On Friday, Oct. 29, 1999, at 3:45 p.m., in Las Vegas, Nev., 12 strong dedicated founding mothers and charter sisters from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh crossed as the official Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc. – Theta Chapter.
This marked the first Latina-based sorority at UW Oshkosh, and I was honored to be apart of that process with my fellow Charter Sisters – Lisa Arguello and Besty Perez and those who paved the way for us, our founders – Alia Rouf, Adria Maddaleni, Jen “Ge” Vue, Jennifer Delgado, Berenice Perez, Melissa Wilhelm, Esmeralda Delgado, Sandra Cortez and Ana Stier.
I can remember late nights, early mornings and hours of volunteering and fundraising. It makes me proud to go back to campus and hear about the great things our new members are doing. We are a service sorority and to see all the good our small dedicated sisterhood has done over the years is something to brag about. Oct. 29, 1999 was a special day for so many reasons; for the 12 of us it ended a journey of establishing a sorority, but it was also the starting point for so many more ladies to come to UWO as undergraduates and to graduate as campus leaders.
by Kelly Huerta Eger ’04, Milwaukee