Creed Devotional: “To think in terms of all mankind and our service to the world”

Recently I’ve hit a major slump. I’m apathetic in all I do, whether that’s homework or any extracurricular activity. I told myself that I would be ok just scraping by and going through the motions. This is something I think we all experience at some point of our college career. However, something has been tugging at my heart, telling me I can’t live life that way.

Colossians 3:23-4:1

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,  knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.  For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.

Masters, treat your bondservants justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

Paul eloquently told the Colossians that no matter what we do or what position we hold, we should work at it as though we are doing that task for God. Our actions are an outward reflection of who we serve. They show the characteristics of God to those who may or may not know Him. Therefore, if we truly live fully the way God hopes for us, everything we do will be richer and we will grow closer to Him.

Galatians 5:13-26

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.  For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;  idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

Paul wrote to the Galatians to remind them and urge them to serve one another in love. Society constantly tells us that self-love is one of the most important things we need. But God tells us otherwise. He tells us to follow His commands and love others humbly. And if we don’t there will be consequences. God doesn’t take this lightly. The way we treat others is also a reflection of who God is.

I challenge you, this week, to actively seek opportunities to serve others with love. A real, whole-hearted, authentic love that reflects how much God loves you. The more you serve others and the less you serve yourself first, your characteristics will better align with that of Gods.

By SK Farmer

Ashes to Ashes; Step Sing 2018

One of Samford University’s most beloved traditions is Step Sing, a singing and dancing competition where groups from all across campus compete to win. Every year it brings people together to raise money for a charity or cause. This year, seventeen groups competed, including Zeta Tau Alpha’s group.

Over three long weeks of practices, 72 Zeta’s spent hours learning the music and choreography for our show. It was directed by Mallory Killam, a senior, and Caroline Colee, a junior, and it was entitled “Ashes to Ashes.” The theme was Chimney Sweeps and it featured songs like “How Long” by Charlie Puth, “Explosions” by Ellie Goulding, and “Carry On My Wayward Son” by Kansas.

Step Sing is always a great way to bond for the Zeta’s who participate in the show, as they spend immense amounts of time practicing and performing together. About the sisterhood, Lilia Mock, a sophomore, states “This was my first year doing Zeta’s Step Sing show, and I loved that I was able to spend time with my friends and make new ones with girls who are older than me, and who I didn’t know as well before.”

Zeta’s show was viewed by sold out audiences in four different performances, one on Thursday night, one on Friday night, one on Saturday afternoon, and one on Saturday night. Of these four performances, the Friday and Saturday night shows were judged. While Zeta’s show did not win one of the top three awards, it was still a great Step Sing season full of bonding and sisterhood. It is not easy to create a seven-minute show, learn it in three weeks, and put it on stage, but the directors, committee, and all who participated did a great job, and all of Zeta is proud of “Ashes to Ashes,” Zeta’s 2018 show. We are already looking forward to next year’s Step Sing season

By Chloe Champion

Zeta Tau Alpha is: Leadership

One of the many qualities that defines a zeta is leadership. We are a sisterhood of young women who strive to be ever growing and advancing in our fields, as well as women who exemplify servant leadership.

Recently, a few of our sisters were able to attend two conferences based on leadership in the Greek Community: The Officer Leadership Academy, and the Coalition for Collegiate Women’s Leadership.

ZTA Officer Leadership Academy: 

At this conference, our VPIII, Risk Chair, Treasurer and President got to spend time learning the values of leadership and how to apply those to our chapter.

 

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From left to right: Olivia Corely, VPIII; Rachel Capper, Risk Management; Alexa Haines, Treasurer; Brantley Taylor, President 

 

Here’s a note from our Delta Psi President, Brantley Taylor, about her experience:

“So recently I Went to Atlanta for the officer leadership academy for zta. It was a very unique experience where myself, our treasurer, our risk education and awareness chair, and our membership chair got to interact with other zta chapters across the south east. We got to hear about other campus cultures, new programming ideas, and how to better our chapters based upon what was or was not working at other schools. There was also a sense of community there because these girls were going through the exact same things as you and they could actually relate. As well as it being a learning experience about Zta as a whole, it was an opportunity to learn more about how to better ourselves as leaders for the good of our chapter. At the end of the day I’m just another college student who happened to be chosen to lead president, but now I really do have a duty to my chapter to be the best leader I know how. The convention really taught me valuable skills to making myself the best version of me I can be.”

Coalition for Collegiate Women’s Leadership

Our Panhellenic Delegate and two Panhellenic Executive members in Zeta attended this conference with other panhellenic executives and chairs from the different chapters on Samford’s campus.

 

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From left to right: Audrey Verdesca, Panhellenic Delegate; Lauren Piotraczk, Panhellenic Exec; Anna Tuggle, Panhellenic Exec

Our Panhellenic Delegate, Audrey Verdesca, noted several facts and moments from her experience at the conference. Here are some leadership tips that she gained and wants to share with everyone:

-We need to support one another because of their passion, not because of how their accomplisments reflect on the chapter (PREACH!)

-Your abilitiy to lead depends on your ability to connect

-People will begin to care about your cause when they begin to care about you

-Develop intentional relationships (YES. AMEN.)

-Live responsibly and respectably.

 

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The memories and lessons that our sisters took home from these conferences are some that can apply not only to Zeta leadership but to every woman in our chapter. To lead is not only to hold a position but to take up a cause that no one else will and to serve where there is a need. This principle of leadership is one that shapes our sisterhood and we cannot wait to see how these amazing women will take what they learned and continue to influence our chapter.

Zeta Day 2018

This past Saturday, a group of our Delta Psi girls were able to attend the Alabama/ Mississippi Zeta Day. The annual event was held in Hoover this year, and despite rainy day feels, the day was filled with many laughs and sweet sisterhood moments.

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The theme this year was “Nothing Sweeter than Zeta Love” and wow is that true!

After filling ourselves with candy hearts, and reciting the creed during an Order of the Shield ceremony, Delta Psi received awards for Public Relations and Activities, as well as being a major donor. In addition, two of our sisters won awards, so congrats to Mallory Killam for being an oustanding senior, and Madison Matthews for being an outstanding EC member!

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If nothing else, this Zeta Day our chapter learned the value of loving one another and cherishing the sweet sisterhood that we have.

Creed Devotional, To be True to Ourselves

Happy Sunday!

It’s the start of week three here at Samford, which means we are well into the craziness of Step Sing mixed with classes and the ever-looming fear of catching the flu (stay healthy ladies). It’s during times like this when it’s good to stop and take time in the word in preparation for the week ahead.

That’s why I want to start a weekly devotion based off of our creed as little reminders of who we are called to be as women in Zeta.

This week’s line: “To realize that within our grasp in Zeta Tau Alpha lies the opportunity…. to be true to ourselves and to those within and without our circle.

Being true to yourself is so much easier said than done, especially in the digital age that we live in. With social media and magazines bombarding us with articles with the top 5 ways to be your best self, it’s very easy to get lost in a sea of what we’re supposed to be versus who we are.

“Am I saying this now to win the approval of people or God? Am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be Christ’s servant.” Galatians 1:10.

Being true to those within our circles, while important, can often be much easier than being true to those outside of the circle that we become so comfortable in.

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” Proverbs 17:17 

Does anyone else think that it’s strange that we can sit next to the same person in class for three months, but never get past a simple hi at the start of class? Maybe, if you really hit it off you’ll exchange notes and study together, but that’s typicall the extent of the relationship.

When did we become so impersonal to the people who surround us in our daily lives?

Here’s a challenge: get to know someone new. Ask that person who sits next to you in your intro class how their weekend was. And, here’s the tough part, tell them something about yourself. Start a real, genuine, true relationship (see the theme here?).

So, in reveiw, stay true to yourself and make some new friends. Let’s make this a great semester ladies!

Get to know the Delta Psi Advisors

If you have been following the Delta Psi Instagram (you definitely should. Check out some recent posts on the right side of the page ->), you would have noticed that we just finished up a spotlight series on our Delta Psi Advisors.

For those of you who don’t know, our chapter Executive Council is led and advised by a group of ZTA alumnae. It’s my honor to share with you the amazing women who help us out on a day to day basis.

IMG_3356Amanda Moulin: General Advisor
ZTA Chapter: Theta Nu
Fun Fact: My twin sister is also a Zeta, Becca Rampe.
Why I advise? I love advising. I have advised for 10 years now. I enjoy mentoring and building relationships with collegiate women to help them rise to their fullest potential, and help them attain personal, officer or chapter goals. It is not always easy, but seeing the great things women can do with encouragement and positive guidance is an enriching, rewarding experience.

 

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Tori Beckahm: Judicial Advisor
ZTA Chapter: Delta Psi (2005)
Fun Fact: I’m still best friends with a group from my pledge class #zetaisforever. 😂
Why I advise? I advise because I’m thankful to invest in the chapter who invested in me and taught me about leadership and loyalty. I enjoy judicial advising in particular because as a Christian I believe truth spoken with grace shows love in its purest form. I pray our committee love the sisters who visit us well!

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Jamie Smith: Membership Advisor
ZTA Chapter: Gamma Rho
Fun Fact: Hmmm, maybe that I have my own legacy, 3 year old daughter who I hope will be a Zeta one day!
Why I advise?  I am going into my second year of advising. Originally, I wanted to advise because I wanted to give back to Zeta, but I am realizing in my advisor role that Zeta is continuing to give back to me. Zeta helped me so much during college in many ways such as leadership roles, school, and in my friendships, and I am grateful to have this opportunity to give back. It’s so neat to have this special bond with the collegiate sisters and to be able to be a resource, advisor, friend, and of course sister. I enjoy meeting all the chapter members and encouraging and helping them in any way I can.

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Janna Perry: Ritual Advisor
ZTA Chapter: Zeta Psi (initiated), Eta Rho (affiliated)
Fun fact: I traveled with my best friend who is also a Zeta to Los Angeles, CA to receive my Honor Ring at the 2014 ZTA Convention.
Why do I advise? I advise because I want to give back to ZTA, who has given me so much over the years. I want to be a part of continuing our amazing sisterhood so women can always have the opportunity to say Zeta is Forever. I am blessed to meet and work with young women who are in the beginning years of their ZTA life and also advise with women who I am blessed to know because of ZTA. I give to Zeta, but wow, I get so much more in return.

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Dory Baker: Financial Advisor
ZTA Chapter: Alpha Nu
Fun Fact/ Why I advise? My grand big got me interested in advising. ZTA was such a big part of my life in college – I’ve missed that. We had such great advisers at my chapter in college too. They really made a positive impact on our chapter and all those with whom they interacted. I hope I can use my professional skills and past experience as a treasurer; as well as my passion for ZTA, to have a similar positive impact on Delta Psi.

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Becca Rampe: Academic Acheivement Advisor
ZTA Chapter: Theta Nu
Fun Fact: I’m a ZTA National Officer as the District President of North Carolina.
Why I advise? When advising I think of the quote: “Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” I strive to assist women in becoming their individual version of what it means to be strong and work through challenges that may be impacting their success academically and personally.

 

Thank you ladies for all that you do for Delta Psi!