My name is Ali Gilbert and I'm proud to be serving as the President this year. Thank you for visiting Lambda Kappa's new website! We encourage you to look around and see what we are all about!
UAHuntsville Lambda Kappa Chapter
The Purpose of the Delta Zeta Sorority
Founded on October 24, 1902 at Miami University in Oxford Ohio, Delta Zeta is one of the largest sororities, with more than 150 collegiate and 250 alumnae chapters worldwide. Delta Zeta unites its members in the bonds of sincere and lasting friendship, encourages the pursuit of knowledge, promotes, the moral and social culture of its members, and helps sisters develop plans for guidance and unity in action.
I am a junior majoring in marketing at UAHuntsville. As a freshman, I joined the sisterhood of Delta Zeta through the Lambda Kappa Chapter. I went through recruitment to meet people and to get more involved in campus activities. However, I found much more than that. In the almost three years I have been a part of the Delta Zeta Sorority I have gained outstanding leadership skills, learned how to manage projects, made an impact on the community, became more involved on campus, kept my grades up, and formed many lifelong friendships.
If you're looking for a sisterhood we've got it! Because of Delta Zeta, I have girls I can confide in, depend on, and even call my family. They've helped me figure out my goals, become more confident, mature, and they're always there to cheer me on. When I wear my badge, I know that I am representing more than just myself; I am representing traditions and ideals that I could not be more proud of.
On Saturday, September 17, 2011, the Lambda Kappa Chapter of the Delta Zeta Sorority will be hosting a philanthropy dog show called Doggie Days on UAHuntsvilles Greek Row. Doggie Days will be a fun and exciting approach to lend our hearts to a special cause. If rain occurs during the time of event, the location will be on the 3rd level of the UAHuntsvilles parking deck.
The national philanthropy of the Delta Zeta Sorority is the speech and hearing impaired. A portion (85%) of your donation will stay right here in Alabama, or in the immediate region, to benefit organizations such as the Ark animal shelter, A New Leash Life finding better place for homeless pets, and the Safe Haven no-kill animal shelter. The remaining 15% will benefit other organizations such as the Gallaudett University in Washington D.C., the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles, California, the Better Hearing Institute in Alexandria, Virginia, and Paul Newmans The Painted Turtle Camp for seriously ill children, or be used as academic scholarships which are all part of our Delta Zeta Foundation.
UAH Homecoming 2009 & 2008 1st place Winner House Decorating Contest!!
UAHuntsville 2008-2009 Student Leadership Awards
•Distinguished Student Leader for Fraternities and Sororities: Amber Mattson - 1st Place
•Distinguished Student Leader for Student Government Association (SGA): Gamma Chi Recruitment Counselor - 1st Place
•Dr. Jeanne Fisher Most Outstanding Student Leader: Ashley Campbell - 2nd Place
•Outstanding Student Group Advisor: April Gero - 3rd Place
REGIONAL AWARDS -Region Universities include: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Tampa, Jacksonville, AUM and UAHuntsville
•Academic Achievement on Campus
•Outstanding New Member Education Program
This award is presented to the chapter who has demonstrated the most enriching new member education program in the Region.
•Outstanding Philanthropic Programming
This award is presented to the chapter that has demonstrated the highest level of philanthropic programming and activities.
•Outstanding Achievement in Membership
This award is presented to the chapter(s) who pledged quota, had 100% initiation and were at or above total for the 2010 calendar year.
Lambda Kappa Chapter..
•Overall Ranked 9th in the nation among 158 chapters
•Ranked 2nd in the nation for Top Philanthropy Fundraising Chapter
This is the National Award for Excellence in New Member Programming awarded to only 6 out of 158 chapters Nationally every 2 years!
•National Award for Sisterhood Retreat
The award winning retreat was held by our internal social, Katie Kuberg, after the shooting on campus.
•Pink Goes Green Award
This award was presented in honor of Pink Goes Green Week.
•We also received honorable mentions certificates for:
2009 Golf Tournament Philanthropy Event
Around the World with Delta Zeta Multicultural Event
At NMALC this year we received: Outstanding Academic Program, Other Outstanding Program/Event/Activity (Spill the Music), and Outstanding New Member Service Project/Event - Most Hours Volunteered! As well as Honorable Mentions for: Risk Management Program/Event, Enhancement or Related Activity to New Member Education Program, Panhellenic/Greek Council Involvement and Recognition, and Pink Goes Green Event/Initiative!
•Founded by six young women at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1902:
•Colors: Rose and Green.
•Flower: Pink Killarney Rose
•Badge: Roman Lamp
•Philanthropy : Community Service
Delta Zeta Sorority National Philanthropy :
Speech and Hearing Impaired
Painted Turtle Camp
-The Painted Turtle Camp is for seriously ill children, located in Lake Hughes, CA. No matter their illness, the children can participate in many activities that include: swimming, boating, fishing, horseback riding, arts and crafts, and ropes courses.
Other Philanthropic Partnerships
House Ear Institute
Number of Collegiate Chapters: 158
Number of Alumnae Chapters: 200
Number of Initiated Members: Over 220,000
Number of collegiate members: At any given time, Delta Zeta has more than 10,000 undergraduate members.
Pink Goes Green Week
DZ held a week of Earth Day Activities at UAH, April 20-24, 2009. Our chapter encouraged the whole campus to "Go Green!"
Spill the Music
DZ held a benefit concert with proceeds going to those impacted by the Gulf Oil Spill.
Annual Philanthropy Golf Tournament
DZ raised $10,493 for speech and hearing impaired in 2009. Over $40,000 in the past 5 yrs.
Donated $2,623 to AIDB Alabama Institute of Deaf and Blind
Donated $1,049 to Chaffee Elementary Speech and Hearing Impaired Class
Other Donations from Golf Tournament 09
•$2,098 Childrens Hospital of AL in Birmingham
•$1,049 Chaffee Elementary Speech and Hearing Class
•$1,049 Mt. Carmel Elementary School
•$1,049 Painted Turtle Camp
•$1,574 National DZ Foundation
•$525 Sound Beginnings for Infants Hearing Screening
•$525 Starkey Hearing Foundation
DZ raised $700 for abused animals in Fall 2009!
DZ raised $750 for the UAH Biology Scholarship and the speech and hearing impaired in Spring 2010!
Our New Member Program Awards
(National Award for Excellence in New Member Programming)
The Caryatides Award is only awarded to only 6 out of 158 chapters Nationally every two years.
Outstanding New Member Education Program
Outstanding Achievement in Membership
This award is presented to the chapter(s) who pledged quota, had 100% initiation and were at or above total for the 2009 calendar year.
New Member Retreat
Our New Member Retreat is a special way our New Members bond. A weekend in September we all go to a cabin in Mentone, AL. We canoe, play games, make smores, and just enjoy being with out sisters. It is a weekend filled with sisterhood bonding and making many memories!
New Member Philanthropy
Delta Zeta sisters believe in "giving graciously of what is mine." Service is a very important strength for our New Members to have. The New Member philanthropy project is decided upon by the New Member class.
Big Sister/Lil Sister
A big sister is an initiated member who sponsors, advises and guides a new member through her pledgeship and initiation. Each new member is paired with an initiate on their list of potential big sisters. Over three days the new members recieve gifts and clues from their big sister who hasn't been revealed yet.
Sarah Beth O'Neal
Kelly Ann Salmon
Executive Board 2011
Erica Jarrell, Victoria Oden, April Gero, Ali Gilbert, Whittney Lee, Danielle Griffin, Kim Wander, Aly Blakely, and Anna Campos
The Starkey Hearing Foundation is organized to promote hearing health awareness; to provide hearing aids, hearing aid batteries, and other hearing care products to needy persons; and to support and conduct research and education in hearing; and to fulfill such other charitable purposes.
The Starkey Hearing Foundation, which was established in 1973 by Bill Austin, to help poor Americans with hearing disabilities, soon went international. Over the decades, Mr. Austin has sent teams of audiologists and hearing-aid technicians to more than 150 nations. Since 2000, they have fit over 80,000 people with more 160,000 hearing aids.
Today the Foundation is sustained by the efforts of thousands of volunteers and donors around the world. Your support allows them to deliver more than 20,000 hearing aids annually through more than 150 hearing missions a year in countries stretching from the U.S. to Vietnam.
Besides giving the gift of hearing, the Foundation promotes hearing health awareness while supporting research and education.
From its headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Foundation works globally for one simple reason: There is no feeling like being in a room with a child who hears its mother say, I love you, for the first time.
Best of all, its easy for you to share in this life-changing experience because every dollar and every hour you contribute helps. Whether you participate by volunteering or help make a mission possible through a donation, you help give the gift of hearing
How can you help the Hear Now program?
Alumnae and collegiate chapters are encouraged to collect hearing aids for the Hear Now program. Collection boxes can be ordered from National Headquarters, and additional resources can be found in the Resources section at www.deltazeta.org/pages/content/resources.html.
Mission and Organization
The Painted Turtle's mission is to provide a year-round, life-changing environment and authentic camp experience for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. The Painted Turtle supports children's medical needs, inspires them to reach beyond their illnesses, and provides care, education, and respite for their families. The Painted Turtle has no billing department. All campers and families attend free of charge.
Delta Zeta adopted The Painted Turtle as its newest national philanthropy at the 2006 National Convention.
History & Facility
Prior to opening, The Painted Turtle collaborated with the California Children's Health Foundation and the Center for Child Health Outcomes on an assessment to determine the need for a medical specialty camp in California. The assessment confirmed that there were thousands of children in California with chronic illnesses who did not have access to a camp due to their medical conditions.
•In April 2002, The Painted Turtle broke ground.
•In May 2004, The Painted Turtle welcomed its first campers.
•The Painted Turtle is a 173 acre facility in Lake Hughes, California, designed with a theme of an organic farm. The entire camp can be used year-round, and every building and program area is universally accessible.
The Children We Serve
The Painted Turtle welcomes children from all ethnic, racial, and socio-economic backgrounds.
A full-time camper recruiter works with the Medical Director, Founding Hospitals, medical centers and clinics, and volunteer health organizations to identify qualified campers.
Since 1954, Delta Zeta Sorority has shared a partnership with Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., the world's only university with undergraduate programs accessible to hearing-impaired students.
Delta Zeta endowed the Delta Zeta Scholarship Fund and the Fine Arts Endowment Fund. In 1995, the Delta Zeta Dance Studio was dedicated.
Donations to the Delta Zeta Foundation that are designated for Gallaudet University are used to fund Gallaudet Scholarships or other funding needs for the University, including endowment support for the library and performing arts. Gallaudet University manages the funds donated, selects the scholarship recipients from the University, and administers the disbursement of scholarship funds.
Since Delta Zeta's partnership with the House Ear Institute, located in Los Angeles, California, in 1985, Delta Zeta alumnae and collegians have raised over half a million dollars for the Institute's mission.
Our first project for the Institute was the furnishing of a parents' conference room. Delta Zeta provides funds for research and clinical services in the Children's Auditory and Research Center.
Help the House Ear Institute's Family Camp
The House Ear Institutes Family Camp is held at Camp Hess Kramer in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains overlooking Malibu. Each year Family Camp is offered to families with deaf and hard-of hearing children as a forum for sharing feelings, comparing family experiences and exchanging information. Parents attend panel discussions and workshops led by professionals in fields of learning, social services, psychology, and pediatric audiology, while their children participate in fun learning activities involving arts and crafts, dance, and outdoor recreation.
You can help the House Ear Institute's Family Camp by providing the following items on their Wish List for the camp:
•Sports equipment donations including, but not limited to badminton racquets and supplies, volleyballs, basketballs, softballs, baseball bats, Frisbees.
•Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) donations including new doorbells, telephone and fire alarm alert products, text messaging products, etc. for speech and hearing.
•Raffle prizes for children and teens of all ages - including stuffed animals, toys, electronic devices, etc.
All donations should be mailed to:
Attn: Marilee J. Potthoff
2100 W. 3rd Street, 5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90057
The Delta Zeta house is at full capacity with 10 members living in the house. Each member has their own private room and share a bathroom with one other member.
Delta Zeta Huntsville Alumnae Chapter