Saturday, November 13

DG Chapter of the Year - Delta Lambda, Mississippi State University!

I had the opportunity to visit Delta Gamma's Chapter of the Year: Delta Lambda, Mississippi State University! The chapter has 247 members and they are absolutely amazing young women! Members of the chapter are involved in various activities on campus, including: Roadrunners, Alumnae Delegates, Senate and Cabinet, Choir, Pom Squad, Cheerleading, Fashion Board, Campus Activities Board, and various Honor Societies (during my visit, multiple women of the chapter were initiated into Phi Kappa Phi). They recently participated in Chi Omega's Philanthropy event, Limlight, from which the chapter took home the title of 'Crowd Favorite' for their reinactment of Michael Jackson songs and dances!

During my visit, we had the chance to see DG Fenly Akers pass on her title as Miss MSU - she will be competing in the Miss Mississippi pageant later this year! We also went to the basketball team's exhibition game, met alumnae in town for their member class reunion (which included a narrated tour of their beautiful campus by two Delta Gammas, Martha Crowder and Mary Page Billingsley, who are both Roadrunners for the university), and watched as Delta Gamma's entrant in the Zeta Tau Alpha Big Man on Campus competition was 'crowned' the winner!

Mary Page and Luke, ZTA's Big Man on Campus!

I also had the chance to travel to Oxford, Mississippi with three amazing and inspiring alumnae - Eleanor Slaughter, Maureen Hollmeyer and Carol Nunnally! CDC Vanessa was visiting the chapter :)

Delta Lambda's beautiful chapter house! Chapter members' mothers came to decorate the house for the holidays :)

At the Miss MSU pageant!

Mrs. Slaughter and I visiting Vanessa at Alpha Psi! We took pictures in the Founder's Room and took a tour of the Square with a new member of Alpha Psi!

Emma and Alex, both juniors, showing their DG spirit!

Delta Lambda chapter members were names Homecoming Queen, Senior Maid (Erica is chapter president!), Junior Maid, Sophomore Maid and Freshman Maid! Congrats!

Thursday, November 11

Epsilon Pi- UCONN

I was able to celebrate Inspiration and Initiation with Epsilon Pi! They did a wonderful job and it was neat to see another Initiation. The women were super welcoming and excited to have me. I found a few gym buddies, Rachel (president) and Jen (incoming president)! I was also there during elections, and their slate passed with no challenges! They have a wonderful new group of women coming in to continue to lead the chapter well. Check out some pictures!

Nomination Committee!

Celebrating Inspiration!

Tuesday, November 9

Layover in Long Beach

After I visited Riverside I spent two quick days with Gamma Chi - Cal State Long Beach. It was great to get to see such great recruiters in action, even if it was only for a little while. What I loved most about the Gamma Chi women was their enthusiasm. They had a ton of cheers and songs and a high-energy slideshow and they pushed through event after event without losing any of their charisma. Such a treat!

I didn't get too many pictures during my short visit, but I though this was too's the basketball stadium!

Monday, November 8

Recruitment in Riverside!

I had the pleasure of visiting Zeta Lambda - UC Riverside for their pre-recruitment workshops in September and later in October for formal recruitment. We spent our first week together preparing for recruitment which was an awesome time to bond and talk about all of the reasons that we love Delta Gamma. I was very impressed...the women come back for this week about three weeks before school starts and then go home before starting classes. Talk about dedication! My first visit also fell upon my 23rd birthday and a huge group took me out to The Old Spaghetti Factory, which is housed in a beautiful old train station, to celebrate; I was so touched!

Upon my return I showed up on a rainy day right in the middle of Round 1! There was a little bit of drama picking up my bag as The United States of Tara was being filmed in the baggage claim of the Ontario airport. I made it eventually (better late than never, right?). Zeta Lambda had a very cute "DG is my cup of tea" theme. They also hung up their anchor and sailboat shaped paddles that big and little sisters make for each other. They were fantastic, the most detailed I have ever seen. We definitely have some artists in the chapter. I got to stay through recruitment and celebrate Bid Day at UC Riverside. The chapter made their own balloon arch (a skill that I am really hoping to pick up sometime soon) and camped out all day to get a prime spot for the members and new members to join for pictures. Then we went to The Citrus Center (so California!) for 5-foot burrito dinner and some get-to-know-you games.

It was so nice getting to see all of Zeta Lambda's hard work pay off during a great recruitment week! They are a wonderful group of Delta Gammas who I'm proud to call my sisters!