Delta Zeta sorority shares birthday with FHSU, presents gifts to library, Alumni & Endowment Center

Representatives of the Delta Omega Chapter of Delta Zeta Sorority, which celebrates its 100th anniversary on Oct. 24, came bearing gifts for Fort Hays State University this morning during a ceremony at Forsyth Library on the campus.

The sorority and the university share 2002 as their Centennial year.

Meg Palmer, Wichita senior and chapter president, greeted the guests.

"A hundred years ago, six young women attending Miami University in Oxford, OH, founded the Delta Zeta sorority," said Palmer. "In 1925, the Delta Omega Chapter of Delta Zeta was founded at FHSU. As you can see, we are still going strong today, with 34 collegian members."

Palmer introduced Julie Shaffer, Wichita junior and centennial chair for the FHSU chapter. Shaffer presented the Delta Zeta Centennial book, a gift from the Wichita Alumni Chapter of Delta Zeta, to John Ross, director of Forsyth. Ross accepted the gift on behalf of the library and the university.

"As a representative of the Forsyth Library staff I am very pleased and honored to accept this gift from the Delta Zeta Sorority," said John Ross. "Given the high standards of academic excellence held by the Delta Zeta Sorority, we will place this edition in the new honors area of the library."

Shaffer then announced that Delta Omega Chapter had selected a stone bench as a gift for the FHSU Endowment Association. The bench will be placed in a garden at the university's new Alumni and Endowment Center.

"What an appropriate way for the Delta Zetas to celebrate its centennial," said Virgil A. Scott Jr., president and CEO of the FHSU Endowment Association.

"We appreciate this gift that will enhance the environment of the center, helping it be a warm and inviting place for all alumni and friends of Fort Hays State University," said Scott.

Shaffer next introduced Dr. Herb Songer, vice president for Student Affairs.

"I have been familiar with the Delta Omega Chapter of Delta Zeta for almost 40 years," said Songer. "They have always represented themselves as a model sorority.

They have been involved in numerous philanthropic causes for many years and have contributed to both the campus and community in many ways."

"On a personal note," Songer continued, "my hat's off to the Fort Hays Delta Zetas and on behalf of the Fort Hays State administration,

I congratulate them on their 100th birthday as a national sorority. I hope they are around for at least another 100 years. Thanks again, for all the work you do in the community."

The gifts are part of a nationwide project begun more than a year ago. Each of Delta Zeta's collegiate chapters across the country will be presenting a gift to their college or university in honor of the sorority's centennial.

"Delta Zeta is very special to all of its members, and we are glad that all of you could help us celebrate this honored event with us," said Shaffer.

"As one of the largest sororities in the National Panhellenic Conference, Delta Zeta is honored to be a part of Fort Hays State University, an important partner as we share the mission of the institution," she said. Shaffer is also vice president for new member education at the FHSU chapter.

"Our members exemplify leadership, service and commitment to their school and community," she continued. "As we honor our founders and the thousands of women who have shared a vow to excellence, faith and sisterhood, we look forward to continuing our partnership with Fort Hays State University as Delta Zeta Sorority enters its second century."

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