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!

 

 

Welcome Back! Spring 2018

It’s that time of the year again: syllabus week has ended and the new semester is in full swing. At Samford, the spring semester comes with a loaded calendar to keep our girls busy.

Though we may be feeling a little sad, remembering Christmas and our travels abroad during Jan Term, we are oh so excited to be back together for these next three months. Our new Executive and Programs Councils have been hard at work planning sisterhood and philanthropy events to make Spring 2018 one for the books.

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Here are some events to look forward to this semester:

  • Step Sing: cheer on your zistas as they perform at Samford’s annual competition
  • Zeta Day: this year, the annual Zeta Day is being held in Hoover, AL. This is a great chance to meet zetas from other colleges and to shop for some ZTA gear.
  • Mr. Samford: This annual fundraising pageant is unique to Delta Psi, and always proves to be a good time.
  • Sisterhood Week: no spoilers, but our amazing Sisterhood Chairs are putting together some great events to celebrate this wonderful chapter.
  • Samford Gives Back: roll up those sleeves and sign up for a team to get your service on. Every year, Zeta puts together groups to help out with Samford’s annual service day.
  •  Dad’s Weekend: The best kind of fathers raise ZTA daughters! Bring your dad to a weekend devoted to celebrating him.
  • Semi-Formal: Get dressed up for a night of dancing and fun with your sisters to close out the semester.

No matter how you plan to spend this semester, we are so glad to have you back. Get ready for it, because Spring 2018 is going to be a blast!

 

 

Ode to 2017

Happy New Year, ZTA friends & family! We can’t believe another year has gone by, & we’re oh so excited for the times coming.

Ashley Steiner here. This is my last “official” zlog post as historian before passing the torch on to the wonderful Summer Shafer! Before we jump into spring semester with both feet, I want to take a little time to thank our 2017 Executive & Programs Councils before it’s go-time for new EC & PC! Their hard work & dedication served & loved well. From remodeling the chapter room & planning fun events, to implementing new sisterhood goals & striving to improve our chapter, sweet home Delta Psi would not be the same without them!

My time as historian here flew by – I had a blast serving with these incredible gals called zistas 🙂  This past semester was busy busy with lots of exciting changes & I’m so blessed to have been a part of it all. Creating this blog has been lots of fun for me & it’s bittersweet to pass it on…BUT I’m thrilled to be leaving it in the very best of hands. (Maybe I’ll pop back in & say hello sometime, too!)

Sending y’all best wishes in 2018 & prayers for a blessed new year.

xx, Ashley

Is it Christmas yet?

Written by guest blogger Audrey Harris

With smell of stuffing and sweet apple cider right around the corner, its pretty hard to focus in class. What am I really thinking about? My dogs and how I am 100% going to cry when I see their sweet furry faces. Food and family are also heavily weighing in my heart. Thanksgiving is here and you know what that means… Christmas music is on the radio people. Deck the halls because Santa Clause is coming to town (aka me in my light up sweater from Target). As exciting as this gets, its also high-key stressful. That means we must deal with the teachers that won’t cancel class on Monday and Tuesday, enjoy thanksgiving break, and once it’s all over, we must come out of our food coma and realize that finals stuck up on us real quick. Greek Study hours won’t know what hit ‘em, ammiright ladies? If your blood pressure went from 0-60 bpm, don’t worry, zisters; this one’s for you.

I’m gunna be super real here. I’ve major struggled with being at peace this week and most weeks, especially if school is involved. Jk, the grind never stops. Whether trying for the life of me to invest in people or trying to get my CP paper done and out of the way, I can get drained really quickly. When we’re as busy as we are, we miss the little things in life. In fact, we forget about them in total. We stop feeling the peace of God in our lives. Sometimes we feel like God isn’t even really there for a hot minute. Let me tell you this, the worst thing the Devil could ever make you believe is that you are alone. Darlings, you are NOT alone under any circumstance. Let me reference the Truth of the matter, Romans 8:38-39,

“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

This means that He is always with us, always here, and omnipresent. You are not alone in your troubles and stress. He is here.

This verse is universal. It includes so much. The depth of your notes can’t take you down. The height of your textbooks all combined are not enough to topple you. Tests to come cannot test your faith. The pain of your past is untainted. The plans of your future are already completed. In fact,

I read your plans… they’re labelled “victory.”

Believe it or not, the grind will stop someday and we’ll be in a place greater than paradise. What more could I be thankful for?

This verse also has one meaning I just cannot shake. If nothing can separate us from the love of God, I have no ability of separating myself from God. It’s not that I’d want to. It’s more of the fact that as broken people, we often put Jesus on the back burner when business comes into play. Maybe, I feel so stressed and anxious because I’m not seeking out the God of all peace and comfort. Maybe God isn’t testing my faith to see if I can do this because I can’t really do anything without Him any ways.

Maybe God called and we’ve put Him on hold. 

I’ve had many days where I’ve felt drained out and tired. I began taking time. I fasted social media for a day. I took out all distractions for a day. I realized how I genuinely was putting God below my studies, my social events, and my friends. How am I supposed to shout victory when the Victor, Himself, isn’t fighting with me? I can’t fight the anxiousness and exhaustion of the grind without the fountain of Life, Jesus Christ. Quiet time is so important. It’s our time to talk to God, to let Him know that we’re stressed, to rest in His goodness. He is the Prince of Peace and the Strength of our souls. Without Him, we don’t have much to offer. Of course we’ll get tired if we aren’t resting in Him. Of course we’ll feel burnt out if the fire isn’t fanned by the Flame.  Our relationship with Christ is the only relationship where we get to choose how close we are. We can’t enjoy Thanksgiving dinner if we don’t wanna be around the people who are eating it. We can’t get the rewards without being in love with the Rewarder. Peace is right there waiting for you. Strength to finish out this semester strong is always, always available.

God, the source of all life, is calling you. Please, pick-up.

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Colossians 3:15

“Let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. As members of one body, you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”

Brooke’s Homerun

ZTA loves baseball, but Brooke Jenkins might be its biggest fan! We’re so proud of her and all of her accomplishments. Check out her story below!

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This past summer I had the opportunity to intern for the Houston Astros. During my internship I served as the intern for the Retail and Merchandise Department. During my internship I got to learn and experience first hand everything that happens in this department. From running the ten team stores in the stadium, to sitting in on meetings about buying new merchandise, helping unload merchandise in the warehouse and everything in between. I had the privilege to work on several projects throughout the summer. I was able to work with the Authentication team and work on a project for that part of our department. I was able to help with a Spring Training Review, a Retail Marketing Investment Fund and Budget project, and was able to help create the Organizations Newsletter over the summer. Since the end of my internship in August, due to school, I have kept in close touch with my department and the organization.

During the teams post season run I was asked to come back and help as the team hosted three home World Series Games. This was such an incredible honor to be asked to come help my department work these games. I had the time of my life working for the team I grew up supporting in the World Series. It honestly has been the experience of a lifetime and I am so thankful to The Houston Astros for the opportunities they have given me. What a team, what an organization and what a season! I am so happy I got to be a part of it! Go Houston and Go Astros!!

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Phi Mu Mixer

Panhellenic sisterhood is one of the sweetest gifts! We had so much fun with our Phi Mu friends yesterday. They came over to our house for a great night of watching Gilmore Girls and painting mugs. Special thanks to McKenna Bliss for hosting this event! We hope they’ll come back over soon!!

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