THE SENSATIONAL SOUTH ATLANTIC REGION
4 Message from the Regional
Director and Representative 5 2018 Regional Conference Recap 7 New Regional Leadership
F E AT U R E S : 8 Fall Leadership Meeting 10 Introducing Precious Jemison 17 Memoriam for a Delta Legacy 24 Information + Communications Team 12 Around the Region 18 In the Spirit 20 Sensational Sorors 25 Snapshots: Around the Region
JUANITA B. MASSENBURG Regional Director
FOR UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN Isaiah 9:6
PRECIOUS JEMISON Regional Representative DELORIS B. HARGROW Regional Secretary REV. TRISH HARLESTON Regional Chaplain BRIDGETTE WILSON Regional Journalist FRANCES MCIVER Regional Parliamentarian KAYE WEBB Assistant Regional Parliamentarian
BERMUDA LEADERSHIP ROSETTE SIMMONS Coordinator
NC LEADERSHIP SELENÉ H. BRENT State Coordinator KIRSTON WILLIAMS State Facilitator ALFREDA BRYANT State Secretary
SC LEADERSHIP MONICA OWENS State Coordinator REGAN SADLER State Facilitator JONI WILLIAMS State Secretary
VA LEADERSHIP MICHELLE LEWIS State Coordinator KA'MYIA GUNN State Facilitator FANCHON GLOVER State Secretary CASSANDRA MURPHY Regional Photographer
South Atlantic Region JANUARY 12, 2019
Metropolitan DC Area Wide Founders Day (Washington, DC)
JANUARY 19, 2019
Virginia Statewide Founders Day hosted by Franklin Tri-County Alumnae Chapter (Norfolk, VA)
JANUARY 27-28, 2019
Delta Day at Virginia General Assembly (Richmond, VA)
FEBRUARY 1-2, 2019
NC Statewide Founders Day hosted by Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter (Raleigh, NC)
FEBRUARY 8-9, 2019
SC Statewide Founders Day hosted by Denmark Alumnae Chapter (Columbia, SC)
FEBRUARY 15-16, 2019
Project H.E.R.S. hosted by the Mu Upsilon Chapter on the campus of William & Mary (Williamsburg, VA)
“Monthly Manna” Devotional Call (see page 18) First Sunday evening of the month at 8 p.m.
Season Greetings May the God of Hope fill you with joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. - Romans 15:13
Greetings Sorors, Tis the season to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and reflect on the many blessings we have. We appreciate the blessing of life, the blessing of family and the blessing of our sensational sisterhood. Our lives are enriched immensely because we are able to share this special bond and call you, our sister. We are grateful for your dedication to our sorority and maintaining your commitment to serve your communities.
We know that because of our faith and Christian principles, we can, and do, make an impact on the lives of so many. During this holiday season and throughout the upcoming year, it is our prayer that the spirit of Christmas brings peace in your heart and fills your home with love, joy and happiness.
With much love and appreciation,
Juanita and Precious Regional Director and Regional Representative
DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.
Regional Conference 28TH
CHARLOTTE, NC I AUG. 8-12, 2018 "Best conference ever!" "A conference fit for a queen!" "It was like a national convention!" "Well-Planned!" These were some of the accolades that was showered on the 28th Regional Conference. The sold-out Gathering of Delta Women in the Queen City was a huge success! The schedule was kicked off with a warm greeting from the host chapters, a dynamic public meeting, engaging and educational plenaries, a bittersweet closing banquet and a soul-stirring ecumenical worship service. It was simply amazing from the start to the finish. Our thanks to Charlotte Alumnae, Gamma Lambda, Iota Rho Chapter and Upsilon Mu Chapters for all of the planning and hardwork. We are in high anticipation of the 29th Regional Conference which will be hosted by the Richmond Alumnae Chapter.
(A) (l-r) Newly re-elected Regional Director Juanita Massenburg and newly elected Regional Representative Precious Jemison (B) Living Legends (l-r) National Presidents 25th, 22nd, 24th and 16th lovingly escort 20th National President into the assembly (C) National Officers and South Atlantic Regional Officers are stunning at the closing banquet 5
(D) The last walk for Princess Sierra. (E) Current and past national and regional leadership with Soror Massenburg in the center (F) (l-r) Sorors Pamela Lewis, Michel Vaughan - Conference Co-Chair, Melody Harris, Katrina Young - Conference Co-Chair (G) Regional Chaplain Rev. Trish Harleston and the Regional Council Members (H) Soror Lisa King (far right) wait with fellow sorors for the step show to begin (I) (l-r) Sorors J. Chavis, M. Lewis, L. Gibbs, S. Brent, M. Owens, P. Lewis, and A. Knox (J) (l-r) Soror Massenburg, National President & CEO Beverly Smith and Mr. Daniel Massenburg (K) 20th National President Dr. Bertha M. Roddey 6
NEWLY INSTALLED & APPOINTED
At each Regional Conference, the Sensational South Atlantic Region commits to the longevity of our region by conducting elections. It is both an honor and a priviledge to be elected or appointed to a leadership role. Congratulations to the following sorors on their new roles on the Regional Leadership Team:
Kriston Williams NC State Facilitator Omicron Delta Chapter
REGIONAL NOMINATING COMMITTEE MELITA POPE MITCHELL, Regional Chair. A member of Union County Alumnae.
THERESA BAKER - A member of Chesapeake-Virginia Beach Alumnae.
Ka'Myia Gunn VA State Facilitator Mu Upsilon Chapter
SHERILLE BARBER - A member of Rock Hill Alumnae.
DARLENE BROUGHTON - A member of Berkeley County Alumnae.
MIKAILA S. KELLER, Collegiate Member. A member of Alpha Eta Chapter. Regan Sadler SC State Facilitator Iota Chi Chapter 7
November 10, 2018 â€¢ Raleigh, NC
November 10, 2018 â€¢ Raleigh, NC
10 REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE of the SENSATIONAL SOUTH ATLANTIC REGION
WRITTEN BY SONDRA HINES
hroughout her young life, Soror Precious Jemison has worn many hats: collegiate chapter president, PK (preacher’s kid) and athlete, to name a few.
Today, she wears another hat, South Atlantic Region, Regional Representative (RR). Although she has only been in this role a short time, the journey to become our next Regional Representative ended better than it started. Eight days before the Regional Conference, Soror Jemison had surgery and attended the conference on crutches. In spite of that, she persevered and has little regret traveling the road to RR. “It is what I expected. There is a lot of work, but not overwhelming.” she says. “I get to see a different side of Delta and sorors are very helpful.” That ‘different side’ includes traveling throughout the region and working meticulously with Regional Director, Juanita Massenburg and representing
more than 500 collegiate sorors in this high-profile leadership role. Working with a busy Regional Director is often fast-paced, but Soror Jemison is up for the challenge. “Sometimes it’s hard to connect with Soror Massenburg, because of her busy schedule,” she says. “However, she shows me lots of patience and has me thinking on my feet quicker,” she adds with a chuckle. As RR, Soror Jemison, initiated through Nu Sigma at Charleston Southern, works towards implementing her platform: •
ensuring collegiates embrace healthier lifestyles
ensuring compliance is maintained when transition of chapter officers occur
fav o r i t e s c r i p t u r e :
"Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” — 1 TIMOTHY 4:12 (NIV)
Soror Jemison referenced this scripture throughout her campaign.
Though leadership is not new to Soror Jemison, when looking back, she acknowledges a few missed opportunities; opportunities she will capitalize on now in her current role. For example, she has learned to delegate duties versus trying to complete every task. Despite this, it appears, Soror Jemison was groomed for this position. Her father is a minister and her mother is a ‘First Lady.’ Further, before she tore her ACL, she was a long-time athlete – serving as Captain on all her teams. “As a preacher’s kid, I was always in the limelight.” As such, expectations were always high and Soror Jemison rose to each challenge. As RR, Soror Jemison relies on her faith to stay grounded and to guide her journey.
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Denbigh Alumnae Chapter
Denbigh Alumnae, family and friends enjoyed a special, one-time, showing of "A Chance in the World" on Wednesday, May 30th - such a moving story! Thank you to everyone who joined us.
Chesapeake-Virgnia Beach Alumnae Chapter
Chesapeake-Virginia Beach Alumnae Chapter supported the National Arts & Letters Commission’s 3rd Red Carpet initiative by hosting a pre-movie dinner discussion of the movie “A Chance in the World.” The chapter invited panelists with expertise and oversite in human services/foster care, city funding/managing and juvenile and domestic relations. The panelists focused on the process of committing a child to foster care. They discussed the need for foster care in the region, local funding and infrastructure to support youth. The following call to action items were a result of the discussion: to educate elected officials about policy and funding programs for children in foster care, to bring awareness to the need for more foster care homes, host community conversations about foster care, commit time to children in foster care and to pool resources to create out- of-the-box solutions for children in foster care. CVBAC is excited to accept the charge!
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Fairfax County Alumnae Chapter
The Fairfax County Alumnae Chapter (FCAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc is dedicated primarily to serving the citizens of Fairfax County, Virginia. FCAC’s Educators’ Advisory Committee-School Support Program continued its partnership with the Fairfax County Public Schools Collect for Kids Program. The chapter is proud to have collected 400 pounds of school supplies and 62 backpacks. On the first day of school FCAC members greeted students at Bryant High School and the Fairfax County Parenting Program with school supplies. School supplies were also donated to Hayfield Secondary School, Woodley Hills Elementary School, House of Wood Neighborhood Outreach Program, Katherine Hanley Family Shelter and the Artemis House. The purpose of the Collect for Kids Program is to ensure that every child in Fairfax County is prepared for school by having the supplies necessary to succeed. Through the donations of backpacks and school supplies, FCAC was able to have a positive impact on the lives of many children and families in our community.
Greenville (SC) Alumnae Chapter
The Greenville (SC) Alumnae Chapter (GSCAC) partnered with the North Enoree Church Association Women's Auxiliary on September 15, 2018 for their Wellness Expose at Aiken Chapel in Taylors, SC. This year’s annual session, comprised of 19 churches, garnered great participation despite the threat of Hurricane Florence the next day. As National Headquarters charged the Project 13 Committee with the task of raising health awareness, sorors answered the call by working with three Project 13 Partners: The American Diabetes Association, Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of America and Sisters Network Inc. (breast health) and engaging with over 50 seniors during the event through health discussions and brochures. Funds were also collected to support St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital (another Project 13 Partner) and their walk/run to end childhood cancer. The GSCAC St. Jude Team was committed to doing their part to help National reach its $100,000 goal as a silver sponsor!
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Raleigh Alumnae Chapter
The Raleigh Alumnae Arts & Letters Committee participated in the Wake County "Wake Up and Read Book Drive” for the third consecutive year. The book drive kicked off on January 20- February 17, 2018. Our chapter collected over 300 books this year. On June 13-14 the activity was culminated by volunteering at the Wake Up & Read Book distribution. The Wake County Wake Up & Read Book distribution is an awesome program that encourages summer reading by giving every student free books that appeal to them. Students were able to select 10 books to take home with them.
Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter
The Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter (NoVAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is about to enter its 60th anniversary and plans to start the new chapter year with lots of energy and excitement. They are inspired by an amazing new line of dynamic sorors dubbed the “F.A.T.E.D 70.” This was the 16th line to be inducted into NoVAC’s illustrious chapter. The election of Chapter President Jameece D. Pinckney has energized the chapter, as well as being the recent recipients of accolades at the 28th South Atlantic Regional Conference for their outstanding community involvement. NoVAC extends a huge congratulations to the chapter’s Immediate Past President, Soror Tameka Tunsil and the leadership of Sorors Samantha Sargent and Ashley Jennings, Co-Chairs, Arts & Letters, and Sorors Pat McGriff and Karah Beene, Co-Chairs, YouthG.E.M.S.
The mission of the Wake Up & Read Book Drive is collaborative effort to engage and educate Wake County about the importance of childhood literacy and to increase access to literacy resources and opportunities for all children. The vision is for every child in Wake County to be inspired, equipped, and empowered to read. The Raleigh Alumnae Chapter believes in that vision and that community collaboration increases access to literacy resources for children
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Virginia Beach Alumnae Chapter
The members of the Virginia Beach Alumnae Chapter participated in a Mental Health First Aid Training sponsored by The City of Virginia Beach Human Services Department. The Mental Health First Aid Training was an 8-hour public education program designed to give participants the skills needed to help someone who is developing mental health problems or experiencing a mental health crisis. At the conclusion of the training, each participant received a certification of completion certifying them as a Mental Health First Aider for 3 years and an pocket card with the Mental Health First Aid’s 5-step plan.
Walterboro Alumnae Chapter
On November 3, 2018, the Walterboro Alumnae Chapter sponsored a Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event in Walterboro, SC. With the participation of 50 walkers, the chapter partnered with men and women from Colleton County to take a stand against domestic violence and sexual assault. This Walk A Mile in Her Shoes® event is a fundraiser to support survivors of domestic and sexual violence in our community. Men and boys don heels and platform shoes for the walk to get a sense of what survivors experience navigating legal and medical systems after an assault and also dealing with the personal trauma resulting from an assault. Women and children participate as well and all can register to walk in teams or as individuals. The chapter partnered with Hopeful Horizons, a children’s advocacy, domestic violence and rape center that serves the Lowcountry. At the end of the Walk, participants enjoyed free fruit and water donated by the local Bi-Lo grocery store and listened to testimonials from survivors of domestic violence. Through registration fees and community donations, the chapter was able to give a sizable donation to Hopeful Horizon to further its services to victims of domestic and sexual assault in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. 15
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Wilmington Alumnae Chapter
The Wilmington Alumnae Chapter has been living up to our motto of sisterhood, scholarship and service. Not only did they partner with their local chapter of the NAACP for service in the community, they also took time to celebrate the ones that have paved the way the remarkable Delta Dears.
MARGARET “PEGGY” BRAZIL, granddaughter of Founder Jimmie Bugg Middleton, transitioned to Omega Omega Chapter, October 26, 2018. From birth, Peggy and her grandmother, whom she called “Bah Bah,” developed an unbreakable bond. Peggy was an active and respected member of the Richmond Alumnae Chapter. She was initiated into the beloved sisterhood spring of 1962 through the Gamma Iota Chapter of Hampton Institute, now Hampton University, along with 29 other young ladies after spending a year in the Pyramid Club. Peggy’s dedication and devotion to the sorority lead her to serve as a chapter vice president as well as on numerous committees including Scholarship, Educational Development, LaVerne Morton Williams High Achievers, Jabberwock, and mostly recently as “Chief of Staff ” for the RVA Infinite Scholars College Admission/Scholarship Fair Planning Team. TENENA E. GRYMES Her humility always came first. One would never know of her legacy or her commitment to community service unless you asked her or a chapter member informed you. She was never one to toot her own horn. Soror Brazil simply asked to be pointed in the direction of work. A highlight for Richmond Alumnae’s recent initiates was Peggy sharing memories of her grandmother and other founding members of Delta Sigma Theta whom she was privileged to call aunts. One of the highlights of her life in Delta was the opportunity to help induct, along with her mother, a fourth generation Delta. In 1988, her daughter Lori, was initiated into Hampton University’s Gamma Iota Chapter.
Soror Brazil (4th from left) recieves her 50th Year "Delta-Versary" Certificate
Richmond Alumnae fondly remembers Soror Peggy Brazil and the indelible mark she has made on their chapter and her link to Delta’s illustrious history.
(A) Soror Margaret "Peggy" Brazil (B) Gamma Iota Pyramid Club – Soror Brazil is 3rd from right on back row (C) Founder Jimmie Bugg Middelton holding her granddaughter Peggy, as a baby *All pictures were used with the permission of the Brazil Family
what will you give this christmas? written by dr. Rev. trish harleston
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The Gospel of Matthew tells of the Three Wise Men who came in search of the baby Jesus upon hearing of His birth in Bethlehem. They set out on a long journey to find this new baby boy who would be born to the Virgin Mary. Of course, this story is repeatedly shared during the Christmas holiday observance and describes these three kings traveling to find the “King of the Jews” to present unto Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. As we prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth during this Christmas season, let us follow the example of these wise men who went to great lengths to seek Jesus despite distraction and hindrance attempts by Herod. And because this confirms the scriptural promise that the “Lord is a rewarder of those who seek Him,” we can be certain that our seeking will always yield a return. The next time you lack understanding or purpose, seek the one whom the wise men set out to find that night. For there is no question too tough or problem too big for the one whom we seek for all the answers. Seeking a King was the goal of the wise men that night in Bethlehem, and seeking a Savior is the reason that wise men and women still seek Him today. As men of great wisdom, they sought Jesus with perseverance and determination. With a spirit of sacrifice they offered up gifts unto Him. During this season as we commemorate this glorious birth, will we make time to commit to seek Him? And what will we give Him this Christmas?
Let us give Him harden hearts that we can freely share His love to others. Let us give Him unforgiveness and resist the desire for revenge. Let us give Him negativity that we might speak life and encourage optimism with our words. Let us give Him skepticism and intolerance that He might replace it with compassion and kindness. Let us give Him personal agendas and open ourselves to collaboration and cooperation. Let us release disrespect and indifference that He might give us courtesy and grace.
What will you give Him this Christmas? He desires not gifts of gold and myrrh; but rather He desires pure hearts and His treasure is a life poured out for His glory. This year let us give to the Lord in surrender all that does not feel sisterly and all that does not look Godly that He might be perfected in us and be revealed through us.
Regional Chaplain (Chaplain's Council Chairperson) Durham Alumnae, NC VICKI MCCAIN Greensboro Alumnae, NC
DEMEDICLE MANGALA Iota Rho, NC
ALYCIA MARCENA Durham Alumnae, NC
HILTON COOPER Florence Alumnae, SC
SCHRENDRIA ROBINSON Richland County Alumnae, SC
PATTY SMITH Shelby Alumnae, NC
KATRINA SMITH Loudoun County Alumnae, VA
CASSANDRA EVANS Knightdale Wake Forest Alumnae, NC
JACQUE HOOD MARTIN Loudoun County Alumnae, VA LILLIE STOKES Clinton Alumnae, NC CAROLYN MARKS Smithfield Alumnae, NC KAREN WICKER Sandhills Alumnae, NC TAYON DANCY Western Wake Alumnae, NC
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DEBRA MCKOY Raleigh Alumnae, NC KIM JOHNSON Newport News Alumnae, VA LYDIA SIMMONS Portsmouth Alumnae, VA SHELLENA ATLAS Raleigh Alumnae, NC TAMMY WHEELER Lancaster Alumnae, SC
Sensational Sensational SORORS SORORS ANGELA T. CLARK Soror Angela T. Clark was featured as a contributing author in the national magazine HBCU Times! Her byline "The Evolution of Black Greek Life" is about the necessity of supporting all the initiatives of each member of the National PanHellenic Council. It is only through united efforts and support that we can attain strategic and longlasting impacts in our communities. Initiated in the Alpha Xi Chapter of South Carolina State University in the Spring of 1988, Soror Clark is honored to celebrate 30 years of service in Delta in 2018. A native of Orangeburg, South Carolina, Soror Clark serves as the 1st Vice President and Chair of Membership Services of the Greenville (SC) Alumnae Chapter.
CRYSTAL WHEELER Howard University Hospital (HUH) has appointed Crystal L. Wheeler as Chief People Officer. In her new role, she will have responsibility for the planning, development and implementation of human resources (HR) strategies for HUH. She will also set the strategic direction for the hospital’s HR functions and create initiatives that align staff members with the organization’s long and shortterm goals. She started her new position on July 9, 2018. Crystal holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (marketing) from NC A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C., and a master’s in business and industry training from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. Soror Wheeler is an active charter member of Loudoun County Alumnae Chapter. Currently, she is Corresponding Secretary.
DR. FRANKIE D. POWELL Governor Roy Cooper recently announced 63 appointments to various state boards and commissions of North Carolina. Soror Dr. Frankie Denise Penn Powell, Ph.D., President of the Lumberton Alumnae Chapter, has been appointed to the North Carolina Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control as a member at-large. According to a news release from the Governor’s office, Governor Cooper was quoted as saying: “I’m grateful that these skilled North Carolinians will share their expertise with our state by serving on these key boards and commissions. Dr. Powell is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Educational Specialties at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Sensational SORORS HESHA GAMBLE Soror Hesha N. Gamble (Greenville (SC) Alumnae) has been named the chair of the Engineering & Technology Committee for the American Public Works Association (APWA), a nonprofit organization with over 30,000 members chartered in 1937 that serves public works professionals all over the US and Canada. Soror Gamble plans to continue already established collaborations with other public works professionals by encouraging and promoting best practices using engineering and emerging technologies within the public works sector. With the current state of America's roads and bridges, professionals like Soror Gamble have been on the forefront of rebuilding our public infrastructure. Soror Gamble was initiated into the Omicron Phi Chapter (1998) and holds a BS (2000) and MS (2001) in Civil Engineering, from Clemson University. She is currently the County Engineer for the County of Greenville, where she manages 75 employees and is responsible for the maintenance of 1800 miles of county roads.
MALISA JOHNSON Soror MaLisa Johnson recently graduated summa cum laude with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Hampton University. She plans to enter the field of pediatric pharmacy and is eager to participate in research that expands the knowledge and possible complications associated with premature births and neonatology. During her final academic year, Soror Johnson was awarded the School of Pharmacyâ€™s Founding Pioneers Legacy Scholarship and the Future associated with premature births and neonatology. During her final academic year, Soror Johnson was awarded the School of Pharmacyâ€™s Founding Pioneers Legacy Scholarship and the Future Pharmacy Leader Award. These awards recognize a graduating student who exemplifies a high level of education and passion to push the field of pharmacy forward. Additionally, being initiated as a member of Rho Chi, the national pharmacy honor society, she prides herself on educational excellence and scholarship. Soror Johnson is a member of the Virginia Beach Alumnae Chapter in Virginia Beach, VA
Sensational Sensational SORORS SORORS NAN PHELPS MANUEL CELEBRATES 75TH YEAR AS A DELTA Soror Nan Phelps Manuel was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland. She attended public school in Anne Arundel County, situated on the Chesapeake Bay, south of Baltimore and east of Washington, DC. In 1939 she enrolled at Morgan State College (now University), at age 15. She graduated from Morgan State in 1944 at age 19 where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics Education, followed by a Master of Science Degree from Howard University and a PhD in Statistics from Union University. She also received a Certificate in Computer Science from the University of California at Los Angeles, the only female in this certification class. She is revered as a pioneer in the field of Mathematics. Her class prophecy forecast was “one ascending the mountain of mathematical isolation and rivaling Albert Einstein.” Soror Manuel, a Delta for more than seventy-five years, was initiated while at Morgan State University by the Alpha Gamma Chapter. Her commitment to serve began as chapter secretary. Her support of the chapter was obvious as an active member of many committees. Her service extended to member of the Morgan State Student Government Association. Dr. Manuel affiliated with the Greensboro Alumnae Chapter of the sorority in 1952. She served as a chapter president, vice president and chaired numerous chapter committees. Soror Manuel has consistently demonstrated the essence of the sorority’s cardinal virtues. She often serves as a teacher, role model and coach for chapter members seeking to serve well and/or to achieve professionally. Soror Manuel sisterly reminds members that membership in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a lifetime commitment. She is held in high esteem among the chapter’s membership. Soror Manuel was a Mathematics Professor at North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, NC. Her advocacy for education and equality led her to co-coordinate a weekend mathematics academy for high school students, on the campus of Bennett College for Women, for many years. A myriad of students benefited from her comprehension and mathematical proficiency. Her immense community involvement includes: Board Member of the YWCA, Mental Health Association of Greensboro, Guilford Technical Community College Board of Trustees, Cub Scouts, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the United Negro College Fund. Soror Manuel was one of a committee of nine charged with the task of integrating Greensboro Public Schools in 1970-1971. She was also a determined member of a small group that secured the first Black Historical site designated in North Carolina, the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum, formerly Palmer Memorial Institute. Palmer was one of the nation’s premier private schools for African American children, located in Sedalia, North Carolina, a quaint community in eastern Guilford County, NC. Soror Manuel and her late husband, educator and restaurateur Carl Manuel, resided in Greensboro, NC for many years. Their only child, Dr. Carl Manuel, Jr., is a Methodist minister. She is also a loving grandmother of Carlton and Christian. She is an active member of St. James Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, NC.
Sensational Sensational SORORS SORORS TAKEYRA COLLINS On Wednesday, September 26th, 2018, Soror Takeyra Collins, a proud member of the Virginia Beach Alumnae Chapter, received the 2018 Young Professional Fellowship Award from the National Recreation and Park Association. Takeyra is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and Instructor at Virginia Wesleyan University (VWU). For five years, she has dedicated her time as Faculty Manager for VWU's Winter Homeless Shelter, in collaboration with student managers to provide resources and services to those in need of shelter in Coastal Virginia. For her continued service and dedication, she received the 2018 Faculty Service & Community Engagement Award and the 2018 Outstanding Faculty Advisor at VWU. Additionally, Takeyra is Co-President of the Virginia State Therapeutic Recreation Association and Board Member of the Ability Center of Virginia. She is a PhD Candidate in the Sport and Recreation Management Program at Old Dominion University and a dedicated mother of two amazing young children.
VEDA WILSON Written by Jenny Callison - Wilma Magazine VEDA WILSON is not one to shy away from a challenge or turn down an adventure. She has lived and worked on three continents with the U.S. Information Agency, been cast in a number of films and television shows, and served with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in several disaster areas. Currently, Wilson is looking forward to the debut of a new TV show she’s cast in and serving with FEMA in Durham. She’s quick to point out, though, that you won’t see her on the front lines of disaster relief. Her current assignment has her putting out fact sheets and news releases about Hurricane Florence’s impact on North Carolina.
Photo by River Bondurant
Logging and distributing information hasn’t kept Wilson from seeing some natural disasters first hand, however. Her first assignment was as a public information officer, joining the FEMA team eight months after Hurricane Katrina’s August 2005 devastation of the Gulf Coast. She spent six weeks based in Jackson, Mississippi, crossing the state multiple times as a FEMA public information officer, talking with media outlets. For more about Soror Wilson, read the full feature in WILMA’s October issue. http://www.wilmaontheweb.com/October-2018/Called-Up/
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INFORMATION and COMMUNICATIONS TEAM Meet the amazing team of sorors that work hard to produce the outstanding editions of The Sensational Regional Journal.
Alonia Johnson Writer, Editor Richland County Alumnae
Paige Hairston Writer, Editor Richmond Alumnae
Cassandra Murphy Regional Photographer Denbigh Alumnae
Sharon Wigfall Editor, Photographer Charleston Alumnae
Bridgette Wilson Regional Journalist Raleigh Alumnae Sondra Hines Writer, Editor Charlotte Alumnae
Colette Fladger Writer, Editor Loudoun County Alumnae
Kimberly Bracy Regional Publicist Portsmouth Alumnae
Venita Seward Regional Photographer Team Union County Alumnae 24
Tarsha Burroughs Regional Photographer Team Raleigh Alumnae
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Many thanks to the Information and Communications Team for helping to pull this journal together. We are also thankful to the many sorors across the region who also contributed to this issue. REGIONAL JOURNALIST Bridgette Wilson
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PHOTOGRAPHERS Cassandra Murphy, Venita Seward, Tarsha Burroughs
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES When submitting articles, be sure to adhere to the following guidelines:
• Third-person narrative • Topic-oriented (tell how the program served with purpose and dedication) • Microsoft Word format (don’t add any additional design elements like borders or fonts) • Limit three high-resolution digital photos (JPEG format, 300 dpi) • Submit photos separately. Don’t embed the photo into the Microsoft Word document • For photos – Identify peopl, left to right, and or add captions • Journalist reserves the right to edit and cut copy • Please provide contact info (phone number, and email) for each article submitted Journal articles are requested in the following areas: • Feature Topic – (500 word maximum) Articles submitted for this section should align with the issue topic and provide tips, action items and resources. • Around the Region – Chapter News & Event (150 word maximum) – articles submitted for this section should include unique chapter programs. Please use clear action photos. • Sensational Sorors and Sensational Scholars (150 word maximum) – Articles submitted for this section should highlight the soror’s recent accomplishment and also provide a headshot or action shot of the soror.
Next Issue: Spring 2019 Submission Deadline: March 30, 2019 Submit your chapter news to firstname.lastname@example.org
WITH PURPOSE AND DEDICATION... KEEPING IT SENSATIONAL