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The Delta Gamma Foundation Lectureship in Values and Ethics was established by the Delta Gamma Foundation in the belief that our civilization was built on precepts that are grounded in the highest ethical standards. The Lectureship provides an opportunity to celebrate these precepts and enhances the academic mission of the University of Missouri. Through Lectureship events, we hope to uplift the human spirit of all students and friends of the University.

The mission of the Delta Gamma Foundation Lectureship in Values and Ethics in partnership with the University of Missouri is to preserve and promote ethical behavior and values through exposure to distinguished lecturers on the broad topics of values and ethics. As one of only 20 national lectureships, our goal is to educate students attending the University about the value and importance of ethical conduct and personal and professional excellence through leadership and community involvement. This mission blends seamlessly with the University’s statement of values which emphasizes respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

In 1992, under the leadership of the Delta Gamma Foundation, Paul and Dorothy Garrett Martin (Eta-University of Akron), established $50,000 challenge grants to provide funding for Delta Gamma Foundation Lectureships in Values and Ethics. The University of Missouri and Mu chapter alumnae and collegians met the challenge and raised the initial funds for the Lectureship endowments in 1996. The inaugural Fall Lecture, presented by Homer H. Hickam, Jr., author of October Sky, in 1999, met with resounding success.