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  • Delta Zeta Soroity Spotlight

     

     

    Delta Zeta ~ ΔΖ

    Open Motto: N/A
    Mascot: Turtle
    Jewel: Diamond
    Colors: Rose Pink and Nile Green
    Flower: Pink Killarney Rose
    Badge: Roman Lamp

     

     

     

     

     

    1902 was an exciting time for the women of Oxford, Ohio who wanted to obtain higher education from Miami University. When Dr. Guy Potter Benton was elected as the  president of the University one of his first actions was to allow women into Miami University in the fall of that year. It didn't take long for a group of six very bright young women; Alfa Lloyd Hayes, Mary Jane Collins, Anna Louise Keen, Julia Lawrence Bishop, Mabelle May Minton, and Anne Dial Simmons to come together with common goals and ideals and form Delta Zeta. It was to be the first women's fraternity to be established at Miami University in Oxford, OH - which is known as the "Mother of Fraternity" because many prominent men's fraternities that originated there.

     

    It wasn't an easy go for the founders of Delta Zeta. It is reported that at one point their constitution was stolen but Dr. Benton was able to get the offenders to return it and on October 24th, 1902 it was formally established by the state of Ohio. The Delta Zeta Creed really explains so much about this women's fraternity and her members:

    Delta Zeta Creed

    To the world,
    I promise temperance and insight and courage,
    To crusade for justice,
    To seek the truth and defend it always:
    To those whom my life may touch in slight measure,
    May I give graciously
    Of what is mine;
    To my friends,
    Understanding and appreciation;
    To those closer ones,
    Love that is ever steadfast;
    To my mind,
    Growth;
    To myself,
    Faith
    That I may walk truly
    In the light of the Flame.
    –– Dorothy Mumford Williams, Alpha Zeta (Adelphi University) (1939)

    (Via Wikipedia)

     

     Another important aspect of the women's fraternity Delta Zeta, is philanthropy and service. They have made speech and hearing their main priority and Delta Zeta has nationally partnered with The Starkey Hearing Foundation, Gallaudet University and the House Research Institute. Each chapter also helps to support local organizations that are committed to this cause. 

    Delta Zeta's other national philanthropy is The Painted Turtle, which helps to provide a camp experience for children with life-threatening and chronic illnesses. According to the official Delta Zeta website:

     

    Delta Zeta supports The Painted Turtle camp as one of its national philanthropies through fundraising, donating items on The Painted Turtle's wish list, and via our collegiate and alumnae members who volunteer their time to the camp, helping the children that it serves.

    Visit The Painted Turtle camp at http://www.thepaintedturtle.org/turtle/

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