Sister to Sister hosted a luau event Tuesday in the quad during common hour to welcome back students for the fall semester. The event included a hula hoop contest, a performance by SRU’s JamRock dance team, free food, drinks and slacklining lessons.
During the event, students were able to make fruit kebabs as well as participate in hula hoop and limbo contests. A DJ was also set up in the pavilion, playing music for the students to enjoy. The Grove set up a promotional table at the event, giving out free shirts, cups and frozen lemonade to students who put down their contact information to receive more feedback about the apartment complex. Students were also encouraged to take pictures with SRU’s Instagram frame, hashtagging InstaSru and Sister to Sister.
President of Sister to Sister and junior public relations major, Shannon Pitcairn said the purpose of the luau was to learn more about the organization and how they are about women empowerment, discussing current events and improving the student body. Pitcairn said the organization hosts a wide range of events similar to the luau.
Junior public relations major Lanaya Patterson said, Sister to Sister is a student organization that encourages and empowers women in a non-judgmental environment. The club is a safe environment for people to talk about what is important in their lives. Patterson has been a part of the group for three years and this will be her second year serving on the executive board for the club.
The group holds different events throughout the semester to welcome students to the organization and also to promote socialization between members.
A few of the events they have hosted in the past were a talent show, a love connections game and a breast cancer auction.
Pitcairn said that the goal of Sister to Sister is to empower women, but they also have many social events and activities. She said there is no limit to what the club does. She also said that she sees herself working in a position to coordinate events with the community in the future. Her hope is to create a lot of new ideas that will promote Sister to Sister and get the promotion necessary to make a difference on campus.
Sister to Sister meets every other Thursday on the Slippery Rock campus. The discussions range from talking about the current media to discussing sensitive subjects that affects the personal lives of their members. Pitcairn said that sometimes the meetings consist of fun activities to give the members a break from the stress of class. The organizatons goal is wanting their members to be able to express themselves the way they want to and also make a difference on the campus.