• Overview

    The Camille Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Stepshow was established to honor the dreams and aspirations of Ms. Camille Yvette Armstrong. In 1986, only a few weeks prior to graduation, Camille was tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident. As an outstanding student leader involved in multiple organizations, her death affected the entire UAB community. She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., served as a UAB Ambassador, and was best described as "a hardworking, dedicated student." To preserve the memory of her dedicated service and love for UAB, a scholarship was established in her honor and is presented each year in her name. Student leaders work dutifully to recruit the best NPHC step teams from the southeastern region of the US, and the event continues to be one of the largest step shows in the state of Alabama. All proceeds fund the scholarship founded in her honor as well as the Camille Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Step Show for the upcoming year, in order to continue to bring awareness to and promotion of the scholarship.


    What?

    The 29th Annual Camille Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Step Show

    When?

    February 9, 2019
    Venue Doors open at 5pm
    Hall Doors open at 6pm
    Show starts at 7pm

    Where?

    Alys Stephens Center
    Jemison Concert Hall

    By Who?

    The Black Student Awareness Committee at UAB


    2019 Show Organizers

    Kamilah Mustafa

    Kamilah Mustafa

    Paul Okweye

    Paul Okweye

    Olivia Payne

    Olivia Payne

    Audience

    Each year the show draws over 1200 people cheering and applauding for their favorite NPHC Greek letter organization or step teams. This year promises to be even better with original performances from the entire Divine Nine, representing universities across the Southeast! The Camille Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Step Show benefits UAB students, members of the Birmingham community, as well as students from different areas of the state of Alabama. In past years, roughly 80% of the audience has been comprised of college students, with over half of those students being Greek affiliated. The remaining 20% is made up of UAB Alumni, National Pan-Hellenic Council Alumni, and many members of the Birmingham community.

    Overall Benefits

    The scholarship fund in honor of the life of Ms. Camille Yvette Armstrong was started a year after her passing in 1987. In 1992, the scholarship became endowed and has since been used to benefit deserving undergraduate African American students at UAB majoring in political science with career aspirations in law. In 1990, the first step show was held in Bell Theatre to honor her and to help support the scholarship fund. This step show serves as a reminder for all UAB students to remember Camille’s life and use her leadership as an example and inspiration to impact their communities the way Camille did.

    At the creation of the Camille Stepshow, the money raised from the show had been enough to keep the scholarship available for students. In recent years, the Camille Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Step Show has become a financial burden due to the decreasing established funding and lack of sponsorship support. February 2017 will mark the 27th anniversary of the Camille Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Step Show. With your financial assistance, you can be one of the very important and necessary avenues that will be credited for keeping this scholarship and show available for our students.

    About Camille Yvette Armstrong

    Camille Yvette Armstrong was best described by friends and family as a leader, role model and friend to all. Growing up in Selma, Camille was active in school and community activities and even won the title of Miss Selma High School. After high school, Camille enrolled at Morris Brown College in Atlanta. After one year, she decided to leave Morris Brown and enroll at Wallace State Community College.

    It was during this time that she began to talk more about her future plans to become a lawyer. Soon after, she decided to move to Birmingham and transfer to UAB.

    Camille found her pace at UAB and it didn't take long for her to make her presence known on the campus. Camille was well loved and respected on campus. As a leader, she was active in the NAACP, UAB Ambassadors and served the campus and community as a member of the Iota Lambda Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Majoring in political science, Camille also volunteered her time to work on the Fob James gubernatorial campaign.

    In 1986, just months before her graduation, Camille was killed in a motor vehicle accident. The campus and community struggled to deal with the loss of a leader.

    In 1987, friends of Camille joined together to establish the Camille Yvette Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Fund. In 1992, the scholarship was endowed. In 1990, the Black Student Awareness Committee organized the first Camille Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Step Show. Profits from the step show are deposited into the scholarship fund.

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    29th Annual Camille Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Step Show

    University of Alabama at Birmingham - Black Student Awareness Committee
    1400 University Blvd.
    Hill Student Center Suite 311
    Birmingham, AL 35233
    (205)975-8673 (P) | (205)934-8824 (F)

    Dear NPHC Organization:

    We send you greetings from the Black Student Awareness Committee, a Student Multicultural and Diversity Programs programming entity at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. We are approaching the 29th Annual Camille Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Stepshow, which will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m at the Jemison Theater of the Alys Stephens Center. We cordially invite your active chapter to participate in this year’s show.

    The Camille Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Stepshow was established to honor the dreams and aspirations of former UAB student, Camille Yvette Armstrong. In 1986, just weeks before she was scheduled to graduate with a degree in political science, Camille was tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident. Ms. Armstrong’s memory lives on at UAB; her hard work and dedication as a UAB Ambassador and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has been the continuous inspiration for this event. The UAB community felt the need to establish and continually support a scholarship dedicated to the spirit of Ms. Camille Armstrong. This step show serves as a fundraiser, making it possible for UAB to financially assist deserving African American students majoring in political science.

    The Camille Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Stepshow was established to honor the dreams and aspirations of former UAB student, Camille Yvette Armstrong. In 1986, just weeks before she was scheduled to graduate with a degree in political science, Camille was tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident. Ms. Armstrong’s memory lives on at UAB; her hard work and dedication as a UAB Ambassador and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has been the continuous inspiration for this event. The UAB community felt the need to establish and continually support a scholarship dedicated to the spirit of Ms. Camille Armstrong. This step show serves as a fundraiser, making it possible for UAB to financially assist deserving African American students majoring in political science.

    The Camille Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Step Show is one of the largest step shows held in the state of Alabama. In past years, step teams have come from across the southeast to participate in this event. Their talents and showmanship have greatly enriched our program, allowing us to achieve phenomenal success. We hope you will encourage your chapter to assist our institution in continuing this noble tradition.

    Each application that is submitted must include a two minute or less video showcasing the stepping capabilities of your chapter. We ask that this video include some potential members that will participate in the show if selected. Each video will be judged by a Greek affiliated panel not associated with BSAC. This panel will determine the best candidates to be showcased at the 29th Annual Camille Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Stepshow.

    The non-refundable registration fee is $75.00 and the check or money order should be made out to “UAB Camille Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Step Show”. This fee will only be collected if your chapter is selected to participate in the show.

    The deadline to submit your application is Friday, October 26, 2018. Please note that in the application packet you will be required to submit a brief synopsis of your show. Your topic will need to be approved to ensure that it does not conflict with another organization.

    Prizes awarded for both fraternities and sororities are:

    • First Place Fraternity — $1,000
    • Second Place Fraternity — $500
    • First Place Sorority — $1,000
    • Second Place Sorority — $500

    If you or any member of your chapter has questions pertaining to this event or the invitation to participate, please feel free to contact the University of Alabama at Birmingham Office of Student Multicultural and Diversity Programs at (205) 975-8673.

    Sincerely,
    Sharifa A. Wip, Advisor
    Black Student Awareness Committee
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    Kamilah Mustafa, Co- Chair
    Black Student Awareness Committee
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    Olivia Payne, Co-Chair
    Black Student Awarenbess Committee
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    Paul Okweye, Co-Chair
    Black Student Awarenbess Committee
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    1. Chapters will not be permitted to participate if they are not currently in good standing with a 4-year college or university.
    2. Chapters wishing to compete in the Camille Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Step Show must be recognized member organizations of the National Pan-Hellenic Council.
    3. The show will be limited to 9 step performance slots, awarded based on judgment of video submissions. In the event two chapters from the same organization enter the show, we reserve the right to deny entry to any additional teams from that organization.
    4. All participating teams must submit their completed application packet with a W9 form by Friday, October 26, 2018. Any packets with a W9 form received after this date will be assessed a $25.00 LATE FEE.
    5. All performers must submit a list of steppers and technicians by October 26, 2018. All performers and technicians must sign-in on the day of the show and provide a valid photo I.D. Under no circumstances will anyone be admitted without proper identification. Teams who have additional guests not previously approved on the show roster will be assessed a fee of $25 per person.
    6. All participants must be active members with their undergraduate chapter. Any children, extras, technicians or props to be used in the show who do not meet these criteria should be specified on the application and must be approved by the committee. Each chapter can have up to (1) technician and (2) prop set up people.
    7. All members of undergraduate step teams must be enrolled at the institution where their chapter is chartered. (Exceptions will only be made for chapters who do not have sufficient membership enrollment at the discretion of the Camille Armstrong Memorial Step show Co-Chairs and Advisor.)
    8. Once a group has signed in they will be assigned a dressing room and two guides to provide assistance before the show.
    9. Each team must attend a mandatory meeting to review the rules of the show during the walk through session.
    10. Each team will be scheduled for a thirty (30) minute walk through session on the day of the show or the day prior. This time will be predetermined before the day of show. If a group fails to make their scheduled walk through session, the group will forfeit their opportunity for a walk through session.
    11. All media must be provided on pre-recorded CDs, DVDs, or by file through email sent to the Office of Student Multicultural and Diversity Programs by Friday, January 11, 2019. It is the responsibility of the performing team to have a representative with the sound technician during the team’s walk through session and actual stage performance.
    12. Each team will have a maximum of three (3) minutes to assemble any props and set the stage before their step performance. The actual step performance should be at least ten (10) minutes and is not to exceed twelve (12) minutes, with the clock starting as soon as the first performer steps on stage or as soon as the introduction/music begins to play. If the step performance is shorter than ten (10) minutes or exceeds twelve (12) minutes in length it will result in an automatic five (5) point deduction per minute from the overall final score. Teams that exceed the twelve (12) minute limit by three (3) minutes or more will automatically be disqualified.
    1. Obscene gestures and profanity are prohibited during this step show. This includes disrespecting other organizations, profanity in the music selections, and any inappropriate props (weapons, etc.). Failure to abide by this rule will result in a five (5) point deduction from the team’s final score.
    2. No throwing of any objects into the crowd (i.e. canes, candy, boots, people, etc.) or jumping on or off stage. Failure to abide by this rule will result in a five (5) point deduction per person/objects from the team’s final score.
    3. Pulling members of the crowd on stage during a team’s performance is prohibited. If this occurs there will be an automatic disqualification.
    4. All members of your organization or chapter who are not competing, may not be backstage or onstage at any time during the show. If this occurs there will be an automatic disqualification.
    5. Members of your organization or chapter who are not competing must purchase a ticket to enter the stepshow. There will be a 10 point deduction from the team’s final score for each member found breaking this rule.
    6. Anyone found attempting to bring alcohol, drugs or other contraband into the show will automatically be disqualified from the competition and be removed from the venue.
    7. FIRE AND PYROTECHNICS (Candles, Lighters, Matches, etc.) ARE PROHIBITED. Violation of this rule will result in automatic disqualification.
    8. The following are prohibited (automatic disqualification):
      • Glitter or Confetti
      • Spray Paint
      • Food, Drink and/or Water on stage
      • Props that look like weapons (ex: toy guns, knives, brass knuckles, chains, etc.)
      • Nudity
      • Alcohol, tobacco, or any other drugs, weapons, and firearms
    9. Each team is responsible for damages (paint, stage props, holes, broken furniture, etc.) to the rooms and stage within the venue. All props must be removed from the venue immediately following the show. Teams will be billed for any damages found or items left behind in the venue.
    10. Adherence to building fire and safety codes is required.
    11. All changes to the step team roster must be made by Friday, January 11, 2019. If there are no changes or corrections received by this date, only those on the original roster will be permitted to participate in the show. You may make changes via fax at (205) 934-8824 attention Sharifa A.Wip, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Make checks payable to:
    Camille Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Stepshow

  • Sponsor Packages

    I. Title Sponsor : $5,000

    • Company name and logo in event name
    • Company commercial airing during the show (optional)
    • Company name and logo on all print, radio, poster, promotional signage and apparell
    • Display of 2 (two) company banners inside the venue at the show
    • 8 (eight) event tickets
    • Vendor table
    • Refreshments in the hospitality room
    • *Host an event
    • Parking

    II. Major Sponsors : $2,500

    • Company logo placed on print advertising (flyer, poster, digital ad shown during show)
    • Display of one company banner inside the venue at the show
    • 4 (four) event tickets
    • Vendor Table

    III. Participating Sponsors : $1,000

    • Company logo on digital ad shown during the show
    • 2 (two) event tickets
    • Vendor Table

    IV. Supporting Sponsor : $150-$500

    • Company logo on digital ad shown during the event
    • 2 (two) event tickets
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