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Delta Gamma Foundation Lectureship brings Tim Gunn to Mizzou

Lecture builds on university core values

Published Sept. 28, 2015
Story by Christine Jackson
Photos by Tiffany Melecio

Tim Gunn enters Delta Gamma sorority house

Delta Gamma women welcome Tim Gunn to their house by serenading him following his speech in Jesse Auditorium Sept. 24, 2015.

Tim Gunn took the stage at Jesse Auditorium on Sept. 24 sporting a sharp suit and an even sharper wit. He dished the dirt about Project Runway, his past at Parsons and the world of fashion, but each anecdote was punctuated by a lesson. Rise above the negativity. Own your choices and responsibilities. Take risks.

Gunn kept the crowd in stitches and left a lasting impression with his audience. As the members of Delta Gamma flowed back into their house, they only had good things to say. Shouts of “Best speaker ever!” and “Favorite lecture, hands down!” and “I loved that so much!” could be heard as the women entered for the reception, lining up in the foyer to prepare for their serenade.

Tim Gunn enters Delta Gamma sorority house

Tim Gunn delivers the Delta Gamma Foundation Lectureship in Values and Ethics in Jesse Auditorium.

Each year, the Delta Gamma Foundation Lectureship in Values and Ethics brings a speaker that they feel represents the values of both their fraternity and the university’s core values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence. Past presenters have included Dr. Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Smart and Frank Abagnale Jr.

“We always try to bring speakers that align with the university's core values and Delta Gamma’s core values, so we try to make sure that they’ve lived their life in a way that embodies those values,” says Taylor Morales, lectureship director for Delta Gamma.

For sophomores Lauren Maslauski and KeeleyShaye Hill, this year’s lecture was their second as actives.

“Just to see how different they are, you think of Jane Goodall and Tim Gunn and they could not be any more opposite, but that they both have such strong beliefs and values and ethics is so cool,” Hill says.

The annual Delta Gamma Lectureship is not just of benefit to current and alumni Delta Gammas, but to anyone. The lecture is funded by private gifts to the Delta Gamma Lectureship endowment and the Mizzou Speakers Series, among others, and offered to students for free.

Delta Gamma women line up on stairwell waiting for Tim Gunn

Sisters of Delta Gamma women line the stairs of the Delta Gamma house, waiting for Tim Gunn to arrive.

“What’s amazing to me is that it’s open to everyone, and it’s free [for students],” Maslauski says. “There’s not that many things like this out there.”

For both the members of Delta Gamma and the hundreds of attendees each year, the Delta Gamma Lectureship provides a night of educational and interesting entertainment with a powerful message.

“To be able to spread a message of positivity and empowerment in the community is something we really value,” Morales says. “Everyone is welcome.”

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Last updated: Aug. 15, 2017