Members of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity and Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority honored the late Sharon Sampite’s extraordinary devotion to service at a Homecoming Weekend ceremony on October 30, 2009.
The two groups collected donations to support NSU scholarships in Sharon’s memory. The project concluded with a memorial bicycle ride by three members of Pi Kappa Phi. The fraternity’s philanthropy, Push America, conducts an annual cross country ride, with dozens of service projects along the way. In the spirit of that trek, members Alex Miley, Shawn Smith, and Cameron Moises collectively rode 125 miles to coincide with the University’s 125th anniversary. The Sampite family, President and Mrs. Randy Webb, as well as members and alumni of both Pi Kappa Phi and Sigma Sigma Sigma gathered in the NSU Alumni Plaza to welcome the cyclists as they finished their ride.
Sharon, who died of cancer in July, was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma. Even after her diagnosis, Sharon was actively involved in countless community and service organizations. Her father, former Natchitoches mayor Joe Sampite is an alumnus of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.