U-Idaho Adds To Greek Life History with Delta Zeta Sorority Charter

Friday, March 30 2012

By Emily Frank

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho welcomes the first sorority to be chartered in 15 years -- a process that takes years of hard work and dedication. Delta Zeta sorority did it within a year.

“Being a colony is one thing,” said Matt Kurz, director of Fraternity and Sorority Life on the University of Idaho campus. “Chartering as a new group moves them to being a solid part of Idaho’s history.“

After going through an interview process, 40 women were chosen to become the founders of the 161st chapter. In order to become chartered, they needed to show they were functioning successfully as a chapter, such as performing academically, being philanthropic and becoming socially recognized on campus.

Becoming chartered means that the Delta Zeta’s will be able to start building their new home, located in the Sigma Nu parking lot behind the Student Union Building. The two-year process will begin in 2013 and finish 2015.

“It took a lot of hard work, and it is exciting to get the number of members we needed to become chartered,” said Leyalle Donnelly, president of Delta Zeta. “The founding members have worked to create a powerful presence on the University of Idaho campus.”

Delta Zeta Sorority has been enriching members’ lives since founding on Miami University’s campus in Oxford, Ohio in 1902. The Sorority has over 234,000 alumnae and collegiate members in the United States and Canada. The Delta Zeta Foundation, a non-profit organization, makes possible gifts and support for scholarships, leadership, philanthropy and education. Visit their website at www.deltazeta.org.

“It is great seeing things come together,” said Donnelly. “We have a great core of women who value our sorority. We are excited to continue contributing to the University of Idaho and the Greek community.”

For more information about the University of Idaho’s Delta Zeta sorority, visit www.uidaho.edu/greeklife.
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