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In conjunction with the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation, Virginia Wesleyan sororities Alpha Sigma Alpha, Phi Sigma Sigma, and Sigma Sigma Sigma have raised $4,250 this academic year in support of the Half the Sky Movement, a cause dedicated to stopping oppression of women and girls worldwide. With the help of additional Greek-life students and athletic teams, the sororities have raised money through fundraising events, including a “Penny Wars” competition that brought in $1,727.87 and a partnership with the Skinny Dip Frozen Yogurt Bar. They have also increased awareness through guest speakers, including sex-trafficking survivor Carissa Phelps and Circle of Sisterhood Founder Ginny Carroll. The College’s efforts were recognized by the Half the Sky Movement with inclusion of VWC-submitted photographs in the organization’s 2012 year-end video. Included in the video are photographs of Associate Athletic Director Jeffrey Bowers, Vice President of Operations Bruce Vaughan, sophomore Samiah Griffin, and the 9-month-old daughter of Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach Fran Pochily. In a blog post about VWC’s involvement with the cause, senior Sigma Sigma Sigma member Rio Ziegler writes: “Sisters all over the nation are doing what we do best: collaborating ideas, recruiting advocates, and taking action in order to bring this issue to light. This is our chance for sisters to help sisters.” This philanthropic partnership was chosen by the Southeastern Panhellenic Association for the third consecutive year. Learn more about the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation and the Half the Sky Movement. For more information, contact Jenn Mitchell at or 757.233.8785 or Devin Cowhey at or 757.455.3383.