Gamma Xi Chapter Members in the Capitol’s Rotunda

Program: Break After Break Thrust: Political Awareness and Involvement Description: Break After Break was co-sponsored with the Mexican American Student Association at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It was created as a way to redirect students’ focus on the election as they returned from spring break. During the course of the event, participants were able to register to vote and participate in social activities.


Program: Black Male Appreciation Night Thrust: Physical and Mental Health Description: This program was developed as a way to stimulate the mentorship of African American Males on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Campus. Several influential men were invited to the event, and round table discussions were held (each emphasizing issues that affect Black males in our society). The keynote speaker for the event was Mr. Thomas Warren, former Omaha Police Chief and current Urban League of Nebraska President.


Program: Little Divas Night In Thrust: Physical and Mental Health/ Educational Development Description: This event was hosted at the F Street Community Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. The event included a night of activities that intellectually stimulated the minds of adolescent females, and provided a host of physical activities. At the culmination of the event, a discussion was held emphasizing the importance of education, physical health, and unity amongst women. This event was such a success, and the chapter looks forward to hosting a similar event at the North Omaha Boys and Girls Club next fall.


We’re not done Yet!
Program: DST Mini Boot Camp Thrust: Physical and Mental Health Description: This event took place on June 20, 2008. This program was designed to help individuals get on the right track to becoming physically fit. Participants received instruction and advice from fitness trainer Jeron Epting on the day of the camp. Obesity is a major concern in the African American community, and we would like to thank everyone that joined us for the event. We can beat this epidemic!


Additional Chapter Activities
Gamma Xi Turns 25
In 2007 the Gamma Xi Chapter celebrated its 25th year in existence. Gamma Xi initiates from all over the country returned to their roots to celebrate the event. The celebration took place August 2-5, 2007, and included a multitude of events including: 1. The Diva “Red” Party 2. “Delta Gettin’ Her stroll Back Pizza Party” 3. Native Omahan Parade 4. Coleman Love BBQ 5. Church Service at St. John A.M.E. 6. Sisterhood Luncheon Thanks to all of the Sorors and individuals that helped our chapter celebrate this event!

Central Region Cluster Meeting
The 2007 Regional Cluster meeting was held in Kansas City, Missouri. During the cluster meeting members not learned about current Central Region activities, but also sought out and joined regional committees of interest.

Nebraska was also the state with the largest attendance! Celebrating Our First Founder’s Day
Gamma Xi organized a social event on January 13, 2008, in honor of our illustrious Founders. Chapter members were joined by Omaha Alumnae members as we fellowshipped and recalled why we have pledged our honor to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Later in March Lincoln Alumnae organized a formal sisterhood luncheon.

Gearing Up with Student United For Nebraska
Students United for Nebraska (SUN) is a newly created organization on the University of NebraskaLincoln’s Campus. Students have joined this organization in efforts to stop the Connerly Initiative that is being pursued in the state of Nebraska. If the initiative passes in Nebraska, many Affirmative Action influenced programs will be eliminated. The Gamma Xi Chapter has passed a resolution acknowledging the severity of this issue.


Chapter Member Achievements

Soror Akila Allen Gamma Xi Chapter Recording Secretary 2008-2009 Soror Ariel Cooper Gamma Xi Financial Secretary 2008-2009 Residential Assistant for Creighton University’s Upward Bound Soror Ashley Easter Nebraska State Facilitator Gamma Xi Historian and Journalist 2008-2009 Afrikan People’s Union President 2008-2009 National Pan-Hellenic Council Vice President 2008-2009 Soror Jennifer Epting Gamma Xi Treasurer 2008-2009 ConAgra Internship; Summer 2008 Whittney LeBruce Gamma Xi Vice President 2008-2009 Students United for Nebraska President 2008-2009 2007 Miss Black and Gold Pageant Winner State Farm Internship; Summer 2008 Andrea Lowe Gamma Xi Parliamentarian Kutak Rock Internship; Summer 2008 Dean’s List – Spring 2008 Jessica Warren Research Assistant for College of Education and Human Sciences 2007-2008 Gamma Xi Chapter President 2008-2009 Students United for Nebraska Chair of Contacts Committee 2008-2009 Dean’s List – Spring 2008


Nebraska Chapter Recognitions
The Gamma Xi Chapter would like to extend our most sincere congratulations to the newest members of our sisterhood! • In Lincoln, Nebraska, the newly reactivated Omicron Chapter welcomed 11 divastating women. The Omaha Alumnae Chapter crossed 8 devoted women. The Lincoln Alumnae Chapter extended membership to 3 dedicated women.

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We look forward working with each of the newly initiated members, and hope to combine forces to further impact the Nebraskan community with our mission of sisterhood and service. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The Omaha Alumnae Chapter also celebrated it 60th Anniversary in December 2007.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Graduating Nebraska Sorors Aisha Wade Omicron Sp. ’08 Nebraska Wesleyan Sasha Andrews Omicron Sp. ’08 University of Nebraska- Lincoln

Omaha Alumnae Inductees

Omicron Inductees

Advisor Appreciation
“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom” - Marcel Proust The Gamma Xi Chapter would like to thank our advisors for all of their time, hard work, and dedication that enabled the chapter to operate during the 2007-2008 fiscal year. You all truly are the keystones of our chapter, and we appreciate each and every one of you! Outgoing Advisor: Soror Donna Stewart 2008-2008 Advisors: Soror Shawntal Smith; primary advisor Soror Lakeisha Gatson- Dunham; returning secondary advisor

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melodie Beattie


2007 -2008 in Review
This school year was filled with several events that directly affected women and the African American community. Let’s take a glance at some of these major happenings during the 2007-2008 fiscal year.
Jena 6 Jena 6 is the name given to a group of six black teenagers who were charged with the beating of Justin Barker, a white teenager at Jena High School in Jena, Louisiana, United States, on December 4, 2006. The Jena Six case sparked protests by those viewing the arrests and subsequent charges, such as attempted murder, as excessive and racially discriminatory. The protesters believed that white Jena youths involved in other incidents were treated leniently. On September 20, 2007, between 10,000 and 20,000 protesters marched on Jena in what was described as the "largest civil rights demonstration in years.
(courtesy of wikipedia)

The Megan Williams Case The Megan Williams Case involves a 20-year-old, African American, West Virginia woman who was kidnapped, raped and tortured by six white residents from Logan County, three of whom are women. Among many other things, the suspects are charged with stabbing Williams, dousing her with hot water, and forcing her to eat rat, dog, and human feces. In addition, the suspects allegedly hurled racial slurs at her while doing so. Some civil rights leaders, some community activists and others have asserted that this fact makes the event subject to prosecution under hate crimes statutes. Authorities did not initially file hate crime charges in the attack, but prosecutors have not completely ruled out such a move down the road. When pressed on the possibility of such charges, they have said that they are focused on crimes with the toughest penalties and note that the maximum sentence for a hate crime is just 10 years. (courtesy of wikipedia)

Ward Connerly brings his initiative to Nebraska Ward Connerly is a businessman sponsoring ballot initiatives to eliminate affirmative action programs in Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma and Nebraska. Please take the time to research this initiative. Nebraska Signature Deadline is July 4th


Campaign 2008 (1) Barack Obama has become the first African American male to announce his presidential candidacy. (2) Hilary Rodham Clinton is the first female to announce her presidential candidacy. (3) A record number of individuals, 30 years of age and younger, showed up to vote at primaries during Super Tuesday. ------------------------------------------------------------------After the conclusion of primaries it has been determined that Senators Barack Obama (democratic party) and John McCain (republican party) will serve as the primary candidates for the 2008 elections. Below is the remaining schedule for Campaign 2008.

Remaining Schedule for the National Presidential Campaign

July 2008 July 10 to July 13 - The Green Party will hold its 2008 national nominating convention in Chicago, Illinois. July 12 - Nebraska (R) caucus August 2008 August 25 to August 28 - 2008 Democratic National Convention convenes in Denver, Colorado September 2008 September 1 to September 4 - 2008 Republican National Convention convenes in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota September 26 - First Presidential Debate at the University of Mississippi on domestic policy. October 2008 Early October - Early voting commences in selected states. Absentee balloting begins.

14 October 2 - Vice Presidential Debate at Washington University will be on domestic and foreign policy. October 7 - Second Presidential Debate at Belmont University will be in a town meeting format and include any issues raised by members of that audience. October 15 - Third Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on foreign policy. Late October - Absentee ballot application deadlines.[202] November 2008 November 4 - Election Day December 2008 December 15 - Electoral College casts official votes for President and Vice-President; each state's electors meet in their respective state capitals Make an educated vote! Please take the time to become familiar with each candidate’s platform.

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