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Badge Day Recognized by Mount Union Sorority Women

March 29, 2012

Alliance, OH – Sorority women at the University of Mount Union are members of four organizations that recognize a day shared across the nation known as International Badge Day each year.

International Badge Day was established in 1997 by the National Panhellenic Conference as a day set aside for women across the nation to wear their sorority badges or Greek letters in a celebration of sisterhood and women’s history month. Each year, Mount Union’s sorority women celebrate International Badge Day with a dinner to bring the groups together for camaraderie, education and recognition of their common purpose — sisterhood.

On March 19, more than 100 members of the Mount Union sorority community and several members of the University’s faculty and staff attended this year’s dinner. The Mount Union Panhellenic Council welcomed guest speaker Ginny Carroll, CEO of Ingenuity, Inc., and the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation, which is the Mount Union Panhellenic Council’s chosen philanthropy. The Circle of Sisterhood’s mission is to “leverage the collective wisdom and influence of sorority women to support entities around the world that remove educational barriers for girls and women, uplifting them from poverty and oppression.”

The work of this group stems from the stories in the book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression in to Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nick Kris off and Sheryl WuDunn. To date, Mount Union’s Panhellenic Council has raised several hundred dollars for the organization. The Council was recently featured on the organization’s blog as the Campus Spotlight in March. 

Carroll shared the presentation The Gift of Sorority with the participants at the dinner, talking about the history of the sorority movement ritual from a historical perspective. Through this presentation, Carroll shared with the women the importance of appreciating their sorority experience as it offers skill development critical to success and the impact that they can have as sorority leaders. Carroll spoke to the sorority experience as it has and will continue to prepare young women to realize their potential.

During dinner, jar centerpieces were made available in order to collect donations of dollars and change for the Circle of Sisterhood. Donations will be used to provide education in third world countries for young girls. Just a few coins can provide the supplies they need to go to school.

International Badge Day is part of Mount Union Panhellenic’s Confidence in U programming series. The next event takes place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10 with Dr. Kevin Meyer, assistant professor of psychology at Mount Union, presenting Mental Illness: Breaking the Stigma, in the East Room of the Hoover Price Campus Center.

To learn more about the Circle of Sisterhood, see circleofsisterhood.org. For more information about fraternity and sorority life and student organizations at Mount Union, visit mountunion.edu/fraternity-life and mountunion.edu/sorority-life.

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