Week of 10/9-10/15

The sisters of Gamma Sigma Sigma had another great week filled with service and unity. This week we participated in service projects such as Faithful Friends and the Fall Clean-up. At Faithful Friends, sisters volunteered at a local animal shelter and at the Fall Clean-up, they worked to beautify the community.

On Sunday, Gamma Sig hosted our yearly Parent’s Weekend Brunch. It was a great way to connect with sisters and their families.





Apple Picking and Cider Sipping

The sisters of Gamma Sigma Sigma had a weekend filled with service and unity. After a morning of volunteering on projects such as Puptober Fest and the Harvest Moon Festival, sisters and new members headed to Milburn Orchards for apple picking and bonding. The apple cider donuts were certainly a sweet treat to end the day!


On Sunday, sisters and our alumni group celebrated Founder’s Day. This year marks 65 years as an organization and 50 years as a chapter at the University of Delaware. To commemorate this day, sisters enjoyed brunch and a small service project.



Penguins Waddle to the Waterfront

On Friday, May 5th, the sisters of Gamma Sigma Sigma at the University of Delaware attended their annual White Rose Spring Formal at the Chesapeake Inn in Chesapeake City, MD. The venue provided salad and soup while the sisters snapped photographs with the gorgeous Chesapeake Bay as their backdrop. The evening continued with a delectable dinner and dancing. The formal concluded with bite-sized desserts. Below are some photos of our gorgeous GSS girls.

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Special thanks to the White Rose Committee for giving us such a spectacular night!

Congratulations are in Order

The Gamma Sigma Sigma Beta Gamma chapter would like to congratulate our executive board officers for Fall 2017. They were installed yesterday at our final chapter meeting of the semester. Their names and positions are listed below.

President: Dana Friedrich 

Service Vice President: Erin Simmons

Service Auditor: Katie Kramaric

Membership Vice President: Alanna Downey

Membership Coordinator: Camilla Daniel

Public Relations Coordinator: Geri Wallet

Financial Secretary: Marybeth Clancy

Treasurer: Laurel Sigman

Unity Chair: Emily Friedman

Social Coordinator: Maria Irace

Alumni Liaison: Kristina Demou 

National Representative: TyKia Duffy

Parliamentarian: Bridget Fassano

Corresponding Secretary: Claire Marik

Recording Secretary: Jess Laguardia 

Congratulations ladies! We cannot wait to see GSS shine in the fall! 


Penguins “Brave the Storm” for Service Partner

On April 22, Gamma Sigma Sigma sisters drove, walked, or rode the bus to Newark High School for Relay for Life. The annual Cancer Walk in memory and support of 3.5 million cancer survivors, patients, advocates, volunteers, caregivers, and researchers world-wide began with Dr. Gordon “Gordy” Klatt who walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington, in May 1985.


Gordy Klatt with two of his colleagues.

“Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 27 countries. Volunteers give of their time and effort because they believe it’s time to take action against cancer.”


To find a Relay near you, click here and enter your zip code: https://secure.acsevents.org/site/SPageServer/?pagename=relay_find_event

To donate to Relay, click here: https://secure.acsevents.org/site/SPageServer/?pagename=relay_donate_now

This year, The GSS Team raised $2,420.55. UD raised a total of $15,433.02 for one of our National Service Partners, the American Cancer Society. Our Relay for Life reps, Melissa Langer (Beta Lambda) and Nicole Panzitta (Beta Lambda) were extremely proud and thankful for all the ladies who ‘braved the storm’ to Relay! 

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Shivering Sisters huddle together, proudly holding our letters.

Each year, participants can send pictures and memorials to be compiled into a Luminaria Slideshow. Due to the rain and wind, the slideshow was not shown this year at the event, but can be found by clicking the link below.
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Jamie Ahlers (Beta Mu), left, and Alanna Downey (Beta Lambda), right, didn’t let the rain stop them from entering the hula hooping contest! 
The Beta Gamma team shirt featured a ~Hawaiian~ vibe this year.
Once again, thank you to all who help to make relay a continuous success! 
Remember…“Life isn’t about braving the storm, its about learning to dance in the rain.”

Sisterhood by the Sea


Beta Gamma Sisters smile and display the Gamma Sigma Sigma symbol in the Cape Henlopen State Park. 

Last weekend, GSS Beta Gamma Sisters traveled to Cape Henlopen, Delaware for their annual Cape service trip. The overnight service project features fun in the sun and sand along with cleaning cabins for the state park’s summer staff and life gaurds. 

“The Cape trip was some of the most fun I’ve had as a sister in Gamma Sig. I loved spending time with my sisters exploring the park and taking lots of photos on the beach. The service project was also a great way to end the trip! I would definitely go back and do it all over again!” -Jillian Honaker, Beta Mu


Jillian, Beta Mu (left) pictured on the beach with her little, Cecelia Stoltz, Beta Nu.

“I loved the car ride down, it took about 1.5 hours but it was so much fun to just jam out with my fellow sisters to T. Swift and the Jonas Brothers. While at Cape, one of my favorite things was playing Quelf, a super fun board game that makes you do crazy things! The project was also super fun and it was great to hear the people who work at Cape Henlopen express their gratitude and we were able to see how much we were actually helping them. They are super dependent on volunteers like us and it’s nice to see the impact we can have. The project was super fun and we got to clean up a dorm room for their upcoming summer staff and got 4 hours for it. Overall, it was a fun trip full of bonding and service!” -Jess Jang, president, Beta Iota


Beta Gamma sisters, once again displaying the GSS hand symbol in front of the house they helped clean! 

“My favorite part of the trip was bonding with so many sisters and going to the beach! We got 4 hours of service for cleaning the dorm. I would definitely go again!” -Nina Davila, Beta Nu


Nina poses with sister Carolyn Prieto on the surf.


Thank you for all of your hard work, penguins! We look forward to future trips to the beach!

Philanthropy is in Our Hands

Gamma Sigma Sigma’s Beta Gamma chapter voted last Fall to take Lori’s Hands, an organization that began on our campus, as our philanthropy. We are fortunate to have the president of the organization as a sister in our chapter. Madison Swenson is a very passionate member of both organizations! 

The mission of Lori’s Hands is to transform “students’ understanding of community health by matching them with individuals living with chronic illness in meaningful, helping relationships. Community members receive in-home support and, in turn, educate next-generation health leaders about the experience of living with chronic illness.” 

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Lori’s Hands client, Dave Mills with volunteers Alexa and Kim.

Dave has a positive attitude that should be shared with the world: “Once you face and understand your limitations, you can work with them, instead of having them work against you and get in your way, which is what they do when you ignore them, whether you realize it or not. And then you will find that, in many cases, your limitations can be your strengths.”

Lori’s Hands was founded at the University of Delaware by Sarah LaFave. She created the organization as a sophomore in college in memory of her mother, Lori, who battled breast cancer from 1995- 2003.


“My mom had a witty, sarcastic sense of humor and she could turn routine errands into fun. Most of all, I remember her genuine compassion, especially toward older adults, and her incredible intuition for knowing what people most needed.” -Sarah LaFave 

Sarah goal in founding the organization was “to create a meaningful volunteer experience for college students and to improve quality of life for people living with chronic illness.” 

Hear what some of the Lori’s Hands clients have to say here:


Lori’s Hands volunteers offer services to clients, such as:

  • Grocery shopping 
  • Yard work 
  • Light cleaning 
  • Organizing 
  • Dog walking
  • Companionship visits, phone calls and mail
  • Paperwork/advocacy 



Lori’s Hands volunteer, Olivia rakes leaves in her client’s backyard.

Click the link below to connect with the volunteer registration page! 


Gamma Sigma Sigma has been holding fundraisers and volunteering with the organization throughout the semester. Some of our sisters volunteered during their spring break at the Green Ribbon Gala. 


We love Lori’s Hands and hope you learned something about our philanthropy! Read more on the website at: https://www.lorishands.org/ 



Penguins Waddle All Over the World

This spring break, our sisters did some pretty amazing things! A few spectacular sisters shared their memories with us below!

“I’m taking an online class called Cruise Ship Management (HOSP390) throughout the semester. Over spring break, we got to travel on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship to Florida and the Bahamas! We learned all about how cruise ships are run and even got a behind-the-scenes tour of the ship where we saw everything from the kitchens to the laundry room to the control room. We also had a bunch of excursions at the destinations like kayaking, snorkeling, and a tour of the Atlantis Resort. It was a really fun spring break and a great class!”- Jenna Friedman, Beta Iota

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“Over spring break, some of our lovely sisters volunteered at the Lori’s Hands Green Ribbon Gala. It was a great night for our philanthropy and the volunteers were a huge part of making it a success.”- Madison Swenson, Beta Lambda 


“I visited Venice and Aviano, Italy over my spring break!” -Alexis Coverdale, Beta Mu

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“This spring break I went to Jamaica with the University of Delaware nursing program! I provided nursing care to children and adults with disabilities at Mustard Seed. It was the most amazing experience!” -Taylor Mitchell, Beta Kappa

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It looks like our sisters had a great time traveling, volunteering, and studying this spring break! Keep waddling, penguins!