Sororities can be beneficial
Written by Chris Collins
One group of six girls from Shoemaker High School in Killeen recently came to visit the UMHB campus.
They were accompanied by two women wearing royal-blue jackets with white Greek alphabet letters.
Dawnjalice Brown and Vivia Cormier are members of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, an active community-oriented service organization.
One of the programs Brown initiated for the chapter in 2010 was the ZEAL Institute, “which is Zetas equipping aspiring young ladies to be tomorrow’s leaders,” Brown said.
Other than being female, no prerequisites are needed to join.
“Students are recommended by faculty members at Shoemaker High School despite their GPA,” she said.
The purpose of the UMHB visit was to orient the students to campus life and help prepare them for college.
“I never had an agency or anybody to help me with my college decision,” Cormier said. “It is beneficial to have someone help you decide instead of doing it yourself.”
Four of the six girls plan to graduate this spring. Kiara Mason-Brown, one member of ZEAL, is not sure where to attend college.
“I really liked the sports center,” she said. “I want to take a year off after graduation, then major in pre-med.”
After a full day of visiting with select departments, the group left campus.
In addition to mentoring and being a big sister for the young women, Zeta Phi Beta offers financial assistance for college tuition.
“All of our seniors will receive scholarships to help with their education,” Brown said.
She explained that the sorority is a networking tool.
“There is nothing like having 100,000 sisters,” Brown said. “I believe UMHB would benefit by having a Greek sorority because students would have another outlet to effect change in their community.”
UMHB has never had a Greek system. Vice President for Student Life Dr. Byron Weathersbee explained the UMHB Christian Association of Student Leaders met a few weekends ago, and the topic of having fraternities or sororities on campus was considered.
“They liked the fact that we didn’t have them,” he said.
Weathersbee is aware of everything fraternities and sororities do for their communities; however, the chances for UMHB having them are not likely.
“The idea has not been on our radar,” he said. “I don’t anticipate seeing Greek fraternities on campus in the future.”
When Brown and Cormier are not conducting business with the sorority, they are full-time soldiers in the U.S. Army.
Although UMHB students cannot join the collegiate Greek chapter, they can still join at the alumni level upon graduation.