Last updated: November 20. 2013 12:30AM - 1035 Views
Rae Knobloch Staff Writer



Kayla Phelgar of Sigma Sigma Sigma gives a ribbon to freshman Roy Hooker as part of Character Counts Week.
Kayla Phelgar of Sigma Sigma Sigma gives a ribbon to freshman Roy Hooker as part of Character Counts Week.
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NEWBERRY — The Eta Beta Chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority celebrated Character Counts Week Oct. 21-27. Character Counts Week is a nationally celebrated event for Tri Sigmas all over the world as they strive to promote the six pillars of character to their friends and families.


Sigma Sigma Sigma recently adopted a second national philanthropy known as Character Counts. This is a national organization founded by ethicist Michael Josephson, who wanted people to have a better understanding of character and how they can portray good character each day.


Character Counts Week and Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority strives to educate the public about the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. The sisters of the Eta Beta chapter wanted to educate the students and faculty of Newberry College by celebrating the week on campus.


“We want to educate the students on Newberry College’s campus about good character and decision making,” said chapter president Heeley Ott.


During National Character Counts Week, the sisters of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority gave out ribbons in front of the cafeteria that signified one of the six pillars of character. Students around campus supported the sisters of Sigma Sigma Sigma by wearing their ribbons with pride.


“I believe that on-campus philanthropy is extremely important because it brings awareness to the student body and gets them to take an active role in assisting those in need,” said Coordinator of Student Engagement and Leadership Angelo Geter. “It is great to see students take part because it shows that while they may get busy with classes and socializing, they also know the importance of giving back.”


A core part of Tri-Sigma’s mission statement is to promote strong womanly character among its members. Through the Women of Character Initiative and Character Counts, Tri-Sigma hopes to educate its members on how to make ethical decisions and flourish within their community.

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