Alumnae Spotlights

Tri Delta: The Perfect Fit for Me
Shelly Wooten Fair ’90 Values Delta Xi  Membership, Hopes to Foster Leadership Qualities in Undergraduates

Shelly Wooten Fair ’90 with her mother, Arletha Kelley Wooten, Southeast Missouri State University ’64, at the Delta Xi centennial celebration.

Legacy Shelly Wooten Fair ’90 was honored when Delta Xi extended a bid to her and has enjoyed sharing the Tri Delta experience with her mother, Arletha Kelley Wooten, Southeast Missouri State University ’64. She says she loved every minute as a chapter member.

Some of Shelly’s most special memories are from participating in Greek Week and Homecoming skits and competitions. “It was so much fun working with other Tri Deltas and the men in the fraternities. As I look back on my years at MU, those were my best times.”

As a member of Delta Xi, Shelly had many opportunities to work with talented, creative, and strong women. “We learn when we surround ourselves with strong women. I was given the chance to develop leadership skills, effective communication, and many qualities and practices that translated to my professional and personal life. I also learned acceptance, support, and forgiveness at 901 Richmond.”

Alumnae advisors had a profound effect on Shelly when she was an undergraduate, specifically Laurie Kohler Halladay ’64 and Harriet Peace. Both were dedicated to supporting the growth of the chapter, as well as the individual women. Shelly says they had a positive impact on the chapter because they helped foster leadership in members while providing needed guidance and support. “I remember them both fondly, and I can only hope that my influence on the women in the chapter now is as valuable as theirs was to us.”

Shelly is a House Corporation member and the chapter’s risk management advisor, helping the undergraduates implement policies, procedures, and safe practices for social and fundraising events. She enjoys being an active volunteer because “Tri Delta is one of the most important forces and aspects of my life.” She considers the women she met in the chapter as her closest friends even now. She still talks to Erica Copeland Hayman ’90 at least three times a week. “I want to help foster the feelings and fun experiences I had as a collegian with today’s chapter members.”

Shelly also appreciates the friendships she has made with other House Corporation members and volunteers. “We are all from different years and at different places in our lives, but Tri Delta brings us together. I admire and value these women who give their time and support to Tri Delta.” Shelly is working with alumnae in Columbia to restart the alumna chapter and hopes to have that in operation soon.

Following graduation with a broadcast degree, Shelly reported and anchored the news at WLOX-TV in Biloxi, Mississippi, for six years. She moved to Germany and then Bakersfield, California, where she began a career in public education. In 2013, she returned to Missouri and is the English language learners program coordinator for Columbia Public Schools. Shelly has a 14-year-old son, Jagger, who plays travel ice hockey, so “we are on the road quite a bit!” She can be reached at

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