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Thursday, November 5, 1998
Houston, Texas
Volume 64, Issue 53


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Sorority sponsors lectures as part of commitment to community

By Eric Sandler
Daily Cougar Staff 

Delta Sigma Theta continued a semester of exciting programs Oct. 29 with the final lecture in a month-long series of "Thrusts," lectures on each value the sorority tries to instill in its members.

Robert Swanagan spoke to the group on the role of the Houston Minority Business Council in developing minority business opportunities. Previous lectures focused on topics such as political awareness and educational development.

In his speech, Swanagan was quick to emphasize that the council brings together 250 corporate members with more than 650 "Minority Business Enterprises" in order to foster growth. He called it an "exceptional foot in the door."

For students such as Nikki Royal, herself the owner of a small desktop publishing business, the lecture proved invaluable. "I expect to learn a lot tonight," she said before the lecture.

Royal said she enjoyed the Thrust series, noting the high quality of the speakers and the strong turnout -- at least 25 people turned out instead of catching the latest Friends episode or participating in a little pre-Halloween revelry.

Kim Robertson, one of two public service chairs responsible for the series, noted that last week's lecture was part of a busy semester for Delta Sigma Theta members. In addition to the Thrusts, the sorority has actively engaged in numerous community service activities.

Highlighting these commitments is the work the organization does with children. Recently, the women served as hostesses for a fashion show which raised money for sickle-cell anemia. Additionally, every month they throw a birthday party at the Loving Arms for children who are suffering with HIV or AIDS.

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