February 2019

By Lawson Colgate, Director of Public Relations

Anchor Ball

We kicked off February by dressing to the nines and dancing the night away with our beautiful sisters! Our first date party of the semester was a dream. The event was held at Half Shell Oyster House in downtown Tuscaloosa. Our Delta Gamma sisters enjoyed a festive night with their guests, dancing the night away to a live band.

 

Parents’ Weekend

Parents’ Weekend, BEST WEEKEND! We are so thankful to have spent the weekend with the ones who support us in all that we do: our wonderful parents. Our sisters and their families started the special weekend with a social Friday night, held at Northriver Yacht Club. Saturday night we filled our plates and stomachs with delicious food, courtesy of R Davidson Chophouse. Sunday, our sisters and their families wrapped up the weekend with brunch at our beloved house. We were honored to celebrate the best of the best all weekend long. Parents and families, thank you for all that you do for us!

 

Galentine’s Day

Why have one Galentine when you can have 400+?! We celebrated our sweet sisters on Galentine’s Day with lots of desserts, smiles, and love. We couldn’t ask for better gals to spend this day with. Thanks for being the x’s to our o’s, sisters!

Milk and Cookies

We love milk, cookies and Service for Sight! We are so thankful for everyone who came to support our Milk and Cookies event. Our sisters had a blast eating cookies with our guests and FUNdraising for our special philanthropy, Service for Sight! This event helped us to raise over $12,000 for Service for Sight!

Sisterhood Date Party

Boas, beads and MΔΓDI GRAS! No need to travel to NOLA when we can celebrate right here in T-town with our sisters. Our sisterhood date party was held at The Bear Trap in downtown Tuscaloosa, with entertainment provided by a DJ. We were happy to dance and pardi gras with our sisters all night long!

January 2019

By Lawson Colgate, Director of Public Relations

New Year, New CMT!

Get to know our 2019 CMT here!

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Doing Good in the New Year

Our members’ plan to take care of themselves and others this year.

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Freshman, Sophia Olson, intends to get involved on campus and with her sisters while maintaining a high GPA. Freshman, Alyse Montgomery, aims to hold herself and sisters responsible for being productive and positive in the new year.

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Sophomore, Skylar Doss, plans to encourage her sisters to keep their New Years’ resolutions and hold each other accountable in working toward their goals.

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Junior and Senior sisters, Kate and Kristina Taylor, aspire to do more things that make themselves happy and to encourage that in others. Between all the monotonous tasks we have to complete, they feel like it is important to incorporate little things that are motivating and inspiring.

Ice Skating Our Way Into the Spring Semester

What better way to start off the Spring semester than ice skating into it with our sweet sisters?! We took a trip to the rink to catch up with each other after one long month apart. Lots of falls and laughter made for a great bonding experience. We missed our sisters so much and we’re so glad to be back together!

Sisterhood Splotlights

Delaney Eber

Year: Sophomore

Major: Accounting

Involvement in Delta Gamma: 2017-2018 Co-Director of Service & currently Director of T-Shirts

Campus Involvement: I am involved with the Culverhouse College of Business LIFT Program where we volunteer at different places in the community such as high schools, retirement communities, & working with veterans to teach them various business tools like Office and Powerpoint, how to use the internet, and basic financial planning. I think it’s really awesome to be able to give back to the community that I call home for so much of the year and getting to connect with people in different stages of life than I am. I have also participated in UA Dance Marathon and work at a local coffee shop!

Recent Accomplishments: I recently accepted a summer accounting internship at a public accounting firm in my hometown!

Favorite DG Memory: For fall break this year (which happened to be my birthday weekend), my big, Claire and two of my best friends, Caroline and Amber, and I all road tripped to Claire’s house in Texas. It was the most fun 8-hour car ride I’ve ever had! We went to Six Flags, Magnolia Silos and Market, and spent my birthday at Billy Bob’s to two-step and watch bull riding!

Fun Fact: The only time I ever went skiing, I fell off the ski lift. It sparked my fear of heights that has taken me years to finally break!

Zoe Coetzee

Year: Sophomore

Major: Biology

Minor: Pre-Med

Involvement in Delta Gamma: Director of Service

Campus Involvement: Involved with DCH regional medical hospital! Earning hours in the NICU and Oncology Unit. It means a lot to me because I am able to see firsthand how a little help from someone can go a long way and am able to see how people volunteering brightens the patients days

Favorite DG Memory: My favorite DG memory so far was the Ice Ice DG, I think that everyone really showed up going all out in their outfits and it was really cool to see such enthusiasm for sisterhood!

Fun Fact: My family is from South Africa, I am the first generation of American Students!

 

December 2018

By Lawson Colgate, Director of Public Relations

DG Drops A Pin, Winter Break Edition

‘Tis the season to explore! From the sea to the slopes, our sisters spent their winter breaks traveling the globe. We were thrilled to be home for the holidays, creating and celebrating traditions. We’re so thankful to have sisters from all across the country, but we can’t wait to be back in Tuscaloosa with them!

Check out a few amazing places our sisters spent their breaks below:

 

November 2018

By Lawson Colgate, Director of Public Relations

Ice Ice DG

DG’s back with a brand new sisterhood event! Even the cold can’t stop us from hanging out with our sisters. What better than kicking off the holiday season with a night of dancing, decorating cookies, and watching movies at our home away from home?!

Thankful for Sisterhood

One week without our sweet sisters… we almost didn’t make it! From Saturday’s in Bryant Denny to puppies, pizza and philanthropy events, we are blessed to always have our sisters by our side. We are so thankful for the endless love, laughter and memories we have shared this year. We look forward to spending many more years surrounded by our amazing sisters!

It’s Christmas Time, in Tuscaloosa!

As we wrap up the semester, projects and tests fill our days. We took a trip to the Tuscaloosa Barnyard for a study break. Quality time with our sisters, adorable animals, Christmas lights, and hot cocoa… what more could us girls want?!

Tacky Christmas

The tackier the sweater, the merrier the holiday! Our last date party of the semester was nothing less than spectacular. The event was held at The Historic Drish House in downtown Tuscaloosa. Our Delta Gamma sister’s enjoyed a festive night with their guests, dancing the night away to a live band. There’s nothing ELF to say other than that our sisters SLEIGHED at Tacky Christmas!

October 2018

by Emma Bannen, Director of PR

Anchor Splash

One of Delta Gamma’s biggest fundraising events, Anchor Splash, was a huge success again this year. Beta Psi partnered with University of Alabama fraternities for an afternoon of fun, benefitting service for sight. Each fraternity chose an anchor man to represent them in the pageant and talent competition. With talents ranging from playing  instruments to doing the splits, there was not a dull moment at Anchor Splash 2018. To finish out the competition, each participating fraternity performed a dance routine. Congrats to this year’s winner Sigma Phi Epsilon!

 

Sisters for Life

This month, Beta Psi welcomed our newest sisters into our chapter through initiation. Family members joined the newly initiated sisters for a celebration after the ceremony. The sacred ritual of initiation is an important moment in the life of any Delta Gamma woman. Now that our newest sisters are initiated, they are welcomed into lifelong membership in Delta Gamma.

 

Spooky Semi

Delta Gamma held its annual semi-formal date party at Chophouse this month. In honor of Halloween, the venue was decked out in spooky decorations fit for the occasion. Delta Gamma sisters and their guests danced the night away together. Entertainment was provided by a live band. It’s so nice to be able to put on our best dresses and dance all night with our sisters!

 

SEPTEMBER 2018

by Emma Bannen, Director of PR

OVERBOΔΓD

Mermaids and pirates and shipwrecks, oh my! Our first date party of the semester was a huge hit. The event was held at Wilhagan’s bar in downtown Tuscaloosa and music was provided by a live band. Delta Gamma sisters and their guests enjoyed an incredible time of dancing and listening to music. This was definitely a night we ARR(GH) never going to forget!

 

SLICES FOR SIGHT

This month, the Beta Psi chapter hosted its first ever Slices for Sight philanthropy event. Delta Gamma partnered with the Delta Chi fraternity to host this fun-filled event. DG sisters and friends enjoyed endless pizza and cuddly canine friends. Our director of banners provided us with the perfect backdrop to capture our memories (shoutout to Nikki). This is the first time DG has partnered with a fraternity on campus for a philanthropy event, but it will not be the last. We raised over $3000 for Service for Sight and The V Foundation.

 

PJ Party!

We love our PJs at Beta Psi! Our new members cozied up in their pajamas to get to know their new sisters at the new member lock-in. They spent time learning about Delta Gamma and doing bonding activities and finished the night out with a movie. Later in the month, juniors and seniors put on their PJs again for a night of dancing at Galettes. With two floors and two DJs, there was plenty of room to have a good time. This event was a great time for our juniors and seniors to spend some quality time together.

 

 

The Big Reveal

The only thing better than getting your bid… is getting your big! After a few days of secret notes and gifts from their bigs, our new members finally got to find out who would be their big. Several generations of Delta Gamma families gathered at Super Skate to surprise their newest additions. We dressed up in matching outfits and skated our hearts out, already in love with our littles.

 

 

SIX FLAGS

With school starting to pick up, we all needed a break. So, Beta Psi took a trip to Six Flags Over Georgia. A day filled with rides and sisterhood time is just what we needed to make it to fall break! We packed our fanny packs with the essentials and squeezed in as many roller coasters as possible. The Six Flags sisterhood is one that our sisters look forward to every year.

 

 

SISTERHOOD SPOTLIGHTS

Alex Nehib

 

Year: Junior

Major: Chemical Engineering

Minor: Mathematics

Involvement in Delta Gamma: Former Director of Scholarship Programming

Campus Involvement: I’m involved with the Society of Women Engineers and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers on campus. Both are great ways to meet new people in my department as well as make networking connections. For fun, I’m involved with CHAARG which is a female empowerment and fitness club that’s all about health and wellness. This is my favorite part of the week and I love going to weekly workouts and small groups with my DG sisters!

Recent Accomplishments: I’m currently working in my second term as an Engineering Co-Op at Georgia Pacific. Being away from campus all week is hard, but the opportunity to work for one of the largest privately held corporations and learn more about my field has been incredibly valuable.

Favorite DG Memory: Taking road trips with my sisters to each other’s hometowns! We’ve been to Dallas, St. Louis, Chicago, Atlanta and more!

Fun Fact: I’m a huge hockey fan! (Go Dallas Stars!)

 

Lawson Colgate

 

Year: Freshman

Major: Public Relations

Minor: General Business & Spanish

Involvement in Delta Gamma: Homecoming dance team, Anchor Splash J-Board

Campus Involvement: On campus, I’m involved in Capstone Agency, Public Relations Student Society of America, and Capstone Communication Student Society. Capstone Agency is PRSSA nationally affiliated, student-run integrated communications firm. I am an Assistant Media Coordinator for Capstone Agency and work with EcoCAR to communicate the competition to the media. Being involved in Capstone Agency is very important to me because it reflects what my future could look like. As a PR major, I could possibly work for a communications firm. Capstone Agency also provides me with amazing students that push me to my limits and inspire me to be the best PR student I can be. PRSSA is a pre-professional organization that provides me with information about the public relations professions, networks with professionals and educators in the industry and improves my communication skills. CCSS is a similar organization. It provides me with access to all events, speakers, and anything else happening that’s C&IS related. These organizations provide me with hands on experience and learning.

Recent Accomplishments: I recently was accepted into the Capstone Agency as an Assistant Media Coordinator. I was one of 32/198 applicants accepted this fall. Writing industry newsletters, news releases, pitches, and blogs, I work with EcoCar to broadcast the competition.

Favorite DG Memory: My favorite DG memory so far is Bid Day. I loved running home to DG and starting to meet all my sisters. Bid day was so fun and everyone I met was very welcoming.

Fun Fact: A fun fact is that I currently run my own personal blog page in Instagram and my own personal YouTube channel where I post videos about my life.

 

BID DAY + Beyond: August 2018

by Emma Bannen, Director of PR

BID DAY, BEST DAY!

August 19, 2018, was the best day of the year for University of Alabama sorority members! After a long week of primary recruitment, the Beta Psi chapter welcomed home 123 beautiful new members of Delta Gamma. New members and their families celebrated bid day at the Delta Gamma mansion with Full Moon barbecue, Steel City Pops and lots of love from their new sisters. Later that evening, the newest Delta Gamma sisters departed for the annual new member retreat at the Georgia Aquarium, where they were able to spend the night sleeping “under the sea”.

 

YAY for the First Day

With recruitment, bid day and new member retreat under our belts, our Beta Psi sisters were ready for the new school year. The first day of school is always exciting and it’s even more exciting when you’re a Delta Gamma. We’re so proud of our smarty pants sisters for starting the school year off right!

 

Flashback to Recruitment!

We wouldn’t have been able to welcome all our amazing new members without our preparation during work week and recruitment. With fun theme days and activities, our recruitment team made all the hard work feel like a piece of cake! And it was definitely worth it! The Beta Psi chapter had an outstanding recruitment and brought home the best new members ever. Welcome home, MC ’18! We love you!

 

Sisterhood Spotlight: Alana Doyle

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Alana Doyle was able to give an “encore” to her summer internship with Viacom by reporting live from the pink carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards! Alana was selected out of all of Viacom’s summer interns for this incredible honor. Beta Psi is so proud of Alana for taking steps toward her dream of working in the entertainment industry!

Delta Gamma Convention 2018

by Emma Bannen, Director of PR

A Weekend to Remember

Pictured with the Delta Gamma flag are (from left) Katie Grace Hatton (Beta Psi Chapter President), Jessica Smith (former Beta Psi VP: Programming), Amanda Shoemaker (Beta Psi VP: Social Standards), Leyla Desjardin (Beta Psi VP: Finance), and Ray Doughman (Beta Psi VP: Panhellenic). Pictured on the couch are Katie Grace Hatton and Leyla Desjardin. 

Hundreds of sisters together in one room? We can’t imagine anything better! Several of our Beta Psi members and advisors traveled to Phoenix, Arizona to attend the 2018 Delta Gamma Convention. This biennial event is a time for collegiate and alumnae members of Delta Gamma to come together, reflect and celebrate our fraternity.

This year, Beta Psi was honored for excellence in Vice President Finance for our region, and recognized as the number one chapter in our region for collecting Boxtops for Education. Our region was also commended for fundraising the highest monetary amount in the nation for our foundation, winning the Regional Race. Beta Psi was also recognized for donating $50,000 to the needs based scholarship program.

In addition, Beta Psi alumna, Susan Eddy Kinney, was elected Delta Gamma Fraternity Treasurer!

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Susan Eddy Kinney (left) is pictured here with Katie Grace Hatton (right).

Keep reading to see what a few Beta Psi sisters had to say about their experience in Phoenix at DG Convention!

Leyla Desjardin

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Leyla Desjardin serves as Beta Psi’s VP: Finance. She is pictured here (center) with Amy Davis, Beta Psi Advisory Team Chairman (left), and Katie Grace Hatton, Beta Psi Chapter President (right), 

“Delta Gamma Convention was such an incredible, life-changing experience. Our motto, “For hope, for strength, for life”, truly became a reality for me these past few days. I was so touched to learn about all of the amazing things our foundation does, as well as honored to be able to witness the announcement that our foundation will be sponsoring a FIFTH school for the visually impaired! I was able to meet women of all ages from all over, and it amazed me that while we all live very different lives, we all have Delta Gamma in common. Convention has made me fall deeper in love with Delta Gamma and has only made me want to become more involved with Delta Gamma both now and when I become an alumna. I am so lucky to be a member of an organization so dedicated to empowering women and helping others, and am so happy to have experienced the 68th Biennial Convention of Delta Gamma.” 

 

Jessica Smith

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Jessica Smith is a former VP: Programming of Beta Psi. She is pictured here (left) with Amanda Shoemaker, Beta Psi’s VP: Social Standards (center), and Leyla Desjardin, Beta Psi’s VP: Finance (right). 

“To begin to describe the experiences had this weekend at the Delta Gamma convention is impossible. From hearing the State of the Fraternity address to watching Beta Psi alumna Susan Kinney take the oath of office to begin her duties as Council Treasurer, the experience was so surreal that I often was moved to tears. I constantly found myself taking a second to pause and think about the sheer power that existed in those conference rooms at the Arizona Biltmore hotel. The women that I was surrounded by have made tremendous impacts not only on the lives of Delta Gamma women, but on the lives of all women. Their empowering words renewed my sense of pride in Delta Gamma and the mission that we have adopted to do good in all that we do. Most of all, I was reminded that Delta Gamma, if you allow it to be, will be for life. My stories that I will tell of Delta Gamma convention for years to come will surely be love stories, stories of love for our beloved fraternity, for the women that have made it what it is, and for the women in those conference rooms— the visionaries of the future of the fraternity who will help guide us towards the next sixty-eight conventions of our beautiful Delta Gamma.”

 

Katie Grace Hatton

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Katie Grace Hatton serves as Beta Psi’s Chapter President. She is pictured here (right) with Kate Stanton, Delta Gamma Council Trustee: Fraternity Programming.

“As I leave convention I am more proud and thankful to be apart of such a spectacular women’s fraternity. Delta Gamma has truly given me an experience I will never forget and will continue to live it out for the rest of my life. From all of the inspiring women I have met to the wonderful speakers and new things I have learned, I will cherish this weekend forever and look forward to many more conventions.”

 

Lasting Memories

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Newly installed Fraternity President, Wilma Wilbanks (left), with Beta Psi President, Katie Grace Hatton (right). 

Delta Gamma Convention provided us with memories that will last a lifetime, new connections with sisters and a renewed understanding of what it truly means to be a Delta Gamma woman.

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Pictured from left: Jessica Smith, Leyla Desjardin, Kate Stanton, Katie Grace Hatton, and Ray Doughman. 

APRIL & MAY 2018

by Emma Bannen, Director of PR

SONG, SONG OF THE SOUTH

“Sweet potato pie & I shut my mouth!” We danced our hearts out to country tunes at our Song of the South date party! Everyone dressed in flannels, denim, and bandannas and our live band put their own spin on the hits. Even songs that topped the pop charts had their own country twang. The best part: we had plenty of wide open space to show off our moves! It was so much fun to be able to have this event outside. It was such an amazing time spending the evening with our sisters and our dates. This “hoedown throwdown” was one for the books!

 

SCHOOL’S OUT!

At the beginning of May, (most of us) finished our finals, packed our bags, and headed out to wherever the summer would take us. Shout out to all our sisters that are staying in Tuscaloosa or studying somewhere else for the summer! For the rest of us, that means almost three months with no class. Whether you choose to fill your time with internships, putting in the hours at work, or laying out by the pool, you don’t have to worry about grades or classes! We sadly said goodbye to our seniors. Ladies, we wish you the best of luck in the “real” world!

 

SISTERHOOD SPOTLIGHTS

REILLY CARR

Year: Incoming Senior

Major: Biology

Specialization: STEM Path to MBA, Pre-PA

Involvement in Delta Gamma: Director of Campus Involvement, Homecoming Basketball Team

Campus Involvement: I’m the VP Campus Involvement for UADM, an organization that has given as much to me as I have put into it. It’s incredible to be surrounded by so many college students who care so much about giving kids the childhood that they deserve and are so dedicated to a future where we can celebrate a cure for so many childhood diseases. With UADM exec, I’m also an Assistant Team Leader within UA’s Center for Service and Leadership. This role is really cool to me because it exposes me to different ways to serve the Tuscaloosa community through tons of different organizations. The people I’ve gotten to meet are pretty incredible, too.

Recent Accomplishments: I graduated! I finished my BS in biology in 3 years and will be completing my Masters of business administration during my senior year. The STEM Path to the MBA allowed me to accelerate my masters so I can finish everything in 4 years before I (hopefully) head to 2 more years of school to become a Physician assistant.

Favorite DG Memory: Living in DG with one of my closest friends. We shared a lot of laughs and a lot of love in room 217; I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Fun Fact: I have to drive south to get to Canada! I’m also a huge Shakespeare nerd.

 

MEGAN COBB

Year: Incoming Sophomore

Major: Management Information Systems

Minor/Specialization: French/Pre-Med

Involvement in Delta Gamma: Banta Babe, Bid Day Committee

Campus Involvement: I am in the Honors College, which provides me an additional boost in my academics here at UA. I love the smaller class sizes and the interesting topics!

Recent Accomplishments: I was recently accepted to intern at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola FL over the summer!

Favorite DG Memory: My favorite DG memory so far is spending time in the third floor anchor room with my sisters. There are so many laughs and fun memories there! Bible study, hang out time, homework/study sessions, only good things come out of that area! Love that place and those people!

Fun Fact: I have been a competitive horseback rider for 10 years!

 

ΔΓEAM TEAM

by Emma Bannen, Director of PR

GREEK WEEK + DERBY DAYS

Greek Week and Derby Days are two of our favorite weeks of the year! What could be better than some friendly competition to win money for our philanthropy? Delta Gamma competed against other sororities on campus in Greek Week and Derby Days events to win money for Service for Sight. Keep reading to learn more about these super fun weeks from our vp: panhellenic, Ray!

GREEK WEEK

 

Greek Week is week-long competition between pairings of all the Greek Organizations on campus. This year, Delta Gamma was paired with Sigma Chi, Theta Tau, and Sigma Gamma Rho. The competition includes sporting events such as kickball, academic events such as trivia night, service events such as Habitat for Humanity, as well as a dance competition to end the week.

This year’s Greek Week stood out because every competition was close and it was exciting to see all our sisters compete so hard for Delta Gamma. The best moment of Greek Week this year was when it was announced that we won the overall Spirit Award for the week!

Ray said that being vp: Panhellenic made Greek Week different this year because she got to be the one to be in contact with the organizations we were paired with, which was amazing in getting to see how willing others were to participate in competitions for us, and how excited they were to cheer everyone on! Her favorite Greek Week event is the Greek Sing dance competition, because it is the most spirited event and everyone cheers for everyone. It’s always such a loud and positive environment that is just amazing to be a part of!

Delta Gamma finished the week in second place overall, won the Greek Sing competition (for the third year in a row), and won the overall spirit award!

DERBY DAYS

 

Derby Days is a week long philanthropy event for Sigma Chi that entails several different competitions between sororities on campus. Competitions include a water balloon toss, dodgeball, and a dance competition. This year’s Derby Days stood out because we had a large target on our back due to winning Derby Days last year and placing so well in Greek Week this year, which makes the events that much more exciting!

Ray’s favorite Derby Days event was the House Decorating competition. She says,”It was really cool to get to cover the Sigma Chi house in things that said Delta Gamma and get to interact with members from all of the other organizations. The best moment of Derby Days this year was sitting in the basement for almost 4 hours making posters for the House Decorating with some sisters that I haven’t gotten to previously spend much time with!”

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Greek Week and Derby Days were great opportunities to spend time with our sisters. A little bit of friendly competition is an amazing way to bond with sisters from our chapter and the entire panhellenic community!