Samford Gives Back 2018

Samford Gives Back is a tradition where students spend part of a Saturday serving at non-profits across Birmingham. This is a way to let students see the great opportunity to serve while letting them give back to a community that gives them a city to call home.

Samford Gives Back allowed Zeta Tau Alpha to split into two groups to serve at different locations this year. One group cleaned the Birmingham Zoo while the other organized at Grace Klein Community Center.

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The women at the zoo scrubbed pollen off from picnic tables and trash cans so families could better enjoy their time together. Once the tables and trash cans were clean, they toured the zoo with trash bags in hand to pick up trash scattered near the exhibits.

The other group serving at Grace Klein drove around Birmingham communities to knock on doors and ask for donations of canned goods and other non-perishable items. The collected items were brought back to the community center and packed in boxes. Then, some girls helped clean up the community center while others wrote notes of encouragement on the cardboard boxes where the canned goods and nonperishable items were packed. These boxes will be given to different families who benefit from Grace Klein.

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// by SK Farmer

Mr. Samford Recap

Mr. Samford was a true success this year. 2018 was the first year contestants took the stage in the Wright Center after many years of hosting the event in Seibert Gym.

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The boys thrived as they goofed off on-stage with a crowd of over 500 people laughing and soaking in every moment. The judges definitely struggled in picking an overall winner.

However, Jacob Stewart was crowned Mr. Samford after his infamous hockey monologue and his story of his not-so-rocky road upbringing. Oh, his favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla, if you were wondering.

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Daylin won Mr. Congeniality after he wowed the crowd with his incredible duet dance.

Logan raised the most money through Venmo and cash donations after he wooed the ladies while singing Dixieland Delight with his sweet country accent.

Creed Devotional: To find satisfaction in being rather than seeming

It seems like from the moment we girls were old enough to wear bubblegum flavored lipgloss and watch Lizzie McGuire we’re told to always be ourselves- to not worry about what people think and to wear our hearts on our sleeves.

This was all well and good until social media showed up and we began to put our lives out there for people to double tap. Suddenly “just be yourself” became a caption rather than a motto.

We now have created carefully crafted social images of ourselves that we put out for the world to judge. These images, though hardly representing our actual lives, are what we prefer people to see. We have become a generation of seeming rather than being.

“Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” -Proverbs 31:30

Because the hard, honest truth is that it would be so much more difficult for us to put our real selves out there in the open for everyone to see. Maybe it’s because we’ve grown so used to putting the right filter on our lives that it has become frightening to be real.

“…To find satisfaction in being rather than seeming thus strengthening in us the higher qualities of the spirit.” (ZTA Creed)

 

Finding satisfaction in being rather than seeming lies in ending the unspoken competition that most of us participate in over social media.

Your worth is not defined by how many likes your picture got, or how much better your friend’s vacation photos look than yours. Your worth is not defined by the clothes that you wear. Your worth is not defined by grades, boys, or going out.

Your worth is defined by the fact that you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

“You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.” -Song of Songs 4:7

It’s time to lift our chins up high and appreciate the amazing women that we are.

 

 

 

 

Mr. Samford is this week!

Mr. Samford, Zeta’s annual men’s pageant which raises money for our philanthropy, Breast Cancer Education and Awareness, will be held in the Samford University Wright Center. Come show your support this Tuesday night, March 27, at 7:00 p.m.!

Can’t make it? Tune into our Instagram for a live feed!

ZTA 9 Key Values

Happy Wednesday! We’re halfway through National Ritual Appreciation Week and have had such an amazing time celebrating our sisterhood. From dressing up for badge day together, to having sisterhood events celebrating our rituals, it has been a week of reflecting upon the values that make us Zeta Tau Alpha.

Speaking of values, the founders of Zeta Tau Alpha founded our fraternity upon 9 key values that we believe are important to live by.

  1. Being rather than seeming
  2. Humility
  3. Leadership
  4. Lifelong learning
  5. Love
  6. Loyalty and commitment
  7. Responsibility
  8. Seeking understanding that we might gain true wisdom
  9. Service & philanthropy

For the rest of the week we can reflect and think about how we can live by these values as we make our way through midterms and leave for spring break!

National Ritual Celebration Week!

March 4-10, 2018

This week is National Ritual Celebration Week, which means an entire week to celebrate our rituals and the deep meaninings that they hold for us.

While our rituals are secret, and shall be kept so, we can still appreciate the long-held traditions, continuing to remind eachother of the values and standards that we as a sorority uphold.

Today specifically is Badge Day 2018, a day for all sororities to show their chapter pride! Our Ritual Chair, Emily Haine, wore her badge today and was featured on the ZTA  Instagram! (Check it out @ztafraternity)

So, in short, wear your badges, show some ritual appreciation and be on the lookout for our ritual appreciation posts throughout the week!

 

 

Creed Devotional : “Be steadfast, strong, and clean of heart and mind…”

In the Zeta creed, there is a line that says, “be steadfast, strong, and clean of heart and mind, remembering that since the thought is father to the deed only that which we would have manifested in our experience should be entertained in thought.” As we walk through day to day life, we need to remind ourselves that purity of heart and mind is necessary in order to live a healthy life, especially as Christians.

Philippians 1:9-10: “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless in the day of Christ.”

Paul is trying to encourage his fellow Christians to live pure and blameless lives. Because there is sin in this world, and we are fallen humans, we will never be utterly blameless. However, we are in charge of our specific actions, and we can either use them to further the kingdom of God, or to selfishly benefit ourselves. God wants His children to represent Him in how they speak and act. When we choose to get caught up in drama, unhealthy lifestyle choices, and sin, we are ultimately disrespecting God and portraying a negative view of Christianity to the world around us. Instead, when we love others well, walk humbly, and fully think before we act, we are glorifying God and finding fulfillment in our faith.

Personally, I have found that when I strive to be more clean of heart, I have loved others far better. When you cleanse your heart, you begin to realize just how much love you can openly and freely give to others. I would encourage you all to actively begin to cleanse your hearts and minds for the glory of God. Also, stand strong in your faith and never forget to realize that the people who “love a pure heart and who speak with grace will have the King for a friend” (Proverbs 22:11).

By Jacquelyn Groux

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.