Dear Potential New Member,

Well, here we are! Less than 100 days from Sorority Recruitment 2021! I bet right now you are feeling a lot of things about the topic of recruitment. You might be nervous, excited, anxious, dreading it, or wishing to flash forward to bid day??? Maybe all of the above? All of these  feelings are valid when it comes to the journey you are about to embark on by going through recruitment. Some of you are going to have an easy week, while some might have struggles for various reasons. Everyone experiences recruitment differently, and that is okay.

My name is Jacey Robinson, and I am a junior at Samford University. I am the Vice President III of Membership and Recruitment for Zeta Tau Alpha, Delta Psi chapter. I get the honor of planning a recruitment experience for you all with the intention of each of you leaving our house feeling loved, valued, and connected. These are three things that I was searching for when I decided to go through recruitment two years ago. 

Going through recruitment was not something that I ever hesitated doing when I was preparing to go to college. My mom and grandma were both in sororities and told me all of the fun opportunities and memories given to them through their membership. I also knew I wanted to get plugged in on campus and to me, Greek Life seemed like the best option. I signed up for Formal Panhellenic Recruitment the day registration opened–like I said, zero hesitation. I was not nervous, just excited. Like I am sure you have, I looked up each chapter on social media so I could get a “feel” for where I could end up. I had my top choice figured out before I even met anyone in that chapter.  Soon enough, it was September 3rd and I was standing in line waiting to walk into my first party. I was terrified. The little bit of excitement was still there, but my nerves were through the roof. Would I say the right thing by being myself? Would they like what I was wearing? Was I “pretty enough” to be in their sorority? Would I end up in my “top choice” just based on insta aesthetic? As I sit here two years later, I am laughing at myself because, in reality, none of this mattered. What matters is the people you talk to and the conversations that occur yielding those three things of feeling loved, valued, and connected by most importantly being your authentic self.

If I had to give one piece of advice for all the women going through recruitment, it would be to relax. Stressing about recruitment is not going to change the outcome of the week. This is way easier said than done, but truly–as cliche as it sounds– you will end up where you are meant to be. The only thing that you can control within this process is whether or not you choose to be yourself, and trust your own judgment. Do not let your roommate, an older friend already in a chapter, your mom, your sister, or anyone else’s opinion influence you. Not everyone is going to feel the same way about a chapter, and that is alright. Be confident in how you feel about a chapter. You will hear rumors and “stereotypes” about each chapter before recruitment, but you are going to find people of all different backgrounds, personalities, majors, etc. in each sorority. So just be yourself and focus on where you feel you will grow the most. Your Recruitment Counselors are super helpful throughout the week. They are there to offer you unbiased advice to help you make the best possible decisions for yourself! 

Here are some words of advice from women in Zeta Tau Alpha, Delta Psi chapter about why they chose ZTA and what encouraged them during recruitment:

“I chose ZTA because from night one of recruitment I could tell that the women in our chapter are the kind of women that by the time I graduate college, I hoped to be more like! I knew that they would challenge me to be the best that I could be.”

– AC MERVILLE, New Member Class ‘19, Director of Sisterhood and Recruitment Logistics Coordinator

“Going through recruitment can be a nerve-racking experience but can result in being surrounded by women who empower, support, and give unconditional love. ZTA has given me women who are my backbone during trials and are sunshine when things get tough. I am confident that Zeta is where I belong because it is a place that encourages diversity and individualism while honoring integrity.”

– SAVANNAH WOODLAND, New Member Class ’20, Think Pink Chairman and Recruitment Committee

“I decided to go through recruitment because I wanted to foster lasting friendships with a group of women who shared similar values as me and pushed me to grow in various areas of life!”

– REGAN LANG, New Member Class ‘20, Philanthropy Committee and Recruitment Committee

“From the moment I accepted my bid to ZTA I have found intentional friendships and outpouring love from every sister. We truly want the best for each other and I have felt that support and encouragement from the very beginning. From the late-night drives, fun dinner dates with sisters, and trips I have made the best memories that I will treasure forever. I am so thankful I have found this community of fun, loving, and supportive women to surround myself for my four years at Samford and many relationships that will last for the rest of my life.”

– KATHRYN MOUCHETTE, New Member Class ‘20, Sunshine Chairman and Recruitment Committee

“I wanted to go through recruitment to be able to meet a group that would empower me and push me to be the best. During recruitment ZTA made me feel wanted. I felt like I could be myself and authentic; they wanted me to be the best version of myself.”

– SARAH BROWN, New Member Class ‘19, Recording Secretary

“The women in ZTA made me feel so loved from the first round of recruitment and continue to make me feel loved every single day. I can truly say that the women I’ve met through ZTA are my best friends, support system, and of course, sisters. They always push me to be the best version of myself…I am so honored to call myself a ZTA!”

– ANNALEE GEORGE, New Member Class ‘20, Director of Membership Enrichment and Alternate Panhellenic Delegate 

“I went through recruitment searching for genuine women who I knew would rally around me and push me to grow into a better woman, and that’s exactly what I’ve found in ZTA. Delta Psi pushes sisters to be the best version of their unique selves, but it also is a space where it’s okay to fail and when you do, your sisters are right there encouraging you to try again. I continue to choose ZTA because the sisters of our chapter truly are becoming women that are unafraid to be themselves and grow into the next generation of leaders that this world needs.”

– BAILEY BALDWIN, New Member Class ‘20, Intramural Chairman and New Member Committee

“I went through recruitment to try to find a place of belonging since I was going to a school where I knew no one. During that process, I was drawn to Zeta not necessarily because of the aspects of the sorority, but how the women in the chapter carried out their lives at Samford. Each woman I met was so caring and deeply involved in organizations and invested in their communities at Samford/Birmingham. I knew I wanted to surround myself with them to give me a push to be my best self and make roots on this campus by being involved and invested to get the most out of my time here and give back to the Samford community.”

– MATTIE GRACE HOLLEY, New Member Class ‘19, Academic Achievement Chairman

“I ultimately decided to go through recruitment because I moved 13 hours away from home. As a freshman, that’s scary! I wanted to immediately involve myself with a community that would push me to become a woman of character in addition to being ‘my home away from home’. In ZTA, I felt as if I could fully ‘be Lisette’ while being shaped and molded into the best version of myself. Every single member that I have come in contact with over the past three years has proven this to me over and over.” 

-LISETTE FALK, New Member Class ‘18, Chaplain

If you are already signed up for recruitment, WOOHOO!! Let’s do this thing!! I am so pumped for you and to meet you! If you’re on the fence about this whole sorority thing, I want to encourage you to sign up and just see if it is for you. You never know until you try! I have included the link to register below and feel free to reach out to me or Samford Panhellenic with any questions! @samfordpanhellenic is a great resource for tips on what to expect going through the week, as well as the Samford Guides App which will have helpful information regarding outfits, schedules, etc. 

Zeta Tau Alpha and Samford Greek Life as a whole have been the biggest blessing in my life. The women in my chapter and other chapters on campus have shown me true loyalty and how important it is to be yourself.  Samford Greek Life is unique because there is a camaraderie among each Panhellenic chapter and a sisterhood within. You will have friendships spread across several sororities during your four years, or maybe you will have a tight-knit group just in your future chapter. Either way, everyone is rooting for you to find your home. You want to end up in a sorority that loves you for who you are, not for a facade you put on to fit in with others.  Make sure to get lots of sleep, drink plenty of water, and eat, which will help with sound decision-making during recruitment. So, with all of that being said, SIGN UP FOR RECRUITMENT! Go Bulldogs and Go Greek!! I cannot wait for you to find your home!

Apply for recruitment through Samford:  https://samfordpanhellenic.mycampusdirector2.com/landing/

Learn more about Samford’s chapters: https://www.samford.edu/greeklife/join-a-chapter

Zeta’s for the Win!

This past semester, all of our sports competed in the spring. With school being back in full swing, we are excited to highlight our eighteen student athletes here in the Delta Psi chapter! From the recently named SoCon Champions of track and field, to the sixth-straight conference title for soccer, and finally to the Kiawah Island Classic championship round for golf, our girls are represented all throughout the athletic community. And with football starting back up, our dance and cheer team ladies have had a huge role in getting the crowds fired up and keeping the energy high in the stadium!  To put it short, our members do it all, and we are excited to give them the recognition they deserve.

ON THE RIGHT TRACK

Track: (L to R – top) Grace Gamboa, Hannah Lueders, (bottom) Riley Alexander, and Kaelyn McCann

Starting off with track, our incredibly talented women’s track and field ladies achieved their sixth straight indoor SoCon championship on April 28th, and the outdoor SoCon championship on May 2nd, making their constant dedication and commitment worth it. We are in awe of the strength and persistence it took to reach their goal, and we cannot believe that they managed to train all while serving our chapter, not to mention Riley Alexander serves as our housing manager. They can seriously do it all.

GOING FOR GOALS

Soccer:

Track: (L to R – top) Katie Hoaglund, Caroline Donovan, (bottom) Alex Bicknell, Ella Simpson

These four incredible ladies ended their spring season with a record of 8-2-3.  They won the regular season conference championship, and headed to the conference tournament. Advancing to the conference tournament championship did not have the ending they were hoping for. They have such a fun loving spirit both on and off the field, and we love the competitive edge they bring to the table.

IT’S TEE TIME

Golf: Bailey Dunstan

Our sweet and gifted Bailey Dunstan has already accomplished so much in her first year on Samford’s Women’s Golf team! Bailey and her team recently placed in the Kiawah Island Classic. Bailey finished the season by placing 3rd in a spring tournament and top 10 in the conference. She also made the SoCon all freshmen team–how impressive is that?!

GAME, SET, MATCH

Tennis: Lauren Waddles

Lauren Waddles is a freshman here at Samford University coming to us from Lexington, Kentucky. She loves the opportunities Samford has provided her this season, with tennis and Greek life, and being a new member of Zeta Tau Alpha is something that she prioritizes outside of her sport. Lauren and her team finished with a winning record in the SoCon tournament.

BATTER, BATTER, SWING

Softball: Grayson King

Grayson is a sophomore here from Magnolia, Texas and plays outfield for the bulldogs. She played in 18 games in her sophomore season with 6 runs scored. Grayson also is serving on our recruitment committee! We are lucky to have her talent and loyalty.

DANCING QUEENS

Dance: (from L to R) Hailey Mahan, Elise Pettit

Our dancers put as many hours into practice as they do in their studies. The dance team makes appearances at basketball and football games. This season has been unlike any other with the two seasons occurring at the same time, and made the balancing act look easy. Hailey and Elise bring the pep and the talent to our chapter!

BRING IT ON

Cheer: (from L to R) Anna Haisten Williams, Jourdan Elliott, Baylie McClafferty, (bottom) Jackie Rodriguez, 

& Olivia Lamb

As cheerleaders, these members don’t only bring spirit to the school, but also to our chapter! It always brings a smile to our faces to see them on the sidelines at football and basketball games. Anna Haisten and Olivia are also on the Historian committee and serve as bloggers. 

We realize the sacrifice of being an athlete at Samford while juggling studies, extracurriculars, and being active members in ZTA. Our members put in so much hard work and perseverance into their sports all while holding their crown high. Their involvement in the different areas of the Samford community truly adds to and makes our chapter very well rounded. We love being able to cheer on all of our sisters in each season and are so proud of the example they set for our school.

Keeping up with the Zistas, a Jan-Term Recap

After a semester that challenged us in more ways than one, our members took advantage of their extended break. With six national parks, a road trip out west, and beautiful sunrises over the islands of Saudia Arabia, we had the adventure of a lifetime over the break. We can’t wait to share their unforgettable stories! 

You’ll Always Find your Way Back Home

Name: Maggie Mulder

Year: Sophomore

Major: Christian Ministry with a Spanish Minor 

Displaying her servant’s heart, Maggie took this break as an opportunity to host seventeen of her closest friends from Samford, seven of them being sisters from her New Member Class in Delta Psi. In the first part of the break, Maggie’s friends from Samford met up near Colorado Springs. They drove out to the Rocky Mountains taking in the most beautiful views while staying at a nearby ranch. She proceeded to tell us how they visited six national parks in only six days! After they saw the Black Canyon, various Utah sites, Moab, and Bryce Canyon, Maggie and her friends ended their trip in Phoenix.  

For the second half of the break, Maggie continued to play tour guide as her sorority sisters visited her beautiful hometown. This experience was eventful, including horseback riding, hiking, and winding down at night with “touristy things” that she typically would not have the chance to do. Maggie mentioned that she really struggled to go the long break without seeing her friends from college in the past. “Just the fact that they would take the time to fly and come out all this way here just shows the quality of people that attend Samford.” Maggie used these opportunities to try new things even though she’s lived there for over 10 years.

Staycation turned into a Vacation

Name: Savanah Needham 

Year: Junior

Major: Entrepreneurship/Marketing 

Traveling from state to state, Savanah Needham started her break by moving from Carlsbad, California, to what’s known as “America’s Finest City” – the sunny city of San Diego! With her brother-in-law deployed, Savanah and her sister had the house to themselves and relaxed on the gorgeous white-sand beaches! Savanah’s adventure didn’t end in California, however. Her family of four took a road trip out west and hit some of the country’s most popular national parks. From the crimson-colored rocks of Bryce Canyon to the green forest trails and waterfalls of Zion National Park, Savanah made the most of her time in Utah! She and her family continued their trip as they snowmobiled through the freezing cold winter wonderland in Silverton, Colorado. 

Shortly after, Savannah packed her bags and went to the state she’s always dreamed of visiting – Arizona! Savannah spent a week in Arizona, where she saw Grand Canyon University and visited her best friend. The next attraction on her list was the stunning overlook at Horseshoe Bend, where she ran into two women from Samford she knew from studying abroad! During her travels, Savannah met many Zeta Alumnae and even furthered her relationship with her sister, who graduated as a Samford Zeta Alumna. Although Savannah had a fantastic traveling experience and what she calls her “peak,” Savannah remembers how scared she was to leave her comfort zone. She advises anyone nervous to travel to: pick a place, pack a bag, and hit the road! With her many adventures from state to state, we now know who to turn to when we need any travel advice. We can’t believe that Savannah did all of this even while studying for her real estate license.

Getting out of Your Comfort Zone

Name: Ashton Johnson

Year: Junior

Major: Nursing

Off the coast of a tropical island in Saudia Arabia, Ashton experienced a different side of the world. She was treated like royalty by the welcoming people of the Middle East! Growing up with a father in the Navy, Ashton is accustomed to moving every two years. Today, her parents currently reside in Little America on an island called Amwaj. While in Bahrain, Ashton and her family took advantage of the warm temperatures. On Christmas Eve, they went horseback riding through the forts and the breathtaking downtown area at sunrise. Afterward, they enjoyed a delicious dinner at an Asian fusion restaurant called Monsoons. Ashton experienced adventure after adventure as she raced cars down the tracks of Bahrain and came face to face with camels in the wildlife parks! Much of Bahrain is composed of desert islands, and Ashton and her family made sure they visited the infamous item on their bucket list – the 400-year-old, ginormous Tree of Life that sits in the middle of the desert! Not only did she enjoy the wondrous sights of Bahrain, but Ashton also enjoyed seeing how Saudi Arabia’s culture compares to her life at Samford. 

 While the country differs politically and culturally from the United States, Saudi Arabia appreciates American food and even dedicates American Alley to the restaurants we see here in Birmingham! We are so jealous of all of the great activities and attractions that Ashton got to experience. Still, one of the most memorable parts of her story was how she managed to connect with other Zetas on the other side of the world! She and her sisters, who are both Zetas, connected with Zeta Alumnae from different chapters and got to know them over the break. She notes how amazing it is that you can be anywhere globally and still run into sisters from other countries! Ashton’s exciting adventure to Amwaj is a great example of Zeta Tau Alpha’s wide-reaching sisterhood, and we love that she was able to find comfort through her sisters!

Even though our members traveled worldwide, they still managed to find their home away from home & connect with ZTAs globally. We are so grateful that they agreed to share their stories with us. We’re dreaming of the moment that we get to experience some of the incredible things that they did! We’re so excited for the new year and to be working alongside so many amazing women, and we can’t wait to see what’s coming next! 

ZLAM ♛ 

Anna Haisten Williams & Olivia Lamb (PC’ 20 )

Love, the greatest of all things

As our semester has turned to online-only classes, it is important to remember and appreciate the times we have with our sisters. As I intend to study abroad in the fall of 2020, it was a difficult goodbye knowing I wouldn’t be able to see my sisters for 9 more months. Although I am hurt by this goodbye, many things came to my attention about my past 7 months in Zeta Tau Alpha. As I began my sophomore year, I made new friends and grew existing friendships I now cannot live without. These sisters, these friendships, and this chapter have molded me into a person I now love being. As many women struggle with insecurities, I was one of them defeating myself over the way I looked, the food I ate, the grades I made, and the things I did. I allowed myself to consume my thoughts of worldly things that, in the end, didn’t make me who I really was. I still struggle with these thoughts but compared to how I used to see myself, I have never loved myself more. I don’t think I would have ever found that if it wasn’t for the sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha consistently pursuing, encouraging, and loving me. The phrase in our creed, “love, the greatest of all things,” was just another sentence to me when I first joined Zeta. I never truly believed love to be the greatest of all things because I had never experienced the love Zeta provided me. My best friends saw my struggles and insecurities and took them as their own. They helped me through many adversities going on in my life and turned them into something great. They pushed me to only say positive things about myself, find things I love doing, and encouraged me to be the best version of myself I could possibly be. Through the love they showed me, I was able to find love for myself and all my flaws. Before these friendships, I perceived my worth only by the things you could see on the outside. I was buried in thoughts of unworthiness, my inability to do things, my achievements not being enough, and that no one could possibly love all of my numerous flaws. However, all of these preconceived notions about myself were soon torn out from under me because of the people I chose to surround myself with. I learned my worth is not defined by looks, weight, or possessions, but that it is rooted in my passions, love for others, good deeds, and my identity in Christ. Not only were those closest to me a part in mending my brokeness but it was also the Zeta sisterhood as a whole. Being a part of the Executive Council as an officer, I found 11 new friendships who seek to not only instill in me love, support, and encouragement but our chapter as a whole. Through their dedication to living by our foundation precept, “love, the greatest of all things,” it inspired and motivated me to do all things out of love. I had the privilege of getting two little sisters this year who not only show me grace and kindness but also demonstrate what caring about important things in life looks like. I joined a bible study with 10 other women who were eager to get to know me and invested time in praying for my struggles. These women text me words of encouragement, ask for updates on my life, and took my burdens as their own. Additionally, living in the house this year provided me with 70 plus roommates. Through this experience, I have learned to have grace and patience. These sisters have done many things to make me feel loved that didn’t go unnoticed. These were things like folding my laundry, helping me study, cleaning my dishes, assisting in setting up events, and lending me dresses to wear to functions. Moreover, I gained a Historian committee through my executive council position. These women have sacrificed their time and effort for me. It is hard to invest in something when the life around you keeps moving at full speed, but these women show me constantly what it means to be selfless. It is all of these relationships and many more that have been a part of helping me find self-love and a deeper love and appreciation for those around me. I finally found that love truly is the greatest of all things.

What Did the Sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha Delta Psi Learn in 2019?

As a new year has begun, I have realized it is important to reflect on the prior year. With that being said, there are so many sisters with different stories within our chapter of Delta Psi. I reached out to a few of them to ask what they learned in the past year. Here’s what they wrote:

  • Layne Peterson (Sophomore PC ’18) wrote, “This year, although things might not have always gone as planned or exactly how I wanted them, doesn’t mean that there isn’t still good to be found in that. I’ve learned that you can get through bad times and there will always be better ones ahead as long as you are surrounded by people who love you and cherish you.”
  • Kelsey Richardson (Junior PC ’17) said, “Over this past year, I have learned to have joy no matter what my circumstances are or what season of life I’m in. I’ve learned to be present wherever I’m at. This year was one of the hardest and most growing years of my life. I learned to be 100% myself and be confident in who I am and who the Lord calls me to be. I’ve learned more about my future and what I’m headed toward and couldn’t be more excited for 2020 and to see what all it has in store.”
  • MC McBride (Senior PC ’16) said, “The fruits of the spirit became more prevalent in my life this past year. I knew them all my life but the past year I realized how important they are and each month I chose a new one to pray for and have seen the Lord change my life in so many ways through it. For example, praying for peace helping me before going on tour knowing that that’s where I was supposed to be. And praying for patience helped me so much with friendships and with my babysitting job last summer. Also love and loving others better and not focusing on what’s best for me but for others as well.”
  • Kylie Pitt (Sophomore PC ’18) wrote, “I learned the friendships I gained through last year are friends that I now can’t live without. I was able to realize the importance of being thankful for the people who help make me a better person. From them, I was able to find my identity in Christ, find peace in the unknown, find satisfaction in being still in this crazy life, and find things that genuinely make me happy. Before I met these girls, I did not know who I was or how important I was. I never thought I could be loved and cared for this much. I learned to cherish them and thank them daily for being my best part of me.”
  • Cammille Stroud (Freshman PC ’19) said, “Coming into college I was so worried about making true, intentional relationships but I don’t think I really even knew what that meant until I became a zeta. I’ve learned to love bigger and serve my sisters the best way I can.”
  • Kylie Ballard (Junior PC ’17) said, “I have learned many things, but one thing I am going to take with me is that you need the people around you. I am used to being a one-man show and relying on myself because I am very particular, but I had to learn to lean on those around me to be my hand and feet when I needed it, and theirs when they need(ed) it!”
  • Lisette Falk (Sophomore PC ’18) learned “it is okay to accept defeat because I have the strongest support group who will pick me up and walk alongside me despite what I might be going through, I learned that admitting when you need help or when you are struggling is a huge part of life.”
  • AJ Mabry (Senior PC ’16) said, “This past year I learned to have faith in the unknown. Being a senior and getting ready to graduate and find a job is scary, especially for someone like me who likes to have things all planned out, but God has taught me that He is faithful and always provides.”

All of these women and the rest of Delta Psi have learned lessons throughout 2019. The root of almost all of these lessons is relationships. Most of these relationships being from the sisterhood we share. Through this sisterhood, growth has happened in so many women’s lives. Speaking for all of us, the Zeta Tau Alpha Delta Psi chapter has brought meaning, depth, growth, and so much more to each individual’s life. While each person will suffer from mistakes, heartbreaks, failures, and losses, it is important to have a community where you can depend on support and encouragement. This sisterhood has provided sisters with people who will pick up and carry their baggage with them so they don’t have to carry it alone. “Going into 2020, my desire for the sisters within this chapter is for them to continue their growth and learn many new inspirational lessons they can take with them for the rest of their lives.”

Much love to the sisters of Zeta Tau Alpa Delta Psi

The Journey to Becoming President: Kaley Claudepierre’s Story

Zeta Tau Alpha Delta Psi chapter is excited to welcome its new executive council members into office. As we start a new chapter with new ideas and inspirations, our newly installed president Kaley Claudepierre has been a huge part of pursuing these goals. As former VP1, Kaley was able to see the immense impact the executive council had on the Delta Psi chapter. In her powerful statement, “Being positive is great, but without a foundation behind it, it can be fleeting,” she told of her intentions for this chapter. Kaley sought and continues to seek to have a foundation for this chapter to lean on. Being president has big shoes to fill, and the members of Zeta Tau Alpha have faith Kaley has the capability of filling them in the next year. “A goal I have for our chapter is creating an atmosphere for members to be able to have a deeply rooted passion for being a member. Now I understand this goal may seem unattainable or just plain silly, but I acknowledge the basis of many issues we may face in our chapter comes from people not having a genuine sense of belonging.” Kaley’s ambition to construct a foundation where every member of Zeta Tau Alpha can feel seen and known is a goal the rest of the executive council carries as well. The question may arise, “How does Kaley plan on making one feel as though they belong?” Her answer, “Forcing someone to feel a certain way never works; if anything, it pushes them farther away. One statement which stuck out to me during this past recruitment process was simple yet had a powerful message: “people join people.” In the same way, people stay because of people. When you feel as though people know you and know you well, you feel a sense of belonging. By creating a program to initiate conversations and allow people to freely open up, slowly but surely members will start to recognize or begin to see why Zeta is their home. I feel as an EC member, you play a vital role in setting the tone for the chapter. Having leaders who care and strive to know individual members is something I think will make a huge impact on our chapter.” This is just one of the many ideas our President Kaley Claudepierre has for installing a more enjoyable and depth filled unity this upcoming year. She sees a bright future for this chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha. In the first week, Kaley and the other council members were installed, they made a list of the goals they intend to fulfill before their term ends. The first being, “creating memorable and meaningful experiences.” it is easy to get caught up in the idea of being in a sorority and the fun it brings. However, the new EC hopes to introduce fun experiences that also allows members to realize the importance of being part of a sorority. “Enhance communication” is the second goal. EC aspires to fulfill their leadership roles, while also establishing an atmosphere which gives members access to communicate about any and everything. Moreover, our council also wishes to have “servant hearts” this term. They want to serve their chapter rather than expecting anything from it. They long to fulfill the needs of the chapter above their own. As there are many other goals this council seeks to uphold, these are just a few Kaley and the rest of EC are passionate about pursuing. We are so grateful for a president who has aspirations and intentions for this chapter to be better. We cannot wait to see what this upcoming year will bring to the chapter of Delta Psi.

 

A letter to Potential New Members about to go through Sorority Recruitment

By: Carson Hungerford

Dear Potential New Members,

So, you’ve decided to go through sorority recruitment! Recruitment is exciting! It is also hot, invigorating, empowering, oversharing, answering the same question 30 different ways, wonderful, and an emotional rollercoaster. The most important thing you can do leading up to recruitment and during the process is to relax.  Whatever is meant to be will happen. Stressing about recruitment is not going to change the outcome of the week. It’s only going to increase your anxiety about the whole process while hindering your overall experience. 

When you walk into each house, it is crucial that you be yourself.  You want to end up in a sorority that likes you for who you are, not for a facade you put on to fit in with others.  Authenticity will lead to more valuable conversations and help you match your values to the proper house. Talk about things you are passionate about, the things you find most intriguing and what makes you who you are. Present yourself in the most positive way possible while also being authentic to yourself. Be confident. Smile. Most importantly, ask lots and lots of questions, take notes after each house and round, and take time to reflect each day on your notes and experience. Understand that active sorority members are just as nervous, if not more than you are. Members want you to ask questions. Members want you to like them. Wear clothes that you feel good in, that are comfortable and not distracting. Do your hair and makeup in a way that makes you feel your brightest.

Another important thing I learned while participating in recruitment is that you cannot let others opinions on a house influence how you feel about it.  Not everyone is going to feel the same way about a house, and that is alright. Be confident in how you feel about a house. This is 100% your decision to make. It is completely normal to feel confused or overwhelmed.  Talk to your Rho-Gammas. They are there to help with the entire process, and to be a shoulder to lean on. Do not overthink your decision and trust your gut. You know yourself and how you feel better than anyone else.  Do not stress yourself out. Make sure to get lots of sleep and drink plenty of water and eat, which will help with sound decision making during recruitment.

The active members in the sororities have been in the same spot you are now. Members want you to feel welcomed, valued, calm, and relaxed. Remember that just because your list of invites back to houses may not look exactly how you expected, does not mean you should give up on the process. Give each house a chance and maximize your options each day of recruitment by attending all parties you are invited to. Keeping an open mind throughout the process is the best advice to take away from this post!

 

Good luck, you got this!

 

We look forward to meeting YOU!

 

What is ZTA up to this summer?

By: Kelsey Richardson

WOW! It has been one heck of a summer for Delta Psi!! From internships to camps, to studying abroad, our girls have been doing some really amazing things and taking advantage of some really cool opportunities this summer!

As August has just begun, that means the start of the school year is almost here and so is recruitment! We wanted to share a couple of the things we have been up to this summer to give you an insight into the diverse group of women that make up our chapter!

Leah (PC ’18) – “This summer I have been in Athens, Greece with an organization called Greater Europe Missions. My team was split up into three groups, and my group has been working with an Evangelical church in Glyfada, Greece! With this church, we have been working with their refugee ministry. We’ve been able to build relationships with them, as well as help them in training as they start a business to make money. We have also done ministry with Greek highschool and college students. We were able to share the gospel with them, spend time with them, and be a light to them as we got to know them. Not only that, but we have done homeless ministry where we would pass out water, tea, and sandwiches to the homeless on the street. We have also done lots of administrative work for the church, as well as babysitting for the pastor’s family and other missionary families! Not only did we work in Athens, but we got to go to the Island of Lesvos where we were involved in more refugee ministry. We spent time with a Muslim refugee who accepted Christ into their life and saw another refugee be completely healed from a hurting leg! On this trip, God has taught me SO much about myself, other cultures, and what it’s like to share His love. He has done some AWESOME things and has also shown me my calling for life!!!”

Sara Grace (PC ’17) – “This summer I went to Uganda for 5 weeks to spread the love and word of God with Heal Ministries. This was my fourth and longest trip to Uganda. Every year our team brings over supplies for the kids at Family Spirit, which is a school and has recently become an orphanage as well. These kids only get school supplies and toiletries once a year so it is very important they are given the necessities to do well in school. This year to help fundraise, I asked our chapter to help donate items or money for supplies to take to Uganda. In just one week, I was so overwhelmed by the donations and support and was able to buy over $200 worth of supplies. While I was in Uganda, I got to do so many amazing things from hiking waterfalls to loving on the sweet kids and families there. It was the most incredible experience and I couldn’t have done it without the support of my ZTA sisters!”

Weslyn (PC ’16) – “Working in the Country Music industry has always been a dream of mine. After having incredible experiences performing with some of the most influential artists in my musical journey, I knew that in some way, shape, or form, I had to work in the business. I, along with everyone have heard the phrase, ‘if you do something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.’ I took that to heart and when it was time to fulfill my graduation requirements by secr=uring an internship, I went bold. I always knew I wanted to end up in Nashville, so doing an internship anywhere else just didn’t make sense. I wanted to make connections meet people, and begin networking myself. So I found a company that seemed to be my ‘glass slipper’ and I just went for it. I sent in my resume and was asked to interview and then asked to join the team. Living in Nashville this summer has been incredible and the experiences that I face daily make me feel like I’m living in an alternate universe. Though each day brings new tasks and responsibilities, I’ve gotten to do things like work CMA Fest from the industry side, create graphic designs for artists that will be released on a national level, sit across the table from viral sensations, and shake hands with legends in the country music industry. I am still in that ‘pinch me’ phase, but I am soaking in every moment and constantly trying to contain my inner fangirl. Without my ZTA sisters cheering me on every step of this journey, there’s no way that I could pack up and move 8 hours from home, believing in myself the way I do, or confidently take steps towards who I am and who I strive to be. I am so blessed in so many ways and it’s moments like these that make me realize that!”

Julia (PC ’17) – “This summer, I have been working an internship at a company called ApolloMD. I worked under the lady who does all of the payroll and staffing for the ER doctors in a Wellstar hospital. This not only gave me the opportunity to learn more about the patient side of the hospital care but allowed me to see all of the backgrounds that go into healthcare. It has been the best experience and I am so thankful that I’ve had the opportunity to work with this company!”

Sarah (PC ’16) – “I had the chance to spend two weeks in Kailua, Hawaii at the beginning of the summer. My sister married a marine and they are stationed out there for 3 years. It was literally the best trip of my life. We went cliff jumping, ate lots of local food, went to see where Pearl Harbor happened and saw lots of beaches. The best part was getting to bring my best friend and zeta sister along with me. I loved driving around and exploring the island and trying all the food. It was an incredible experience!”

Alyssa (PC ’17) – “I was so blessed with the opportunity to spend the entire summer abroad! I started off in Grenoble, France in May and was there all through June. While I was there I took weekend trips to places like Marseille and Paris! Then I went to Spain for a week off from classes. In Spain, I met up with a friend of mine from a past foreign exchange program and we explored Madrid together! And now I am currently in Germany for the next six weeks studying German! I’ve had an amazing time and the adventure will continue until December as I start my next study abroad program in London in the fall!”

Sloane (PC ’16) – “For the month of July, I am studying abroad in Florence, Italy! I’m taking a Food and Culture class where I literally get to cook every day and get to learn so many Italian recipes. It’s such a dream!! I highly encourage everyone in college to study abroad if you get the chance. It’s the most incredible experience and you will grow and learn so much – not only about the culture but also about yourself. It is so easy to get caught up with life in America that you forget there’s an entire world out there, filled with so many different people, cultures, languages, and foods!! I’m so thankful for this experience of a lifetime, and that I get to do it with my best friend I met through ZTA!”

Kylie (PC ’17) – “This summer I had the opportunity to pursue my passion in digital marketing in my hometown of Austin, Texas. I am currently interning for a company called Q2ebanking. In short, Q2 is a software company that reaches out to local banks to help them make money by creating user-friendly apps and websites for them. Over Q2’s short time as a company, they have already acquired 4 other lines of business in the banking industry as well. I tell you all of this because I have had the opportunity to work with the project managers (the people that run each line of business’s marketing) to optimize their organic search and pay per click advertising. You may be thinking “I have no clue what that means”, and trust me when I say I had NO CLUE what it meant 11 weeks ago. This internship has been so much more than I ever would have expected. I thought I would be working on a small project in the back and bringing the occasional cup of coffee. But here I am having optimized 5,000 keywords for an entire company, having lead 12 meetings with people with way more markering experience than me, and giving a presentation next week to 50 people about my project. It’s amazing how quickly something that I had no clue about became something that people were relying on me to teach. Overall, I have felt all of the emotions this summer of confusion, realization, failure, accomplishment, and overall have been adulting to the max, but I wouldn’t have changed a thing because I have learned so much.”

While our chapter has been up to many incredible adventures and experiences this summer, we cannot wait to all be back together here in a couple of weeks! You know what they say, “It’s always better when we’re together,” and that reigns true here in Delta Psi. We can’t wait to hear more about all of our sister’s summers! We are also so excited to hear from PNMs during recruitment about their summer adventures too!

 

A Zeta’s Guide to a Semester Abroad

Who: Kelsey Richardson
Where: London, UK
When: Spring Semester 2019
Class: Arts in Society & Biblical Perspectives

I knew before I came to Samford that I was going to study abroad at some point! My older sister had gone to London her Junior year spring semester and fell in love with it. When the opportunity came for me to go this past spring semester, I took it. I couldn’t wait to spend an entire semester doing what I love most: traveling! This past semester was the most challenging and fulfilling season of my life. I met so many new people, went to so many amazing and beautiful places, and learned A LOT about myself and the world that’s out there waiting to be explored!

Top 5 favorite places:

London: There are so many fun things to do in London from Buckingham Palace to Notting Hill, Borough Market, Covent Garden, Tower Hill, Oxford Circus and so much more! There is so much to do in London that people say even if you lived there your whole life, you couldn’t see and do everything!

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Spain: For our spring break, some of us decided to go to Spain! We went to Barcelona and Valencia, two absolutely beautiful cities filled with rich culture and delicious foods! We saw so much including the Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, the beach, the Gothic district, the City of Art and Sciences, and more!

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Italy: On Easter weekend, I went to Venice, Florence, and Pisa! Italy has everything from history, to beautiful architecture, amazing food, and the BEST gelato in the world.

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Amsterdam: Amsterdam is an extremely unique city with beautiful canals, the best stroopwafels ever, tulip fields, and the most bikes I have ever seen in one city. There’s so much to see and do and each street is more beautiful than the last.

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Wales: For our class trip, we went to Wales where we did all things adventurous including cliff jumping, surfing, and hiking! My inner adrenaline junkie came out and I’ve never had so much fun in my life! There are beautiful cliffs, rocky beaches, and fields full of cows and sheep!

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Tips for traveling abroad

  • Always plan your trips in advance! Sometimes if you wait too long flights get too expensive. Also, make sure you plan every detail! Sometimes being spontaneous can be good, and other times you regret it!
  • Do as much as you can but don’t get burnt out!
  • Get out of your comfort zone! Don’t be afraid to try new things!
  • GET A PORTABLE PHONE CHARGER!!!!! You will need it. Period.
  • Always make sure you research public transport before traveling to any city. It’s always different the way people get around and you don’t want to end up in a sketchy taxi.
  • Make sure you know currency exchange rates
  • Also, buy adapters for both UK and EU
  • It’s better to under-pack than overpack most of the time! Only pack things you know you will wear, need, or use!
  • Make new friends, try new foods, go to new places!!!
  • Ask Airbnb hosts and hotel front desks what they recommend you to see and do! Usually, locals know the best places!

Balancing Study with Abroad

Traveling is great, but don’t forget you’re not just there to travel but you’re also still in school!! Don’t travel every weekend and not do your homework til you get back on Sunday night at 2 a.m. from a trip (even though you probably will at least once)! Make sure you stay on top of your work while still traveling and having fun! I learned the best thing to do was to complete assignments on the day I got them or as soon as possible! If you get ahead, it leaves more time to travel on weekends and have fun during the week! At the same time, don’t only care about your school work!! You are also there to learn by exploring new places and learn about other cultures! You may learn more from traveling than sitting in a classroom!

Getting Homesick

I am NOT the homebody type and usually when I am at school, I rarely get homesick. However, I would be lying if I said you won’t miss home a bit while being abroad. I mean, when you’re in another country, halfway across the world, thousands of miles from home and your family and friends, it’s bound to happen! You may miss little things like driving, or your favorite restaurants, or your dog, and that’s completely okay and normal!! However, don’t let it ruin your time abroad. If you sit in your room missing home all the time, you won’t get to experience how wonderful studying abroad is! It’s okay to have hard days, but it’s so important to remember that you may never get the chance to travel the world again! So soak up every second and enjoy it!

 

My semester abroad is something that will shape the rest of my life. It was nothing like I planned, imagined, or ever could have expected. I don’t think I will ever be able to fully put into words what my semester abroad was but I know I will cherish my time in London forever. Studying abroad will push you to grow more than you ever have. It will get your out of your comfort zone and cause you to be independent, maybe for the first time in your life. London will always have a special place in my heart and I hope to be back again one day!! For now, I’m so glad to be home and back with all my zistas!!

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Samford 2019

By: Hannah Harb and Cassidy Goble, Philanthropy Chairs 2019

Our annual spring philanthropy event, Mr. Samford, is coming up on March 28th! Our philanthropy chairs answered a few questions about the event and our philanthropy.

1. What is Mr. Samford?

Mr. Samford is a men’s pageant which ties in many different organizations across campus. It is one of the largest philanthropic events ZTA, Delta Psi does each year. The proceeds go toward the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation which promotes and supports breast education and awareness, our national philanthropy. One of the best aspects of this event is that all Fraternities and sororities nominate guys to represent them in the competition. The night itself entails different categories including swimwear, interview, talent, and nightwear. On stage, each nominee puts their own funny spin on the different categories. This year our judges are Tito (Samford’s famous bus driver), Anna Bain (Miss Samford), and Riley Westmoreland (Samford’s president’s, Dr. Westmoreland, daughter). We are grateful to continue this production and create an exciting and impactful night for the entire University.

2. Why do we do Mr. Samford?

As mentioned above, Mr. Samford is one of our biggest philanthropy events and it is the best way to get all of Samford’s campus involved. It encourages everyone to support our philanthropy, Breast Cancer Education and Awareness and all of the proceeds go towards the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation.

3. What is your favorite thing about our philanthropy and Mr. Samford?

Our favorite thing about Mr. Samford is the opportunity to support Breast Education and Awareness. 1 in 8 women will be affected by breast cancer at some point in their life. Breast cancer affects everyone, directly or indirectly. We also love being able to work with the guys and their coaches. They are so fun and so excited to be a part of this event.

4. What are you most looking forward to this year at Mr. Samford?

We are most excited to see our ideas come together on stage and hopefully raise a significant amount to donate towards our philanthropy. This support means so much to us and the members of Zeta Tau Alpha. Seeing the boys on stage and seeing all their hard work pay off will be so entertaining and we can’t wait for the whole campus to come out and see.

This year’s contestants & who they are representing:

  • Andrew Sink- Alpha Delta Pi
  • John Henry Fields- Alpha Delta Pi
  • Chad Jordan- Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Cameron Hunt- Alpha Omicron Pi
  • James Hornsby- Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Lewis Campbell- Chi Omega
  • Corbin Smith- Chi Omega
  • Micah Jones- Phi Mu
  • Jack Flemming- Phi Mu
  • Cambron Bice- Tri Delta
  • Jackson Mckinney- Zeta Tau Alpha
  • Ej Castro- Zeta Tau Alpha
  • Will Green- Sigma Chi

Mr. Samford is This Thursday, March 28, 2019, at 7pm in the Wright Center

Check out our promo video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txQ20QsYGKc&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1U2X9kAFCQ6ORx9dcfCfXOAZen_rUBvh-tKMo8EUh_vv4lAJuOWHKI3xI