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USF to add new sorority

Photo credit: USF Greek Life

Over the last week, the Greek community hosted three visiting sororities, each offering a presentation on why they should become the ninth Panhellenic (traditionally female) sorority on campus. One of these three sororities will be chosen to begin recruitment in the fall, and the selection of the organization will be announced before the last week of spring classes.

Here are three interesting things to know about each of the possible sororities:

Delta Zeta:
1. One of the main traits Delta Zeta looks for in a member is “a green thumb.” They want members who strive to do more to protect the planet.
2. This sorority has established a “Pink Goes Green” campaign that provides a place for people to share projects and ideas that foster a more “green” lifestyle.
3. Delta Zeta currently has chapters at the University of Florida, Florida State University, University of Central Florida, Rollins College and University of Tampa.

Alpha Xi Delta:
1. Alpha Xi Delta has an official Pinterest account that visually showcases the style, vision and activities of the sorority.
2. The sorority’s main philanthropy project is a partnership with Autism Speaks, the largest autism advocacy and research organization in the world. Alpha Xi Delta has contributed more than $650,000 to the program since 2009.
3. Alpha Xi Delta’s vision statement is, “Inspiring women to realize their potential.” It emphasizes the importance of finding the unique strengths of each member.

Gamma Phi Beta:
1. Dr. Karen Holbrook, USF’s Senior Vice President of Research, Innovation and Global Affairs, is an alumnus member of Gamma Phi Beta.
2. This sorority’s philanthropic focus is providing camping experiences for young girls to instill in them a strong resiliency and a connection to nature.
3. Gamma Phi Beta was established in 1874 at Syracuse University in New York and it now has chapters as far south as the University of Miami and as far north as the University of British Columbia.

About Julianne Goins

Julianne is a senior at the University of South Florida majoring in mass communications (magazine journalism) and international studies. She specializes in social media, travel writing, professional writing and strategic communications.


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