As Annyce Echols talked about etiquette skills and interviewing techniques, the young women who attended the Peppermint Social took notes, because the information might help them in the future.
The Alpha Omega City-Wide Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and the Association of African American Collegians (AAAC) hosted the Peppermint Social, a sorority etiquette presentation. It was held in the auditorium room in the East Academic Building on Sept. 18.
The Peppermint Social has been going on for several years. It gives members of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority an opportunity to know the young women who are interested in joining.
The event focused specifically on networking and making first impressions. The name Peppermint Social is connected to the fact that the Delta colors are crimson and cream.
“(The Peppermint Social is) a chapter tradition that we’ve come to love and we want to keep up year after year,” said Daphne Washington, president of Delta Sigma Theta.
Echols, a sophomore biochemistry major at Saint Louis University (SLU), is a member of the sorority. She went to a workshop on leadership skills in business over the summer and wanted to incorporate that information into her presentation.
“I wanted to give the girls a little something they can take away besides Greek etiquette, even if they didn’t want to be Greek,” Echols said.
Many of the young women who attended the social went to a variety of schools, ranging from SLU, Washington University, University of Missouri-St. Louis and Harris Stowe State University. Two Webster University students attended the event. Jay Russell, a senior advertising major, attended because her mother and grandmother are Deltas and she wanted to carry on the tradition. She said she also came because of the values of the sorority.
“It’s (about) sistership and being in an African American organization as opposed to the other different ones,” Russell said.
Russell said networking with other African American women and gaining more knowledge about sorority etiquette was beneficial and helpful to her.
“(The social) did provide some useful information and was definitely a refresher. Things to be mindful of — making sure you’re appropriately dressed everywhere you go,” Russell said. “Sometimes it’s really easy to throw on sweatpants and a T-shirt and run up to Schnucks. You never know who you might meet.”