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Lambda Theta Chapter NYU A Message from our President, Olivia Segarra
In This Issue Big/Little Reveal & Ladies Luncheon…..2 Formal & Senior Prom…..3 Initiation & Chapter Brags…..4 Senior Spotlights…..5 Thank you & PC Officer Updates…..6
Since September 2011 when I first found out Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity was coming to NYU, I knew it would be something special. Although I never thought I would be apart of such a well-known organization, I felt it would change New York University for the better. It was the first time I saw a club or organization with representation literally everywhere. From the eternal PR sign in Bobst to the memories of TLC’s handing out pink ribbons in Kimmel, I had a feeling ZTA would be a recognized voice here at NYU. The notions of recognition have lived up to my expectations. Having only been here for one full academic year, ZTA has molded itself into “a blossoming white violet of success.” As President of the Lambda Theta Chapter, I am so honored to lead this particular group of young women. Their enthusiasm encourages me to work harder and their expressed passion for our Fraternity makes me proud to be their sister. Even if summer vacation technically means we all get a ‘break’ from ZTA, I don’t think I’ll ever accept the fact that ZTA isn’t a part of me. As our senior sisters crossed over from chapter member to ZTA Alumni, I couldn’t help but reflect on how I would feel once it was my turn to graduate. Luckily that won’t be the case for me until vaguely Fall 2013, but still, the idea of not seeing my sisters all the time leaves me with a sense of vacancy. I will miss all 80 of you so very much over the next few months. Please be safe, make good decisions, and text me whenever you’re bored at the beach so you can make me feel bad for taking classes this summer. ZLAM!
Big/Little Reveal After welcoming ten new sisters this spring, Lambda Theta was eager to begin the process of pairing up Bigs and Littles. A week of secret deliveries and presents from the mysterious Bigs culminated in the night of the Big-Little Reveal. As a Little myself, I can speak firsthand about the anticipation and excitement of the entire evening. The surprise was well worth the wait, of course. The ceremony was a bonding experience in itself as the entire chapter watched ten Littles being paired with their ten new, wonderful Bigs. Moreover, the Littles were welcomed into the system of Families in Lambda Theta. Our first ever Big Little reveal certainly set the standard high for the years to follow! Elena Mercado
Ladies Luncheon On April 7th, 2012, the ladies of Zeta Tau Alpha and Pi Beta Phi teamed up to cohost the "Ladies Luncheon." All NYU Greek women were invited to join us in Pi Beta Phi's spacious and sunny penthouse in the Lafayette dorm, where homemade snacks and treats were provided. Girls from different sororities munched on sandwiches and cupcakes while laughing with their sisters and getting to know each other. As a new part of the NYU Greek community, ZTA was incredibly excited to have this opportunity to get to know more about our fellow Greek women. Given how fun and tasty the Ladies Luncheon turned out to be, we look forward to more opportunities like this in the future! Tamara Jordan 2
Formal On Friday, April 20th, 2012, the sisters of Lambda Theta planned and attended their first spring formal at the picturesque Manhattan Penthouse. The themed soiree, “Midnight Masquerade,” was brimming with dancing, beautiful gowns, masks of course and an all around good time. The girls took photos with scenic Manhattan as their background and mingled with their dates and sisters. Lambda Theta’s first formal was definitely an affair to remember and one to look forward to next year. Olympia Bardis
ZTA Goes to the Prom On April 4, our sisters partnered with the brothers of DLP to throw a Senior Prom for the members of the Northern Manhattan Rehab and Nursing Center in New York City. After taking the train from NYU to Harlem the girls spent a couple of hours with the residents of the center, playing board games, eating cupcakes, singing and even showing off our Greek Night dances. The residents had a great time and had plenty of their own stories to share with us. They invited us to come back again soon and we’re all pretty excited for our next date at the center. Our thanks go out to the wonderful residents and their community organizers, and to our very own Brett Schumer for making this event such a fun success. Sarah Gromet
Initiation The sisters of Lambda Theta welcomed ten new sisters this spring into our chapter! These new members were initiated on Saturday, April 18th 2012 into the Zeta Tau Alpha sisterhood inside on a beautiful church with all us fellow sisters there to witness. It was a great experience for both the new members and the sisters of Lambda Theta who were able to perform the first initiation since we were colonized in December. We loved sharing in the momentous experience that was filled with laughter, tears, and lots of crowns! We look forward to another full pledge class in the fall and a second initiation to follow. What a great honor and privilege it is to welcome girls into our sisterhood and share in the bond of ZTA with them. Anna Bryce Flowe
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Janel Abrahami, Ally Martin, and Olivia Segarra were selected to attend ZTA’s National Conference in Louisville, KY this June. Caroline Altman is competing in a national motorcycle showcase in hopes to qualify to represent the US with two other women in the Trials Des Nations in Switzerland. Olympia Bardis is interning for CNN this summer. Mattie Donaldson received the “most pizza slices eaten in under a minute” aware after eating 23! Nadine Ebo was selected to represent ZTA at the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute Leadership Conference in May. She will also be spending the summer interning at the law firm Homburger in Switzerland. Grace Garfunkel is transferring to Stern School of Business. Maggie Goldberg was accepted to medical school and will be attending Jefferson Medical College in the fall. She was also presented with the Prix Bernard Garniez for Excellence in the Study of French Literature and Culture by the French Department. Natalia Lehaf is interning at Live with Kelly! this fall. Ruma Mazumdar and Maggie Goldberg are graduating as Presidential Honors Scholars (they get to wear a special golden tassel at graduation!). Both also received the Founder’s Day Award. Olivia Segarra was named Emerging Leader at 2011-2012 Fraternity & Sorority Life Awards. Viv Stellakis was accepted to the NYU Graduate School of Arts & Science for Italian. Julie Wichler registered for the 2012 ING New York City Marathon.
Senior Spotlight: Maggie Goldberg & Viv Stellakis Name: Maggie Goldberg NYU School: College of Arts and Science Major: French + pre-med, Nutrition/Chemistry double minor ZTA Position: Judicial board Favorite Color: blue Two fun facts about her: 1. I studied abroad for 6 months as a sophomore in high school (not at NYU). 2. I am obsessed with puppies. Favorite Quote: It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously. Peter Ustinov
Name: Viv Stellakis NYU School: College of Arts and Science Major: Chemistry and Italian Favorite Color: Green Two fun facts about yourself: 100% Greek and an extremely avid tennis fan Favorite quote: It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default. -J.K. Rowling
Do you have plans for the future? I was recently accepted to NYU’s graduate school for Arts and Science and will be pursuing a masters degree in Italian Literature starting this Fall for the next year (or two), while What were some of your accomplishments/involvements during your interning at NYU Langone Medical Center! time at NYU? How has your short time with ZTA changed you? Dean’s list all 4 years, 2-year RA at Hayden, I never thought I’d come out of Zeta with a whole new Baird Scholar, Presidential Honors Scholar, group of best friends, but I have- and quite frankly they’ve volunteer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer all changed my life, definitely for the better. I cannot thank center on the pediatric oncology unit, wrote a ZTA and the national council enough for the opportunity to thesis in French on the media and scholarly interpretations of the ethnic riots in the French meet such extraordinary girls who will be in my life forever. suburbs in 2005 What lasting memory do you think you will be leaving with Lambda Theta? Why did you choose to get involved with That no one ever gets work done on the fifth floor of Bobst ZTA as a senior? I have always been friends with a lot of people when they hang out with me! Kidding... No, but I really hope that we continue to grow as a chapter and expand to in Greek life and I never had time to commit become the best sorority at NYU! See you all next year on myself to an organization before this year. I the fifth floor...! thought it would be a great way to round out my NYU experience.
As our first year as a chapter comes to an end, Lambda Theta owes all the Zeta Love and a million-and-one thank you’s to a lot of wonderful people. We are extremely reflective and appreciative of all the hard work of those who made us successful. To all those in the National Office who gave us the opportunity to join something amazing, To our dedicated Traveling Leadership Consultants for teaching us the way of ZTA, To our parents for loving and supporting our decisions in joining ZTA, To Kimberly Zambito, our Chapter Director, for always being wise and helpful, To all of our advisors, especially Alison Levy and Jennifer Greening, for picking us up when we fall and for letting us constantly pick your brains, To NYU’s Office of Greek Life for greeting us with warm, welcoming arms,
We send you endless Zeta Love. New Additions to Programming Committee Directors of Academic Achievement: Tamara Jordan & Julia Pasini Director of Activities: Amrita Kalra Corresponding Secretary: Julie Wichler FRED: Elena Mercado Director of Sisterhood: Anna Bryce Flowe Director of Social Events: Sara Fadel Study Abroad Liaison: Nicole Gartside Spirit Chair: Emma Zander Parent Events Chair: Ariana Dindiyal Social Media Co-chair: Tracy Wong Special Events Chair: Laurena El Patarkatsi Editor: Kelsey Sheridan, Historian Reporter Copy Editor: Olympia Bardis, Corresponding Secretary