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!

MARCH 2018

by Emma Bannen, Director of PR

WIGGIN’ OUT

What a great way to start out the month! Delta Gamma held its first ever sisterhood party on the first day of March. Everyone donned their most colorful wigs and danced like no one was watching. No dates, just sisters having a fun night together! The band played lots of throwback hits and we all knew every word. It was truly a night to remember!

FOUNDERS DAY

Beta Psi celebrated Delta Gamma Founders Day on March 4, 2018 at Northriver Yacht Club. Collegians and Alumnae from all over the country gathered together to celebrate 144 years of Delta Gamma sisterhood! Kate Stanton, Council Trustee: Fraternity Programming (Alpha Iota, University of Oklahoma) spoke to us about what Delta Gamma has meant and continues to mean to her throughout various stages of her life. Numerous awards were given out, honoring many of our sisters. A great time of celebration was enjoyed by all. Check out this post to read more about Founders Day 2018!

 

SLAM DUNK

Delta Gamma held its second annual Anchor Slam basketball tournament this month. Over thirty teams started the competition but only one rose to victory. A few of the members of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity were the champions of this year’s Anchor Slam! (Fun Fact: ZBT was also the defending champion from last year.) This event raised over ten thousand dollars for Service for Sight!

RETREAT YOURSELF

Over fifty sisters headed out to the woods for our Chapter Retreat at the end of this month. S’mores, hiking, and sisterhood: what could be better? Sisters enjoyed a camping trip put on by our vp: programming. This was a great time to get away from a hectic routine of classes and extracurriculars. Camping gave us some much needed time away to finish the semester!

GREEK WEEK

Delta Gamma recently competed in Greek Week! Greek Week is a week-long competition put on by the UA Greek Programming Board. We competed in bowling, dodgeball, the Greek Sing dance competition, and more. Delta Gamma took first place in Greek Sing, first place for Spirit and second place overall!

SISTERHOOD SPOTLIGHTS

MARISSA SCHUBERT

Year: Sophomore

Major: Communicative Disorders

Minor: Psychology

Involvement in Delta Gamma: Anchor splash coach, spirit committee for homecoming/greek week

Campus Involvement: I am involved in UADM and love it so much because I feel like I really get to make a difference in an organization that is much bigger than myself! I am also involved in NSSHLA for my major which involves raising money for speech & hearing disorders as well as making connections within my major.

Recent Accomplishments: I made the dean’s list for the second semester in a row! I also raised $200 for UADM.

Favorite DG Memory: My favorite memory in DG so far would have to be being involved with greek week and derby days because I got to see the bonds of our sisterhood cheering everyone on and meet a lot of great girls I had never really met before. It was also so exciting when we won both events! We had such an amazing energy as a chapter and I can’t wait for this year.

OLIVIA WHITMIRE

Year: Senior

Major: Telecommunication & Film

Minors: Communication Studies & Sports Journalism

Specialization: Electronic News

Involvement in Delta Gamma: I was the director of intramurals for 2 years, as well as participating in intramurals for DG.

Campus Involvement: Since summer after my sophomore year, I’ve worked at WVUA 23, the local television news station here in Tuscaloosa. They have a phenomenal internship program that has allowed me to grow and gain so much experience in my field before I even start applying for jobs. I’m both a reporter and producer in their news and sports departments. I’ve also held the communication chair and Secretary positions for the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) on campus.

Recent Accomplishments: I made the President’s List (again!!), and that’s truly one of my biggest accomplishments because school has never really been my thing; if you told me in high school I would ever be making a 4.0, I never would’ve believed you.

Favorite DG Memory: This is gonna sound really cheesy, but it’s hard to narrow down the past 3 1/2 years and pick one favorite. If I had to say one right now, it would be my last pref ceremony from this past recruitment. Every year all of the seniors always cry and get really emotional knowing that it’s their last party of recruitment, but being with the girls in my pledge class that I’ve been with since day 1 and seeing how far we’ve come over the years; it was a moment of pure bliss knowing that I’ve spent my college years with the best friends and the best sorority I could have asked for.

Fun Fact: Volleyball has been a huge part of my life, and I actually went to my first match when I was 9 days old for my older sister’s tournament.

CLAIRE LONG

Year: Sophomore

Major: Chemical Engineering

Involvement in Delta Gamma: I was the Crimson Village chair, and I served on this past years nominating committee!

Campus Involvement: I am an ambassador for both the Honors College and the STEM Path to the MBA program, and both of the opportunities allow me to meet so many new people and hopefully inspire potential students to attend UA! I am also a BRIGHT mentor, so I have the chance to go to local elementary schools once a week and read to the kids there!

Recent Accomplishments: I am currently completing a co-op at Goodyear Tire and Rubber! Also, I have made Dean’s List every semester since starting college!

Favorite DG Memory: My favorite memory has been living in the DG house. I’ve formed so many incredible friendships just by living right down the hall from my sisters, and I wouldn’t trade that for the world. (Also, it makes the snack cabinet very convenient.)

Fun Fact: I was the youngest person in my graduating class in high school!

Anchored for Life

by Emma Bannen, Director of PR

Celebrating Founders Day 2018

In 1873, Mary Comfort Leonard, Eva Webb Dodd, and Anna Boyd Ellington came together to form the sisterhood we all know and love. On March 4, collegians, alumnae, advisers, and friends of the Beta Psi chapter joined together to celebrate the 144th anniversary of the founding of Delta Gamma.

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The Founders Day celebration was held at Northriver Yacht Club. Delta Gammas of all ages came together to remember our founders and celebrate our sisterhood against the backdrop of the yacht club. Beautiful rock ledges, flowers, greenery, and a plethora of anchors made for the perfect venue for this event.

For Hope, For Strength, For Life

Senior collegians joined advisers and alumnae for brunch before the Founders Day ceremony began. Megan Birkes, Beta Psi alumnae class of 2017, spoke at the lunch, encouraging seniors as they transition to the next phase of their Delta Gamma journey.

To start the Founders Day festivities, Debbie Campbell, president of House Corporation, led that annual House Corporation Meeting. We are so excited for the renovations coming to our beautiful home this year!

During the ceremony, we were treated to a speech by guest speaker, Kate Stanton (Alpha Iota: University of Oklahoma), Council Trustee: Fraternity Programming. Kate reminded us of the bond that we share as sisters by walking us through some of the times in her own life that she has shared with her Delta Gamma sisters. She showed us that her sisters stood by her, even in some of her most difficult moments.

We were able to recognize some Beta Psi collegians with awards based on the qualities that Delta Gamma holds dear. Here are the recipients of the 2018 awards:

Anchor Award: Haley Kirkpatrick – presented to the new member who shows the most dedication to her chapter

First Mate Award: Alex Kaldis – presented to the chapter member who displays excellence in her work within her committee

Captain Award: Mady Epplin – presented to the chapter member who shows the most dedication in her position as a director

Mary Comfort Leonard Award: Hannah Pope – presented to the chapter member who best exemplifies the quality of honor

Eva Webb Dodd Award: Katie Slaughter – presented to the chapter member who best exemplifies the quality of loyalty

Anna Boyd Ellington Award: Kelly Fator – presented to the chapter member who best exemplifies the ideals of friendship

Dr. Judy Bonner Award: Caroline Hudson – presented to the chapter member who best exemplifies Delta Gamma

Appie Millsaps Award: Reilly Carr – presented to a leader of Beta Psi who shows hard work and dedication to the chapter day in and day out

Betty Jones Bentley Award: Clara Chuey – given to the sister that always demonstrates the highest ideals of friendship

We then recognized our advisers for all the hard work and dedication they continue to show to the Beta Psi chapter. The ceremony concluded with Delta Gamma rituals.

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We are so thankful for a chance to come together and celebrate our bond of sisterhood. Delta Gamma means so much in the lives of each sister. Without the ideals of Eva, Mary, and Anna, none of us would be where we are today. We are stronger and better because of Delta Gamma. Founders Day was an incredible opportunity to reaffirm the bond that Delta Gamma has given us and the impact that Beta Psi has had on us all.

LITB ♥

FEBRUARY 2018

by Emma Bannen, Director of PR

MMMM…COOKIES!

Milk & Cookies is definitely one of our favorite fundraising events. Unlimited cookies for only five dollars? AND it benefits Service for Sight? What could be better?! We had so much fun welcoming sisters and guests into our home to enjoy delicious milk and cookies prepared by our amazing chefs. Everyone had a great time and left with full stomachs. The event raised over twelve thousand dollars for Service for Sight! Huge shout out to our vp: foundation and the whole foundation team for planning such a great event!

 

PARENT’S WEEKEND!

We had so much fun welcoming so many parents into our home this month. The programming team planned an amazing weekend, full of lots of fun events for us to enjoy with our families. Parents arrived on Thursday and Friday and some were able to enjoy Delta Gamma’s famous “Fried Friday”. Friday night included a social event at the Tuscaloosa Rivermarket. Sisters and their families enjoyed appetizers, drinks, and dancing to music by a local Tuscaloosa band. After a day of exploring Tuscaloosa on their own, families came together to enjoy a nice dinner at Indian Hills Country Club on Saturday night. Finally, we closed out the weekend with brunch and tours of the Delta Gamma house on Sunday morning. What a great weekend of time spent together!

 

GREEK EXCELLENCE AWARDS!

Delta Gamma was honored to take home the Outstanding Commitment to Diversity Award at the Greek Excellence Awards! Our 2016-2017 Chapter Management Team attended the ceremony and accepted the award.

 

SISTERHOOD SPOTLIGHTS!

KAREN KROLL

Year: Junior

Major: Multiple Abilities Program

Involvement in Delta Gamma: Anchor Splash Coach

Campus Involvement: I volunteer a couple of times a week at Holt Elementary School and adore working with the children there. I also am the President of the Student Council for Exceptional Children club here on UA’s campus where we work with students that have special needs in the Tuscaloosa community and it is extremely rewarding. I love working with and helping others so I try to do as much as I can to lend a helping hand in the community!

Recent Accomplishments: I was just recently elected to serve as one of the new Presidents for the Student Council for Exceptional Children club on campus. I am so honored and excited to help lead such an amazing organization here at Alabama! This past semester I also made the President’s list at the University for the second time in a row and prior to that I made the Dean’s list for two semesters!

Favorite DG Memory: My favorite DG memory so far would probably be when the team I helped coach my freshman year won Anchor Splash!

Fun Fact: I used to ride horses when I was younger!

KATIE LEWIS

Year: Senior

Major: Hospitality Management Concentration in Events/Sports Management

Minor: Computer Applications & Technology

Involvement in Delta Gamma: Co-director of Service

Campus Involvement: I am involved with UADM non-profit organization, Crimson Kindness, HARACA (Hotel and Restaurant and Convention Association) Each of these organizations has helped me grow as an overall individual. I absolutely love giving back and getting involved in the community.

Recent Accomplishments: I completed the Disney College Program in 2017, and I also work at the Men’s Football and Basketball games as an Event Ambassador for multiple companies.

Favorite DG Memory: Honestly any time I get to have bonding time with Member Class 2014. It seems so simple, but it is crazy to think in the last 4 years how we have grown up together and now we are about to begin our next journey after graduation.

Fun Fact: The top 3 places I hope to visit one day: Ireland, Paris, and Greece

MARY-MICHAEL MCCLURE

Year: Junior

Major: Political Science

Specialization: Public Policy, Pre-law Track

Involvement in Delta Gamma: Director of Golden Anchor; previous director of rituals and director of activities

Campus Involvement: Turning Point USA: I’m the current secretary/finance director. TPUSA is a non-partisan organization that educates people of free markets, capitalism, and limited government. We have different events on campus along with national TPUSA holding conferences across the country. I just attended a conference in West Palm Beach, FL with two other sisters and we were able to hear from many great speakers, make networking connections throughout the country, and got to see Air Force One land at the airport.

Recent Accomplishments: I had an internship this past summer with Alabama Emergency Management Agency, which is the agency that deals with natural disasters and the recovery process. While I was there, I got to work multiple activations during hurricanes and tropical storms by running the agency’s Twitter and Facebook pages along with setting up multiple press conferences for Governor Kay Ivey.

Favorite DG Memory: Finding out one of my role models was a Delta Gamma. My mom is a professor at UNC-CH and when I was younger, she had a master’s student I was obsessed with because she went to Harvard and at the time, I wanted to go there for law school. Flash forward many years later and come to find out we are both sisters. Crazy how small the world can be.

Fun Fact: My secret talent is that I can step. I still remember all of my high school basketball cheers where we stepped. If you ask me, I’ll show you.

Love is in the air…

by Emma Bannen, Director of PR

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today is a day of love and the Beta Psi chapter is celebrating! We’re taking today to think all about how much we love our sisters. There are so many things we love about Bama Delta Gamma, so here are just a few:

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  2. And the lovely staff that take care of it!
  3. Getting all dolled up for date parties 

  4. Our sisterhood photo shoots! 

  5. Our bigs & our littles 

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  7. The advisors that oversee us & our house mom!
  8. Sharing our love for Service for Sight with everyone 

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  10. And of course…

All the sisters that make our chapter so great!!

 

We love you, Beta Psi! XOXO

 

JANUARY 2018

by Emma Bannen, Director of PR

BAMA WINS…AGAIN!

University of Alabama students everywhere rejoiced as the Crimson Tide took home its 17th National Championship in college football! Our sisters were no exception. Sisters donned our game day best and headed to New Orleans, Atlanta and Tuscaloosa for the Sugar Bowl and the National Championship game. We braved the cold weather (we’re not used to it in Alabama) to cheer on our team to victory! One thing is for sure, DG loves the Tide!

FORMAL FUN!

Delta Gamma hosted our annual formal, Anchor Ball, this month! All our sisters and their dates were dressed to the nines. We took over the dance floor (well, three floors) at Glorybound and danced the night away! The party was accompanied by a DJ upstairs and a live band downstairs. We didn’t want the night to end. It was definitely a night to remember!

 

SISTERHOOD SPOTLIGHTS!

MADELINE SALATHE

Year: Junior

Major: Operation Management

Minor: Computer Science

Involvement in Delta Gamma: Greek Week & Homecoming dance competitions, Co-Pref chair

Campus Involvement: I have been a part of the University of Alabama dance team for the last 3 years. Dancing is always something I have loved to do and I am glad that I get to dance for the best school in the country.

Recent Accomplishments: I recently accepted a summer internship with DST health solutions. I also just competed in the UDA national dance competition. In which we advanced to the finals and placed seventh. We have not made it to the final round in hip-hop since 2010.

Favorite DG Memory: My favorite DG memory is going to Basement with Becky with my big and twin and dancing.

Fun Fact: I love to travel!

IZZY QUINN

Year: Sophomore

Major: Journalism & Creative Media (Media Production)

Specialization: Addiction & Recovery

Involvement in Delta Gamma: Director of Health & Wellness, video committee, a capella, anchor splash coach, softball/soccer

Campus Involvement: On campus I am most involved with Bama Hillel. I love being part of an organization that gives me another “second home” outside of DG and allows me to find a smaller Jewish community while I’m so far from home!

Recent Accomplishments: Over the past year and a half, I’ve lectured in multiple human development classes to raise awareness about eating disorders and help students who want to work in the addiction recovery field learn more about how to help them.

Favorite DG Memory: My favorite DG memory was our trip to six flags last year! Because I was a freshman and didn’t know many people, it was a great way to get to know a ton of my sisters and create lasting memories while getting to go to the amusement park for the first time!

Fun Fact: I’ve done musical theater since I was a little girl, being cast in more than 15 shows in a span of 5 years! Something else that people may not know is that I have a YouTube channel that I’ve been working on and off on since freshman year of high school; it’s small but definitely helps me with the editing and filming aspect of my major.

LINDSAY DOUGLAS

Year: Senior

Major: Accounting

Minor/Specialization: Computer Technology & Application/ Professional Accounting

Involvement in Delta Gamma: Panhellenic Delegate, basketball, flag football

Campus Involvement: I have served as a class leader for the Culverhouse LIFT program, Sigma Rho Chi, Director of Finance for the SGA Homecoming Executive Board, member of Beta Alpha Psi, and other various roles within SGA. I have loved getting to be involved in multiple areas across campus over my four years, and I would not be the person I am today or have the great friends I have without these roles!

Recent Accomplishments: I am currently completing a spring internship with Ernst & Young in Atlanta, working in financial services assurance.

Favorite DG Memory: Living in the DG house the past two years! I have made so many new friends I wouldn’t have had the chance to have become so close with other wise.

Fun Fact: I have been on 2 different across-the-country road trips.

ALLISON GAIER

Year: Freshman

Major: Biology

Specialization: Pre-Dental Track

Involvement in Delta Gamma: Anchor Splash Judicial Board member, Homecoming Spirit Team member

Campus Involvement: Member of Freshman Forum and B+ Foundation! My involvement in these two organizations has changed me into a better person.

Recent Accomplishments: I’ve made it to all my 8 a.m. classes this semester!

Favorite DG Memory: My favorite DG memory so far is probably the Bid Day Retreat because I got to meet a lot of my new DG sisters and I was finally stress-free from Rush Week.

Fun Fact: I love to make people laugh and I will talk to literally anybody (this always makes my mom nervous LOL).

DECEMBER 2017

by Emma Bannen, Director of PR

LIGHTS & TREES & COCOA & SISTERS!

The Beta Psi chapter took over the Tuscaloosa Barnyard at the beginning of December. Our sisters had an all-access pass to everything winter at the barnyard. We strolled through the trees and Christmas lights while drinking hot cocoa. We even got to snuggle up with some furry friends! This fun event was just the thing we needed to relax and enjoy ourselves before we had to buckle down and study for finals.

 

SNOW PLACE LIKE UA!

Here in the South, it’s normally sunny and warm all year round. When the temperature drops below sixty degrees, a Southerner immediately grabs a jacket. But every once in a while, we get SNOW in the South! A little bit of snow was the perfect thing to mix up our regular routine. It was a total winter wonderland here in Tuscaloosa! We had a blast playing in the snow with all our sisters. We stayed out until our noses were pink and then snuggled up in the DG house with blankets and hot cocoa.

 

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN!

We spent the end of 2017 counting down some of our favorite memories from the year! Here’s a look back at the Homecoming Parade, Anchor Splash, Semi-Formal, Big/Little Reveal and BID DAY!

SISTERHOOD SPOTLIGHT!

NATALIE CHARLIER

Natalie Charlier was recently appointed to Panhellenic Executive Board for 2017-2018! Natalie previously served as the Beta Psi chapter president. As Panhellenic Director of Recruitment, Natalie will oversee the University of Alabama’s fall primary recruitment process. The University of Alabama hosts one of the largest sorority recruitment processes in the nation, so this is no small feat! Natalie, we know you will do so well in this new position and we are so proud of you!

SISTERHOOD SPOTLIGHTS: DG DROPS A PIN!

Our sisters travelled all over the world this winter break! Here are a just a few of the highlights!

Ally McGrath, Kira Knight, Carly Koenig and Michaiah Crozier in Chicago, Illinois.

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Zoe Habershaw in Newport, Rhode Island.

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Laura Eichenberger in Baltimore, Maryland.

Evan Ashley Thomas and Ashlyn Cooper in Rome and Florence, Italy.

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Cameryn Albano in Los Angeles, California.

 

Karley Duda, Kara Wahl and Avery Pendley in Disneyland, California.

AND SOME MORE PICTURES OF OUR SISTERS EXPLORING…

NOVEMBER 2017

by Emma Bannen, Director of PR

‘TIS THE SEASON!

The University of Alabama has so many traditions around the holidays, but it’s always a crowd favorite when each sorority house puts up their Christmas decorations. We love watching as all our neighbors decorate their houses and we had an amazing time decorating the Delta Gamma house! This month, we welcomed some of our Delta Gamma alumni to help us decorate our house for Christmas. Our sisters had a great time swapping stories with alumni as we all started to get into the holiday season!

 

OUR FEARLESS LEADERS!

At the end of November, we installed the newest members of our Chapter Management Team and our Joint Chapter Management Team. The Chapter Management team consists of our president and vice presidents that oversee all the aspects of our chapter and lead us to be the best we can be. Each vice president has directors underneath her that are members of the Joint Chapter Management Team. These women are so excited to be leading our chapter for the next year! We will miss all of the former officers that have led us this past year, but we are so excited to see just how far we can go with this new leadership. These talented women have so many great ideas to better our chapter!

TACKY CHRISTMAS!

We can hardly wait for Christmas to get here! All our sisters had the best time dressing up in our favorite Christmas outfits and dancing the night away. Our Tacky Christmas party was a huge success this year. We all headed to Chophouse where our sisters and their dates enjoyed music and dancing (and chicken tenders)! It was so fun to see everyone’s tacky Christmas sweaters and spend time with our sisters and dates!

SISTERHOOD SPOTLIGHTS!

BAILEE BRAUN

Year: Junior

Major: Management Information Systems

Involvement in Delta Gamma: I’ve always enjoyed going to anchor splash and all of our other philanthropy events! I live at the house this year and love the opportunity it’s given me to meet other sisters. 

Campus Involvement: I am currently a TA for MIS 330 which is a Database Administration course which I have really enjoyed doing. I took the class last semester and it has been a great opportunity to get more involved. I was an MIS Ambassador last semester as well as a Course Hero Business Development Intern on campus.

Recent Accomplishments: I have remained on the Dean’s and President’s list since coming to the university. I also just received an internship with KPMG in Charlotte, NC for this summer! I will be a Risk Consulting Intern in their Advisory program. I am super excited about this opportunity and am looking forward to meeting new people and gaining new experiences in a new city!!

Fun Facts: I am spending the next semester in Barcelona, Spain with another sister, Karli Filips. We are really excited so spend a few months abroad together and be able to travel to so many different places. Another random fun fact is that I can flip my tongue upside down!! I also have a pug named Archie and he is the cutest dog in the entire world.

MORGAN JACOBSOHN

Year: Freshman

Major: Marketing & Advertising

Involvement in Delta Gamma: I am the director of sisterhood, on the (championship winning) flag football team, and was an anchor splash assistant coach. 

Campus Involvement: I’m in Al’s Pals and CHAARG. I’ve always loved teaching and working with kids. In my hometown, I started a free tutoring programming at my library for kids who couldn’t afford tutors so I would just be a “homework buddy” for them. I was in the teacher cadet class in high school where I went to my elementary school and taught first grade every other day. So, when I came here, Al’s Pals was the perfect way for me to continue that passion! I mentor one student every Wednesday and help him with his homework. CHAARG is one of the most amazing programs I’ve ever joined! It’s a female exercise and empowerment group where we motivate each other to stay healthy, be positive and work out. We have small group work out sessions and studio spotlight work outs that are for the entire club every Tuesday that are a different activity every week.

Hobbies/Interests: I love to be active, tutor and teach children, volunteer and help people in any way that I can, be involved, and plan events!

Favorite DG Memory so far: Alexandra (a DG in my pledge class) and I were randomly paired as roommates at orientation and we kept in contact and had dinner during rush week but had no idea what houses we would end up in. On bid day, we opened our letters with out separate groups then ran to each other to see what we got and we showed each other our letters and hugged and now we are sisters and best friends! 

Fun Fact: I love to be organized and positive!

SISTERHOOD SPOTLIGHT: SENIOR EDITION!

ALLY HUGHES

Major: Business Management

Minor: Psychology

Specialization: Human Resource Strategy

Involvement in Delta Gamma: I have been the pref party chair, sisterhood party chair, a member of the fashion board, t-shirt chair, and VP: Social Standards.

Campus Involvement: Student Society of Human Resource Management

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, puzzles, baking, snow skiing

Post-Grad Plans: I’ll be working as a talent management analyst for Belk’s corporate headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Favorite DG Memory: Being on CMT has been the most special year of my life. These women have helped me grow so much as a person and as a leader and have become my best friends!

 

 

 

OCTOBER 2017

by Alana Doyle, Director of PR

SWEET HOME CAPSTONE! 

Homecoming 2017 was a complete success for Delta Gamma. Our sisters had a great time competing in all the competitions homecoming week had to offer. With events ranging from bowling to basketball to dodgeball to pomp structures to a dance competition, our chapter performed our best. This year, Beta Psi developed different committees to help homecoming week run smoothly. The spirit committee helped to make sure that all of our girls were covered in paint and glitter to show their inner DG spirit! On Saturday morning before the game against Arkansas, our sisters participated in the homecoming parade with the theme “Under the Sea with DG.” Thank you to all the women who worked so hard this week to make homecoming such a success.

 

MAKING A BIG SPLASH!

Beta Psi’s Anchor Splash competition raised over $16,000 this year! Thirteen different fraternities competed in the event and aided in fundraising for our philanthropy, Service for Sight. Each team was asked to create a theme for their house that would show through every aspect of the competition. Themes ranged from bad boys to birthday party to jungle and more! Teams were asked to make banners for their houses, choreograph dances, photograph their anchormen and participate in a swimming relay. In the end, Sigma Phi Epsilon took first place for the second year in a row. Delta Sigma Phi won second place and Phi Sigma Kappa got third! Congratulations and thank you to all of our teams that competed in Delta Gamma’s annual Anchor Splash fundraiser.

 

DG’S MASQUERADE BALL

Delta Gamma’s Semi- Formal date party was masquerade themed this year! Our sisters dressed up in heels, masks and cocktail attire for this special night under the stars. The women of Beta Psi headed to Glory Bound where all three floors were rented out for our sisters and their dates. On the bottom floor there was an awesome live band playing a wide range of music. On the second floor was a DJ playing popular hits. Overall, the night was filled with fun and dancing. Thank you to our amazing sisters that worked to put this magical night together for everyone!

 

FALLING IN LOVE WITH DG

As part of a fall sisterhood, we all headed to a local pumpkin patch to play on hay rides, pick pumpkins, pet farm animals and more! Our sisters got to bond in off campus activities with one another. At the end of the month, our sisters were able to take a few days to relax and reenergize as the end of the semester quickly approaches. Our sisters enjoyed fall break by traveling all over the country, but we are very happy to have everyone back home in Tuscaloosa.

 

SENIOR QUEEN

TERRIN WAACK

Major: Journalism
Minors: Spanish; Communications Studies
Hometown: Cary, IL
Accomplishments thus far: I guess I should begin with the organization that really sparked my career. I have been interning at The Tuscaloosa News for three years now while at the University of Alabama. I’m in the middle of my fifth semester right now and will do a sixth in the spring. I started by covering high school football and writing features on select UA athletes. I then earned the role of being TNews’ Alabama women’s basketball beat reporter. Through that, I gained my editor’s trust and he asked me to be a part of TNews’ Alabama football coverage. This is my second season covering the Crimson Tide for TNews. I did it for The Crimson White beforehand, too. So three seasons of Alabama football total. I am also the Alabama gymnastics beat reporter for TNews, did so last season and will this spring. Something I didn’t expect was getting my own podcast, but TNews gave me one. It’s called “That’s Just Waack” and has actually been a lot of fun. Outside of Alabama, I have interned at The Chicago Tribune and Sporting News, a summer each. Thanks to all these opportunities, I have basically covered every professional and collegiate sport out there. I think the only one I am missing is horse racing. It has been a wild ride, and I’ve loved every moment.
Plans/goals for the future: Oh, man. I don’t know yet. The plan is to graduate in May. That’s first and foremost. Afterward, I know I want to have a future in sports journalism. Writing is my passion, and sports are my entertainment. Wherever I can combine both of those like I have been, I’ll be happy.

SISTERHOOD SPOTLIGHT

ALIVIA BERGMAN

 

Year: Freshman

Major: Chemical Engineering

Accomplishments Thus Far: I am part of the Honors College and the Alabama Dance Team! We practice at least three times a week and spend our time learning a new dances to perform at basketball games and cleaning our dances for nationals in January. My first  experience as part of the team was the homecoming parade, elephant stomp and the game. I expected to be overwhelmed by all the people watching but once you’re in the moment it’s all about having a good time with you’re teammates. Balancing school and dance has been a little hard, especially because I chose to also be involved with the DG homecoming dance and Dance Alabama. I hold myself to a high standard and Delta Gamma has helped me reach it!

Fun Fact: My high school in Iowa won the state dance team competition 10 years in a row!

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