Recruitment 2017

A Letter From our Vice-President of Membership
About two years ago, I left my hometown for Columbia in a car packed with everything I could possibly squeeze in from my bedroom back at home. That 8 hour drive was filled with plenty of off-tune car karaoke, some pretty bad dancing, an intense game of license plate Bingo and nerves — lots of nerves.

That first month I lived on campus, stories from older classmates making their best friends in college and finding a home away from home replayed in my mind as I wondered if there really was a place for me to call home here at USC.

It wasn’t until Bid Day at the end of August when I ran to Delta Zeta that I knew I really had a shot at finding my place to call home. From the start, the only thing that these women expected from each other was to unapologetically be true to who they are — no makeup or hair product necessary and corny jokes not only accepted but encouraged.

Friday brunches where we would stay for hours and laugh so hard we cried, spontaneous beach day trips and midnight dance parties cannot even begin the list of unforgettable memories I have made with the girls in this chapter. And not a single person judged me for my horrible dance moves. Instead, these girls stood right beside me and we danced our middle-school hearts out to Mr. Brightside together. Somewhere between bonding with my little over our favorite ice cream shop from home and jumping in the TCoop fountain with sisters after making it to the Final Four, I realised that I had found what I started looking for two years ago.

Delta Zeta is home to some of the most genuine, down to earth girls I’ve ever met. These women have truly become not only my closest friends but also my family. At my Delta Zeta home, I’m not afraid to skip the contacts for my glasses or wear my hair in a bun when the South Carolina heat has taken a toll on my curls. They know my favorite foods, embarrassing stories, fears and lifelong dreams. Somehow, in that reserved, nervous girl that walked through the door for the first time two years ago, they saw me for who I truly am. In the years to come, loved me for being just that.

Coming to college can be a little intimidating, but going through recruitment opens the door to find that support system we all need. Going Greek not only allows you to find lifelong friends, but it also gives you a place to both find and be yourself. Greek organizations provide countless opportunities and memories that last a lifetime all while making this big university seem smaller. As you get ready for your semester in Columbia in the fall, consider taking a chance on Greek Life and finding a place at USC to call your home.

-Greer Schneider

Sweet Caroline 2017


If I only knew… If I only knew how much work this would be… If I only knew how many days I would never go a waking moment without thinking about something Sweet Caroline related… If I only knew how many calls, texts, and emails, I would have to send to the same people over and over… If I only knew how difficult and time consuming this whole process would be…

Never in my life have I ever been in charge of 300+ sorority sisters, along with the hundreds of people, 703 to be exact, that our hard working sisters signed up to join the registry this year- breaking last years’ record. Imagine how scary being in charge of 1,000+ people can be. Especially when it feels like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders and it decided to rain that day. But to me, organizing Sweet Caroline in honor of our past sister Caroline Terry is much less scary than her battle with cancer.
In total, Sweet Caroline has added 4,192 names to the registry. That is 4,192 lives that could potentially be saved. I joined the registry my freshman year because in the situation that any of my loved ones need a bone marrow transplant in the future, I hope their match is on the registry.

It was such an honor to be trusted by my chapter to be in charge of Sweet Caroline, a philanthropy event that is so close to our hearts. It is so close to our hearts, that although it is not a national philanthropy, we have kept it going for 13 years putting on 14 events. This experience made me grow as a person. It made me become more confident in my leadership skills and myself. It made me develop an even stronger love and appreciation for my sorority sisters and chapter as a whole, which I didn’t think was possible. It made me an overall better person. It really opened up my eyes and made me realize that all our hard work really does make a difference. And for this event specifically, it literally saves hundreds of lives. It’s crazy to think that our chapter creates such a difference in stranger’s lives and that some people are eternally grateful for our chapter and the life we saved because of our event.

Although I was responsible for Sweet Caroline, it could not have been possible without the hard work and encouragement from my sisters. When I asked them to figure something out, they jumped to help me. When I was down, they picked me up. Without my supportive and amazing sisters, this event would not have been possible. Their positive attitudes and dedication registered 703 people, when we lost half a day to rain. Without my sisters, this event would not have lasted 13 years and saved so many lives.

As I said before, it was an honor to plan this event for my chapter and if I only knew everything that I know now, I wouldn’t change my experience for the world and I would go through the same struggles again to keep Sweet Caroline going.

Kyra McDonald (Sweet Caroline Chair 2017)

Big/Little Reveal 2015


Throughout the week of October 26th, our chapter held our Big/Little week comprised of three nights of Lamplighting ceremonies and ended with Initiation. Our newest members were thrilled to be showered with gifts from their then-secret big sisters each night – all leading up to the BIG reveal on Thursday night.IMG_2993

Staying with our tradition of a “Big in a Box” – new members were given a piece of wrapping paper that corresponded to a wrapped box outside the house.  Once the new members found the box with the correct wrapping paper, their big sisters popped out of to reveal themselves! After a week full of anticipation, our newest members were finally welcomed into their families within our chapter!




After an exciting week of Lamplighting ceremonies and Big/Little Reveal, the Beta Delta chapter of Delta Zeta was finally able to initiate our 111 new members into our sisterhood on Sunday, November 1st. It was a beautiful ceremony that our sisters will remember forever – congratulations to all of our new sisters!



There’s No Place like Carolina: Homecoming 2015

After the historic flooding that occurred in South Carolina this past month, Homecoming took on a new meaning the week of October 11-17th as our University came together to showcase not only the pride in our University but the resilience of our city and state after a tragedy hit home for all of us. Some events were tailored to provide additional aid to flood victims and to allow essential personnel and first responders to work where they were needed more.  Nevertheless, our University took the changes in stride and showed that there’s no place like Carolina and there’s no event that brings together the University of South Carolina students and organizations quite like Homecoming Week!


This year’s theme was the Wizard of Oz with a USC twist of “There’s No Place Like Carolina” and included some of our favorite events such as Spurs and Struts dance competition, Float building parade, Showcase, and the Homecoming football game against Vanderbilt to cap off the week. Our sisters loved being paired with the brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha and attending all of the events that our University’s Homecoming Committee put on for us!


Rock N Roll All Night: ACDZ 2015


Delta Zeta had our first themed function of the year on Friday, October 16th. Sisters and their dates came out to Jillian’s in the Vista ready to Rock n’ Roll with the theme of ACDZ. Everyone came dressed up in their best rocker attire including studded jackets, leather pants, and favorite band t-shirts. We all had a great time celebrating the rock era! A big thanks to Maddie Keane and Tatiana Allgeyer, our Social and Assistant Social Chairs, for planning such a successful event for our chapter!







Parents Weekend 2015

The University of South Carolina hosted its annual Parents Weekend on September 25th-27th. Along with University sponsored events, our chapter was excited to host events for our Delta Zeta parents throughout one of our favorite weekends of the year!

On the night of Friday, September 25th, sisters and their parents were invited to the Delta Zeta house for an open house and silent auction. This gave our sisters the opportunity to show their families our home away from home and raise funds for our national philanthropy partner, Starkey Hearing Foundation. Organized by our New Member Class, the Silent Auction raised nearly $1,000 for a great cause!

On Saturday, sisters and their families watched and cheered on the Gamecocks to a 31-14 victory against the University of Central Florida at Williams Brice Stadium.

On Sunday, September 27th, our chapter hosted a brunch catered by Breakers on the terrace of EdVenture in the Vista. Our families were able to wrap up a fun weekend with great food and even better company!


DZ Struck Gold: Bid Day 2015


Delta Zeta struck GOLD on Bid Day this year, welcoming 113 new members into our sisterhood! After months of hard work, our chapter, along with the Greek Community, was able to enjoy a very successful Bid Day celebration held at Colonial Life Arena on Sunday, August 23, 2015.





Another huge welcome home to our Pi Chis who selflessly disaffiliated from our chapter for the duration of recruitment! We missed you all and are glad to have you back!



We are so proud of our sisters, our recruitment team, our Vice President of Membership, Sarah Schank, and two recruitment assistants, Risa Strom and Marissa Buck, for all of their hard work and dedication to make this our best recruitment yet. We cannot wait to watch our new members find their home in our chapter and see all the amazing things they bring with them!





Recruitment 2015 with Delta Zeta

A letter from our Vice President of Membership:

It’s almost that time of the year again folks! The one where all of our lovely sisters return to Columbia to cheer their hearts out, show their Delta Zeta pride, and most importantly, to recruit SSthe very best women to join the Beta Delta chapter. I am so excited for Spirit Week and formal recruitment to begin. I am so fortunate to be able to have the opportunity to lead our chapter through an experience that will help Beta Delta now and for many years down the road. The new members that join our chapter will become the legacy of the recruiters and the future of our chapter, which is what makes this process so important and exciting.

A big thanks to the Executive Board, sisters, volunteer advisors and local alumnae that have helped so far with all preparations. Our members have been making great strides in preparing for formal recruitment and I can’t wait to see what the four rounds will hold for us and the future of our chapter!

-Sarah Schank, Vice President of Membership


With the start of a new school year quickly approaching, our chapter is excited to open our doors to all the potential new members going through formal recruitment at the University of South Carolina!

Important Dates for Formal Recruitment 2015

Friday, July 24th

Recruitment Registration Closes at 4PM EST

Thursday, August 13th – Friday, August 14th: Scholarship Round

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Monday, August 17th – Tuesday, August 18th: Leadership Round

Leadership round is devoted to showing the PNMs how we lead through our events, values, and friendship. A short video will be shown to give the PNMs a glimpse into our sisterhood!

Wednesday, August 19th: Philanthropy Round

Philanthropy round is an opportunity for the PNMs to learn more about our efforts to support both our local and national philanthropies, such as the Starkey Hearing Foundation, Painted Turtle Camp and Brennen Elementary School.

Saturday, August 22nd: “Preference” Round

Preference Round is the last round and includes a formal ceremony for our chapter to showcase the strength and sincerity of our sisterhood!

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The most exciting day for all PNMs – a day when they are welcomed with open arms into a chapter where they will grow, empower and build lifelong friendships. Bid Day is a day where our chapter invites new members to join all the initiated sisters for a day of celebration at a surprise event in the Columbia area planned by our Vice President of New Member Education!

Recommendation Information

While recommendation letters are not required, they are encouraged! Recommendation forms can be found on our national website, and then sent to:

Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life 
Attention: Delta Zeta
RHUU Suite 115
1400 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208

If you would like to learn more about Delta Zeta at the University of South Carolina, you can follow us on Twitter and Instagram {@USCDeltaZee}, get important updates from our Facebook page {Delta Zeta at the University of South Carolina} and see the fun things our sisters have been up to on our Tumblr Page {DeltaZeta-USC}! We look forward to welcoming everyone to Columbia in August and encourage everyone to “Go Greek!”


Turtle Tug 2015


Beta Delta’s Spring philanthropy, Turtle Tug, took place March 22nd and gathered 68 teams from across different organizations, businesses, and the community to compete against one another over a giant pool of Jell-O. As the three brackets (co-ed, all-female, and all-male) competed in tug-of-war, sisters and onlookers cheered.

One of our most successful philanthropy events, Turtle Tug collects donations to provide support to our local and national philanthropies, including the Delta Zeta Foundation, Starkey Hearing Foundation, SC Beginnings, Brennen Elementary, Camp Wonderhands, and Northlake Sertoma Club. This year, Beta Delta raised $35,000 in support of these organizations!TT_Jello

We’d like to extend congratulations to each of the winning teams: Phi Mu (all-female bracket), 1,500 Pound Oreo (all-male bracket), and for the second year running – the Village Idiots (co-ed bracket)!

Sister Ellie Hanzsche, Philanthropy Co-chair, commented, “I really enjoyed organizing Turtle Tug this year because I know how much people love coming to this event and every year it becomes more and more popular. It was so rewarding to see all the teams having a blast at Turtle Tug despite the rainy weather. I also loved getting to work with my co-chair, Madison Kraft, and all the other sisters of Delta Zeta to make this event such a success. I was so humbled by the support Madison and I received from our sisters to help put this event together!”

TT_EHMK“It was a really rewarding experience to be a Turtle Tug chair this year. I’m so thankful for all of my sisters’ help and support along the way. The enthusiasm of all of the participants really made the event all the more exciting for me. I’m so humbled by the amount of money that we were able to raise for such an amazing cause and I look forward to raising even more for our Fall philanthropy event,” said sister Madison Kraft, Philanthropy Co-Chair.


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Delta Zeta Presidents’ Academy 2015

Presidents Academy1Written by President Katie Clemens

Over Valentine’s Day weekend 2015, I had the pleasure of attending Delta Zeta’s Presidents’ Academy in Dallas, Texas. Chapter Presidents from 165 Delta Zeta chapters, both nationally and internationally, gathered together to learn, collaborate and share in our collective sisterhood.

During my time in Dallas, I heard from a multitude of speakers both within the Delta Zeta community and outside, who join us in our common mission of friendship and service.

Circle of Sisterhood Founder Ginny Carroll spoke on the importance of empowering women, a mission which has defined the foundation that funds and builds educational facilities for women in underprivileged countries. She also shared how her own sorority experience enabled her to cultivate the leader within.

Tani Austin, Starkey Hearing Foundation’s Co-Founder, shared her experience from a recent trip abroad with her foundation bringing life to Starkey’s mission statement, “So the World May Hear.” As one of Delta Zeta’s national beneficiaries, Ms. Austin helped announce Delta Zeta’s national pledge of $5 million to the Starkey Hearing Foundation over the next five years to a room full of hopeful and inspired leaders.

PresidentsAcademy 2Derrick Coleman, fullback for the Seattle Seahawks, also stopped by to provide a personal touch to Delta Zeta’s philanthropic focus of speech and hearing. As one of the first deaf offensive players in the NFL, the awareness and support Delta Zeta brings to the speech and hearing impaired is one that is especially important to Derrick.

I walked away with many new skills and knowledge from the weekend on a variety of chapter topics including risk management protocols, philanthropic initiatives, and recruitment programming. What touched me the most though, were the new friendships I left with.

Over the course of a single weekend I was able to bond with sisters from states and schools away, brought together by a common position and sisterhood. I was reminded once again that Delta Zeta is not just one chapter, four years, or one state – Delta Zeta is a lifetime.