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Winter 2014 · Vol 112 No. 2 (ISSN 1529-6709; USPS 627-120) 3450 Founders Road Indianapolis, IN 46268 (317) 872-0540 firstname.lastname@example.org
STAFF Editor Ashley Martin Director of Education & Communications Heather Matthews Kirk, Delta Kappa Graphic Designer Haleigh Castino, Alpha Psi Contributors Susan Beard, Delta Psi Becky Koltonski, Delta Delta Patricia Cords Levitte, Beta Phi Courtney Long, Eta Xi Denise Frissell Rogers, Alpha Pi Executive Director Deb Ensor, Beta Gamma
NATIONAL COUNCIL National President Keeley McDonald Riddle, Iota Sigma Vice President Collegiate I Natalie Yingling, Delta Omega Vice President Collegiate II Lynn Compton Chapman, Alpha Nu Vice President Collegiate III Kristen Moeller Fauré, Iota Pi Vice President Alumnae I Dana Brasington Atkinson, Delta Omicron Vice President Alumnae II Carolyn Hof Carpenter, Theta Tau Secretary-Treasurer Dinah Jackson Laughery, Beta Gamma National Panhellenic Conference Delegate Laura Ladewig Mauro, Theta Psi Extension Director Marlene Dunbar Conrad, Eta Iota 2 · Themis
I’m told this recurring piece of the magazine is called “From Where I Sit.” Sit?! Being on the move is second nature to me. Exercise and fitness have always been a part of my life. Many of my childhood memories are filled with gymnastics, field hockey, figure skating, dancing and running. Soon, I was chasing after my three sons. Now, I enjoy new sports and many activities with my five grandchildren. With winter upon us, it is so much easier to curl up with a good book than to hit the pavement for a run or walk or to head off to the gym. As busy women, we are called to be and do it all. We are the caregivers to many, but we need to care for ourselves, body and spirit. We learn many things as we grow and change with age. I have found that establishing a routine of adequate sleep, exercising at least 20-30 minutes four or five times per week, and eating a well-balanced variety of food help me feel my best. I have had the honor and privilege to serve our Fraternity in several capacities. As a National Officer, I have witnessed our commitment to the well-being and education of our members so they may live balanced and healthy lives. I was also honored to be a part of the organizing team that brought Race for the Cure® to Indianapolis. (That’s me on the cover of the summer 1992 Themis running in that inaugural race. More than 20 years later, I’m back on the cover and still talking fitness!) As we know from our Creed, opportunities to be better women are “within our grasp” as we “learn those things which will ever enrich and ennoble our lives.” So wear your ZTA letters with pride as you walk, jog or Zumba your way to a fit and healthy future.
Denise Frissell Rogers
Alpha Pi former District President and ZTA Archivist
Table of Contents
On the Cover A new year brings new health goals for many people. But did you know there is more to a healthy lifestyle than just diet and exercise? Learn about the six dimensions of wellness and how, together, they contribute to your overall health. See page 20.
Features 16 Member Assessment — The results are in. In 2013, collegiate Zetas took part in the University Learning Outcomes Assessment (UniLOA) to gauge member development and the effectiveness of ZTA programming.
24 Convention 2014 — Join us June 25-29 in Los Angeles for
the 52nd National and 41st International Convention. Nominations for National Council are due Feb. 1, 2014.
34 New ZTA Housing Facilities — Get a glimpse inside the
ZTA Fraternity Housing Corporation’s three newest facilities and another home that received an addition in time for the fall 2013 semester.
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Letters to Themis Crown & Co. Collegiate Member Profile Collegiate Chapter News Alumnae Member Profile Alumnae Chapter News 2014 Zeta Days Foundation News Scholarship List Points of Pride From the Archives
ZTA FRATERNITY HOUSING CORPORATION President Julia Marthaler Hill, Eta Rho Vice President Martha Gorum Jackson, Epsilon Treasurer Lacy Schneider O’Connor, Theta Omicron Secretary Marty E. Sik, Alpha Chi Directors at Large Susan Beard, Delta Psi Jayne Ann Scoggins Hungate, Epsilon Jan Spradley McCarthy, Gamma Phi Kay McCoy McKelvey, Delta Delta Karen Farmer Mills, Gamma Iota Terri Dew Millsap, Alpha Nu Anne Petro Tamulaitis, Alpha Kappa Christine Stull-Walter, Gamma Chi Directors Keeley McDonald Riddle, Iota Sigma Dinah Jackson Laughery, Beta Gamma Becky Hainsworth Kirwan, Gamma Beta
ZTA FOUNDATION President Becky Hainsworth Kirwan, Gamma Beta Vice President of Development Deb Ensor, Beta Gamma Vice President of Philanthropy Sherry Server Tilley, Zeta Alpha Vice President of Scholarship Catherine G. Slaughter, Alpha Eta Vice President of Special Events Cynthia Byars Courtney, Gamma Tau Secretary/Treasurer Kay Dill Kreutzer, Eta Rho Directors Martha C. Edens, Beta Omicron Nora Nell Hardy Jackson, Beta Gamma Keeley McDonald Riddle, Iota Sigma Dinah Jackson Laughery, Beta Gamma Julia Marthaler Hill, Eta Rho Lacy Schneider O’Connor, Theta Omicron
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Letters to Themis FALL 2013 THEMIS Themis has been amazing lately! So many wonderful articles: “How do you prove Zeta Is Forever?” the tweets, alumna member profile. Thank you for relevant and interesting articles. Great job!
Machel Donaghey Considine Zeta Theta East Central University
The fall 2013 Themis helped usher in a new academic year for ZTA. Stories focused on how collegians will use National Leadership Conference programming in the upcoming year, Traveling Leadership Consultants for the 20132014 year, and more.
Thank you for creating the Traveling Leadership Consultant program. Each time Alpha Nu receives a visit from a TLC, I am always amazed at the thorough training she has received and the vast amount of information and ideas she has to share. The TLCs jump right in and assist where needed and give great feedback about the chapter’s strengths and weaknesses. They exude confidence and are always exemplary Zeta Ladies. I could not be more proud of the TLCs and the work that they do for the fraternity across the country.
Georgina Simmons Perry Alpha Nu Birmingham-Southern College General Advisor for Alpha Nu
ZTAFEED In support of National Hazing Prevention Week, www.ZTAFeed.wordpress.com, ZTA’s new blog, tackled hazing in a humorous way. Like the popular site BuzzFeed, ZTAFeed used lists, photos and videos to drive home topics, such as: 9 Reasons New Members Aren’t Babies, 9 Ways to Stand Up to Hazing, and more. It received acclaim from across the Greek world. Great anti-hazing blog from Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity! #NHPW13 Alpha Chi Omega Sorority 4 · Themis
Thank you for conveying the antihazing initiative in a new, fun way! We enjoy reading about giving members Resp∑Kt in BuzzFeed format! Educating others about the negative effects of hazing and living our values by not hazing is a top priority in our chapter! Thanks! Sigma Kappa Sorority, Theta Chapter University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign What do babies, minions, Zac Efron and Emma Stone have in common? Read about the “9 Reasons Why New Members Aren’t Babies” and find out! We promise, you won’t regret it! #HornedFrogsDontHaze #NHPW13 Texas Christian University Panhellenic Council
Real sisterhood can survive any conflict, no matter how big, because sisterhood is “love, the greatest of all things.” @UE_ZTA @ZTAFraternity
Zeta Alpha University of Evansville
Happy Founders’ Day to ZTA! So thankful that this organization was founded 115 years ago today—it has allowed me to make new friends, grow as a leader, and to make a difference through service.
Zara Black Agnew Theta Omicron Baylor University
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Collegiate Member Profile
Not your ordinary babysitting job Like many of her peers, Hillary Lipham (Delta Beta Chapter, Florida Southern College) has spent her summers in college babysitting. Unlike her friends, Hillary’s time wasn’t spent looking after neighborhood children. Instead, she cared for rhinoceroses. The past two summers, Hillary worked with The Rhino Orphanage in the Limpopo province of South Africa caring for the large, horned animals. “Often, when rhinos are poached, the poachers will leave the baby rhino,” explained Hillary. “There needed to be a place to take these rhinos, a proper place they could be taken care of, brought up and ultimately released back into the wild.” The Rhino Orphanage offered that place, becoming the first dedicated rhino orphanage in South Africa.
Hillary Lipham Delta Beta Florida Southern College animal advocate
Hillary’s love for animals started at a young age. “I have always been passionate about animals. I used to play with stuffed animals instead of Barbies,” she said. As passion grew, she quickly realized she wanted to make a career saving animals. Her experience with The Rhino Orphanage began as soon as she landed in South Africa in 2012. She was immediately taken to an animal hospital where a rhino nicknamed Stinker was recovering from a broken leg. Like any infant, rhinos need extra care and attention. Hillary’s daily tasks at the orphanage included feeding Stinker every few hours, giving him medicine, cleaning his enclosure, playing with him and even taking him on walks. “It is like having a baby—a really big one,” Hillary said. The unforgettable connection she made with Stinker in that first year was a lasting one. When Hillary returned to the orphanage to volunteer a year later, the young rhino remembered her and was immediately comfortable in her presence. Usually, volunteers have to be reintroduced slowly over several weeks before trust is regained. That special connection is just one of the many reasons Hillary hopes to work long-term in wildlife rehabilitation and caregiving. For now, as she finishes her studies, her main goal is to spread awareness. Hillary’s passion for animals, specifically rhinos, is contagious. She continually informs her ZTA sisters and the entire Florida Southern campus about her experience and the importance of animal orphanages through informational sessions hosted by the biology department. She even gives presentations at ZTA chapter meetings, although most have already heard her unforgettable stories. “Whenever my sisters think of rhinos, they think of me,” Hillary said. And she hopes they always do.
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Collegiate News Alpha Phi Northwestern University Alpha Phi Chapter implemented a new philanthropy event as part of its Think Pink® Week. ZTAte Fair was a late-night fair held on campus with games and state fair foods, like cotton candy and popcorn. The chapter made it an interfraternal affair by pairing with Sigma Lambda Gamma sorority to promote the event.
Omicron Brenau University The chapter jumped and jived at a 1950s themed game-hop sisterhood. Sisters jumped between different board game stations for friendly competition where new members had the chance to meet sisters. It was a great way for everyone to have fun together. Upsilon University of California, Berkeley This chapter serves those within and without its circle by volunteering at a YMCA teen center. Sisters tutor and mentor underprivileged youth who are first-generation, college-bound students. Member Jasmin Patel even received the tutor of the year award for her work with the program. Alpha Mu Washburn University It is said there is strength in numbers. This fall, Alpha Mu Chapter joined two others—Sigma Chapter (Baker University) and Lawrence, KS Alumnae Chapter—for a powerful Links Membership Enrichment Program. Stations were set up for each Link, and the collegians were able to learn from alumnae about
transitioning after college, wellness and leadership. The day ended with a Founders’ Day ceremony. Alpha Upsilon Oklahoma State University Alpha Upsilon Chapter prepared its members to ace the interview process. The chapter teamed up with Bank of Oklahoma for a seminar entitled “Selling Greek” that taught members how to promote their ZTA experiences to potential employers. For another program, the chapter brought in a university police officer to teach how to be safe in different dangerous situations.
Pink up the Pace. The 5K race had two courses that weaved through campus with stations along the way hosting breast cancer education, games and entertainment.
Beta Iota Centenary College of Louisiana The chapter recently hosted a girls’ spa day at a local retirement home in Shreveport. Throughout the afternoon, members spent time with the residents doing their hair, makeup and nails. It was the perfect opportunity to have fun and give back to the community.
Beta Upsilon Kansas State University Beta Upsilon Chapter prides itself on academic success and created three new incentives to help members achieve. The programs reward the women for good grades, doing extra study hours and meeting with their professors. Another program assists sisters in improving study habits and promotes self-accountability.
Beta Nu New Mexico State University Beta Nu Chapter got people moving with a new philanthropy event called
Beta Psi Stetson University Who needs ice cream when you have yogurt? Beta Psi Chapter scooped Winter 2014 · 7
Collegiate News Delta Theta Ohio Northern University Delta Theta Chapter knows the strength of girl power. The sisters participated in a Habitat for Humanity event called “Women Build.” The volunteers—all female— built a new house with pink wood to get them in the spirit for the upcoming Race for the Cure®.
up delicious and healthy treats at a yogurt bar sisterhood event, complete with a variety of toppings. It was a healthy and delicious way to collect Yoplait® lids! Beta Omega Union University Links Membership Enrichment programs have been a highlight of the year so far for Beta Omega Chapter. One workshop focused on proper email etiquette, which can be used when corresponding with professors, potential employers, chapter members and others. Another provided tips on interview preparation. Gamma Beta Washington College It’s a celebration! During its 75th anniversary weekend, Gamma Beta Chapter alumnae returned to campus for house tours, a reception and a presentation to celebrate ZTA sisterhood at Washington College. The chapter also celebrated receiving the Loving Cup, an award given by the college to the sorority with the highest GPA. 8 · Themis
Gamma Zeta Mississippi State University To get to know temporary Big Sisters after Bid Day, Gamma Zeta Chapter played a “Whose Big Is It Anyway?” game show. New members were read facts about the sisters and had the chance to guess who was behind the curtain. It was a fun and informative way to help new members learn about their sisters. Gamma Kappa James Madison University Gamma Kappa Chapter is taking charge and having fun while doing it! The chapter hosted a Zumba class for students and community members. Admission was $5 (to be donated to the ZTA Foundation) or five email addresses to sign up for www.takechargethinkpink.com! Delta Gamma High Point University These sisters are blooming with pride after the success of their inaugural Seeds for Hope event. The chapter sold pink flowers that could be purchased in honor of a loved one affected by breast cancer. The flowers
were then planted on campus in the in the shape of a ribbon.
Delta Eta West Texas A&M University The women of Delta Eta Chapter revamped their Pink Week this year by hosting different daily activities, including a cotton-candy booth, photo booth with pink props and a Yoplait® yogurt eating contest. At their Pink Out football game, Zetas even honored survivors with ribbons and a recognition halftime ceremony. Zeta Lambda Rider University Zeta Lambda Chapter worked to strike out breast cancer. The sisters teamed up with the New York Mets
Collegiate News Major League Baseball team for a Think Pink® night at Citi Field, handing out thousands of ribbons and informational materials. Zeta Psi Jacksonville State University Zeta Psi Chapter stretched its Think Pink® Week by adding a Yogurt and Yoga event for all sorority women on campus. Admission was two Yoplait® lids, and after yoga, the women enjoyed a Yoplait yogurt bar with many flavors and toppings! Eta Beta Duquesne University Eta Beta Chapter members look pretty in pink. They held a Pretty in Pink Brunch on Duquesne’s campus for family, friends and alumnae. Throughout the event, they were able to spread breast cancer awareness and raffle off items to raise money for the ZTA Foundation. Eta Phi Illinois State University Chapter members are leaving a leadership legacy through a new
mentorship program. Executive Committee members mentor sisters interested in their position with one-on-one meetings and shadowing opportunities. It is a great opportunity for members to get a taste of leadership positions in the chapter. Theta Eta Stephen F. Austin State University Each chapter member showed her creative side by decorating her chair for chapter meetings. Now, each week, the decorated chairs are set up in a random order for chapter meeting seating. The project not only gave everyone a creative outlet, it gives them the chance to sit by a different sister at each meeting. Theta Omicron Baylor University Theta Omicron Chapter got things clicking with #ZetaTauTuesday on social media. Members are encouraged to use the hashtag to share favorite memories and photos with their sisters. It is a great way to get chapter members excited, and it serves as a great recruitment tool!
Theta Tau The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill As a way to inform members of the many ways to get involved on campus, Theta Tau Chapter held an activities fair for the chapter. Sisters involved in groups on campus set up presentations and booths to share information and answer questions about getting involved.
Iota Eta University of Nevada, Las Vegas This fall, the women of Iota Eta Chapter hosted their 4th annual Yoplait® yogurt eating contest. Participants from numerous fraternities, sororities and other campus groups helped the chapter
Eta Zeta Elon University Each month, Eta Zeta Chapter hosts Sisterhood Suppers to encourage members to spend time with sisters from outside of their new member class. This fall, a special supper was held to welcome back those women who had studied abroad in the spring and summer, complete with the members’ favorite foods!
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Collegiate News Iota Omega University of Maryland October had Iota Omega Chapter and the University of Maryland seeing pink! The Zetas “painted” UMD pink by tying ribbons around benches, trees and lamp posts around campus; shining pink lights on the fraternity/ sorority houses; and decorating sidewalks. A special flower ceremony to honor survivors and an educational video also helped raise awareness.
raise breast cancer awareness and collect lids for the Save Lids to Save Lives® program. A local radio deejay even hosted the event to help get students hyped. Iota Omicron Lander University Iota Omicron Chapter was thinking pink in a number of ways this fall. On top of hosting its own events, chapter members volunteered at a local hospital’s Pretty in Pink fundraiser. Sisters helped set up the ballroom, greet guests, assist the photographer and prepare a raffle.
Kappa Sigma University of South Florida The chapter kicked off October with a bang by attending a “Good Morning 10 · Themis
America” taping in Tampa. The show “went pink” Oct. 1 and sisters in four cities around the country were on hand to help! Kappa Sigma Chapter handed out ribbons and met with survivors on the show. Kappa Psi Kutztown University Kappa Psi Chapter strengthened its Panhellenic sisterhood through a “secret sister” program with Phi Sigma Sigma sorority. Similar to a pen pal program, sisters wrote fun facts about themselves and exchanged goodies with a secret sister. At the end of the week, the secret was revealed. Kappa Omega Saint Louis University In hopes of spreading cheer and positivity at Saint Louis University, Kappa Omega Chapter implemented a One Good Deed a Week program. Sisters participated in activities like handing out pink balloons; posting encouraging notes on doors, windows and mirrors across campus; and recycling. They found out that even the smallest things can have an impact on campus.
Lambda Alpha Sacred Heart University Lambda Alpha Chapter serves as a ring leader of breast cancer awareness in its community. The chapter hosted a Think Pink® Carnival with booths and games like corn hole, lucky duck and bucket ball. In the first year of the event, the carnival raised more than $1,000 for the ZTA Foundation. Lambda Beta University of Rhode Island Lambda Beta Chapter is sweet for academics. This fall, the chapter was tied for the highest GPA among fraternity/sorority organizations at URI and recently held a Pi party with plenty of delicious pies to celebrate members with a 3.14 GPA or higher.
Alumna Member Profile
A “Worldwide Leader in Sports” When asked to share a funny story about her job, Kristen Balboni will tell you about the time she invited wrestler and actor Hulk Hogan to share a pizza with her. She might also tell you about the “Gangham Style” song and dance parody she filmed with her bosses. It is all just another day in the life of working at ESPN.
Photo credit: Amanda DeCastro/ESPN
Kristen Balboni Theta Tau The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill production researcher at ESPN
Since graduating two years ago, the Theta Tau Chapter (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) alumna has worked in the stats and information department of ESPN, mainly as a production researcher for “Mike & Mike,” a sports-talk radio show that is also simulcast on television. Her job includes providing sports information and statistics to the on-air talent before and during shows and researching story ideas. She even hosts her own segment on “Mike and Mike” called “Next Question” where fans can call in and inquire about a range of sports topics. “The great thing is that what we are here to do is a dream job. It has certainly been my dream job,” Kristen said. “We just go in there and talk about sports for hours. It’s unscripted and a lot of the time, it’s like a mini party.” As the only daughter of, as she calls him, a “sports nut,” Kristen has always had a passion for sports. That passion and desire to break into the television industry lead her to an internship with ESPN in the same department in which she now works fulltime. But don’t think the internship or job are a fit for the average sports fan. “Being on-air talent and a researcher are easily two of the toughest jobs to get at ESPN,” said Amanda Leonard Anderson (Iota Omega Chapter, University of Maryland), Kristen’s friend and fellow ESPN employee. “To be a researcher, you have to take a long and grueling sports knowledge test. You have to be on top of stats, sports history and up-to-the minute on all of the latest news and action going on around all the professional and college leagues.” It is true, Kristen’s job is demanding. The show airs four hours each day, and the entire time, she has to able to find information and statistics at the drop of a hat. Each piece of information she supplies impacts the level of trust her coworkers have in her. “Mike and Mike have been doing this show for 14 years. If I give them information, they need to be able take my word for it, no questions asked. I work to make sure I am always double-checking my information, validating their trust,” she said. At the end of a busy day and sharing pizza with the special guests, the thing Kristen loves most about her job is the people. Like ZTA was for her in college, ESPN and her co-workers have become her home away from home. “They are like a little family to me,” Kristen said. “The coolest thing—and there a lot of cool things—is the people I work with. They allow me to talk sports every day and laugh while I am doing it.” Winter 2014 · 11
Alumnae News North Orange County California In remembrance of 9/11, the chapter honored first responders by assembling First Responder Kits to donate to the California Army National Guard Armory and Team Rubicon, a disaster relief group. Northwest Alabama Alabama A Founders’ Day celebration is a collaborative tradition for the Northwest Alabama alumnae and Eta Rho Chapter (The University of North Alabama). The collegiate and alumnae Zetas enjoyed the Founders’ Day Service followed by a night of s’mores and sisterhood by the Tennessee River. Northern Arizona Arizona Breast cancer education and awareness is important for the Northern Arizona Chapter. This fall, chapter members attended the Yavapai Indian Nation Health Fair to distribute pink ribbons and breast cancer information to members of the Yavapai-Prescott tribe.
Greater Hartford Connecticut One sister’s trash is another’s treasure as the chapter held a meeting where members could bring items they no longer wanted and exchanged them with other members. All of the unclaimed items were then donated to a local church’s yard sale fundraiser. Washington, D.C. District of Columbia The chapter had a busy start to the year with a Founders’ Day Brunch and distributing ribbons at both a D.C. United soccer game and Washington Redskins football game. To keep up with its busy calendar, the chapter created magnets with the upcoming schedule of events. It is a great new way to make sure everyone keeps ZTA at the front of their minds—and refrigerators.
Gwinnett County Georgia The chapter prides itself on strong alumnae-collegiate relations with local collegiate ZTA chapters. In fact, members attended the Initiation Services at three chapters in Georgia and wrote welcome letters to give to the newest sisters of Omicron Chapter (Brenau University). Valdosta Georgia With the growing popularity of social media, the chapter used its Twitter and Instagram accounts to highlight and share chapter activities. One of the many activities posted about was the women’s recent fundraiser for the ZTA Foundation, a Think Pink® trunk show featuring items from a local boutique. Bloomington-Normal Illinois Similar to the idea in the “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” books, the Bloomington-Normal Zetas participated in the Illinois ZTA Tablecloth Tour. ZTA alumnae chapters throughout Illinois sent one another special pink ribbon
Northwest Florida Florida This chapter is shining bright with its yearlong “Bling It On with ZTA” theme. At each chapter event throughout the year, members will receive beads to add to bracelets given to them during the chapter kickoff tea. The member with the most beads at the end of the year will win a ZTA charm!
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Alumnae News Indianapolis Indiana This fall, the Indianapolis Association started a new Guide to Alumnae Life, or Gal Pal, program with Lambda Epsilon Chapter (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis). Alumnae are paired with a collegiate senior to mentor and usher into the alumnae world. Gal Pal pairs meet frequently one-on-one, and once a semester, everyone gathers for a large Gal Pal event. tablecloths—handmade by an alumna—to be used at each of their Race for the Cure® survivor tents. It was a small way to share ZTA spirit across the state! City of Chicago Illinois These sisters are full of spirit, and they showed it at their cheer station during the Susan G. Komen® 3-Day event. On the last section of the 60mile course, members handed out candy, painted the sidewalk with encouraging phrases and cheered for walkers as they finished the race. Lafayette Indiana Show and Tell is an elementary school favorite, but these chapter members used the activity as a unique way to introduce themselves to Alpha Theta Chapter (Purdue University). At a joint alumnae-collegiate chapter gathering, each alumna brought something from her college days that demonstrated how ZTA impacted her college experience and beyond.
Northshore Louisiana You could say pink is this chapter’s favorite color. The chapter kept busy during October by helping Pink Out a local high school football game and the New Orleans Saints “A Crucial Catch” game. It also co-hosted “Pink Out on the Patio” with a local restaurant to honor breast cancer survivors. Baltimore Maryland Baltimore Zetas recently gathered for a Book Swap event where each sister brought a few of her own books to swap with other sisters. At the end of the night, any unclaimed books were donated to the Baltimore library. Greater Grand Rapids Michigan Crown Connections groups help many alumnae chapters tailor events to members. The Greater Grand Rapids Chapter is no exception. The chapter’s newest groups allow members to enjoy dinners on Lake Michigan, nature hikes, yoga classes, and trips to art festivals and museums.
Greater Lansing Michigan The chapter planted the seeds for another successful fundraiser. This fall, it sold pink daffodil bulbs to friends and family as well as at a local farmer’s market. While at the market, chapter members also distributed pink ribbons and breast cancer awareness information to shoppers. St. Louis Missouri 2013 marked the 15th anniversary of Race for the Cure® in St. Louis, and the alumnae chapter’s 15th year of involvement with the race! To celebrate, chapter members honored survivors at the event by serving breakfast in the survivor’s tent.
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Alumnae News Southern Nevada Nevada Every day is the perfect day to celebrate ZTA sisterhood. Southern Nevada Zetas hold sisterhood events each month, including attending plays and movies, bowling, and eating at popular restaurants around Las Vegas. They even hosted a special Founders’ Day picnic at a local park.
Hickory-Morganton North Carolina Honoring survivors is a big part of ZTA’s breast cancer education and awareness programming. In October, Hickory-Morganton Chapter held a Cheers for Think Pink® event where members made cards with inspirational messages to deliver to local cancer treatment centers. Lake Norman North Carolina To promote wellness, the chapter is hosting a year-long Zeta Tau Awareness program. Each month, members wear a ribbon or particular color to spread awareness for causes like diabetes, cancer and autism. On Facebook, the chapter also provides resources for members to learn more about each cause. Cincinnati Crown Ohio Service is important to Cincinnati Crown Chapter. For breast cancer education and awareness, it partnered with the local Susan G. Komen® affiliate to hand out ribbons, health tips and T-shirts at two Cincinnati Reds baseball games. The chapter’s book club also collected books to donate to Crayons to 14 · Themis
Computers, a service that provides resources for local students in need. Lancaster Pennsylvania Who doesn’t love a good barbeque? Members of the Lancaster Chapter helped set a record for the “Guinness Book of World Records” for the largest one-day chicken barbeque with an organization that helps those with hearing loss. The women helped serve more than 25,000 dinners!
Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania ZTA partners with the NFL “A Crucial Catch” program to spread breast cancer awareness to fans at football games. This year, the Lehigh Valley alumnae educated fans all over the area! Members helped Pink Out a local restaurant and celebrated
Breast Cancer Awareness Month with fans there to watch the Eagles vs. Cowboys game. The restaurant donated a percentage of food sales to the ZTA Foundation and members hosted raffles and sold T-shirts. Grand Strand South Carolina Members combined two of their favorite things this fall: shopping and service. The chapter held a Thirty-One party with 25 percent of proceeds donated to the ZTA Foundation. Community members were encouraged to attend and shop for bags, purses and accessories. Spartanburg South Carolina To help build membership, the chapter hosted a meet and greet for Zetas new to the Spartanburg area, allowing them to meet one another and learn about the alumnae chapter. As one of its first service events, the chapter also held a Think Pink® party at a retirement community with pink snacks and crafts. Dallas Area Night Texas Sisters laced up their sneakers in preparation for Race for the Cure®.
Alumnae News Prior to race day, sisters visited a local running store for a private seminar with tips for training and injury prevention. On the morning of the race, chapter members worked the survivor tent distributing pink hats and back signs to participants. Thirty members even formed a team and competed in the race.
Collin County Texas October is National Work and Family Month, a time dedicated to encourage a healthy work environment. To help celebrate, the chapter volunteered at Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s fall festival to hand out ribbons and sign employees up for Take Charge. Think Pink.®
Denton Texas Zetas are smart and this chapter wants to reward hardworking sisters. The chapter honored Gamma Phi Chapter (University of North Texas) members with a 3.5 GPA or higher with dinner at a favorite local Mexican restaurant. It is one of the chapter’s favorite traditions.
Northern Virginia Virginia This chapter is going back to its roots with a new theme: Back to ZTA. This theme has guided the chapter’s activities, which included a tour through Old Town Alexandria and assisting Theta Chi Chapter (George Mason University) during recruitment.
Houston Association Texas Have you ever wanted the inside scoop on local restaurants, food trends and festivals in your area? The Houston Association held a program hosted by Taylor Byrne Dodge, associate publisher for My Table, Houston’s dining magazine. She shared information about food trends and top restaurants around the city.
Western Fairfax Virginia This chapter took a walk through history by way of the kitchen. Members got together for “Hoecakes & Hospitality: Cooking with Martha Washington” where they got a behind-the-scenes look at the first lady’s kitchen and watched a cooking demonstration.
NASA – Brazoria Texas This year is “The Year of ZTA” for the chapter. Each event has a catchy name whose initial letter will help spell out “Zeta Tau Alpha” on the calendar at the end of the year. The chapter activities are also putting extra emphasis on local service and social activities.
Zetas Abroad ZTA sisterhood spans the globe, and the Zetas Abroad Alumnae Chapter is proving it. The chapter has grown tremendously over the last decade. One of the ways it has done this is by reaching out to sisters completing graduate studies and studying abroad.
Chattanooga Tennessee The chapter hosted a Survivor Café at Race for the Cure® for survivors to rest, snack and rejuvenate. Breast cancer survivor Lori Allen from the television show “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta” was on hand to greet women and sign autographs while Zetas passed out goody bags and ribbons. Winter 2014 · 15
ZTA development continues to By Becky Koltonski, Delta Delta Coordinator of Education & Leadership Initiatives
158 collegiate chapters at the time of the survey administration.
When asked how Zeta Tau Alpha affected her personal development in college, 2013 graduate Megan Walsh (Iota Alpha Chapter, Robert Morris University) answered, “I became a new me, a better me—more confident, better people and time management skills, and a leader among my peers.”
Assessment of student learning and development is an organizational priority for ZTA, surveying its members in 2009, 2011 and 2013. The results show that over the past four years, undergraduate development continues to rise.
Megan joined ZTA in fall 2009, when the Fraternity first administered its national survey on student learning and development. Last spring, ZTA surveyed its collegiate membership for the third time using the University Learning Outcomes Assessment (UniLOA). The survey, which measures seven areas of development as well as satisfaction with the ZTA experience, showed that membership has enhanced the growth of collegiate Zetas like Megan. Approximately 13,500 Zetas completed the survey in spring 2013. These responses represent 80 percent of the current undergraduate membership and 100 percent of our
SIGNIFICANT GROWTH AREAS The second part of the assessment surveyed the member experience and satisfaction with ZTA programming. All of these areas have increased by three percent or more since 2009, indicating significant growth areas.
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Comparing the development of the same group of students over time— those who were freshman in fall 2009 when first surveyed and seniors in spring 2013 during the latest survey administration—the data shows significant growth in all seven developmental areas. “These results are something to celebrate,” Dr. Will Barratt, one of the creators of UniLOA and professor at Indiana State University said. “We usually see results vary or decrease toward the mean, rather than continue to improve.” The consistent growth over four years shows the Fraternity is making strides to increase the development of its members. We have seen steady
LIKELIHOOD OF BECOMING INVOLVED AS ZTA ALUMNAE
growth occur not only within the seven standard UniLOA areas, but also in the areas related specifically to the ZTA experience and members’ satisfaction with our programing. “It is part of our organizational mission to ‘make a difference in the lives of our members,’ and this assessment shows how well we are doing just that,” said ZTA National President Keeley McDonald Riddle. “It is important for us to be able to show the impact of ZTA membership and how the experience adds value to one’s life and prepares her for the workforce and beyond. Significant areas of growth include understanding ZTA core values and risk management policies. These results reflect the power of new programming in those areas that have taken root since 2009—My Sister, My Responsibility and Today & Forever: Living Our Values. Alumnae-collegiate relationships and engagement have also influenced significant growth in the desire to become involved alumnae. More undergraduate members than ever
HAVING AT LEAST ONE ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBERSHIP OUTSIDE OF ZTA
soar in assessment say they intend to join an alumnae chapter and attend alumnae events upon graduation. This winter, collegiate officers and advisors will again receive detailed reports of individual chapter progress in the seven developmental areas, satisfaction and intended outcomes. Chapter Presidents will be charged with creating a plan of action to improve their members’ experience. Goal setting and actionplanning resources will be provided to guide their work. Ideas for how to improve specific areas will also be posted on the ZTA Pinterest page. “These plans of action are important pieces of the Fraternity’s assessment and development strategies,” Mrs. Riddle said. “Now that chapters have three sets of data to compare when setting goals, the plans to achieve them will be better tailored to suit specific chapter needs and promote member growth.” These strengthened plans of actions will allow us to develop more women like Megan who have been positively affected by their ZTA experience.
UNDERSTANDING ZTA NATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT POLICIES
SEVEN AREAS OF DEVELOPMENT These areas are regarded as the “most critical” by employers, academics, managers and researchers, and are closely tied to the mission of ZTA.
CITIZENSHIP Understanding of one’s membership in a variety of “groups” and commitment to being an active part of those groups 66.86%
CRITICAL THINKING Active process of evaluating, analyzing, assessing, interpreting, questioning and problem-solving
DIVERSITY Understanding and appreciation of “differences”
MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP
Understanding how you fit into your surroundings, expression and reflection
Understanding of the relationships developed in formal and informal groups and organizations
Effectiveness of communicating through forms like speaking, writing or other nonverbal cues
Connecting with others and interacting in social, professional, personal or other settings
UNDERSTANDING ZTA CORE VALUES
FEELING A PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE WELL-BEING OF ZTA SISTERS NEW QUESTION THIS YEAR
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ARIZONA Crowning Achievements April 5 Prescott Valley, AZ Stone Ridge Golf Club
GEORGIA ZTA State of Mind March 1 Athens, GA The Classic Center
ILLINOIS, IOWA & WISCONSIN How Sweet It is To Be a Zeta April 5 Glen Ellyn, IL Abbington Banquets
Thirty-one states/regions. Thirty-one wonderful opportunities to honor ZTA sisterhood! All over the country and even across the pond, Zeta Day celebrations allow us to gather with nearby sisters and share the Zeta Love! From special guest speakers—think ZTA National Officers and other honored guests—to chapter award presentations, from great food to ZTA songs, Zeta Day offers something for everyone. Below, you will find the locations, dates and themes for Zeta Day 2014. For contact information for each event, visit the Sisters Only site at www.zetataualpha.org or contact your local collegiate or alumnae chapter. We hope to see you at Zeta Day 2014! Were you initiated in 1988, 1989, 1964 or 1939? At Zeta Days this year, we will recognize our 25year members in addition to our 50- and 75-year members. To provide us your information, complete the survey at tinyurl.com/ZTArecognition. *dates and information as of Dec. 20, 2013.
ALABAMA & MISSISSIPPI Sisters, Stars and Stripes Feb. 22 Hunstville, AL Davidson Center for Space Exploration 18 · Themis
ARKANSAS & OKLAHOMA Shine Bright Like a Zeta Feb. 8 Tulsa, OK Doubletree Downtown Tulsa
INDIANA ZTA – Today & Forever March 29 — Evansville, IN University of Evansville, Carson Center Meeks Family Court
INTERNATIONAL Everything’s Bloomin’ ZTA April 12 Rochester, NY Mario’s
CANADA Canada Zeta Day April 12 Winnipeg, Manitoba Aalto’s Canad Inn Garden Cafe
KENTUCKY Oh, The Places You’ll Go March 22 Louisville, KY University of Louisville, University Club
COLORADO Zeta Tau Alpha: Notable Women April 5 Longmont, CO Longmont Convention Center
FLORIDA Sun, Sand & Sisterhood March 22 Daytona Beach Shores, FL The Shores Resort & Spa
LOUISIANA A ZTA State of Mind Feb. 8 Natchitoches, LA Natchitoches Event Center
MARYLAND & WASHINGTON, D.C. ZLAM! April 5 Towson, MD Towson University
MICHIGAN ZTA Rewind March 22 Ann Arbor, MI Weber’s Restaurant & Boutique Hotel
MINNESOTA Minnesota Zeta Day April 12 Medina, MN Medina Country Club
MISSOURI & KANSAS The Art of ZTA Sisterhood April 5 — St. Louis, MO Saint Louis University, Busch Student Center
NEBRASKA Country Club ZTA April 12 Lincoln, NE Country Club of Lincoln
NEW ENGLAND Breakfast at Tiffany’s April 5 North Kingstown, RI Quidnessett Country Club
NEW JERSEY & NEW YORK Shine Bright Like a Zeta March 29 Newark, NJ Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott
NEW MEXICO Lights, Camera, ZTA! Feb. 22 Portales, NM Historical Yam Theatre
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA A Royal Affair April 12 Long Beach, CA The Grand Long Beach Event Center
NORTH CAROLINA Zetas in the Winner’s Circle Feb. 22 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Convention Center
TENNESSEE Nine Founders, One Dream April 12 Martin, TN Boling University Center at UT-Martin
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Sail Away with ZTA April 26 Berkeley, CA International House
TEXAS ZTA—Always HOT in TEXAS! Feb. 7 El Paso, TX El Paso Marriott
OHIO Zetas in Wonderland March 29 Cincinnati, OH Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront
PENNSYLVANIA & WEST VIRGINIA Strong as Steel April 5 Bethlehem, PA Lehigh University, Stabler Arena
SOUTH CAROLINA It’s Smooth Sailing When You’re a Zeta Tau Alpha Feb. 8 — Charleston, SC Charleston Music Hall
UTAH Zeta Is Forever April 12 Sandy, UT
VIRGINIA Stars & Stripes and ZTA Forever March 29 Newport News, VA Marriott Newport News at City Center
WASHINGTON & OREGON How Sweet It is To Be a Zeta April 26 Seattle, WA The Westin Seattle Winter 2014 · 19
Your overall wellness: GRAB THE WHEEL
By Ashley Martin Editor
wellness being met through the combination of physical activity and good eating habits.
Lose weight. Sign up for yoga classes. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Sound familiar? Were any of these, or similar items, on your New Year’s resolution list this year?
Katy Meassick (Kappa Sigma Chapter, University of South Florida), knows all about both diet and exercise. She has worked as an athletic trainer and now is the dietician for Arizona State University athletics. In her job, she works with student-athletes to fuel their bodies for peak physical performance.
2014 is here and that means new health and fitness goals for many people. In fact, John C. Norcess, Ph.D., author of “Changeology,” has found that roughly one-third of those making New Year’s resolutions vow to lose weight, with 15 percent planning to begin exercise programs. Yes, diet and exercise are what most people think when they hear the words “health” or “wellness,” but there is so much more to one’s overall well-being. In reality, wellness can actually be divided into six main dimensions: physical, social, emotional, spiritual, intellectual and occupational. The third-year link in ZTA’s Links Membership Enrichment Program focuses on wellness and includes a workshop that highlights each of these dimensions. The activity challenges us to think of each as a different spoke on a wheel—the Wellness Wheel—that moves you through life. On the Wellness Wheel, you can see how, together, these wellness dimensions create a holistic model for how to create a path toward optimal living. Because each spoke is interconnected, one broken or weak spoke can derail your entire path, or in the very least, cause quite the bumpy ride. Finding balance within each dimension and in them as a whole is critical to overall well-being. This new year, we challenge you to reflect on each area and strive to become the best, happiest version of yourself. After all, that is the mission and purpose of Zeta Tau Alpha in a nutshell.
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The same way she plans different meals for different types of athletes based on gender, age, activity level and the kind of physical activities performed, one of Katy’s top tips for anyone looking to improve their physical dimension is to create individualized diet and exercise plans. This includes finding more personalization than just following fad diets or exercise regimens spelled out in magazines. No exact plan is one-size-fits-all. “Investing in a one-time counseling session with a dietician is a great way to start,” Katy said. “Many physicians even have a dietician they work with to help counsel patients. They will help you look at the whole picture of your health, the changes you need or would like to make, and the small steps you can take to get there.” The key to any healthy diet or exercise plan is to start off with a small goal and gradually add in action steps. “When it comes to diet and exercise, we tend to go all or nothing,” Katy said. “Then, as soon as we fall off the wagon, we often just give up. It’s important to make small goals that we can snowball into lasting change.” Looking to hit the gym more often? Instead of going for an hour, five days a week, start out with 20 to 30 minutes of exercise two or three days a week. It’s easier to work up from there.
When it comes to social wellness, think of it as your sisterhood dimension. It includes building strong relationships with others and making positive contributions to your community.
Wellness Feature “Human beings are social creatures, and we need to be in relationships with one another in order to maintain good mental health,” said Ashleigh Kappos Woods (Zeta Alpha Chapter, University of Evansville), a licensed clinical psychologist. Surrounding yourself with people who make you feel good about yourself is an important part of any wellness plan. Research proves self-confidence lends itself to happiness and that having a support system can lead to added strength in each of the other wellness dimensions. Leslie Dutton (Psi Chapter, University of Washington) has seen this be true, especially in relation to the physical dimension. She works as a recruiter for MyFitnessPal, a popular app that lets you track your diet and exercise each day on your way to a specified weight loss or maintenance goal. A main component of MyFitnessPal is the ability to build an online community of friends who can share their daily food and exercise journals, words of inspiration, and more with one another.
wellness. One of the main components of the program is on how to identify your own coping mechanisms and make changes to those that are ineffective. “Coping mechanisms can be tough to identify because we’ve been using them for so long. Sometimes they feel like who we are,” said Ross Szabo, the author of the book “Behind Happy Faces” and CAMPUSPEAK speaker. His tips for identifying how you cope include paying attention to what you do when you are stressed or experiencing loss or rejection, like with a death or breakup. Write down all of the ways you handle those scenarios in order to better understand your thoughts and behaviors. When you recognize ineffective mechanisms, take small steps toward replacing it with a healthier alternative. It is important to remain patient while implementing these behavioral changes. Most ineffective coping mechanisms develop between the ages of 12 and 24 and can have a lasting impact on the rest of our lives.
“There is a direct correlation between the number of friends our users have and the number of pounds lost,” Leslie said. “The larger the community you have on MyFitnessPal, the more likely you are to lose weight with us.” With diet and exercise, sharing your goals and having workout or grocery shopping buddies can help keep you on the right path through support and accountability.
Like social wellness, the emotional dimension falls in the range of mental health as it deals with the awareness and acceptance of one’s feelings. It includes the capacity to manage feelings and behaviors, assessing personal strengths and weaknesses, maintaining relationships with others, expressing oneself, coping with stress, and more. “When I think of ‘good’ mental health, balance is key—balance between yourself and others,” Ashleigh said. Having an objective, non-judgmental listener, whether a friend, family member or professional can help you reach the core of emotional wellness. Later this year, ZTA will be launching a new mental health program for collegiate members, Behind Happy Faces. Through this educational piece, members will obtain a better understanding of the key tenets of emotional Winter 2014 · 21
Wellness Feature Spiritual Wellness
The spiritual dimension of wellness recognizes our search for meaning and purpose in the world. It is all about creating harmony with yourself and those around you by allowing your actions to be guided by your personal beliefs and values—by your world view. This idea should not be foreign to us as Zetas. We ask the same of our members through The Creed of Zeta Tau Alpha and the idea of living our ritual. “Membership in ZTA seeks to create a lifelong commitment to the identification, exploration and reflection of personal and ZTA values,” explained ZTA’s Coordinator of Educational & Leadership Initiatives Becky
Koltonski. “Applying those values to everyday actions is important to developing integrity and well-being. It helps us to truly be noble in all of our endeavors and make effective change in our lives.” If you are looking for a way to develop your spiritual wellness, many of the activities in ZTA’s Today & Forever: Living Our Values program can help you identify your personal values as well as those people and life events that shape who you are as a person. Visit the Resources tab on the Sisters Only site to download Today & Forever programming.
Wellness Wheel Activity
Emotional Feeling positive and enthusiastic about ourselves and life
To obtain overall well-being, a person must focus on the six dimensions of wellness. In the ZTA Links Membership Enrichment Program, the third-year link focuses on wellness and discusses the idea of the Wellness Wheel. The wheel, broken into the six dimensions, represents the holistic approach to wellness and how each piece is needed for a healthy, happy life. Using the wheel, follow along with this activity from the Links program to discover how you can obtain optimal wellness. It’s also the perfect activity for your next collegiate or alumnae chapter meeting. Share new wellness tips with your sisters and maybe try a few of them together! Around the room, post six pieces of flipchart paper, each labeled with a different wellness dimension. (If doing this activity on your own, just grab six small sheets of paper). On each paper, write things you currently do that help you develop each dimension in your life. For example, for the social dimension, you could write that you truly listen to your friends and their needs instead of focusing on your own. Then, write new ideas you can try to become healthier. Discover which new ideas work best for you and develop goals to set them in motion. Remember, small, attainable goals that gradually lead into additional changes are best for long-term results. *The six dimensions of wellness were developed by Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder of the National Wellness Institute
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Recognizing and managing feelings Developing independence Maintaining satisfying relationships Coping with stress
Encouraging continued learning, problem-solving and creativity Improving verbal skills Showing interest in scientific discoveries Continuing interest in social and political issues Reading books, magazines and newspapers
Spiritual Seeking meaning and purpose in human existence Developing an appreciation and acceptance for things that can’t be understood Encouraging tolerance of different values and beliefs Participating in activities consistent with personal values
Wellness Feature Intellectual Wellness
Have you ever walked or driven home from work or school and not really remembered how you got there? That is because your monotonous routine and the same old views on your journey have bored your mind. Your intellectual wellness works the same way. If you are not stimulating and stretching your mind, you can find yourself in a rut. The idea behind intellectual wellness is that problemsolving, creativity, learning, and sharing knowledge and skills impact a person’s development and happiness. In other words, knowledge is power for your body and self.
Satisfaction with one’s life work is the centerpiece of the occupational dimension. In this area, a person’s unique skills and talents are used to create meaningful work that affects the community. The “do what you love; love what you do” mentality is critical to occupational wellness. And like the intellectual dimension, adding variety to what you do is important.
Say your passion is in finance and you have been lucky enough to land a job in that field. Despite your love for the job, sitting at a desk, plugging numbers all day can eventually grow tiring. Find ways to spice up your routine, brainstorm with colleagues and form relationships with clients. What can you do during your day to create a positive work environment?
Encouraging physical activity to improve cardio, endurance and strength Understanding and appreciating the relationship between nutrition and body performance Practicing self-care of body
Many of today’s top business and creative minds credit their success to opening their minds to new ideas and information. Doing the same for yourself is as easy as following a new blog or Twitter account—bonus points if it is one that expresses a viewpoint different from your own so you can learn “the other side”—or picking up a new magazine or book that you wouldn’t normally read. Testing out new hobbies is also key to intellectual wellbeing as it opens your mind to new experiences.
Social Working to improve the community (i.e. recycling, conservation and volunteerism) Developing healthy relationships and family harmony Supporting a healthy living environment Communicating openly with others
Kat Reed Evans (Alpha Upsilon Chapter, Oklahoma State University) is a career advisor at Baylor University. When talking with her students, she uses various personality tests to match a career with a major. One is the Gallup StrengthsFinder, which helps a person identify his or her top five strengths. Numerous other resources can be found online. “We look at career exploration from a holistic approach,” Kat said. “A career can be discovered by looking at what someone is good at or what impact they want to make in a certain industry. Your job or career has to be exciting and personally fulfilling to find the passion for what you do.”
Occupational Preparing for and participating in work that provides personal satisfaction Continuing development of occupational skills Finding balance between work and leisure activities Finding challenging and rewarding work
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June 25-29, 2014 | Los Angeles Airport Marriott
JOIN US AS WE PREMIERE EXCITING NEW ZTA PROGRAMMING!
Convention also includes: Innovative Leadership Programming Dynamic Alumnae Programming Outstanding Alumna Award Honor Ring and Crown Chapter Dinners Recognition Banquet/Silver Awards Initiation and Memorial Services Election of National Council
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The Zeta Tau Alpha Nominating Committee is preparing a slate of qualified nominees to serve as members of National Council for the 2014-2016 biennium. The committee invites all members to provide input for this process. The election will take place at Convention 2014 in Los Angeles.
The following offices compromise the slate: National President Vice President Collegiate I Vice President Collegiate II Vice President Collegiate III Vice President Alumnae I Vice President Alumnae II Secretary-Treasurer Extension Director National Panhellenic Conference Delegate
Nominees must possess the following qualifications: Belief in sisterhood and a commitment to ZTA’s heritage Talent as an effective administrator, as well as an effective motivator Critical thinking skills, including the ability to define problems, evaluate solutions, establish priorities and make decisions Availability to travel as needed, to communicate by phone and email daily, and to commit time to necessary office work
Each nomination should include: Explanation of why the candidate would be well-suited for the office Pertinent ZTA information such as: collegiate chapter; alumnae chapter; collegiate and alumnae chapter positions held, such as experience as an advisor, house corporation or association officer, Province President or District President Zeta Tau Alpha members who wish to submit names to the committee should send their nominations by Feb. 1, 2014, to:
Kelley Snow Harmon Nominating Committee Chairman 2803 Elizabeth Avenue, Fayetteville, AR 72703 email@example.com
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month If you turned on your television in October, you may have been tempted to adjust your screen—you were seeing a lot of pink. You may have also recognized the happy faces of many Zeta Tau Alpha sisters. To kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month, on the morning of Oct. 1, Zetas were up early to Think Pink® with “Good Morning America.” Collegiate and alumnae Zetas in New York City; Tampa, Fla.; Chicago; and South Bend, Ind. were on the popular television morning show as part of GMA’s pledge to “go pink” in October. The purpose of the special show was to “help engage, empower and educate Americans on the facts about breast cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment.” That sounds a lot like Zeta Tau Alpha’s philanthropic dedication to promote breast cancer education and awareness. It is part of the reason “Good Morning America” approached ZTA to assist with the show dedicated to honoring survivors and educating about the disease. Each of the four cities featured had its own special way to honor survivors. In New York City, Zetas were in the studio to meet the hosts and hold ZTA Think Pink® banners behind the show’s performers and features. In Tampa, pink beach balls were tossed throughout the crowd, and in Chicago, there was a balloon release. Volunteers in South Bend spent the majority of the morning meeting breast cancer survivors and distributing ribbons to those on the set and in the surrounding University of Notre Dame community.
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While millions were following along at home, the most memorable part for ZTA volunteers wasn’t being on television, but rather personally meeting others passionate about supporting breast cancer education and awareness. “We spent most of our time talking to survivors and spreading awareness to the community,” said Michiana, IN Alumnae Chapter member Patti Cords Levitte who was at the South Bend location. “We passed out a lot of pink ribbons and got to share the importance of the Save Lids to Save Lives® campaign.” Zetas also pinked out the small screen throughout October thanks to the ZTA Foundation’s continued partnership with the National Football League’s “A Crucial Catch” program. This year marked a monumental year of the partnership as ZTA and the NFL celebrated 15 years of teamwork and the distribution of the 5 millionth ribbon to NFL fans. At 28 stadiums across the country, almost 2,500 Zetas volunteered to spread breast cancer awareness to fans in attendance at games and to millions of others watching on television. “My favorite part of volunteering is seeing the huge number of fans wearing pink ribbons. Seeing all fans, no matter what team they cheer for, come together in the fight against breast cancer is amazing,” said District President XV-A Anna Tiffany, a ZTA volunteer with the Chicago Bears.
(Top) Tanya Snyder, 2010 Convention Initiate and wife of Washington Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder, and ZTA Foundation Vice President of Philanthropy Sherry Server Tilley celebrate ZTA’s 15 years of partnership with the NFL’s “A Crucial Catch” program at FedEx Field. (Bottom) Chicago area Zetas help “Good Morning America” Think Pink® to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
ZETA TAU ALPHA FOUNDATION Founders Grants The $9,000 Founders Grants are awarded to graduate students who exhibit outstanding leadership, exceptional academic achievement and financial need. Individuals who have been admitted to recognized university graduate programs are eligible for these grants. Alice Bland Coleman Founders Grant Endowed by Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation Katie Marie Moga, ΔΩ Westminster College Attending University of Pennsylvania for Masters in Social Policy and Practice Alice Grey Welsh Founders Grant Endowed by Beta Epsilon House Corporation Catherine Marie Stokely, ΘT The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Attending High Point University for Strategic Communication Della Lewis Hundley Founders Grant Endowed by Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation Lesley Anne Roddy, ZΓ Youngstown State University Attending North Eastern Ohio College of Medicine for Masters of Public Health Ethel Coleman Van Name Founders Grant Endowed by Beta Epsilon House Corporation Michelle Ann Blose, ZB Thiel College Attending Nova Southeastern University for Clinical Neuropsychology Frances Yancey Smith Founders Grant Endowed by Mary Elizabeth McGehee Joyce Dianne Turgeon Richardson, HΛ College of Charleston Attending University of Central Florida for Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Helen M. Crafford Founders Grant Endowed by Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation Rachael Ginn, ZΨ Jacksonville State University Attending Samford University for Pharmacy Mary Jones Batte Founders Grant Endowed by Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation Shannon Ruth Rossall, ΘΦ California State University, Fullerton Attending Brandman University for Organizational Leadership
Maud Jones Horner Founders Grant Endowed by Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation Eva Nichole Woodward, AY Oklahoma State University Attending Suffolk University for Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Ruby Leigh Orgain Founders Grant Endowed by Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation Brynn Margaret Huffman, HΞ Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Attending Johns Hopkins School of Nursing for Nursing
Endowed Scholarships Endowed scholarships are established with a gift of at least $35,000. These permanent scholarships, which may vary in amount, are often named in honor or in memory of a special Zeta. *Denotes a graduate student Agnes & Tom Gwin Scholarship Kelsy Christina Gray, AΞ Indiana University Alice McCann Mathews Scholarship Brittany Leigh Buck, ZΞ Georgia Southern University Anne West Bruning Scholarship Heather Lauren Hamm, Θ Bethany College Ashton Taylor Blackburn Memorial Scholarship Cara Mckenzie Martin, HP The University of North Alabama
Betty & William Woods Scholarship Samantha Marie Oliva, ZΛ Rider University Betty Hillix Foellinger Scholarship Chelsea-Catherine Cobb, BΩ Union University Caroline Leigh Morrell Memorial Scholarship Sarah Katherine Young, ΔM The University of Tennessee at Martin Carolyn Hendricks Hester Scholarship Emily Rose Turk, ΓΠ The University of Georgia Connie Coleman Cagle Memorial Scholarship Ansley Joy Plymale, HA Georgia Southwestern State University Dallas Alumnae Association Scholarship Rebecca Kay Smith, ΛΓ The University of Texas at San Antonio Delista Prewitt Scholarship Kelsey Linn Kelley, ΓM University of Nebraska at Omaha Dorothy Brown Barrett Scholarship Morgan Alyssa Davis, BΦ Michigan State University Dr. May Agness Hopkins Scholarship Rachel Adele Robillard, K The University of Texas at Austin
Atlanta Alumnae Scholarship Jessica Michelle Yardman, KX Shorter University
Elena DeVilliers Scholarship Zoe Nicole Kafkes, ΓA University of Miami
Barbara Shetzley Memorial Scholarship Kayla Marie Wilcox, AΘ Purdue University
Elaine Pierce Allison Memorial Scholarship Amanda Erin Jones, ΓT Texas Tech University
Barbara Wackenhutt Scholarship *Hannah Davis Drum, ΓΠ The University of Georgia
Founders of Alpha Upsilon Scholarship Katy Hannah Reese, AY Oklahoma State University
Beta Epsilon/Kay McKelvey Honorary Scholarship *Salena Roslin Soria, KΘ California State University, San Bernardino
Gamma Nu Scholarship Hollis Blair Erickson, ΓN University of Virginia
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Scholarship List Gamma Pi Chapter Scholarship in Memory of Diana Brooks Guest Nicole Samantha Waites, ΓΠ The University of Georgia Genevieve Van Strom Pitcock Scholarship *Alyssa Marie Martini, ΓΠ The University of Georgia Glenna Gundell Scholarship *Hillary Nicole Brady, ΛB University of Rhode Island Gregory Foundation Scholarship Chelsea Joanna Roby, KΣ University of South Florida Harriet & Carl Frische Scholarship Lynsie Ann Farrel, ΛI Vanderbilt University Helen W. Jenkins Scholarship Kathryn Alaine Hoover, ZΛ Rider University Hester South Memorial Scholarship Katie Blasingame, ΛE Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis Hester South Memorial Scholarship Casey Jean Fuller, HP The University of North Alabama Hester South Memorial Scholarship Jess Lynne Jordan, KΨ Kutztown University Hester South Memorial Scholarship Rebecca Nowyn McCune, IN Susquehanna University Hester South Memorial Scholarship Kelly Elizabeth McLees, IP East Carolina University Hester South Memorial Scholarship Elli Ann Mitchell, HP The University of North Alabama Hester South Memorial Scholarship Jamie Rae Parker, BN New Mexico State University Ivalee Ramaker Simmons Memorial Scholarship Bianca Marie Esquivel, HK University of Central Florida Joyce Barnhart Bee Memorial Scholarship Madison Marie Lamb, ΓT Texas Tech University
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Joyce Derden Carey Scholarship Rachel Elizabeth Reynolds, E University of Arkansas
Merle S. Rehkopf Memorial Scholarship *Caprice Angelina Cortez, AM Washburn University
Julia Marthaler Hill Scholarship Lauren Olivia Bishop, HP The University of North Alabama
MU Scholarship *Sara Louise Cochran, M Drury University
Kathleen Stroup Memorial Scholarship Alyssa Lee Andreis, BN New Mexico State University
Nelly G. Shearer Scholarship Hailee Elizabeth Brown, IΞ Christian Brothers University
Kay Galm Memorial Scholarship Eileen Raquel Cofre, ΓI University of Florida
Nora Nell Hardy Jackson Scholarship *Sarah Elizabeth Bingham, BΓ Florida State University
Kitty Phelps Seitz Memorial Scholarship *Mariah Elizabeth McDaniel, HI Valdosta State University
Nu House Corporation Scholarship Hadley Nicole Christian, N The University of Alabama
Laura Kathleen Dobson Memorial Scholarship *Cassie LizAnne Walker, KZ Clemson University
Patsy Ellis Roach Memorial Scholarship Lindsay Danielle Early, ΓΨ Texas Christian University
Laura Mauro Scholarship *Megan Beatrice Nauta, ΘΨ Texas State University-San Marcos
Rachel Pendray Memorial Scholarship Ariel Lynn Marksberry, ΔZ Sam Houston State University
LaVerne P. Skipper Scholarship Molly Elisabeth Weingarten, HZ Elon University
Rebecca J. Jakubcin Memorial Scholarship Rachel Beth Silverberg, HK University of Central Florida
Margarethe “Peg” Livesay Scholarship Linda Oh, KΦ Christopher Newport University
Ruth Potts Scholarship Alyssa Emily Paul, Σ Baker University
Marguerite Wells Godfrey Scholarship Elie Catherine Ceberio, BΓ Florida State University
Ruth Riddiford Kerr Scholarship Katelyn Elizabeth Mellinger, Ψ University of Washington
Marion Moore Todd Scholarship *Katharine Anne Grant, Φ Duke University
Sally Tucker Thompson Scholarship Tara Catherine Mery, K The University of Texas at Austin
Martha C. Edens Scholarship Amber Caroline Boyd, O Brenau University
Sora Embry Coulter Memorial Scholarship Kammie Madison Sims, BΓ Florida State University
Martha Miller Girdlestone Scholarship Karen Baw Vang, Y University of California, Berkeley
Theta Iota Chapter Scholarship Mackenzie Paxton Russelburg, ΘI University of North Florida
Mary Ann Stratford Stegall Scholarship Gena Ann Baker, ZΨ Jacksonville State University
Tracy Pierce Kormylo Memorial Scholarship Madison Colby Leathers, ΓΠ The University of Georgia
Mary Harkness Anderson Scholarship Kailey Evelyn Stoupa, ΓM University of Nebraska at Omaha
Vallera Clough Ross Scholarship Kendra Jean Clark, Σ Baker University
Scholarship List Vena Bragg Scholarship Lauren Melissa Oates, ZA University of Evansville Virginia Irvin Scholarship Alexis Lauren Bloomer, ΔZ Sam Houston State University Service Scholarships Service Scholarships, which vary in amount, are awarded to students seeking degrees in service-related fields like medicine, social work, environmental studies and more. *Denotes a graduate student Meghan Florence Bartlebaugh, HB Duquesne University Chelsea Louise Benson, Θ Bethany College Emily Marie Boggus, KB Presbyterian College *Kelsey Elizabeth Bogue, AB University of Pennsylvania *Kimberly Drisko Chapman, IΣ Old Dominion University Amanda Nicole Cichy, ΛB University of Rhode Island *Emilie Paige Hall, ZΓ Youngstown State University *Jenna Michael Klassen, ΓM University of Nebraska at Omaha Kelsey Paige Lipking, ΛE Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Kendra Ann Thornton, HI Valdosta State University *Morgan Diane Winters, ΓX Indiana State University Recognition Scholarships These scholarships result from a minimum contribution of $1,400 by the sponsoring group along with $400 from the ZTA Foundation. An individual, alumnae chapter or collegiate chapter may establish a Recognition Scholarship. This scholarship may also be named in honor of or in memory of a special Zeta. *Denotes a graduate student Adelyn Spalding Scholarship Christine Anne Bickers, BΛ University of Louisville Ann Arbor Alumnae Scholarship Caitie Ann Fey, AΓ University of Michigan Barbara A. Peters Memorial Scholarship *Audrey Davidson De La Garza, ZΓ Youngstown State University Beta Psi Scholarship Lauryn Brooke Mohler, BΨ Stetson University Betty Steinhauer Ott Memorial Scholarship Melissa Sobnosky, ZΓ Youngstown State University Birmingham, AL Alumnae Chapter Scholarship Brianne Victoria Aydt, ZΨ Jacksonville State University
Brandy Yeoman Scholarship Lindsey Elaine Garrett, ΘΨ Texas State University-San Marcos Bruce and Mary Walcutt Scholarship Olivia Anne Trzepacz, K The University of Texas at Austin Cass Elias McCarter Memorial Scholarship Anna Grace Basha, BO University of South Carolina CDR Rachel E. Clouser Scholarship Brooke Hastings Allender, KP University of South Carolina Upstate Cindy Lyster Memorial Scholarship Kelsey Ann Dempsey, IX Middle Tennessee State University Dallas Area Night Alumnae Scholarship Michelle Elene Lutzky, ΓΨ Texas Christian University Dayton Alumnae Scholarship In Memory of Jean Milisits Nikole Arianna Ronfeldt, HΠ Wright State University Deborah Bohannon McKinney Memorial Scholarship Bethany Dawn Sawyer, ΔO Lenoir-Rhyne University Debra Barrett Cooke Scholarship Ashley Elizabeth Holloway, BΨ Stetson University Delta Beta Scholarship Maggie Anna Sutton, ΔB Florida Southern College
Sarah Taylor Morrison, KX Shorter University
Scholarship program continues to set records
Shelby Lynne Nelson, BY Kansas State University
In each of the past five years, the ZTA Foundation scholarship program has set a record for the amount of scholarship money given to help deserving students fund their education.
*Katie Katelyn Olive, ΘΘ Arkansas Tech University *Andrea Paige Pirkey, IΞ Christian Brothers University Paige Alexandra Prato, Θ Bethany College *Susanna Tubbs Raley, N The University of Alabama
In 2013-2014… $642,171 was awarded 271 scholarships were given
To apply for a ZTA Foundation scholarship, visit www.zetataualpha.org/scholarship. Applications are due March 1. To donate to the ZTA Foundation and help fund the scholarship program, visit www.zetataualpha.org/donate.
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Giving back with endowed scholarships “Membership in Zeta Tau Alpha gave me lifelong skills and values I have been able to apply to many parts of my life,” said Jerry Rainey Putt (Omega Chapter, Southern Methodist University). “It encouraged me to be a better student.” The Jerry Ann Putt Endowed Scholarship, created with her $35,000 gift to the Foundation, will be given for the first time during the 2014-2015 academic year. For Jerry and many others like her, endowing a scholarship to the ZTA Foundation is their way of giving back and helping other women have a meaningful collegiate experience. “I felt my debt to ZTA was enormous. The assistance I received from a ZTA alumna as a collegian helped me to not worry about graduating, and I wanted to pay it back to someone else.” The ZTA Foundation would like to thank all endowed scholarship donors for their generosity.
Denton Texas Alumnae Scholarship Jessica Lynn Blake, ΓΦ University of North Texas
Geri Greer Scholarship Jennifer Nicole Thompson, KΘ California State University, San Bernardino
Dorothy Culbreath Bridwell Scholarship *Kasha Rebant, AM Washburn University
Gloria Culberson Hice Scholarship Chelsea Regan Prestridge, ZΨ Jacksonville State University
Dorothy Culbreath Bridwell Scholarship Shelby Gerae Robke, AM Washburn University
Greater New Orleans Alumnae Chapter Scholarship *Kaitlyn Elizabeth Ducote, ΔN The University of New Orleans
Dr. Andrea Porter Scholarship Meg Elaine Nevels, ZΨ Jacksonville State University Elizabeth Emery Patterson Scholarship Carissa Lynn Constantine, KΘ California State University, San Bernardino Florence Dunn Memorial Scholarship Chloe Rose Cantor, ΓZ Mississippi State University Fran Raine Memorial Scholarship Sydney Marie Catoire, IΣ Old Dominion University Ft. Worth Alumnae Chapter Scholarship Kirby Chris Schulz, ΓΨ Texas Christian University Ft. Worth Alumnae Chapter Scholarship Samantha Lynn Sears, ΓΨ Texas Christian University Gainesville, FL Alumnae Scholarship Kelsey Michelle Harrell, ΓI University of Florida Gamma Alpha Scholarship Emily Renee Duerr, ΓA University of Miami Gamma Alpha Scholarship Sara Patricia Guido, ΓA University of Miami Gamma Alpha Scholarship Michelle Ann Waltenburg, ΓA University of Miami Gamma Alpha Scholarship Emily Anne York, ΓA University of Miami Gamma Iota Class of 1996 Scholarship Paige Madison Pitisci, ΓI University of Florida
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Greta Chubb Memorial Scholarship of Nursing *Amber Marie Cessarich, Σ Baker University Hester South Memorial Scholarship Katie Marie Ellis, IΠ University of Dayton House Corporation of Gamma Gamma Scholarship Kristy Ivane Bolivar, ΓΓ The University of Texas at El Paso House Corporation of Gamma Gamma Scholarship *Gabriela Uranga Hildenbrand, ΓΓ The University of Texas at El Paso House Corporation of Gamma Gamma Scholarship Lulani Nichole Martinez, ΓΓ The University of Texas at El Paso Houston Northwest Alumnae Scholarship Samantha Rachelle Harris, ΘH Stephen F. Austin State University In Honor of Carolyn Carpenter Scholarship Sara Nichole Buhrman, ΘO Baylor University Indianapolis Alumnae Scholarship Rayven Alexus Dearth, ΛE Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis Iota Omega Chapter Scholarship Krista Michelle Stucchio, IΩ University of Maryland Iota Pi Scholarship Abigail Katherine Amrine, IΠ University of Dayton Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter Scholarship *Stevie Elizabeth Phillips, HT The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Scholarship List Jacque Kennedy Outstanding Mentor Scholarship Laurynne MichelleAnn Hillenburg, AΨ University of Missouri
Lynn Gomez Memorial Scholarship Olivia Nicole Pardi, BΓ Florida State University
Shamim Syed Wu Scholarship Jessica Jia-Hui Ho, ΘΩ California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Mary Jane Schroeder Scholarship Corinne Louise Beyer, BΘ Franklin College
St. Louis Alumnae Chapter Scholarship Hannah Jane Gorman, KΩ Saint Louis University
Jean Branscomb Williams Scholarship Bonnie Lynn Vallee, ΔΓ High Point University
Mary Louise “Pat” Moulden & Margaret E. “Meg” Lindeman Memorial Scholarship Madison Anne Brake, AΞ Indiana University
Stephanie Arnette Powell Scholarship Danielle Miller, ΓΠ The University of Georgia
Jennifer McPherson Honorary Scholarship *Adrienne Louise Myers, ΓZ Mississippi State University
Mary Ruth Jones Scholarship Madison Mae Oberg, ΓΨ Texas Christian University
Joanne Wehmueller Memorial Scholarship Jenna Michael Nordschow, ΘΩ California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Mrs. Frances Rountree Honorary Scholarship Nicole Elise Kratzer, ΘO Baylor University
Kappa Chi Scholarship Megan Diane Lameka, KX Shorter University
Nelia Bentley McLuckie Scholarship Sarah Elizabeth Jones, ΓK James Madison University
Kappa Iota Scholarship Emily Elizabeth Marley, KI Moravian College
Nicki Thompson Scholarship Jade Bishop, ZO Arkansas State University
Kappa Zeta Scholarship Haley Nicole Esau, KZ Clemson University
Nina Beth Feinzig Memorial Scholarship Kaycee Dan Thompson, ΘO Baylor University
Kay Galm Scholarship Megan Ashley Orr, ΓI University of Florida
Northern New Jersey Alumnae Scholarship Samantha Elizabeth Casolaro, II Fairleigh Dickinson University
Kay Galm Scholarship Aubrey Nicole Stevenson, ΓI University of Florida
Oklahoma City Alumnae Scholarship Jordan Danielle Pfeiffer, AY Oklahoma State University
Ken Riledy Memorial Scholarship Yvonne Melisande Eadon, Y University of California, Berkeley
Research Triangle Alumnae Scholarship Payton Rae McMahan, ΘT The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Lambda Zeta Chapter Scholarship Meghan Josephine Duggan, ΛZ Lehigh University
Rocky Mountain Alumnae Scholarship Ashley Noel Packard, KA Colorado State University
Lisa Johnson Hastings Scholarship Kelci Simone Zile, Ψ University of Washington
Roxanne T. Wood Scholarship *Randi Jordanna Levitt, IΩ University of Maryland
Lucille P. Maguire Scholarship Maria Elizabeth Wagner, BΘ Franklin College
San Antonio, TX Alumnae Scholarship Karissa Leigh Garza-Vale, ΛΓ The University of Texas at San Antonio
Lynn Gomez Memorial Scholarship Caitlin Michelle Coviello, BΓ Florida State University
San Diego Alumnae Scholarship Shelby Wren Graham, KΘ California State University, San Bernardino
Jane Gillespie Scholarship April Marie Dalehite, IΞ Christian Brothers University
Sylvia Link Schell Memorial Scholarship Bailey Elizabeth Williams, ΓT Texas Tech University Tammy Tindle Scholarship Emily Elizabeth Gates, ΔX William Jewell College The Collin County, Texas Scholarship Lindsay Deanne Murray, ΘH Stephen F. Austin State University The Sonja Gedstad & Peg Wehrly Memorial Scholarship Kate M. Gallagher, ΛA Sacred Heart University Theta Phi Alumna in Memory of Elizabeth Osborn Courtney Camille Barker, ΘΦ California State University, Fullerton Theta Tau Scholarship Breanna Lea Herring, ΘT The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Theta Tau Scholarship Grace Kathleen Lempp, ΘT The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Theta Zeta Chapter Scholarship Brittany Colelia Flemming, ΘZ Wofford College Think Pink Scholarship in Honor of Francine Meyer *Hannah Joy Smitherman, ΔK Louisiana State University Think Pink Scholarship In Honor of Kim Clarke Alyssa Faye Craig, ΓT Texas Tech University Toledo/Akron/Columbus Scholarship Christin Dianne Miller, ΔΘ Ohio Northern University
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The power of the scholarship program “Being a member of the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee is extremely rewarding. It is both humbling and awe-inspiring to read about the applicants’ achievements. The money awarded to the recipients is often needed in order for them to retain their membership in ZTA. Recognizing individuals for their dedication to their education, campus, community and Fraternity is the most gratifying role a Zeta could ask for.”
Twin Cities ZTA Alumnae Scholarship Traci Justine Wiess, KΛ University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Upsilon Advisors Scholarship Tori Christine Sweeney-Marzec, Y University of California, Berkeley Victoria Decker Griffith Scholarship *Caitlyn Rose Riehl, ΓB Washington College Wilhelmine Kuennen Memorial Scholarship Julia Elizabeth Benson, AO The University of Iowa Winifred Dinsmoor Nightingale Memorial Scholarship Kaitlyn Taylor Glass, ΓB Washington College Winifred Dinsmoor Nightingale Memorial Scholarship Cheyenne Elise Dermody, IΔ Towson University XIX-B Upsilon Recolonization Scholarship Jenny Frances Trafecanty, Y University of California, Berkeley Zeta Alpha Chapter Freda Hamm Scholarship Shawna Marie Eckerle, ZA University of Evansville Zeta Gamma Scholarship In Memory of Aunt Paula Caputo *Tara Lee Freeze, ZΓ Youngstown State University Zeta Psi Scholarship Elizabeth Lorraine Spoon, ZΨ Jacksonville State University
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Sally Schott Wellman (Zeta Upsilon Chapter, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania) has served as a member of the ZTA Foundation Scholarship Committee for nine years. In 1980, she received the Alice Grey Welsh Founders Grant. At right, Sally presents a scholarship certificate to a recipient attending National Leadership Conference 2013.
Achievement Scholarships Achievement Scholarships are funded by the ZTA Foundation General Scholarship Fund and are awarded to students who demonstrate leadership, maintain high GPAs and have financial need. These scholarships focus on individuals from chapters that do not have designated scholarships. *Denotes a graduate student Caitlin Marie Adams, ZY Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Anne Cole Bakan, ΔΔ Baldwin Wallace University Nikki Arielle Baldwin, KX Shorter University Chelsea Barbra Bartholomew, HI Valdosta State University Sam J. Bisese, AN Birmingham-Southern College Dorothy Clothille Buckner, ΛI Vanderbilt University *Lindsay Catherine Church, BO University of South Carolina Christine Michelle Colwell, BN New Mexico State University *Marissa Cullen, ZΓ Youngstown State University Jackie Sarah DelPilar, Z The University of Tennessee, Knoxville *Sophie Caroline Dent, ΛZ Lehigh University
Deb Bianca Donatelli, ZB Thiel College *Hannah Davis Drum, ΓΠ The University of Georgia Christine Lauren Dunn, ΓM University of Nebraska at Omaha Tiffany Lynn Egan-Rojas, BΘ Franklin College Kelsey Brooke Emerson, M Drury University Taylor Anne Evans, IΨ Rochester Institute of Technology *Jen Ellen Ewing, IΩ University of Maryland Alyse Marie Fitzpatrick, ΔΘ Ohio Northern University Peggy Fleming, ΛΘ New York University Katy Lauren Flinn, ΔΨ Samford University Kaitie Marie Gaimari, IΞ Christian Brothers University Lauren Alexandra Gear, ΔK Louisiana State University Molly Elizabeth Gibson, ΘΘ Arkansas Tech University Allie Lynn Glasscock, O Brenau University
Scholarship List Valerie Lynn Gordon, ΔB Florida Southern College
Dana Elizabeth Maurizio, ΔM The University of Tennessee at Martin
Alana Danielle Smith, ZB Thiel College
Melissa Ann Gotleib, ΘX George Mason University
Santina Marie Mazzola, IΓ The College of New Jersey
Mary Josephine Smith, KΨ Kutztown University
Katherine Crawford Graham, ΓX Indiana State University
Alayna Christine McClendon, AY Oklahoma State University
Kayla Nichole Stover, A Longwood University
Katie Nicole Green, AN Birmingham-Southern College
McKenzie Elizabeth Meares, ΓX Indiana State University
Shandra Lynn Taylor, BΛ University of Louisville
MaKayla Ann Greeve, Σ Baker University
Chelsy Briana Meltzner, KP University of South Carolina Upstate
Dominique Alexis Vieyra, Σ Baker University
Jennifer Ann Groth, ΓX Indiana State University
*Emily Williams Messer, ZΨ Jacksonville State University
Ivy Ann Wilborn, BN New Mexico State University
*Christi Grudier, ΔΣ Lamar University
*Beth Rachael Milam, ZΨ Jacksonville State University
Skylar Brooke Williams, Θ Bethany College
Jessica Ashley Hansen, ΘX George Mason University
*Candice Christian Montgomery, ΔΣ Lamar University
Sydney Hannah Willmann, ΛE Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Krystal Lynn Harry, AM Washburn University
Marissa Jean Mowrer, ΔΠ Eastern New Mexico University
Kim Mary Woodruff, ΛA Sacred Heart University
Rebekah Margaret Hudock, Θ Bethany College
Kate Jane Murphy, BY Kansas State University
*Katrena Woodson, ΘΦ California State University, Fullerton
Ann Thuy-Trang Huynh, BY Kansas State University
Sarah Renee Perrine, ZΓ Youngstown State University
*Becky Worsham, ΓZ Mississippi State University
Morgan Marie Jacobs, Θ Bethany College
*Milan Leora Piva, Σ Baker University
Rachel Kathleen Yarrow, ΘX George Mason University
Lindsay Morgan Jakszta, Λ Southwestern University
*Dana Essick Revier, HΣ The University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Liz Jane Zegler, ΔΨ Samford University
Kayla Marie Kaczmarek, HΦ Illinois State University
*Gabrielle Francesca Rimmaudo, ΘX George Mason University
Chalyn Michele Kaufman, ΔO Lenoir-Rhyne University
Ainsley Marie Robinson, HI Valdosta State University
Kristin Taylor Kennedy, O Brenau University
Christine Marie Rogers, BY Kansas State University
Bethany Hannah Kette, ΛΘ New York University
Heather Leigh Ruck, KH Rockhurst University
*Ali Jordan Levenson, ΓA University of Miami
Marissa Schickling, IΔ Towson University
Katherine Ann Gulliver Lowe, AY Oklahoma State University
*Sarah Ann Schmidt, KΘ California State University, San Bernardino
Arra Malekzadeh, ΛΘ New York University
Melinda May Siebert, M Drury University
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FHC enjoys busy fall semester The ZTA Fraternity Housing Corporation was hard at work in 2013. Take a peek at its three newest facilities and the Theta Phi Chapter (California State University, Fullerton) home, which received extensive renovations. Each new chapter facility is a testament of the teamwork between the FHC, its Directors, local volunteers and university administrators. Thank you to all those involved in helping ZTA provide safe, secure and competitive housing for our chapters.
Upsilon Chapter (University of California, Berkeley) 35 sleeping rooms house 80 members Facility includes: Foyer, Executive Committee office, living room, dining room with patio to the front of the house, chapter room, weekend kitchen, laundry room Fun fact: The second and third floors both have walkout patios with views of the San Francisco Bay.
Zeta Omicron Chapter (Arkansas State University) 11 sleeping rooms house 20 members Facility includes: Formal living room, TV room, eating nook, chapter room, laundry room Fun fact: The chapter room opens out to a private patio perfect for sisterhood events. 34 路 Themis
FHC News Theta Phi Chapter (California State University, Fullerton) 4 bedrooms house 8 members Facility includes: Formal living room, dining room, TV room, laundry room, chapter room, sitting room for studying Fun fact: A stained glass window of the ZTA crest was transferred from the original chapter house to the dining room.
Beta Lambda Chapter (University of Louisville) Chapter suite Facility includes: Living room, dining room, kitchenette, bathroom, storage room, outside patio Fun fact: Located in the commercial district of Louisville, the facility is a restored home, and the upstairs are used as commercial offices.
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Points of Pride
3 1. Alumnae from across Louisiana make “A Crucial Catch” with the New Orleans Saints. 2. Lambda Iota Chapter (Vanderbilt University) members lead the way during a Parade of Pink at the Race for the Cure®. 3. Even mascots like to Think Pink®. An alumna of the Nashville, TN Chapter pins a ribbon on T-Rac of the Tennessee Titans. 4. Pink and smiles are abound during Eta Zeta Chapter’s (Elon University) Pink Week as the women host a Yoplait® yogurt eating contest for the campus community. 5. Campus and community members enjoy their favorite Ys— yogurt and yoga—when Iota Psi Chapter (Rochester Institute of Technology) invites them to enjoy an afternoon of fitness and tasty Yoplait snacks. 36 · Themis
Points of Pride 6. Alumnae from the Mt. Pleasant, SC Chapter greet breast cancer survivors at the Race for the Cure® survivors’ tent. 7. Beta Lambda Chapter (University of Louisville) members literally paint the community pink as they volunteer at the local Race for the Cure®. 8. San Diego, CA Chapter members take the field to accept a donation to the ZTA Foundation from the San Diego Chargers in recognition of ZTA’s help with the team’s breast cancer education and awareness initiatives. 9. New England Patriots fans Think Pink® with Zetas from Kappa Omicron Chapter (Merrimack College) as ZTA partnered with the team for the very first time. 10. Big Red, the Arizona Cardinals’ mascot, likes to Think Pink® with the Phoenix, AZ Chapter members.
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From the Archives
The heart of ZTA: International Office By Susan Beard, Delta Psi Patricia Cords Levitte, Beta Phi Archives Committee Co-Chairmen
have imagined, and the road to a dedicated Fraternity office would take decades to develop.
In our Fraternity, a host of acronyms and abbreviations are used to identify officer positions, educational programs and more. In fact, Learn, Know, Lead: ZTA’s Guide for the President lists 25 commonly used Fraternity acronyms for reference. Perhaps one of the most common is IO, short for International Office.
The earliest versions of a ZTA headquarters were as simple as a typewriter and filing cabinet in a bedroom. Our first two Presidents, Maud Jones Horner and Bruce Houston Davis, ran the Fraternity from spare rooms in their houses, and the earliest staff member was a volunteer, Mrs. Davis’ husband, William. He was not paid by ZTA but was very involved in writing our early policies and procedures and served as Bruce’s unofficial secretary. We have many of his handwritten letters in the Archives, letters Mrs. Davis dictated to him and had sent as official Fraternity communications. Our third President, Dr. May Agness Hopkins, had a busier schedule, yet was still able to conduct the operations of ZTA from her personal office, often working out of her medical practice.
Located in Indianapolis, IO is the heart and headquarters of fraternal operations, and one can scarcely imagine how we could exist as an organization without it. With 30 staff members, IO is the hub for chapter reporting, chapter finances, educational programming, ZTA Foundation and Fraternity Housing Corporation operations, Themis magazine, and more. But if we take a look back into our history, the concept of permanent headquarters wasn’t anything our Founders could
At this time, nothing was centralized, and Grand Chapter (now called National Council) officers kept various records with them. Records were constantly being shipped from officer to officer, and trying to do things like approving members for initiation or producing issues of Themis were a very time consuming effort. National Officers were also very diligent about saving documents. The Archives has an extensive collection of Fraternity grocery receipts, telegrams, purchase orders and more, all adding to the story of how ZTA was shaped. In 1919, the need for a centralized business office was clear, and the Convention body expressed interest in moving forward with the idea. Grand Chapter voted at its 1920 executive meeting to designate funds for a support staff and office where all fraternity records and information would be kept. At this time, the Grand Secretary-Treasurer became a paid position, and for the next decade, the
(Left) Secretary-Treasurer May Youngsberg and a Central Office secretary meet in the Evanston, Ill. office. (Above) Before ZTA had a permanent office, announcements were sent to let members know where the office was being moved. 38 · Themis
Themis READER’S GUIDE Themis of Zeta Tau Alpha, the official publication of the Fraternity, has been published continuously since 1903.
On Oct. 30, 1977, International Office moved to Indianapolis. ZTA’s first Indianapolis office, pictured above, is now occupied by Theta Chi Fraternity and its headquarters staff. The current ZTA International Office is located just down the street. office would move wherever she or the Grand President was living. The first ZTA Central Office was located in Pittsburgh, Penn. However, ZTA’s growth made the constant transfer of offices inconvenient and costly. The 1930 Convention adopted a recommendation that the Central Office be “centrally and permanently located,” and Evanston, Ill. was chosen. Central Office moved there in August 1930 and remained there for 47 years. During this time, ZTA experienced a growth surge in chapters and membership, as well as the development of new technologies. The Secretary-Treasurer from 1945 to 1975 was Helen Winton Jenkins, and under her administration, the office became a tightly run operation that saw the expansion of the staff and the introduction of computers. Articles from past issues of Themis talk about rooms dedicated to addressograph machines and speedaumat files used to maintain member addresses and information. Examples of early office technology, like hand-cranked check printing machines, can be found in the Archives.
At the 1968 Convention, a Canadian member proposed the name Central Office be changed to reflect ZTA’s status as an international organization. From that point forward, our headquarters has been known as International Office. On Oct. 30, 1977, a new IO in Indianapolis was dedicated due to rising costs in the Chicago area and Indianapolis’ welcoming climate. Numerous other fraternity/ sorority headquarters also are located in the Indiana state capital. In fact, nine other groups are currently headquartered on IO’s street! In 1993, ZTA once again outgrew its office and moved from 3330 Founders Road to our current building at 3450 Founders Road. The offices, built and maintained by the FHC and led by Executive Director Deb Ensor, house Fraternity, Foundation and FHC staff—staff that includes members of four different NPC and NIC groups. In addition to the day-to-day business of ZTA, IO is also used for social events, training, business meetings and as host for Fraternity records. Members are welcome to tour IO during business hours. The next time you find yourself in Indianapolis, don’t miss your chance to visit the heart of Zeta Tau Alpha!
HOW TO MAKE AN ADDRESS CHANGE In the Sisters Only section of www. zetataualpha.org, select “Update Information and Privacy Settings.” You can also email changes to firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: Address Change) or call IO at (317) 872-0540. Parents, while your daughter is in college, her magazine is sent to her home address. If she is no longer in college and not living at home, please send us her new permanent address. HOW TO SUBMIT NEWS All Zetas are encouraged to submit news to Themis. All submissions become the property of ZTA and are subject to editing. Include full names and chapter information. Photos must be roughly 1 MB (1,024 KB) or larger to be printed. Send all news and photos to communicationsdept@ zetataualpha.org. Themis of Zeta Tau Alpha (ISSN 1529-6709; USPS 627-120) is published quarterly by Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity, 3450 Founders Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268-1334. Subscription: $2 per year. Single copies: $.50. Periodical postage paid in Indianapolis, IN, and additional mailing offices. Printed in the United States of America. Postmaster: Send address changes to Themis of Zeta Tau Alpha, 3450 Founders Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268.
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