Delta Sigma Theta Sorority donates $15,000 to ASU Foundation in honor of the late Dr. Alpha Morris
The ladies of Alcorn State University’s Delta Epsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. ended the academic year by presenting a donation to honor one of the University’s most iconic figures.
The sorority donated $15,000 to the ASU Foundation, Inc. Thursday, May 4 during the Delta Sigma Theta Graduating Senior Reception. The ladies donated $10,000 in honor of the late Dr. Alpha L. Morris, former chair of the Department of Social Sciences and Golden Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta. The other $5,000 was donated to a scholarship in the chapter’s name.
The sorority raised the funds through numerous service projects and functions held on campus. Deshayla Vassell, senior and Chapter president, said that they raised the money to honor Morris’ esteemed accomplishments on and off campus.
“We wanted to honor Dr. Morris’ legacy,” said Deshayla. “Delta Epsilon serves to create opportunities and empower students. We want to encourage all students to attain achievements that are the embodiment of the goals and ideals of Alcorn State University.”
Morris’ daughter and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Patricia Morris Sullivan thought highly of the students’ effort to salute her late mother’s legacy.
“I thought the young ladies’ kind donation was a wonderful acknowledgement of her legacy, the University and the sorority,” said Sullivan.
Dr. Gwendolyn Lucas-Gordon, one of the Chapter’s advisors and director for Alumni and Staff Development in the School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, feels proud of the ladies for raising and providing the endowment.
“I am proud of the young ladies for their commitment to scholarship and service,” said Gordon. “Dr. Morris served as an advisor for Delta Epsilon for over 50 years and was initiated on the second membership intake line of the chapter. The current members wanted to leave a lasting legacy in her honor at Alcorn.”