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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/

  • Sorority Spotlight ~ Alpha Sigma Alpha

    Alpha Sigma Alpha ~ AΣA

     

    Open Motto: “Aspire, Seek Attain.”
    Mascot: Dot the Lady Bug
    Symbol: Phoenix
    Jewel: Pearl, Ruby
    Colors: Crimson, Pearl White, Palm Green and Gold
    Flower: Narcissus and Aster

     

      

      

    Alpha Sigma Alpha was founded November 15, 1901 at the Virginia State Female Normal School, which is now Longwood University. During the time of its founding, higher education for women was still a highly debated topic. Because of this, many women who were enrolled in these schools sought out the commandery and support of other women facing the same obstacles. The founders of Alpha Sigma Alpha were searching for the same.

    Virginia Lee Boyd-Noell, Juliette Jefferson Hudley-Gilliam, Calva Hamlet Watwon Wootton, Louise Brooks Cox- Carper and Mary Williamson-Hudley had become very good friends and i the fall of 1901 they were recruited and bid by other sororities. However, they quickly realized that this would mean the five friends would not be sorority sisters. So in November of that year they formed AΣA. Early on it was decided that only teacher's colleges or universities and colleges of education within universities.

      

    According to the official Alpha Sigma Alpha website the sorority's purpose as stated in the charter is as follows:

    The purpose of the association shall be to cultivate friendship among its members, and in every way to create pure and elevating sentiments, to perform such deeds and to mould such opinions as will tend to elevate and ennoble womanhood in the world.”

     

    In 1958 Alpha Sigma Alpha's philanthropic focus became aiding the mentally challenged and in 1976 the Special Olympics was named their national project. In 1990 and additional project was added:

     "The S. June Smith Center is a private non-profit agency providing early identification, education, training and therapy to infants and children in the Lancaster area with developmental disabilities and delays." via www.alphasiggmaalpha.org

    Currently there are 145 Alpha Sigma Alpha chapters and over 100,00 members nationwide.

  • Sorority Spotlight ~ Alpha Phi

    Alpha Phi ~ ΑΦ

     

    Open Motto: “Union hand in hand.”
    Mascot: Phi Bear
    Symbol: Ivy Leaf
    Colors: Bordeaux and Silver
    Flower: Lily of the Valley and Forget Me Not

     

     

     

     

      

    Alpha Phi is a women's fraternity that was founded at Syracuse University on September 18, 1872.  Alpha Phi was the third Greek-letter organization for women and was founded by Clara Bradley Wheeler Baker Brudette, Hattie Florence Chidester Lukens, Martha Emily Foote Crow, Ida Arabella Gilbert DeLamanter Houghton, Jane Sara Higham, Kate Elizabeth Hogoboom Gilbert, Elizabeth Grace Hubbell Shults, Rena A. Michaels Atchison, Louise Viola Shepard Hancock and Clara Sittser Williams.  These ten founders were pioneers when it came to higher education for women.

    During this time in history it didn't seem necessary for women to attend colleges and universities but these women - and others like them - felt very differently. It wasn't an easy time and having the friendships and support of other women who were facing the same struggles made all the difference.

    According to the Alpha Phi website their purpose is as follows:

    The objectives of our Fraternity are the promotion of growth in character;
    unity of feeling, sisterly affection, and social communion among our members.

     

    In all that we do, we try to obey God's principles of justice and right. We have
    banded ourselves together to improve our minds and hearts, and we seek to aid
    each other through a constant watchcare always given in love.

     

    We believe ourselves to be sincere searchers for truth.

     

    We seek the highest ideal of womanhood, and we try to gain this
    ideal by cultivating not only the power and passion for seeking
    intellectual development but, also, the spirit of love and charity.

    And we who are thus united are under a solemn pledge to lend
    a helping hand to one another.

     ~ Constitution of Alpha Phi International Fraternity, Incorporated, Article II

     

    Alpha Phi are innovative thinkers and they are committed to empowering women. Through the Alpha Phi Foundation they officially adopted Cardiac Care and raise funds to support programs that focus on studying the symptoms of women's heart disease, its treatment and prevention.

     

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