Sorority to host annual empowerment seminar

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The SHSU chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho will hold its annual “Empowerment of the Black Woman” seminar tonight at the Lowman Student Center.

The free event, held in room 320 of the student center, will begin at 7 p.m. and run until 9 p.m. Refreshments will be available and a panel of local women will be on hand to offer advice for the future and how to be a successful black woman today.

Featured speakers are Dr. Thelma Douglass, vice president of student services, Dr. Bernadette Pruitt, sorority sister and associate professor of history, and Yvonne Frear, future SHSU professor and current Texas A&M University history professor. Each will each speak on their experiences as successful, working black women and discuss the steps they took to get their current positions.

This is the sorority’s seventh year to hold the seminar. Past guests include Houston City Councilwoman Ada Edwards.

“We have always had a good turn out for the seminars,” said chapter member Shaundricka Easley. “The purpose has always been to offer empowering words that will help students stay focused on success. Through our successes, we encourage others’ success.”

The seminar kicks off a week’s worth of annual community service oriented events headed by the sorority. On March 3 they will hold “Sigma Praise,” a praise and worship program in the LSC at 7 p.m. On March 4 the organization will host a “Meet the Rhos Mixer” again at the LSC, and on March 5 they will hold

“Rholemodeling” at the Discovery Kids daycare center in Huntsville.

The Kappa Mu chapter of the sorority was founded in 1984 at SHSU. The service organization offers several projects each year, including an Aids Awareness program, a sorority-run mentor program and various volunteerism projects within the community.

For more information on the organization and for a complete roster of this week’s events along with times and locations, visit its Web site at