Sorority to host event commemorating fallen member

The university’s Gamma Phi Beta sorority chapter and the Brown-Lupton University Union are teaming up to bring the Rachel’s Challenge program, which honors the first student who was killed at Colombine High School in 1999, to the university at 7 p.m. today in the BLUU Ballroom.

According to fliers posted around campus by Gamma Phi Beta, the event will be held in memory of Amanda Bebout, a junior nursing major and member of the sorority who took her life in January.

According to the Rachel’s Challenge website, the program was started to spread the message of kindness left in the diaries of Rachel Scott, the first shooting victim at Columbine High School in 1999.

Nina Dulacki, director of marketing and communications for the national office of Gamma Phi Beta, wrote in an e-mail that the chapter was honoring Bebout by using the event to spread the program’s message.

“Amanda’s memory lives on as our chapter honors her many acts of kindness and compassion by bringing the inspirational Rachel’s Challenge to the TCU campus,” Dulacki wrote. “Like Rachel Scott, Amanda touched the lives of many by putting others first and being a positive, supportive friend.”

According to the website, Rachel’s Challenge mission is to promote positive culture change in society by starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion. There are more than 36 speakers in the organization, including family members of Scott, who go to elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and universities to spread Rachel’s message.

Michael Russel, executive director for student affairs administration, said Rachel’s brother Craig Scott will talk to students about reaching out to each other and how that will drive away problems that individuals face.

“I’m hoping we start to create a culture of caring on campus that the students look out for one another,” Russel said.

Russel said both Gamma Phi Beta and the BLUU covered the cost of bringing Rachel’s Challenge to campus.