SEPTEMBER 2017

by Alana Doyle, Director of PR

THE BIGGEST REVEAL OF THE YEAR! 

On September 26th, our new members finally got to celebrate joining a DG family and getting a big sister! The special event was held right outside of the Delta Gamma house. As the big sisters waited in their boxes for their littles, the new members arrived. When the countdown reached “Go!” our new members got surprised by their bigs! Back at the house, there was a body paint artist, snacks and activities for all sisters to enjoy! With costumes ranging from sailors to Katy Perry’s dancing sharks to inflatable cowboys, Delta Gamma was filled with fun! We hope that all our new sisters feel right at home in our big DG family.

 

BUILD A BACKPACK 

In response to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, our chapter decided to put together a special fundraiser to collect items needed to help victims of these natural disasters. Delta Gamma reached out to the entire greek community and Alabama campus to ask for items like backpacks, hand sanitizer, crayons and more to help the cause. In the end, we gathered over 1,000 items in total. From there, we sent off the school supplies to areas in need and continued to live by our motto, “Do Good.”

 

GREEK GODS AND GODDESSES 

The upperclassmen got to celebrate a night out at Rounders this month! With a surprise additional date party for the 2014 and 2015 Member classes, our sisters enjoyed a night out dressed in togas and glitter. The entertainment for the night was a local EDM DJ that kept the party upbeat and fun all night. We hope all of our sisters and their dates had a great time celebrating like it was 500 B.C.!

 

SISTERHOOD SPOTLIGHTS

EMILY LITES

 

Year: Freshman

Major: Nursing

Hobby: Beauty pageants and community service!

Accomplishments Thus Far: I started a nonprofit organization called, “Emily’s Smile Boxes.” The inspiration for this organization was from my own personal experience with my little brother. Before birth, he had a stroke which resulted in severe brain damage that cause epilepsy, cerebral palsy, legal blindness and several other disabilities. During my childhood, I spent a lot of time in the hospital with my family and I wanted to give back to families going through similar struggles. I make boxes to give to children so that they have something to do while in the hospital. I have made over 17,000 boxes and have shipped at least one box to every state in the US. I’ve even sent boxes to Canada and Jamaica! Recently, I was also named one of the top five most caring youths in the nation and won the 2017 Miss Teen Texas International Beauty Pageant!

Fun Fact: I own a mini pet pig named Buddy!

ALLI PINTER

 

Year: Junior

Major: Marketing with a specialization in social media

Hobby: Hiking, photography and traveling!

Accomplishments Thus Far: I serve as the Director of Marketing for Alabama Hockey. In this position,  I oversee all aspects of marketing within the team like ticket sales, fan involvement, fundraising and promotional stunts. I even get a chance to work with my sister, Erin Friedrich (pictured above) as she is the sideline reporter for all of the games! I am also the Vice President of Membership for the American Marketing Association. I handle member involvement and aim to acquire new members. In addition, I have also assisted in graphic design for social media and event flyers.

Fun Fact: I am half deaf!

SHELBY MCPHAIL

Year: Junior

Major: Exercise and Sports Science with a minor in General Business

Hobbies: Traveling to new places and learning new things about places I have been to before!

Accomplishments Thus Far: I am currently running for Education Senate at The University of Alabama. I am focused on improving the health and safety of UA students. I want to bring healthier meal options to campus and make the kinesiology department’s self defense class more well known. I also served as the door song chair for the 2017 Delta Gamma recruitment team and was a new member group leader.

Fun Fact: When I was 12, I went night skiing on New Year’s Eve and accidentally skied down a black diamond. Half way through the trail I gave up and slid down on my butt the rest of the way.

GAMEDAY PHOTO SHOOT

 

August 2017

by Alana Doyle, Director of PR

ANCHORED WITH THE BEST 

Welcome home to all of our beautiful new members! On August 19th, the University of Alabama, Beta Psi chapter offered bids to 144 incredible women to join our sisterhood. In our new pledge class, we have women from all across the country with educational interests ranging from pre-med students to dance majors to public relations professionals to future lawyers! During the bid day celebration, we hosted sisters and their families at our home with food and popsicles from Steel City Pops. We could not be any happier to see how new member wearing our Delta Gamma letters with grace and pride!

 

UNDER THE SEA WITH DELTA G!

As a tradition, a few hours after bid day all of the new members go on a surprise retreat. Girls loaded up on charter buses and headed over to Georgia for this special event. This year, new members went to the Atlanta Aquarium and slept under water! Literally! Our sisters were able to get to know one another, see shows at the venue, play games and  have a big sleepover on their first night.

 

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!

The University of Alabama always has the largest and longest recruitment in the nation. In order to prepare to host over 2,500 potential new members (PNMs) in our home, our recruitment team trained our chapter during work week. We had several themes throughout the week to make the training sessions more fun! In the end, recruitment was a complete success and was executed with ease and efficiency. We are so proud of the hard work our sophomores, juniors and seniors did to have the most successful rush so far.

 

SUMMER SISTERHOOD SPOTLIGHTS

From internships to travel to volunteering to achieving their wildest dreams, our sisters have spent their summers working hard and having fun around the world. In order to highlight the amazing work our sisters have been doing on a global scale, our chapter developed a Facebook album called “Summer Sisterhood Spotlights” that you can find by clicking on this link! Here are a few sisters that pursued their passion and changed the world this summer.

Taylor Williams was selected to be a part of an international fashion program abroad this summer. She visited the top fashion capitals of the world over 5 weeks.

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Julia Baker dedicated her summer to helping others in need in Haiti. She truly encompasses what it means to “do good.” Thank you for inspiring all of us, Julia!

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Kelly Fator spent her summer in the city of angels! Kelly is a summer intern at Sony/ ATV Music Publishing. She was even on-set for the production of Ghostbusters! During her summer nights, she worked as a production intern for Jimmy Kimmel!

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Does Terrin Wack‘s name sound familiar? It is probably because she wrote the front page story for the Chicago Tribune this summer! During her internship, she has also covered events, such as Cubs games, Bears’ minicamps, NHL Draft, NBA Draft and more.

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April/ May 2017

by Alana Doyle, Director of PR

Welcome to the Winner’s Circle! 

Delta Gamma is going back to back! Sigma Chi held their annual philanthropy event called Derby Days this April. Every sorority on campus is invited to compete in several challenges to fundraise money for the Alabama Children’s Miracle Network. The sorority that wins the most events and has the highest cumulative total will receive bragging rights and… $1,000 towards their philanthropy. This year, Delta Gamma was the only sorority to place in EVERY Derby Days competition! In the end, our hard work payed off as DG won FIRST PLACE and was awarded $1,000 for Service for Sight!

Senior Send Off

As our 2016-2017 year came to a close, we had to say tons of hard goodbyes to the women who have so greatly shaped and impacted our chapter. In our transition ceremony, our seniors spoke about their best memories in our sisterhood and what Delta Gamma truly means to them. They announced their “senior wills” and passed down sacred, memorable items to younger sisters. We are so proud of our seniors for their hard work and dedication. Our sisters will be moving to locations all throughout the world and taking on their dream jobs with the strongest support system of sisters located in the heart of dixie.

Song of the South

The best date party of the year is our last! Delta Gammas and their dates dressed up in country-themed costumes and danced the night away to a live country band at a local Tuscaloosa venue. Our sisters and their guests sang “Sweet Home Alabama” on the top of their lungs all night long as the end of the year came quickly after our amazing date party. Shout out to our social events team for making this year’s annual Song of the South unforgettable!

Lake Day!

If your sisters jumped off of a cliff would you?! Well… In this case, yes! Our sisters loaded up in cars and headed to Lake Nicol to enjoy the beautiful Alabama weather in the best way possible. Some girls tanned, others floated in the lake, and majority took a leap of faith off the cliffs. With DG sisters, anything is possible.

Sister Spotlight

Claire DeVoe 

Major: Fashion Retailing w/ a minor in General Business
Year: Sophomore
Hobby/ Passion: Passion for fashion!! Love putting together new creative outfits! I have a huge love for all things music. I love to sing, play my guitar, dance, and perform in musical theatre! Any time you see me I’m probably either singing a tune or moving my feet to the beat!
Career Aspirations: I aspire to open up my own boutique, “Claire’s Closet” after first developing this idea in my senior year of high school! I dream of creating a new take on the shopping experience!
Accomplishments Thus Far: I’ve loved every part of UA so far! My freshman year was so amazing and I’m so blessed with all the opportunities that have come my way. Delta Gamma has been such a lovely part of my life. I’m honored to serve as our Director of Fundraising and love creating new ideas for raising awareness for Service for Sight! I work diligently in my studies and I am very involved in the Honors College! I’m also so proud to say that I made the President’s list first semester and the Dean’s List for the second semester! I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of UADM and being a member on First Year Committee! I can’t wait to become even more involved on campus and in my amazing sisterhood, Delta Gamma!

Fun fact: I’m working on my business, Claire’s Closet currently on Instagram and in my own home, as I turn my living room into a store! It has been the perfect outlet for me to share new ideas for outfits and be able to have creative sales for girls to feel beautiful and confident in unique looks! My business-to be is so special to me and it is so heartwarming to take a percentage of my sales and donate to the cancer floor that took great care of my Grams who inspires me everyday to go after my dreams of opening my shop.

Smooth Sailing- Alumni Spotlight

Becky Black

Following our alumni transition, our seniors officially became alumni of Delta Gamma. In honor of their graduation, here is one of our chapter’s newest alumni, Becky Black! Becky was the Beta Psi chapter president for the 2016-2017 year. Her passions consist of dance and Orange Theory fitness! In the future, Becky hopes to be the head of a dance program. With this dream in mind, our sister is headed to England for great school. Becky continues to “do good” by volunteering at a local dance studio. We can’t wait to see you achieve your dreams!

March 2017

by Alana Doyle, Director of Public Relations

A Day of Appreciation for DG!

Delta Gamma was founded in 1873 by Mary Comfort Leonard, Anna Boyd Ellington, and Eva Webb Dodd. In celebration of these incredible women, our chapter headed to the NorthRiver Yacht Club to celebrate Founder’s Day on March 5th. The day began with a light meal, meeting with alumni, speeches, and finally an award ceremony. With awards ranging from dedication to our philanthropy to loyalty to her sisters, several women were recognized for their dedication to the success of our chapter. During the ceremony, we heard about plans for the future of Beta Psi. We are excited about the future of our chapter in the years to come.

The Luck of the Irish!

This year our chapter decided to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a little early. On March 7th, our sisters decked themselves out in green and gold and headed to Druid City Music Hall for our Luck of the Irish date party! Our sisters and their dates had an incredible time dancing the night away! We all cannot wait for our next date party, Song of the South.

A Week for the GREEKS!

DELTA GAMMA WON GREEK WEEK 2017! With competitions in bowling, dodgeball, basketball and dance throughout the week, Delta Gamma dominated in the University of Alabama’s 2017 Greek Week with our partners: Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Alpha Mu, and Alpha Omega Epsilon! On the final day of the week, Delta Gamma took first place in the Greek Sing dance and step competition. Delta Gamma has won this competition for the last two years in a row. Next year we plan on winning for a “three-peat!” Delta Gamma also got third in dodgeball and was the most spirited team at every event! (Watch the video of our dance under the “Photos” section of our website!)

Sisterhood Spotlights- Fashion Edition!

Abbey Hagan

MAJOR: Fashion Retail

YEAR: Sophomore

HOBBY/ PASSION: Making videos for Youtube & blogging!

CAREER ASPIRATIONS: I would like to move to NYC to work for a high end fashion company and basically become Carrie Bradshaw.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS THUS FAR: This past year in DG I was elected to be Fashion Board chair, which was such an honor as nothing makes me happier than DG and clothes. I became a campus ambassador for Vera Bradley, which is a brand I have loved since I was a little girl. In regards to my YouTube channel and my blog, I have been able to work with brands that I love on both as well as hit over 1,000,000 views on my YouTube channel!

FUN FACT: I lived in Hong Kong when I was 12!

Katie Grace Hatton

MAJOR: Fashion Merchandising

YEAR: Sophomore

HOBBY/ PASSION: All things fashion related. I love creating new looks and styles everywhere!

CAREER ASPIRATIONS: I hope to become a celebrity stylist or a fashion editor for a magaizne like Cosmopolitan or Vogue!

ACCOMPLISHMENTS THUS FAR: I am currently involved in fashion related clubs on campus and in my sorority. This summer I have been given the opportunity to intern at one of my dream companies, so I am very excited to see how that goes! I also have my own website, http://www.lattesandlavender.com, where I post about my adventures and recent fashion findings!

FUN FACT: I’ve met Kylie Jenner!

Spring Break Highlights!

February 2017

by Alana Doyle, Director of Public Relations

Family Weekend:

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From February 17th until February 19th, our chapter hosted our very own Parent’s Weekend events. Family members from all over the country traveled to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to spend time with our sisters. The entire weekend was packed with events. On Friday night, everyone headed to The District Room downtown to enjoy a live band and show off their best dance moves. If it was a contest, the parents definitely won!Saturday night delta gammas and their families walked the red carpet for our Oscar themed gala which was held at Cypress Inn. Several sisters gave speeches about the impact Delta Gamma has made on their lives throughout college. To end the weekend off right, families were invited to the Delta Gamma house for a casual brunch before heading home. It was such a pleasure getting to meet the families of our sisters.

Jumping for Joy!

WELCOME HOME NEW MEMBERS! This semester Delta Gamma participated in informal spring rush. We are happy to announce that we now have 11 more sisters in our chapter. In celebration, we spent our bid day at a trampoline park getting to know the women that we have added to our family.

Who knew philanthropy was so tasty?

On February 10th, we had our annual Milk and Cookies event open to the public. As one of our fundraisers benefitting Service for Sight, our Foundation team organized an event to raise money and fill our stomachs. At our spring event we hosted a packed house of visitors which resulted in raising $8,500 for our foundation.

Sisterhood Spotlight

screen-shot-2017-03-03-at-2-12-30-pmSarah Michel is a sophomore nursing major that has set major plans for her future. After graduation, Sarah aspires to join Doctors Without Borders so that she can travel the world helping those in need. In order to achieve these goals, Sarah has served as a leader and mentor within Delta Gamma as well as gained directorship positions in SGA Homecoming, First Year Council (FYC) and Academic Affairs. Currently, Sarah Michel is running for Nursing Senate in order to make The University of Alabama campus a “happier and healthier place.” In Sarah’s free time, she enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and being outdoors.

Smooth Sailing: Post-Graduation Spotlight

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Name: Ryan Ashley Koski

Career: Intern at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Research Center

Grad Year: Bachelors in Social Work 2015; Masters in Social Work 2017

Hobby or Passion: Horseback riding

Future Aspirations: I would like to pursue a career in family law!

How you continue to “do good”: When I think of “doing good” I think of “loving my neighbor as myself.” I try to “do good” by treating others with respect and kindness. I “do good” by showing my patients at the National Institutes of Health that they are respected and cared for. Delta Gamma showed me that a sister’s love and compassion is irreplaceable, so I try to show my patients that very same dedication and compassion.

Fun Fact: I rode horses for 12 years and I had to go to the emergency room once for falling off a pogo stick. 

January 2017

by Alana Doyle, Director of Public Relations

AN EVENING UNDER THE STARS

Long, elegant dresses, high heels, men in suits and more filled the Delta Gamma Beta Psi house on Friday, January 27th. The women of Delta Gamma celebrated our sisterhood with guests at our annual Anchorball. This year, the event was held at The Historic Drish House with a dance floor both inside the mansion and outdoors, with heaters of course! The Drish House has a legacy of being haunted as it was built in 1837 by Dr. John R. Drish. Regardless, our sisters had an incredible time dancing the night away at such a beautiful landmark in Tuscaloosa.

HERE’S TO AN INCREDIBLE SEASON!

Alabama has to let others win sometimes, right? It’s just the polite thing to do! For the 2017 College Football National Championship, several of our sisters traveled hundreds and thousands of miles to see the Crimson Tide play against the Clemson Tigers in Tampa, Florida. Regardless of the outcome, our sisters had an incredible time both on and off the field and celebrated a very successful season for Alabama football! Roll Tide Roll!

A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR BETA PSI 

Our newest CMT headed to Atlanta, Georgia this month in order to complete their regional training. Delta Gammas from across the SEC gathered to discuss their plans moving forward for each chapter. Meeting with sisters from other schools reminds us how many widespread connections we have as a fraternity. We are so excited for what our CMT has in store for the future of Beta Psi.

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SISTER SPOTLIGHT

Shelby Balentine, a junior, majoring in Telecommunication and Film with a minor in Computing Technology and Application, is a workaholic. Currently, Shelby has five jobs on top of passing classes and maintaining a social life. She is a freelance artist for 2 makeup companies, works seasonally at Belk, interns with WVUA and tutors computer science students on campus. Not only is she taking on each of these tasks, Shelby is also an ESPNU campus correspondent. This past November, Shelby aided the ESPN crew with the set up and live coverage of a game! When reflecting on this opportunity, she stated, it was a really great experience! It made me excited for the future when I get to do stuff like that every day.

SMOOTH SAILING – POST GRADUATION SPOTLIGHT

  • Name: Lauren R. Lock
  • Career: 3rd Year Law Student and Law Clerk at Peeples & Davis LLC
  • UA Graduation Year: 2014
  • Passion: Being a cool dog mom and calligraphy!
  • Future Aspirations: To open my own legal practice as well as be elected to Delta Gamma Council.
  • How I Continue To “Do Good”: I serve Beta Psi as Advisor of Honor Board ad I try to get out into the Birmingham Community and volunteer as much as I can!
  • Favorite DG Memory: Recruitment and Bid Day 2013. I was president that year and I just remember the chapter really working together to make recruitment special. When we finally got to Bid Day to see all these new members running towards us with huge smiles was something I will never forget!dg-3