Alpha, Miami University

About Alpha Chapter

Alpha was founded on October 24, 1902 at Miami University in Oxford, OH. We've been around 116 years and going strong!

Our chapter is a part of Delta Zeta Region 5. We currently have a total of 172 members in our chapter and our average GPA is 3.34! For the academic year Fall 2016 through Spring 2017 our chapter has donated 0 service hours and $50.00!

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Chapter News

Allison Hess: Chapter President of the Year

Congratulations to our outgoing President, Allison Hess, for being awarded Outstanding Chapter President at Miami University. On behalf of the entire Alpha Chapter, we thank you for being a constant example of true leadership and success. We are so proud of how you’ve represented Delta Zeta, and can’t wait to see what your future holds. In the words of Allison, herself:

"Last week, I graduated Cum Laude from Miami University with a degree in Marketing from the Farmer School of Business, and a minor in Community Based Leadership.

In the weeks leading up to graduation, I was awarded Outstanding Chapter President for my term as President of Delta Zeta. I was also honored with the Senior Service Leadership Award. Being able to serve my chapter as President is an opportunity that I am endlessly grateful for.

Thank you to my amazing Miami University advisors Colleen Blevins, Jennifer Levering, and JS Bragg, my Chapter Director Michelle Callaham, and my executive board for the unwavering support and guidance.

Thank you to my family, friends, professors, and everyone else who made my four years at Miami the best four years I could have ever asked for.

Love & Honor,
Allison Hess"

Alpha Chapter Living Truly

Julianne Rabe (Alpha Chapter)

How has your Delta Zeta experience influenced your life?

"Being a Miami student from Columbus, I went into my freshman year knowing a ton of people. While it was comforting to have people from high school in Oxford, I felt a strong urge to branch out, and Delta Zeta provided that outlet for me. Because of DZ, I had the ability to step out of my comfort zone and become friends with people from all over the country. Every day, my sisters positively influence me to be a better person, friend, student, and sister in more ways than I can explain."

How do you see it influencing your professional success after school?

"Connections play a tremendous role in the professional world, and I am confident that Delta Zeta will open opportunities for my sisters and I in any professional industry we choose to pursue our careers. In the short amount of time I’ve been a Delta Zeta, I have already witnessed how powerful our network truly is, and I can only imagine how these professional connections will continue to flourish throughout my lifetime as a DZ. "

What does “Truly” mean to you?

"To me, “truly” means genuine. To be truly, you must live with genuine intent in all aspects of your life. You must genuinely give advice to your friends, family, and sisters, you must genuinely earn your success, and you must genuinely and actively try to be the best person you can truly be."

How do you believe that you can change lives for the better, or make a change that will change the world?

"Considering that I plan to pursue a career in sports management, I specifically intend to change the lives of athletes. Sports agents have the humbling ability to change athletes lives- whether it be offering college scholarships or a contract in the professional league. I am constantly inspired by the student-athletes in the Alpha Chapter, and love speaking with them about their experiences and aspirations. It’s exciting to know that I will soon have the power to positively change and inspire the lives of others, and to represent Delta Zeta in doing so. It’s also reassuring knowing that I will have the Delta Zeta network as support throughout my professional development."

Never Walk Alone

This semester, Alpha Chapter members Abby Smith, Catie Sherman, and Rachel Lowrie have found themselves to become highly involved in an important organization at Miami University: Never Walk Alone. The mission of Never Walk Alone is to foster connections between students who are struggling with similar mental health issues, and to create a safe space for these students to gain both knowledge and support amongst Miami’s many resources. Our chapter is extremely proud of our sisters, as well as everyone else involved in this organization. These students are taking an important matter, bringing it to light, and making a change one day at a time.

Abby Smith, Co-Vice President
Catie Sherman, Secretary
Rachel Lowrie, Social Media Chair

Puttin' on The Hits 2019

Each year, the Alpha Chapter of Delta Zeta presents Puttin’ on the Hits: the largest philanthropy event at Miami University, and our favorite night of the year. This event, better known as “POTH”, is a campus-wide dance competition that fundraises for Starkey Hearing Foundation and St. Rita’s School for the Deaf. The event includes competitive performances by every sorority and fraternity at Miami University university, as well exhibition performances by St. Rita’s students and many other campus organizations.

This spring, the Alpha Chapter proudly presented a disco-themed POTH that featured over 40 performances. In the end of a tough competition, our winners were Phi Mu and Delta Sigma Phim, both winning a free brunch uptown and lots of pride. Most importantly, however, it was a heartwarming evening that not only brought the university together, but also raised $35,155.42 for Starkey Hearing Foundation and St. Rita’s School for the Deaf.

On behalf of our chapter, we would like to thank everyone who contributed to POTH 2019. We would also like to congratulate Katie Anderson, our Vice President of Philanthropy, for her immense dedication to the event and all of its success. In response to the event, Anderson says:

“POTH is important to myself, and the rest of Delta Zeta, because it allows us to work towards a cause that gives others the gift of hearing. Working with the Starkey Hearing Foundation, as well as our local philanthropic partner, St. Rita’s School for The Deaf, is an honor, as we believe that hearing is something that most of us take for granted - when it truly is a something that improves the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Communication is key to our survival and being able to help those that struggle to hear, or do not have the means to do so, is a cause that I feel strongly about. That is why POTH was created: to bring people together, to create awareness, and to fundraise for those in need to have the technology they deserve.”

Year after year, POTH is a perfect example of Delta Zeta’s strong philanthropic roots, and a reminder to the Alpha sisterhood that we are truly more impactful when we come together.

1979 DZ Pledge Class Reunion

Potential pledge class reunion in October, 2019

Joan Metcalf Schaefer, Miami (OH) - Alpha, was presented with the Order of the Diamond to recognize 75 years of membership in Delta Zeta
February 12, 2016


Joan Metcalf Schaefer, Miami (OH) - Alpha, was presented with the Order of the Diamond to recognize 75 years of membership in Delta Zeta Sorority. Joan has always been proud of her Delta Zeta membership.


After graduating from Miami University, Joan went on to an incredible career as Dean of Women at the University of Southern California. She served as Dean of Women from 1955 to her official retirement in 1992, then spent the next 20 years volunteering at the university in her role as Dean of Women Emerita.

Joan was named "Honorary Alumna" in 1999 by USC.

Joan was supportive of young women and men during and long after their college careers. From the 1950s forward, she encouraged young women to pursue careers in medicine and law and other professions, and there are a large number of men and women who owe their success to her. When she retired, the university created an endowed scholarship in her name and today awards over $75,000 each year in scholarships and travel awards to outstanding USC students.

Joan in her role as Dean of Women in 1961.

Visit, a website dedicated to Joan, her life and work, to learn more about this remarkable woman.