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!

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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.”

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

 

Founder’s Day 2015

Last week, we had our Founder’s Day celebration and presented checks to our philanthropies from Fall 2014 & Spring 2015! Here are a few pictures of our sisters at our event!

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Our national representative (Amanda Valeski) and our president (Elizabeth Ozdinec) with a representative from Exceptional Care for Children, our Spring 2015 philanthropy.
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Some sisters with Alphie the penguin, our friend from the Alpha Psi chapter!
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The Hot Mess fam, dressed to impress for Founder’s Day!

Prepare yourself…Senior Send Off is coming :(

DON’T MAKE ME GRADUATE! Actually, it’s kind of exciting to graduate, but either way, I’m not sure I’m ready to give up Gamma Sig & being in college. Hopefully, Senior Send Off will help me transition & say goodbye to the best organization I could have found in college.

I’ve gone to Senior Send Off all four years, and each year, it’s gotten harder and harder to send off the people that mean so much to me. Every year, I wonder how we will cope without the seniors, and then the following year, I see how strong the new leadership is, and everything turns out just fine.

If you’ve never been to SSO before though, I highly highly highly recommend you to go if you can because it truly is a celebration of the wonderful, graduating women in Gamma Sig. Carolou has worked so hard to plan this, and it really is a great event (even if it is bittersweet). If you need any further motivation to go, there’s going to be delicious food. Each year, Senior Send Off is a bit different, and the Alumni Liaison choses a theme to guide the event. Meagan had an “UP!” theme celebrating the adventures out there for the graduating seniors, and when I planned it last year, we celebrated all the places the class of 2014 seniors would go (a la Dr. Seuss) and I can’t wait to see the amazing adventure that Carolou cooks up for us this year.229773_10151398282383263_920707663_n

So what happens at SSO? We take time to recognize all of our seniors, and the service they’ve done through Gamma Sig. You have an opportunity to leave love notes in personalized boxes for all the seniors (similar to Valentines Day in elementary school). Seniors have a chance to talk about their experience in gamma sig, and non-seniors have a chance to talk about their favorite seniors. If you’re worried you might cry, there is always a box of tissues on every table, just in case. The winners of Sister of the Semester & Sister of the Year are also announced at Senior Send Off.

For more information about senior send off, read about last year’s senior send off in last year’s blog post.

Gamma love,

Maddi

Get Ready For The Mittens!

The pledges are coming, and they’re coming soon! We have a lot of events coming up within the next week to get prepared for the Beta Lambdas:

Come out tonight, February 11th, and visit Gamma Sig’s booth at Activities Night in Perkins from 7-9PM!

There will also be two info sessions coming up: Friday, February 13 and Tuesday, February 17 in Trabant MPR A from 7-9PM!

We would LOVE to have as many sisters there as possible to greet the potential pledges and show them how much we love Gamma Sig 🙂 You might even meet your future little…

And finally, thank you to everyone who came to the booth in Trabant this morning! Everyone get excited for our new Mittens!!

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A Little Something from Maddi Valinski: On Senior Send Off

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Congratulations, Class of 2014!We’re so proud of you and everything that you’ve accomplished!
On Sunday May 11th 2014, we honored all of our graduating seniors at Senior Send Off with an “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” theme. One of our sisters, Meagan, guessed the theme from the font of the invitations, which is very impressive! Each of our seniors left with a box full of love notes and a hand-carved mounted photo frame, which hopefully will help them keep Gamma Sig close to their heart while they go on and take on the world.
All of our seniors were given superlatives and we highlighted our sisters who had the most service hours! We had 6 sisters who served over 200 hours in their time in Gamma Sig, which is awesome! We’re sad to see all of our graduating sisters go, but we know that they’re only a snapchat, text, or phone call away.
I want to give a couple shout-outs for people who helped me make Senior Send Off possible! A big thanks to my committee, Katie Sterbenz, Casey Zuccarelli, Natalie Bennet, Drea Mathis, Riley O’Brien, Sara Rutch, Alisa Spitelle, Jill Schwartz and Sam Bell– without them, Senior Send Off wouldn’t have been possible. Thanks are also due to Le’Cinda Richardson, who donated the beautiful (and absolutely delicious!) cakes! I also want to thank Meagan Walsh and Alyssa Barone for teaching me what it means to be the alumni liaison and helping me every step along the way with all of my questions. I also want to thank Tori Rhoades, Sarah Morland, and Alexandra Glinka for all of your emotional support throughout planning this. Becca Scholes, thank you for totally being okay with knowing everything about your own Senior Send Off and really being a wonderful support for me and also being there to bounce ideas off of. I know I can’t thank everyone personally, but please know that if you were a part of Senior Send Off, I really appreciate all of your help and support. Finally, a big thanks to all of the sisters who came out to send off our wonderful seniors!
To the seniors, I know that you are going to do amazing things, and Beta Gamma definitely agrees with me. Please don’t be a stranger, and keep us updated about everything that you’re up to! If you ever need anything, don’t hesitate to let us know!
Gamma love,
Maddi Valinski

“Congratulations, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!” – Dr. Seuss

Our Top Servers from the Class of 2014: Great job ladies!

  • Alyssa Barone – 350.5
  • Meagan Walsh – 304.75
  • Katie Sauerwine – 272.25
  • Becca Scholes – 256.5
  • Jess Klein – 208.5
  • Lizzy Neely – 201.25