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Delta Gamma Foundation/Everson Family Lectureship in Values & Ethics

In 2011, the UND Alpha Theta chapter of Delta Gamma established the Delta Gamma Foundation/Everson Family Lectureship in Values & Ethics. The chapter is one of only 20 Delta Gamma collegiate chapters in the United States to sponsor this Lectureship. A lead gift to establish this lecture series was given by Jacque Geving Everson of Houston, a 1966 graduate of UND. Numerous other alumnae have contributed to the Lectureship endowment, which is managed through the UND Alumni Association & Foundation.

"We hope to annually bring together students, faculty, alumnae and the Grand Forks community to engage in conversation about leadership, diversity, and the power of human relationships," says alumna Stacey Dahl, who chairs the local planning committee of alumnae and collegiate Delta Gamma members.

John Quiñones

ABC News Veteran and Host of What Would You Do? will speak Monday March 27, 2017 at 7:00 in the Chester Fritz Auditorium at the third annual lectureship.

Combining a moving life story, an exceptional career, incomparable insights, and a powerful presence, John Quiñones has emerged as one of the most inspiring keynotes in the speaking world today. His moving presentations focus on his odds-defying journey, celebrate the life-changing power of education, champion the Latino American Dream, and provide thought-provoking insights into human nature and ethical behavior.                   

John A lifetime of “never taking no for an answer” took Quiñones from migrant farm work and poverty to more than 30 years at ABC News and the anchor desk at 20/20 and Primetime. Along the way, he broke through barriers, won the highest accolades, and became a role model for many. As host and creator of What Would You Do?, the highly-rated, hidden camera ethical dilemma newsmagazine, Quiñones has literally become “the face of doing the right thing” to millions of fans. It’s a role that he has enthusiastically embraced off camera, with a popular book and keynote presentations that challenge both business and general audiences to examine the What Would You Do? moments we face every day.

Known for truly connecting with audiences and leaving them uplifted and inspired, Quiñones delivers a powerful message of believing in one’s self, never giving up, and always, always doing the right thing.


  • From the Barrio to Network Television: John Quiñones’ Inspiring Journey
  • What Would You Do? Words of Wisdom about Doing the Right Thing
  • What Would You Do? Business Edition
  • Opportunity through Education: John Quiñones’ American Dream

Elizabeth Smart

Monday, March 30, 2015​ at 7:00 in the Chester Fritz Auditorium the Second Annual Delta Gamma Foundation/Everson Family Lectureship in Values and Ethics will take place.

Through this traumatic experience Elizabeth has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs and National legislation. Elizabeth triumphantly testified before her captor and the world about the very private nightmare she suffered during her abduction, which lead to conviction. The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Elizabeth was abducted on June 5, 2002, and her captors controlled her by threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to escape. Fortunately, the police safely returned Elizabeth back to her family on March 12, 2003 after being held prisoner for 9 grueling months.                    

elizabeth The Founder of the "Elizabeth Smart Foundation", Elizabeth has also helped promote the National AMBER Alert, The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions. 

Elizabeth has chronicled her experiences in the New York Times best-selling book, "My Story." In addition, she and other abduction survivors worked with the Department of Justice to create a survivors guide, entitled, "You're Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment." This guide is meant to encourage children who have gone through similar experiences not to give up but to know that there is hope for a rewarding life.

Elizabeth's abduction and recovery continues to motivate parents, law enforcement and leaders worldwide to focus on children's safety. She emphasizes vigilance by "every day" people and the belief that hope always exists to find every missing child. 

Elizabeth's example is daily demonstration that there really is life after a tragic event. Smart attended Brigham Young University, studying music as a harp performance major. She married her husband Matthew in 2012.

Michael Hingson

World Trade Center Attack Survivor to Speak
At First Delta Gamma Ethics Lecture Monday, March 25, 2013

Michael lecturing

A blind man who survived the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center was the featured speaker at the first Lectureship in Values and Ethics.

Michael Hingson is an international speaker and author of the New York Times best-selling book, "Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero."


In celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary, Dr. Paul Martin honored his wife Dorothy "Dotty" Garrett Martin, Eta-Akron, by establishing the Delta Gamma Lectureships in Values and Ethics. Paul and Dotty's alma mater and the home of Delta Gamma's oldest active collegiate chapter, the University of Akron, was the site of the inaugural lectureship. Today, there are 18 campuses with a lectureship, Convention lectureship and one collegiate chapter in the logistics planning stage.

The Dorothy Garrett Martin Challenge was started with three $50,000 grants. Led by Dr. Karla Treckel Mugler, Gamma Epsilon-Kent State, then Executive Director Maggie Hess Watkins, Alpha Xi-West Virginia, and Maureen Sweeny Syring, Nu-Idaho, and the Martins, they worked together to develop their vision "to establish a venue on college campuses where values and ethics could be discussed in an open format," into a viable program. The outcome of this was the Dorothy Garrett Martin Lectureship in Values and Ethics that we have today.

Patricia Proctor Bradley, Beta Theta-Duke, chaired an endowment campaign establishing the second lectureship which was at Duke University. This set a precedent for establishing all succeeding endowments.

With Maureen Syring and Maggie Watkins promoting this new Foundation program three more lectureships were established in 1994—Gamma Upsilon-Wichita State, Alpha Upsilon-Southern Methodist, and Alpha Nu-USC. Upon Maggie's retirement in 1999, Foundation Executive Director Betsy Inch Fouss, Alpha Xi-West Virginia, became the program director until February 2001 when the Council/Board of Trustees appointed Patricia Bradley to the newly developed position Foundation Director: Lectureships in Values and Ethics, a position Barbara Gerow Broyles, Alpha Sigma-UCLA, holds today.

After hearing the late Tim Russert speak to 1,200 Delta Gammas at the 2004 Convention in Washington, D.C., the Foundation Board of Trustees resolved a Convention Lectureship in Values and Ethics be established, with a goal of being fully funded by Convention 2006. An anonymous Delta Gamma member and 12 collegiate chapters (Zeta Gamma-Richmond, Gamma-UC Berkeley, Theta-Indiana, Alpha Lambda-Drake, Alpha Psi-Mississippi, Delta Lambda-Mississippi State, Beta Eta-Texas, Beta Theta-Duke, Gamma Beta-Tulsa, Gamma Xi-Texas Tech, Zeta Alpha-Villanova, Eta Kappa-North Carolina State and Theta Beta-Case) funded this effort and at Convention in 2006, Joan Brock was the inaugural speaker followed in 2008, by Steve Ford, in 2010, John Sileo and Michael Hingson in 2012.

The Richard D. Shirk family established a lectureship at the University of Houston, expanding previous goals with a mission "to illuminate and define what is good and bad in the lives, characters and practices of all professionals and to educate students to the value of ethical conduct."