Beta Bring It On 2016 Champions!

Zeta Tau Alpha placed 1st Overall in Beta Theta Pi’s “Beta Bring It On” for the second year in a row!

We are so proud of our girls for their hard work and dedication to an outstanding philanthropy!

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Congratulations to Beta Theta Pi and the other sororities that competed for putting on a great philanthropy to increase the awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.

Again, we are so proud of our sisters and can’t wait to take it on next year in pursuit of our third title!

ZTA Family Weekend

We had an amazing weekend getting to spend time with our families and getting to show off our home away from home! We took a trip to Boca Fiesta to kick off the first night and had a nice brunch at the stadium to close it out. Activities were planned for moms, dads, and friends to all come together and spend time getting to know our home in the Gator Nation.

We love our families and are so glad our families got to meet our sisters! Thank you to all of the families who spent the weekend with us, we had a great time!

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Philanthropy Winners

Our chapter worked all year on our dance for Pi Kappa Alpha’s event, Pike Halftime.  The event proceeds went to the Florida Diabetes Camp and Chomp Cancer.  Their total proceeds exceeded their 100,000 goal this year! Congratulations Pike!

The competition ended with Zeta placing 3rd in the dance portion and 1st place overall!  Congratulations to Kappa Delta for placing 1st in the dance portion!

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A huge thank you to our dance captains, Haley Harper and Rachel Galt, and a huge congratulations on their success and hard work!

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Congratulations to Stacie DeSale for representing our chapter in the Dream Girl Competition!

Congratulations to Kappa Delta’s representative on winning the title!

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Zeta Tau Alpha also won Alpha Tau Omega’s philanthropy, Build a Better Holiday. Congratulations to our crafty sisters that built the cuddliest and trendiest bear, and congratulations to ATO on a successful event!

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Zeta Linedance 2015

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Zeta Tau Alpha’s National Philanthropy is Breast Cancer Awareness and Education. The Gamma Iota Chapter at University of Florida puts on Zeta Linedance every year to raise money! It is an exciting event where the fraternities of UF each perform a dance to compete for the crown (ok, trophy).  The dances were outstanding this year!

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Congratulations to Phi Delta Theta Florida Alpha Chapter for placing 1st in the dance and overall portion of the event!

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Alpha Tau Omega placed 2nd in the dance portion. Congratulations!

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Pi Lamda Phi came in 3rd place in the dance portion.

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Finally, our King of Queens winner, the amazing Scott Miller of Delta Upsilon.  Congratulations to the King!

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Bid Day 2015: Welcome to the Center of the Ring

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Gamma Iota welcomed home their new pledge class on August 26th and celebrated Bid Day 2015! After a week and a half of Recruitment, we were able to celebrate our hard work with fun, food, and friends.  Eleanor Samuels, the New Member Educator, had been planning our day of fun all summer long! Thanks to her, we had a blast and the new members ran home with smiles.

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The theme of this year’s Bid Day was Welcome to the Center of the Ring.  Our house was decorated to look like a circus and we even had a band!  Emma, our House Mom, provided us all with a delicious dinner with so many sweets.  A favorite activity we had was a photo booth. Our sisters and new members were able to dress up and act silly while capturing the excitement of the day.  Brooke Garrison, a new member, took many pictures with other new members and said, “Even though we were practically strangers in the picture, I knew we’d all end up being best friends.”

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“Bid day is so highly anticipated that when it finally comes, everyone is overwhelmed with relief and love for the new members.  It fulfilled all my expectations,” said Courtney Voyles PC’14.

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“Planning Bid Day was one of the most rewarding experiences of my time in ZTA and I was incredibly honored to give back to my sorority in such an exciting way.  There were constantly sisters asking what they could do to help and I loved being able to dream up ideas that my friends would help me bring into a reality,” Samuels said.  “Overall, the day is about our New Members and I hope we were able to give them a welcome they will never forget!”

We love our new Zeta girls and can’t wait to show them what being a Florida Zeta is all about!

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Zeta Tau Alpha Places in Pike Halftime Competition

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Crowns to our talented sisters for placing third among all 16 sororities in the 2014 Pike Halftime Competition!

After many hours of practicing, they were finally ready to go out on stage and perform their hearts out.

Pi Kappa Alpha’s event raised over $83,000 for two great causes. The Florida Diabetes Camp is a three-day summer camp for students who have been diagnosed with Type I diabetes, and Riqui V’s Chomp Cancer Foundation supports children at Shand’s hospital who are battling cancer.

We are so thankful to have had the opportunity to participate in this incredible philanthropy!

Helping Others Make a Difference

On March 18, Zeta Tau Alpha helped the brothers of Sigma Chi put on a fitness carnival for children in an effort to promote physical activity and nutritional eating in Gainesville’s youth.

The event took place at the Boys and Girls Club and about 65 children attended. The carnival consisted of several activities, including an inflatable Slip ‘N Slide and obstacle course, field games and a station where children could eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. With help from our sisters, Sigma Chi assisted and cheered on children as they participated in these activities.

“It was great to see the kids being active and having fun at the same time,” said Evyn Flaherty, a member of Zeta. “The event was awesome all around.”

Our Philanthropy: Zeta Linedance

“To prepare for service and learn the nobility of serving, thereby earning the right to be served…” 

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Each October, Zeta Tau Alpha holds a linedance competition in which members of our sorority pair with members from each fraternity on campus, divide into teams and choreograph dances to perform live.  Zeta Linedance raises money to promote our philanthropy, breast cancer awareness and education. This past year, we held our 30th annual line dance competition and raised $38,000!

“I think it’s amazing that as an organization of over 200 women, we can work year-round to raise money and awareness for a disease that affects one out of every eight women,” Rachel Hart, one of the 2014 Linedance Chairmen said.

We’re looking forward to our next linedance competition this fall!

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When Two Families Collide

Girls join sororities for many different reasons. Reasons range from finding a sisterhood to having an opportunity to show their commitment to the community. While all the reasons vary, every girl wants the chance to combine their family here at the University of Florida with their families from home.

Thanks to EmilyGrace Brandes, this year’s Family Weekend was a complete success! On Friday February 20, families and sisters gathered at The Swamp Restaurant, a favorite spot for sisters to hang out. Saturday started out with a family BBQ on the front lawn. Guests were able to walk through the house and receive tours given by sisters. That evening the sisters and their families cheered on the baseball team as they played University of Miami. The weekend finished out with a brunch on Sunday at Touchdown Terrace in the Swamp. Families enjoyed breakfast while they watched this past year’s recruitment video. Awards were given to sisters who were voted on prior to the weekend. Congratulations to the following sisters:

Outstanding Out of House Sister: Jessica Alvarez

Outstanding In House Sister: Kiera Keesecker

Outstanding PC14: Megan Trepper

Outstanding PC13: Julia Stevens

Outstanding PC12: Nikki Cardoso

Outstanding PC11: Gigi Pena

White Violet Sister: Leah Miller

Not only were our sisters having fun all weekend, but they raised money for our philanthropy, Zeta Linedance. By raffling off beautifully made baskets and unique donations, we were able to raise about $2,100. One unique donation was an 80lb gator head one sister’s uncle caught.

Overall, our sisters had a wonderful time and created so many memories in just a few short days. Ricki Hemstreet ecstatically said, “Introducing my family to my sorority sisters sort of felt like showing them a huge part of my life, and cheering on the Gator baseball team together was so much fun. I already can’t wait for family weekend next year.2IMG_1746

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