Every campus offers clubs and organizations that attract students for a variety of reasons. For the women of Delta Zeta, Lambda Phi chapter, that was the organization that felt like home.
Founded on October 24, 1902 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, the cherished badge of Delta Zeta has only been worn by Dr. Guy Potter Benton, former Miami University President. Dr. Potter Benton was later named the Grand Patron of the sorority, thanks to his support and guidance in the creation of the organization.
“The purpose of this sorority shall be to unite its members in the bonds of sincere and lasting friendship, to stimulate one another in the pursuit of knowledge, to promote the moral and social culture of its members and to develop plans for guidance and unity in action; objects worthy of the highest aim and purpose of associated effort. The purpose of this sorority shall be advanced through the National Convention, the National Council and the college and alumnae chapters.”—Constitution of Delta Zeta Sorority, Article II, Sections 1 and 2
Today, there are 165 DZ chapters in the United States and Canada, but College Lifestyles™ is featuring Appalachian State’s Lambda Phi chapter as this month’s sorority spotlight. The national colors of DZ are rose and green and the mascot is a turtle. Lambda Phi has been on campus since 1973 and regularly holds events to benefit their national philanthropy, the Delta Zeta Foundation, which benefits individuals who are speech and/or hearing impaired. In addition, DZ sponsors and organizes the annual Turtle Trot 5k on campus, which raises money and awareness for Appalachian State’s local philanthropy, the Communication Disorders Clinic. Since 2007, Lambda Phi has raised over $40,000 for the cause!
Fostering tradition is important to the sisters of Delta Zeta, Lambda Phi. For example, the new big sisters each craft a fold-out table for their little sisters. This tradition is special because it is something the new big and new little are able to share together. The littles also write a special message to their bigs on the campus’ free expression tunnel.
Other than big and little traditions, Lambda Phi regularly does sisterhood events such as Galentine’s Day, snow tubing, visiting pumpkin patches, movie nights, potluck meals and mixers. Mixer themes include superheroes, Jimmy Buffet bash and athletes and mathletes. Each spring, the chapter has spring formal.
Former sisterhood chair Averia Padgett reflects on her time in Delta Zeta by saying, “There are numerous benefits in joining a sorority, but few are greater than the unconditional and permanent bonds of friendship that we call sisterhood. Even though sisterhood can be hard to describe and explain to others, this bond allows us to embrace and accept one another to our fullest. We are each connected by shared experiences and obtaining some of the same goals. Sisterhood is truly caring about one another; being there for not only each other’s achievements, but also for the times when one is down. Sisterhood is being apart and then still being able to share those same laughs and pick up as if nothing has changed. Sisterhood is one of the most powerful aspects of a sorority.”
Images courtesy of Kaitlyn Norgren.