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.

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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.”

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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! 
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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.”
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Sisterhood by the Sea

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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

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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

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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

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Nina poses with sister Carolyn Prieto on the surf.

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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.

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“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 

 

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

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

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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. 

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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 

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“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! 

GSS Women Wild about Finding a Cure

Yesterday, Gamma Sigma Sigma sisters participated in the 11th annual UDance marathon. The Beta Gamma chapter alone raised over $37,000 for childhood cancer research! Here are what some of our sisters had to say about UDance.

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“My favorite part about UDance was spending the entire day with my family and seeing the enthusiasm of all of the sisters/all of UD for such an amazing cause!”- Sydney Hirsch, Beta Nu

 

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“My favorite thing about UDance is spending 12 hours dancing with my amazing sisters for an incredible cause.” -Laura Testa, Beta Lambda

For the past three years, Gamma Sig has had the honor of adopting Morgan, a four year- old cancer survivor. After 4 rounds of chemotherapy and 3 surgeries Morgan was cancer free and has been recently placed in the survivorship program! This year, was Morgan’s third and final UDance. GSS will always be inspired by our amazing hero Morgan.

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“Morgan is the sweetest, silliest, and most fashionable little girl I have ever met! Morgan & her beautiful family have made such an impact on my life and have taught me the importance of keeping a positive attitude always. I will forever be Morgan Kelly Tough.” -Sara Rutch, Beta Iota (UDance Rep 2015-17)

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“…and when the dance is over and the last light is turned off in the Bob, please remember your work is helping a child in a quiet hospital room who is fighting for his or her life.” -Father of B+ Hero Leon

 

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As the last two weeks of the class have begun their count down, many of us have started prepping for the battle of finals, paper, group projects, evaluations, and presentations that lay ahead of us. This might include buying as much K-cup coffees and monsters that your budget can allow, completely annihilating your sleep cycle, officially moving into the library, or dawning the same sweatpants and T-shirt that you have been living in for the next week and a half. However you plan to tackle your finals week, besides worrying about how sound your grades for your classes will be, remember to make sure your mind is sound too.

Mental Awareness is one of our two impact areas this semester and it is bringing attention to the fact that we have to bring to light mental health problems and do our best to keep safe sound minds within our community. This, ladies, includes finals week. Stressing yourself to tears is not a good sign. Pulling all nighters in expectations that your grade is directly correlated with how much time you put in studying, is unfortunately a sad myth. You need to make some time in your day to allow your brain to rest and retain what is being thrown at it.

For all of you lovely sisters that are still in Resident Halls, RSA (Resident Student Association) is hosting three events this week. There will be puppies on Monday, a pancake social on Tuesday and massages on Wednesday! 🙂

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Make Time For Yourself!

Although hanging out with friends and sisters is always a fun time, be sure to make time for yourself! Use this “Me Time” to treat yourself to something that you enjoy, like sitting down and watching your favorite Christmas movie on ABC Family! Before finals week begins, take time to focus on yourself and what you need! 

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Get Focused Beta Gamma!

After a week of relaxation, family, friends, and overeating, it is time to get back into the swing of things! Instead of promising yourself that you’ll go to the gym tomorrow, start studying another day, or finish your service hours next week, just do it! Now is the time to be productive, before finals week creeps up on you (yikes!). By committing to doing the things that have been sitting on your to-do list since October, you will be saving yourself from a lot of unnecessary stress in the weeks to come. You can do this!

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Healthy Hens!

Hey sisters!

 

Give yourself a challenge! The UD Lil Bob has a different Top Hen Challenge every month, where you  can enter for a 2-week time span. Challenges vary from sit ups, deadlifts, push ups, pull ups, bench press, and squats! The winner in each weight class wins a “Top Hen” tank top and gets their picture posted on the Blue Hen Recreation webpage.

 

So girls, I have one question for you: Challenge accepted?

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