Written by Olivia McLean
This week, the VSU campus has been seeing a bit more navy blue and gold than usual.
Sigma Gamma Rho is hosting SGRho Spring Week 2k13.
According to vice president Maria Phelps, the purpose of this week is to keep SGRho’s name out there among VSU’s campus.
“Our aim is to enhance the quality of life within the community with public service, leadership development and education to the youth,” Priscilla Peay, president of the Lambda Beta chapter, said.
According to their website, sgrho1922.org, SGRho also aims to address concerns that impact society educationally, civically, and economically.
“On campus, we do community service and we have done different philanthropic events,” Peay said. “For example, we’ve had a brother and sister stroll-off and whoever won [received] $100.”
The $100 prize was for the winning team to donate to a philanthropic organization of their choosing. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. won, and donated their prize to Relay for Life.
“We do a lot of community service, and we host different events,” Peay said. “We’ve volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, The Haven, Second Harvest Food Bank and different nursing homes.”
SGRho’s dedication and service is not given to the city of Valdosta only, VSU’s campus also benefits.
Sigma Gamma Rho also participates in the annual Relay for Life event that is held on campus.
“We also have joined forces with VSU HEROS for AIDS awareness, and we’ve also raised money for St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital, which is one of the national programs that we partner with,” Peay said.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was chartered at VSU on Oct. 22, 1988 and since, the organization has been making an impact in the Valdosta community every February during their week.
Monday, they held “Nacho Average Cookout” in the Student Union and had free nachos for anyone who stopped by.
“It’s for people to interact,” Peay said. “Greeks will be strolling and freshmen can get the campus feel and interact with us.”
Wednesday was the “Creative Expressions” talent showcase. Students were able to recite poetry/spoken word, sing or play an instrument.
Today, they will be handing out their Valentine’s Day cupcake-grams which helped raise money for their organization so they can continue to hold events.
On Friday, they are hosting the “RHOllin’ Through The Decades” stroll-off in Student Union Ballrooms B&C at 6 p.m.
NPHC organizations will be teaming up and strolling to songs from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Admission is $2 and all proceeds will be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Saturday, the members of the Lambda Beta chapter will be staying true to the spirit of their organization and participating in a community service project.