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Gamma Zeta Gazette

January - August 2013

Louisiana State University

Lectureship in Values & Ethics hosting Giuliana Rancic

E! News anchor and breast cancer survivor Giuliana Rancic spoke for Gamma Zeta’s third biennial Lectureship in Ethics & Values. Rancic spoke to a crowd of more than 2500 in the LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The crowd included Delta Gamma collegians, alumnae and parents, Panhellenic friends, LSU students, Baton Rouge citizens, breast cancer survivors, and LSU officials. Her message of doing good, working hard, and staying true to yourself was inspirational and an important message for our collegiate and others to. Rancic shared insights from her own experiences in her career and with infertility and breast cancer. Rancic said she used to wonder why she was chosen to anchor “E! News” over others. She decided that “God believes this loudmouthed Italian girl will use her job to do good.”

Lectureship Continued In 1992, Lectureships in Values and Ethics, a Delta Gamma program sponsored by the Delta Gamma Foundation, was established by Paul Martin to honor his wife, Dorothy “Dotty” Garrett Martin, Eta-Akron, in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. Though Dorothy is deceased, the lectureships immortalized her selfless spirit and love for Delta Gamma. Delta Gamma Foundation has great pride in this unique program, which is a prime example of its mission: “The Delta Gamma Foundation provides resources for educational growth and philanthropic service for all members.” Delta Gamma Lectureship in Values and Ethics was established at LSU in 2008. Gamma Zeta’s Lectureship is a program only 18 (out of 147) Delta Gamma chapters across the Fraternity have the privilege to host. At past Lectureships, Gamma Zeta hosted Aron Ralston, best-selling author and inspiration for the five-time Academy Award nominated film “127 Hours,” and Steve Ford, actor and son of President Gerald Ford.

“There is a hunger for positivity out there” -Rancic

Welcome New Members! Abney, Hannah New Orleans Arrigo, Lauren Baton Rouge Barnett, Kelly New Orleans Barrios,Christina Mandeville Blaise, Caitlin New Orleans Bond, Sarah New Orleans Bonin, Brittany Winter Park, FL Borel, Gabi New Iberia Bourque, Katie New Orleans Brimer, Caitlin New Orleans Brouillard, Katherine League City, TX Burke, Suzannah Baton Rouge Butler, Hannah New Orleans Canci nne, Aly Dallas, TX Castay, Esther New Orleans Citron, Jessica Lafayette Copello, Maddy Houston Croft, Victoria Lafayette DeLaney, Allie Central Denison, London Baton Rouge DeRoche, Megan New Orleans Didier, Piper Baton Rouge Dominguez, Gabi Southlake, TX Duhon, Evie Lafayette Duke, Lauren Baton Rouge Enright, Meredith New Orleans Erwin, Abbey Baton Rouge Fernandez, Claire New Orleans Fink, Madelinn Baton Rouge Flechas, Maddie Baton Rouge Fleuriet-Smith, Katie New Orleans Forschler, Kelly New Orleans Francioni, Amy Baton Rouge Freeman, Kat Baton Rouge Gennaro, Teresa New Orleans Gieseler, Sarah New Orleans Guidry, Rebecca Baton Rouge Harel, Tiffanie Houston, TX Harelson, Sydney Baton Rouge Hartsell, Alexis Glen Allen, VA Huck, Lydia New Orleans Hudson, Katherine Zachary Kaupp, Alexis New Orleans Kellerman, Anne Baton Rouge Keuss, Elaina Baton Rouge Klein, Brittany New Orleans Klein, Kendall New Orleans Kleinpeter, Brea Baton Rouge Knight, Haley Mandeville Lafrance, Hannah New Orleans Landry, Molly Baton Rouge Langford, Chelsea Littleton, CO Larose, Madeline Memphis, TN Lewis, Olivia New Orleans Liantonio, Gianna New Orleans Luscy, Conner New Orleans Maher, Maura Lafayette

Maynard, Marissa Slidell McCaffrey, Caroline New Orleans McCullough, Ashlyn Nolensville, TN McGough, Richmond West Monroe Meehan, Stephanie New Orleans Menasco, Alexis New Orleans Messonnier, Hayley New Orleans Michael, Maddie Danville, CA Mineo, Megan New Orleans Molina, Lila New Orleans Monger, Grace Monroe Montgomery, Hayley New Orleans Nauman, Kathryn New Orleans Nelson, Mary Kate Kingwood, TX Nissen, Rachel Baton Rouge Noel, Emily Lafayette Olinde, Megan Baton Rouge Ourso, Amanda Baton Rouge Parker, Allyson Mandeville Parker, Kaylin Luling Rains, Sarah Baton Rouge Ray, Gabby New Orleans Rech, Natalie Shreveport Regira, Taylor Port Allen Renschler, Jordan Aberdeen, NJ Rinaudo, Nicole Baton Rouge Rodrigue, Caroline Lafayette Rowbatham, Rachel Mandeville Russo, Annalise New Orleans Smith, Katie Baton Rouge Smith, Taylor Gurnee, IL Stelly, Kamryn Lafayette Thigpen, Jessie Baton Rouge Tusa, Francesca New Orleans Vazquez, Cecilia New Orleans Vicente, Emily Ramsey, NJ Vinning, Caroline Baton Rouge Watkins, Emily Lafayette Wempe, Kate Spring Hill White, Taylor Mandeville Wilkerson, Lindsey Baton Rouge Wisecarver, Elena Ponchatoula

Fan Day On Wednesday February 27, 2013, Gamma Zeta held its annual Fan Day. Students from the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired were invited to the GZ house to hang out with Mike the Tiger, LSU Golden Girls, Tiger Girls, Fishing Team members, men & womens track and field members, football players, and the men and women’s basketball team. The students enjoy meeting the athletes. Nikki Caldwell, head coach of Lady Tiger’s basketball team, spoke at Fan Day.

Ritual Week Hope Whitsell, director of rituals, reminded Gamma Zeta members what it means to be a Delta Gamma. For National Ritual week, she put together fun presentations and activates for everyone to enjoy. She started the week off at chapter meeting by getting down to the roots & describing what ritual actually is. Blog posts for the week were written by new initiates who attended Empower, a Greek leadership retreat at LSU that focuses on rituals. “It is so important that we as members of Delta Gamma know our creed and live by it. This is one thing that connects us to those in our sorority. It can bring us together as a group. Everyone down the row has the similar events and activities, but what sets us apart from other chapters is our ritual,” said Katherine Dugas. “Ritual is important to the entire Greek system because it is what bonds us all together and makes us different from the hundreds of other clubs and organizations on campus,” said Emily Guidroz.

Founders Day Founder’s Day is not only a time to celebrate our Founders but it is also a time to honor those Delta Gamma alumnae who have shaped the history of our local chapter. Additionally, Founders Day is set aside as a day for reunions with friends and classmates, a celebration of membership anniversaries, a time for renewal of friendships and re dedication to the Fraternity and its ideals. This years Founder’s Day was held at the Capitol Hilton, downtown Baton Rouge, on March 10, 2013. The Gamma Zeta Chapter honored two deserving women at this year’s beautiful Founders Day celebration. Elizabeth Bryant Phillips, lovingly known by chapter members as the “Anchor lady” with a Delta Gamma Scholarship in her honor to be given to a GZ chapter member for the 2013-2014 school year. This gift was made possible through a donation made by her dear friends and regular guests at the DG Homecoming Brunch, Charlotte and Baron Craft of Houston, Texas and a matching donation from the GZ chapter. Mrs. Beth’s commitment to Delta Gamma is always apparent not only through the anchors she wears but through her exuding sisterhood and love for our Fraternity. Additionally, GZ honored the life of Jo Billisoly with a Delta Gamma Scholarship that will also help benefit the education of a GZ chapter member. Mrs. Billisoly was a 50-year member of Delta Gamma, a past Advisory Team Chairman, and recipient of the Cable Award. In 2012, she was named an honoree for the LSU Greek Excellence Award. What a perfect way to help live out Article II of the Delta Gamma Constitution to “promote their educational and cultural interests” by honoring two deserving and notable Delta Gamma alumnae.

Elaine Vidrine, our Director of Alumnae Relations, tells a little bit about how GZ celebrated Founders Day! “Founder’s Day is one of my favorite events of the year. It brings the chapter and alumnae together to remember why we are all Delta Gammas and let’s us celebrate the importance of our sisterhood. “ This year Founders Day was extra special because council member Dell Shay Kingan, VP: Finance, was able to attend. Delta Gamma Council members enjoy visiting with alumnae and collegiate across the country but they can only visit a few chapters each year. We are so fortunate that Dell was able to spend the weekend with us, see our beautiful home, meet with our House Corporation, and visit Mike the Tiger!

Members gather for brunch to celebrate Founder’s Day.

Delta Gamma mothers and daughters share Founder’s Day. “Sharing the bond of Delta Gamma with my mom makes attending Delta Gamma events, such as Founders Day, that much more special not only to me, but to her as well,” says Colleen Kimball.

Top row: Cody Miller, Marissa Liantonio, Allison Jeandron, Kelsey Hyde Botton row: Haley Caruso, Jen Tuhoy, Elaine Vidrine, Lindsey Bennett

Landrum’s Birthday Party A belated surprise birthday party was thrown for alumnae Lillian Landrum, who turned 90 in December. She graduated from the Alpha Psi Chapter of Delta Gamma at the University of Mississippi in 1957. After graduation she was offered the position of “CDC,” or Collegiate Development Consultant. She travelled to Baton Rouge to help colonize the Louisiana State University Gamma Zeta chapter. Miss Lillian attended all the meetings, Rush (now called Recruitment) and social gatherings, to help colonize the new chapter. She wanted the members to understand the true meaning of being a DG so she spent time explaining her beloved sorority. She has given her time, her resources, her wisdom, her charm and her heart for many years to Delta Gamma. The Gamma Zeta chapter would never have been established without her dedication and persistent efforts. She has had so much influence on what the chapter has become today. “The collegians are even more aware of what a lifetime and a blessing membership in Delta Gamma truly is. Never does a DG suffer loneliness or need help or advice when there are DG’s around. Any new DG in the town has only to make herself known, and she finds an instant welcome,” said Lillian. “The Fraternity is an anchor in the many storms of life, as well as when the skies are fair and the sailing smooth” Beth Phillips, 1967 DG alumna

Did you know? Gamma Zeta has set a new chapter record with the largest new member class in our history of 99 women for a total of 310 chapter members! Living in the DG House is more popular than ever with a waiting list of more than 20 women each year! DG’s are heavily involved on campus with a member serving on PHC Executive Council, members serving as STRIPES leaders, and the most LSU ambassadors! DG is in the top 3 fundraising chapters on LSU’s campus! LSU has added an 11th sorority to campus this fall – welcome Alpha Phi! Three DG sophomores served on LSU’s Team Alpha Phi.

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