Delta Zeta is truly amazing.
Delta Zeta is a premiere women’s organization. Being a part of Delta Zeta means joining something that is bigger and better than yourself.
The women of Delta Zeta Sorority share a common purpose: to make life fuller, more meaningful, more rewarding.
College is challenging and we've chosen to spend our collegiate years among women who empower each other and lift each other up daily. In Delta Zeta, you will be surrounded by women from all over the country and from all walks of life. In Delta Zeta you will find laughter, encouragement, a support system, and family. In Delta Zeta, you will find that your years in college - and beyond that - were truly amazing.
Delta Zeta has this reputation on campus as being this genuine, well-rounded, philanthropic, fun-loving group of women. It’s the perfect balance of completely different people to form something wonderful.- Fairley Smith, Senior, PC '13
Friends are the family you get to choose. At the end of a long, stressful school day, there will always be a sister there to lift you up. When doing great on a hard test or landing your dream job, there will always be a sister there to celebrate with you. Delta Zeta gives you personal cheerleaders, best friends, bridesmaids, and a sisterhood that will last a lifetime.
Friendship is being a part of groupchats that make you laugh when you're thousands of miles away. Delta Zeta has introduced me to my best friends that truly feel like my sisters. It’s crazy to think that I’ve only known these girls for a year, when it feels like I’ve known my entire life." - Tara Griesemer, Sophomore, PC '15
Our wish is for every collegiate woman to experience something as truly amazing as Delta Zeta. Something that constantly challenges you, teaches you, and molds you into a better person. We know we’ll leave college as better women, and we have Delta Zeta to thank for that. Delta Zeta, you are truly amazing.
Delta Zetas are empowered to lead and serve.
Given the right development opportunities, each of us can become an effective leader and help others accomplish great things.
Delta Zeta’s leadership model provides many women with their first real opportunity to work alongside or to lead a group of others toward a goal. In our chapter, we have over 50 leadership positions within our chapter that we encourage our members to take full advantage of. From President to T-Shirt Chair, each position allows our members to learn how to lead, delegate, and manage a large amount of responsibility.
I am continually blessed by the opportunity to help lead a sorority that has given me more opportunities than I can count. I learned that when you’re surrounded by people who lift you and empower you, anything is possible, and it makes it that much easier to lead the way and light the path towards success. I’ve learned that organization and dedication is key; without planning and commitment to the people and programs you love, the foundation of a home so carefully built with love, will crumble beneath you. - Anna Pierce Ireland, Secretary, PC ‘13
With almost 400 members, taking on a role of responsibility and leadership in our chapter can be overwhelming (but of course, extremely rewarding). Because of this, most of our positions have an alumnae advisor to offer guidance and advice. We are lucky to be a part of a sorority that has such an incredible alumnae base, but also allows us to continue to serve and lead after our collegiate experience.
We also encourage our members to lead and serve in other organizations on campus. We have women in our chapter who are presidents and other officers in honor societies, volunteer groups, club teams, and other organizations. These women not only represent Delta Zeta in a positive manner across campus, but also bring back the skills they’re learning in these positions and share them with their sisters.
As president, I have been given more opportunities than I could have ever imagined. I have had the privilege of becoming so close to members of our chapter as well as leaders of other organizations on campus. One of my favorite things about being president (along with having a parking spot in the driveway) is going to round table discussions with presidents of the other sororities to collaborate on how we can improve Greek Life as a whole. Through Delta Zeta, I have gained leadership positions that will last me a lifetime. - Elaina Engel, President, PC ‘13
However, whether you’re in a leadership position or not, Delta Zeta gives our members opportunities and resources to develop leadership skills. We bring in guest speakers to our chapter meetings, attend conferences, and learn from each other on how to be an effective leader. We know that after college, we’ll be introduced to the workforce and want our members to leave college being confident in who they are.
My position as social chair has been a really rewarding but difficult position. Working with bands and venues within a budget is really difficult when you are planning events for 400 people. By holding this position in Delta Zeta it has given me life experience that have taught me how to be flexible and a good business woman. If I had not joined Delta Zeta and held this position, I would not have found my calling in life and what my heart truly loves to do. So, thank you Delta Zeta for all you offer me and all of our sisters. - Nicole Gabehart, PC ‘13
The number of opportunities presented to us by being Delta Zetas are infinite. Our members know to seize every opportunity they get and use it to develop themselves to be the best person they can be. We want our members to become involved on campus and within our chapter, no matter what major they are or what grade they’re in. In Delta Zeta, there will always be a place for you to lead and serve, use your talents, and help better our chapter.
Delta Zetas are global citizens committed to giving graciously.
It’s entirely possible to see a need and do nothing about it, but not as a member of Delta Zeta.
We spend a lot of our time together working with others to make our communities, and those the world over, better.
Philanthropy is one of our top priorities in Delta Zeta. We are blessed with the opportunities to give back to our national philanthropy and service project, community, and each other. Giving graciously is something we stress heavily to our members and we are beyond proud to say our members live this out daily. You can find out more about what we do here.
Speech and Hearing: Speech and Hearing is our national philanthropy. Donations collected assist with speech programs and provide equipment and devices to those with hearing challenges. Funds also support programs aimed at hearing loss prevention, such as the Starkey Hearing Foundation and Gallaudet University. Our chapter raises money throughout the year at various events such as our Hamburgers for Hearing cookout, Hike for Hearing, Learn to Listen Week, and more. We can’t imagine what it would be like to never be able to hear music, laughter, or our sisters’ voices and we are honored to be able to support a cause that gives those who can’t, the chance to hear. Learn more here and here.
The Painted Turtle Camp: Delta Zeta’s national service project is the The Painted Turtle Camp, a camp in Northern California for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. The Painted Turtle supports children’s medical needs, inspires them to reach beyond their illnesses, and provides care, education, and respite for their families. Delta Zeta supports the camp through donations to allow campers and parents to attend free of charge. As a chapter, we support The Painted Turtle through donations via events such as our annual Turtle Tee Golf Tournament, making pillow cases and teddy bears for the campers, and having sisters volunteer their summers to serve as camp counselors.
Delta Zeta has empowered me to give back graciously of what is mine, and to be a global citizen. One of my favorite parts of our sisterhood is how much everyone loves to give back. This year I have gotten to take over organizing the campus wide Operation Christmas Child packing party whose goal this year is to pack 2,000 shoe boxes. I couldn't do it without the loving help, support, and encouragement from all my sisters! I got to take over the event from one of my best friends, Megan Emery, and am so happy DZ allowed us to experience this together. It's so much fun to host the event at the Delta Zeta house, and see the Greek community and campus wide organizations come in, and pack a box knowing this small effort has such a world wide impact. We are a group of 400 women, who together have gotten to be a part of impacting millions of children worldwide. - Amanda Stout, Senior, PC ‘13
We encourage our members to get involved with service organizations outside of Delta Zeta. Tuscaloosa’s One Place, Capstone Village, Muscular Dystrophy Awareness, International Children’s Heart Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network, Best Buddies, Al’s Pals, The Honors College, Dance Marathon, Culverhouse LIFT, American Red Cross, Miracle League, American Cancer Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, various Mission trips, Operation Christmas Child, Alabama Greek Missions, Fund-A-Field, Beat Auburn Beat Hunger, Greek Relief Fund, Relay for Life, the RISE Center, Be the Match, Habitat for Humanity, and Make-A-Wish are just a few of the organizations are sisters are a part of on campus. At Delta Zeta, we give you every opportunity to get involved with something that speaks to your heart or fuels a passion.
Being on the philanthropy committee led me to work with and get to know more of my sisters and people in the Tuscaloosa community. I really enjoyed planning events at Capstone Village like bingo, watercolor painting, and dancing. I loved getting to know the residents through these fun events with my sisters and coming back each time to their friendly faces!” - Lindsay Wons, Junior, PC ‘14
As a Delta Zeta, it’s our mission to put others’ needs before our own. Our passion for service knows no bound- from Tuscaloosa to Central America to Africa, our sisters graciously give their time to serve others.
This summer I found out I get to represent DZ and our chapter by going on a mission trip with the Starkey Hearing Foundation to Mexico in September! I, along with some other DZs from across the country, raised over $1,000 for our Hike for Hearing campaign which is how I got this great opportunity. I'm so excited to represent our chapter abroad and even more excited to give the gift of hearing to people. - Madison Wilson, Junior, PC '14
We support our sisters in all that they do. We know that we are world-changers and we happily take on the responsibility of being global citizens and giving graciously.
Delta Zetas are lifelong learners.
We are, first and foremost, students.
While college is filled with many leadership, philanthropic, and social activities, earning a degree is the most important reason why we’re here. Through rigorous classes and experiences each of has, or will, discover a passion we want to turn into a career. Delta Zeta pushes us to achieve our academic goals and be the best students we can possibly be.
Delta Zeta holds our chapter leaders, active members, and potential new members to a high standard of academic excellence. We require our members to individually meet a required GPA, as well as set these same standards for our chapter GPA as a whole. This past semester, our chapter had 49 sisters who made President's List (4.0 or higher) and 154 sisters who made Dean's List (3.5 or higher).
I can give a big credit to my Delta Zeta sisters for helping me achieve my goals. In the past year I have had 2 surgeries, multiple hospitalizations, endless doctors appointments, IV injections and medication after medication but I found strength in my sisters to help me stay on top of my goal to go to Medical School/Physician Assistant School. Whether it was helping me stay on top of my school work, dealing with the stress from my grueling workload and unsteady health, or just being a shoulder I could lean on when it all got too much. They have also helped me realize the importance of comfort, empathy and support when it comes to dealing with patients of my own. Going into my senior year, I am on track to reach my goal and am now confident that I will be an amazing doctor who will be there for her patients like my sisters were for me! - Courtney Zacharias, Senior, Biology Major, PC’ 13
Through programming and planning done within our own chapter and on the national level, we present a multitude of resources and opportunities to help our members achieve and maintain these academic standards. We want our members to exceed in all areas of their lives and being able to provide academic support is one way we do this. Below are just a few of the academic programs we implement in our chapter.
Study Hall for New Members: The transition from college to high school can be an overwhelming experience. However, we’re here to make that transition as smooth and stress free as possible. We require our new members to complete 8 study hall hours a week during their first semester. These study hall hours are crucial in teaching our new members how to manage their time, set academic goals early on, and adjust to college coursework. These study hall hours have proved to be extremely beneficial in giving our new members the skills needed to succeed academically.
Major Mentor: Having a mentor to look up to is important for personal growth-- and we realize that. Because of this, we’ve implemented a successful major mentor program within our chapter. Soon after pledging Delta Zeta, our new members are paired with active members who are in their major. These active members provide our new members with study tips, teacher and course recommendations, opportunities and groups to become involved with, and general advice in how to succeed in their major. These major mentor pairings not only introduce our new members to older active members, but also foster academic growth and guidance.
Tutoring: Our Academics Chair and her assistants are always an email or text away from finding a sister a tutor on campus. Last year, we implemented an incredible tutoring program run through a company on campus. Each week, our members can request tutors for any subject that meet with them one-on-one or in groups at the Delta Zeta house. We also make sure our members are aware of and have access to the numerous tutoring programs the University offers.
Being More: A nationally-created program, Being More seeks to prepare our members for the challenges we’ll face throughout our time in college, as leaders of student organizations, and as we transition out of college and into the workplace. Led by members of our chapter, each grade participates in a part of the program that best benefits them. Members attend monthly meetings for Being More and learn about communicating effectively, balancing personal life, valuing and maintaining relationships, confidence, thinking critically, and resolving conflict, and more.
Being a member of the Million Dollar Band Colorguard has been one of the most incredible and rewarding experiences of my life! When I’m all done up and in my rhinestones for game day, though, I doubt many people stop to think about the countless hours I have spent that week at practice, completing homework and projects, or attending meetings/events for different organizations. I know Delta Zeta is beyond proud of me for being able to do all of this and maintain over a 3.5 GPA, but I am proud to have so many resources available to me through DZ! I credit the major mentor and study hall programs, sisterhood bonding events, new member workshops, my DZ sisters through MDBCG, and even just reading our creed each day to my motivation and success. I love that Delta Zeta is dedicated to bringing out each member’s potential, achieving academic success, and best of all, creating lifelong learners! - Caitlin Sizemore, Sophomore, Interior Design, PC ‘15
We support our sisters in all of their academic endeavors and strive to do all we can to help set and achieve their academic goals. In Delta Zeta, there will always be a sister to study with, to sit with in class, to go on much needed coffee runs during finals week, and to encourage you when you’re feeling stressed. Delta Zeta’s are lifelong learners and we are truly committed to that.
Studying abroad was one of the best experiences of my life. I learned so much about myself and my heritage while studying in Italy. I could only speak Italian while I was there, and it was challenging, but it helped me become more fluent. Delta Zeta gave me the confidence to step out of my comfort zone and achieve my academic goals in a unique way. - Ashley Azato, Junior, Advertising, PC ‘14
Dear Delta Zeta,
Thank you. Thank you for all of the laughs, cries, and in-betweens. College was the first time I was ever on my own and I didn’t know what to expect. Thank you for being the place that I could go to when I missed home. Thank you for being the house that was there as I looked out my Tut bedroom window. Delta Zeta has not only been a house for me, it has become my home.
I remember the first day of rush like it was yesterday. No other house stood out to me like Delta Zeta did. I knew that’s where I wanted to end up on bid day, the next four years, and for life. Each and every day I walked in to the Delta Zeta house I got more excited, but nervous hoping they loved me as much as I loved them. When I opened my bid card on bid day, it was one of the most surreal moments I have ever experienced. I was and still am so proud to wear these letters.
Thank you for all of the opportunities to get involved. Being pledge class philanthropy chair, hospitality chair and parent’s weekend chair, I had a chance to learn leadership, as well as my sisters, on a whole new level. Each sister in this sorority is so special and each are a part of a different organization. Through them, I was also able to get involved with Habitat for Humanity, Student Government, and the Center for Service and Leadership. Delta Zeta has not only helped me become involved within the sorority, but also throughout the campus and community.
Thank you to all of the cooks in the kitchen, especially Brenda and Ida for being my Alabama moms and helping me with whatever I need. Thank you for the mid-day talks in the dining room and the upstairs hallways. The staff have become my second family.
Thank you for the early mornings of homecoming and the late nights of karaoke. From sisterhood events, to formals, to late night snacking in the tv room. Thank you for my everlasting friendships; for finding my bridesmaids. Thank you to my perfect littles; for dealing with me and my craziness and making me feel like part of our own little family. Thank you to my best friends; for playing hide-and-go-seek at 3am, Easter egg hunts, and laying on the front porch at the DZ house. Thank you for the monthly visits in the summer because we can’t last that long without each other. I don’t know what I would do without them.
Lastly, thank you for making me a better person. I have learned so much about myself. Being a part of Delta Zeta has made me a much more confident, poised, and respectable person. Living in the house this past year (and this coming year again!) has taught me to never take my sisters and all of the great opportunities I have for granted. Thank you for teaching me balance. I have learned that there is always time for fun when you manage your time correctly. Delta Zeta has pushed me to want bigger and better things. It has made me want to succeed academically and strive to excel in my major, public relations, and everything else that I do. Thank you for making me want to be a better sister, a better friend, and a better person.
Marielle Mathe (PC ’14)
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