As the summer comes to a close and we begin the 2014-2015 school year, it’s time for a mass Zeta update to inform everyone on what we’ve been up to. The Spring 2014 semester and following summer brought great things our way! Here’s what’s been going on:
In March we welcomed all 22 of our beautiful rosebuds into our arms as sisters! We’re so very happy to have the Omicron class as our latest addition to Zeta Phi Delta! Congratulations ladies!!
In April we celebrated our sisterhood with our annual Formal, this year themed Masquerade. It was a fabulous night of dancing, food, and friendship.
The day after Formal, we held our Pink Tea – a fundraising memorial and educational luncheon. We were extremely lucky to hear from a few wonderful speakers: Vivian Vega Schoch & Kelli Mercurio from Breast Friends, as well as our sister Mariah Wolk’s Aunt Lorrie. We also had the pleasure of hosting Alpha Sigma Psi at this event, bringing Greek life at Marywood together in order to stand up against breast cancer. We’d like to thank everyone for attending this special day with us!
Additionally, this past semester we participated in both Wheelchair Basketball, which raises money for the St. Joseph’s Center, and Kidstuff, which is a carnival set up for children through United Neighborhood Centers and Friends of the Poor.
Overall, we did 971+ hours of service this year, with a value of $21,892.
Recent Zeta Phi Delta and Marywood graduate, Cassie Schwartz (now Cassie Poppe) said “I do” in June! We wish her a lifetime of love and happiness!!
Now it’s time to turn a new page and start the Fall semester! Keep checking our Facebook page for upcoming Recruitment events. We hope everyone has a great year!
Our Spring Rush was Disney themed this year, and a bigger hit than ever! We had a great turnout and were lucky to meet a lot of really awesome girls. We are happy to have 22 new girls on their journey toward sisterhood.
We have decided to refer to these new girls as “rosebuds” instead of “pledges” due to the negative connotation the word “pledge” can sometimes have. Our outlook is that they are on their way to blooming into beautiful roses, the symbol of our friendship and sisterhood.
Next week the rosebuds will be finding out who their Bigs are, and I’m sure they are all extremely excited to go through that part of the process.
We wish them the best of luck as they get closer to sisterhood day by day!
On January 24th, Zeta Phi Delta had their 2nd annual sisterhood retreat. It was a wonderful way for different sisters to get closer to each other and bond together. Some of the activities we did included writing positive letters to each other, making t-shirts and scarves, presenting a designated sister with a decorated canvas, and painting our new letters! We’d also like to give a huge thanks to POW, Marywood’s Peers on Wellness group who did a presentation on stress and stress management for us. Overall, the retreat was a lot of fun and a very nice preparation before our spring rush which started the following Monday.
The new semester is here with a lot of exciting things in the near future, but before we get to those, let’s recap the end of the Fall semester.
Zeta Phi Delta participated in the Gallery of Hope exhibit at Marywood’s library. We got the opportunity to promote breast cancer awareness alongside survivors and their stories. It was amazing to hear about their journeys and we are so thankful that they shared with our community.
The sisters also volunteered in the annual Santa Parade. We walked and carried three different balloons this year! Later that day, Thanksgiving baskets were delivered to families in the area by way of generous donations we received on Halloween. We’re honored to be the middle man in the community helping one another.
Overall, the semester was a great success from start to finish. We hope to have one just as great in these next couple of months and are very excited that Rush is in just a few weeks (but more on that soon).
Good luck to everyone with their new classes, and happy 2014!
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday night we had our NFL-themed Fall Recruitment. We were so happy to see so many girls interested in our sisterhood, and it was wonderful meeting all of them. We hope they enjoyed the past 3 nights as much as we did, and hope to see them all come back in the spring for rush!
Tonight, we held our Breast Cancer Awareness Memorial. We collected all the donation boxes that have been around campus for the past month, read a few wise words from survivors, and read the names of those being honored at the service. Finally, we all received a glowing pink bracelet. Our memorial may have been small, and might just be a part of our own little community, but our thoughts reach to each person that has been affected by breast cancer in some way. Even if our sisterhood makes a difference in just a few lives with our donated basket, we’ve accomplished something great.
Now that October is over, I think us Zetas can look back at all we’ve done to raise awareness and support for our philanthropy this past month and be very, very proud.
On the 6th we celebrated our 12th annual Founders Day, which also marked the end of Alumni weekend. A special thanks goes out to all the alumni that came back to visit us, and Anne Widenhofer for putting together a great weekend.
Now, we’re focusing on our philanthropy since October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We’re currently collecting items to use for gift baskets we would like to donate to women battling breast cancer. In addition, we’re raising money for the cause by selling Pink Pacer t-shirts. 100% of the proceeds will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and on October 24th we will be holding a campus-wide Pink Out. This event will unite Marywood in raising awareness for breast cancer! If you are interested in purchasing a Pink Pacers for the Cure t-shirt, follow this link:
Additionally, we are holding a Yankee Candle Fundraiser, and if you would be interested in contributing to that as well, please contact our Fundraising Chair, Bri Bacchetta, at: email@example.com