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, DeltaZeta.org 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!”

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The 116th Day

Happy Holidays, everyone! I’m Natalie Hobson and I’m a junior in Delta Zeta.

Gosh, Christmas came so soon! I can’t believe it. The holiday season is my absolute favorite. Everything is so cozy and cheery, every house on the street puts up lights, and calories don’t count – right? (Considering I have quite the sweet tooth.)

However, for me, this Christmas was a little bit different. I’m over 4,000 miles away from home. It will be my first Christmas not spent in North Carolina with my family. This year I’m in Sevilla, Spain, where I’ve been studying for the past four months. It will be my 116th day abroad. I’ll be here for the Spring semester, too – yup, a whole year – but more on that later.

In the past 116 days, I’ve been to twelve cities in five different countries. I’ve tasted a bunch of new foods, spoken a ton of Spanish, and learned a bit about la cultura Sevillana. I’ve also created a modge-podge of a new family; my host family and my new friends. It’s been the busiest, most adventurous 116 days of my life, by far. Everyone thought I was a little crazy for going abroad for an entire year, especially the ones who know me well. I must admit, I’m a bit of a homebody, so I’ve experience my share of challenges at times. I miss my favorite American foods (biscuits and sweet tea come to mind) and my family. I think about my friends at USC every day and I daydream about Delta Zeta’s famous Friday brunch way too often.

But at the same time, in the past 116 days, I saw the Spanish Royal Palace, visited the oldest European synagogue still standing, spent a day on a Portuguese beach, toured the Alhambra, looked out over the Cliffs of Moher, became friends with Irish ponies, read the Book of Kells, hiked the Spanish countryside, explored Prague Castle with one of my best friends from home, went to the top of the Eiffel Tower, and walked the grounds of Versailles. I’ve figured out how to book flights, buy train tickets and navigate bus systems. I’ve learned how to say “Good day!”, “Thank you!”, and “Where’s the bathroom?” in at least three languages. The list could go on and on.

Studying abroad is such a blessing. As corny as it sounds, I am truly amazed every day by the experiences and incredible opportunities that await me. I’ve come to love Spain and its people, who are full of life, character and kindness. It’s been an unbelievable journey so far and I’m not even halfway through.

One aspect of Delta Zeta that I’ll always be thankful for is the sisterhood I know I can always depend on. This year, that’s meant being able to text my sisters for some encouragement or to tell them a funny story about my day from afar. I love knowing that they’re always there, even if they are thousands of miles away. In the spring, a bunch of our sisters will be abroad, and I absolutely cannot wait to visit all of them in their different cities! As for me, I just found out that one of my sisters will be my new roommate next semester here in Sevilla. What are the chances?! I am seriously so lucky. Delta Zeta has always been my home away from home, and that still holds true, whether I’m in Columbia or exploring Europe.

So, once again, Happy Holidays to all of my lovely sisters and their beautiful families – I miss you all so, so much! Thank you for your sweet messages while I’ve been here – I don’t know what I’d do without you guys. ¡Les extraño mucho!

In the Flame,
Natalie Hobson

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Big/Little Reveal 2014

During the week of October 27th, our chapter held Big/Little Week. After three days of Lamplighting ceremonies and receiving anonymous gifts from their (still secret) Big Sister, our 136 new members were to finally find out who their “Big Sister” was. Keeping with tradition over the past couple of years, we continued with “Big in a Box.” On the Strom Field behind the Delta Zeta house, Big Sisters and their families set up life-size, gift wrapped boxes.

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Labeled with the name of a New Member, Big Sisters waited patiently in their boxes. Meanwhile, inside the house, New Members were each handed pieces of wrapping paper to match to the awaiting Big Sister’s box outside.

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Once all of the pieces of wrapping paper had been distributed, the soon-to-be-little-sisters ran out to find their Big. There were lots of screams, laughter, and tears of joy. It was such a fun night! We are so happy for all of the new, expanded families! Congratulations everyone!

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