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  • Sorority Spotlight ~ Zeta Tau Alpha

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Zeta Tau Alpha ~ ΖΤΑ

     

    Open Motto: "Seek the noblest."
    Mascot: Crown, strawberry
    Colors: Turquoise, Steel Grey
    Flower: White Violet

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    On October 15, 1898 Zeta Tau Alpha internation women's fraternity was founded by nine young women: Maud Jones Horner, Della Lewis Hundley, Alice Bland Coleman, Mary Jones Batte, Alice Grey Welsh, Ethel Coleman Van Name, Helen M. Crafford, Frances Yancey Smith, Ruby Leigh Orgain and the Virgina State Female Normal School. Several of the women met together regularly. They shared beliefs, education and a sisterhood. They enjoyed each other so much that they wanted to figure out a way that they would be tied to one another forever. According to Wikipedia Maud Jones wrote: “For a whole year before our sorority was established, the need of such an organization was strongly felt. There were six or seven of us who used to frequently meet together and talk over and try to devise some way by which we could unite into a helpful and congenial band. We knew we sadly needed something, but we had no idea how that something was to be found. The beginning of session 1898–1899 our little crowd again at the Normal and just as eager as before, if not more, to find something to satisfy our desires.” The women then took steps to form an organization that would help keep them together and help other women form lifelong bonds. It took a year to get it officially approved but after working to get everything completed Zeta Tau Alpha came to be.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    According to the official Zeta Tau Alpha website their motto is as follows:

    Mission Statement:
    To make a difference in the lives of our members by developing the potential of each individual through innovative programming, which emphasizes leadership development, service to others, academic achievement and continued personal growth for women, with a commitment to friendship and the future based on the sisterhood, values and traditions of the past.

     

    Philanthropy is an important part of of Zeta Tau Alpha life. Some of their previous philanthorpies have been; Currin Valley (Va.) Health Center, Cerebral Palsy Division of the National Society for Crippled Children and Adults, Easter Seals, Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC).

    In 1992 they adopted the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation as their national philanthropy and that sponsorship lasted for 19years. However, the women's fraternity wanted to broaden their focus to include other education resources as they relate to breast cancer. Today Zeta Tau Alpha's national philanthropy is Breast Cancer Education and Awareness.

  • Sigma Delta Tau ~ Sorority Spotlight

     

     

    Sigma Delta Tau ~ ΣΔΤ

     

    Open Motto: "One hope of many people."
    Mascot: Teddy Bear
    Jewel: Lapis Lazuli
    Colors: CafèAu Lait and Blue
    Flower: Golden Tea Rose

     

     

    The Sigma Delta Tau sorority was founded March 25th, 1917 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. It was originally named Sigma Delta Phi but was quickly changed when the founders learned that those letters already belonged to another sorority. Although Sigma Delta Tau was founded by seven Jewish women; Dora Bloom Turteltaub, Amy Apfel Tishman, Marian Gerber Greenberg, Grace Srenco Grossman, Inez Dane Ross, Regene Freund Cohane, Lenore Rubinow, there is no religious requirement for membership and the sorority is not affiliated with any particular religious organization.

     

    During that time in history, higher education for women was still a relatively new development and the founders faced struggles because of that; as well as discrimination by other Greek organizations of the time based on their religious affiliation. This is according to the official Sigma Delta Tau website. These obstacles to strengthened their bond and their determination to create a supportive sisterhood to help each other and other women succeed.

     

    MISSION STATEMENT ~ www.sigmadeltatau.com

    The mission of Sigma Delta Tau is to enrich the lifetime experience of women of similar ideals, to build lasting friendships, and to foster personal growth.  Sigma Delta Tau shall encourage each member to reach her fullest potential by providing intellectual, philanthropic, leadership and social opportunities within a framework of mutual respect and high ethical standards.

    To achieve these goals, we will:

    • Strive for excellence by providing the best possible service to each chapter and each member.
    • Join as partners with colleges and universities in the pursuit of academic success for our members.
    • Perpetuate our values and traditions while adapting to meet the challenges of the future.
    • Promote lifetime commitment and active involvement as Sigma Delta Tau alumnae.

     

    Helping others is a big part of the Sigma Delta Tau sorority sisterhood. In 1982 Sigma Delta Tau adopted Prevent Child Abuse America as their national philanthropy. They contribute their time, talents and treasure to helping this worthy case. In addition, Sigma Delta Tau also helps Jewish Women International and their literacy initiative; as well as Women for Women International.

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