By: Sue Harris
CHATTANOOGA, TN (UTC/The Loop) — After months of interviews and planning, UTC Sororities have voted on which new sorority will come to campus: Delta Zeta.
Delta Zeta is an international organization that was founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1902. This sisterhood was founded by six women who came together to start a sorority on a male populated campus.
This organization’s symbol is the turtle, inspired by the fact that turtles always have a home. Their colors are Old Rose and Vieux Green, with a national flower that is the Killarney Rose.
Today, Delta Zeta has over 220,000 members and alumnae in the US and Canada. This sorority has a nonprofit organization for scholarships, leadership, philanthropy, and education called the Delta Zeta Foundation.
Delta Zeta was chosen out of the other three sororities for presenting to the campus the different ways they plan to contribute to the community. Some of the main factors are:
- Community Service
- Civil Engagement
- Fitting in to the UTC community
Delta Zeta showed how involved they would be with community service. Their national Philanthropy is the Painted Turtle Camp, which is a nonprofit organization for speech and hearing. The camp is an experience for children with life threatening diseases to have fun and life changing experience. They also have started a new campaign called Pink Goes Green for environmental awareness.
This group also plans to get involved by recruiting members that will be leaders on campus as well as in the community. The women they chose to join their organization will make it part of their pledge to be an active community member.
Ashley Baker, UTC Senior and Student Development Intern, said they were a great choice for this campus because they will fit in with the lifestyle. “UTC Greek life cares a lot about every student on campus, and the campus as a whole.” Baker said. “Delta Zeta showed the students they intend to be an active part in our community by making sure we are all an active part of their activities.”
Members of the Greek community are very excited to have this group come to our campus. Samantha Holder, UTC Sophmore and Panhellenic Vice President of Public Relations, said she knows Delta Zeta will make a great asset to the campus. “The Delta Zeta women showed me that they will be a great fit to the rest of the groups here.” Holder said. “I am very excited for them to assimilate and become an active part of the campus.”
Patti Phillips, UTC Junior and Panhellenic President, said Delta Zeta had great ratings after their presentation. “The women had a wonderful presentation and really showed the community how badly they wanted to be a part of us.” Phillips said.
After Delta Zeta starts recruiting their new chapter in the fall, they will begin the colonization process. This includes getting founding sisters of the chapter, and a new pledge class to kick things off.
Sara Jahansouz, Dean of Students and Greek Advisor, said this new chapter will be the last new sorority to colonize for a couple of years. Jahansouz said we will wait to see the outcome with this current new addition. The campus will wait another couple years to add another sorority.