National Heritage and Archives Committee Heritage Moments
Dr. Wilma Mishoe, President, Delaware State University
Dr. Wilma Mishoe is a longtime higher education leader and administrator. She is the third of four children of the late Dr. Luna I. Mishoe and Hattie B. Mishoe, former President and First Lady of Delaware State College (now University). She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Mathematics and Philosophy and a Master of Education in Student Personnel Administration and Counseling from Howard University. She earned a Doctor of Education from Temple University.Dr. Mishoe has always been active in her community and has experienced several “firsts.” She was among the first to integrate Capital School District (Dover, DE) in 1961, and years later she became the first African-American female president of its Board of Education. She was also the first African-American female admitted into the Dover Rotary Club, an originally all-Caucasian, all-male organization, and served as the treasurer. In 2011, Dr. Mishoe was unanimously confirmed by the Delaware State Senate as a seven-year appointee to the Delaware Public Integrity Commission, becoming the first African-American female to chair that commission. In March 2013, she was selected by the State of Delaware, Department of State and inducted into the Delaware Commission for Women’s Hall of Fame. That same year she was called out of retirement to voluntarily serve on a Presidential Transition Team at Wilberforce University, where she had been the secretary and member of its Board of Trustees since 2003. The board later appointed her as acting president of the nation’s oldest privately-owned and operated HBCU, incorporated by Bishop Daniel A. Payne and owned by the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Dr. Mishoe served in this interim leadership position until October 2014.
More recently, Delaware’s former Governor Jack Markell appointed Dr. Mishoe to serve a six-year term on the Delaware State University Board of Trustees. In July 2017, Dr. Mishoe became the first female chairperson of the university’s Board of Trustees. She again made history by becoming the first female acting president and president of Delaware State University, January 2018 and July 2018 respectively. She is a strong and passionate advocate for students and has dedicated her life to “higher education for those too often overlooked and marginalized and has story after story of student achievement that in large measure can be attributed to her leadership” (Bies, 2018, para. 4). Dr. Mishoe is the mother of two sons, grandmother of three, and great grandmother to one. Dr. Mishoe will continue to set the pace in higher education as she upholds the ideals of our beloved Sorority.
An Evening at the Main Event Entertainment Center
Friday, May 18th, the Chapter Outings Committee had its last excursion for the 2017-2018 sorority year. Sorors of Wilmington (DE) Alumnae Chapter had a fun-filled evening of great fellowship and bowling. Although the weather outside was cold and rainy, it was very warm and inviting inside the Main Event Entertainment Center with games galore! Choices of games included laser tag, rope climbing, arcades and “22” lanes for bowling and we occupied seven of them! The feeling was that of an amusement park, but inside a building. There were all age groups out on a Friday night to just have fun!
Sorors were all set to demonstrate their skills for the two hours on the bowling lanes. There were a multitude of skill levels. Some came equipped with their own bowling balls – hint, hint, these were the serious bowlers who had scores of 100 or more. They kept bowling strikes and had no problems knocking down the few pins that were left after their first attempt. Well enough about the veteran bowlers. The novice bowlers were striving to just strike down a few pins! These sorors began with lots of gutter balls; however, by the second game, as they continued to practice their skills, their bowling scores improved. They even managed to have a couple of strikes and that really made them proud!
The two hours of bowling activity at the Main Event Entertainment Center was a great time for all who came out on that cold rainy evening. We met new sorors, enjoyed a great meal and just had some good old fashion fun.
Founders Day 2018 Lunch Outing
To remember and celebrate our beloved 22 Founders, 51 Sorors gathered for lunch at Firebirds Wood Fire Grill in Newark, DE on Saturday, January 13, 2018. Over a tasty lunch, we chatted about the strength of the visionary 22 young college women who stepped out to make a difference in the lives of so many others. We discussed the importance of our work today in the “greatest” Sorority on earth. We spoke solemnly of the recent transitions of our 14th National President and our 17th National President. We also fondly remembered Soror Marjorie R. Scott, who was the last of the 10 Charter Members of Wilmington (DE) Alumnae Chapter (then Gamma Omega Sigma Graduate Chapter) to transition. At the conclusion of lunch, we gathered to take a photo. The smiling faces in the photo expressed how proud we are of our courageous Founders, our sisterly bond and how proud we are to use our collective strength, abilities and power to continue to serve Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated on our 105th anniversary and in the years to come.
Caroling at The Lorelton
Oh what a wonderful Christmas caroling event sponsored by the Sisterhood Committee on Wednesday evening, December 20, 2017, at The Lorelton. Under the direction of Soror Estelle White, a resident in the independent living unit of the facility, we scheduled time to go caroling in the Memory Care Unit where Soror Inez Wilson resides. The Christmas caroling was led by the “Violet Voices” who were joined by about 15 chapter members who came out to assist as background singers. It was a delightful presentation of songs to the residents of the Memory Care Unit. [Read full article here}