Jordan Baratta, a member of our chapter’s fall ’14 new member class, has singlehandedly made one of the largest impacts on our chapter’s philanthropy involvement. Last year she served as our chapter’s Vice President of Philanthropy, and since finishing her term has used her experience and passion to further her involvement in Delta Zeta’s national philanthropic partner, the Starkey Speech and Hearing Foundation. Jordan had the rare opportunity this year to serve as a Global Marketing Intern for Delta Zeta National Headquarters, which allowed her to travel to the Dominican Republic and participate in a Starkey Hearing Mission. This experience was so impactful for not only Jordan, but also extremely empowering for our entire chapter to hear about. She graced the stage during our second round of philanthropy during recruitment and made a powerful speech to all the PNMs about her experience and excitement about getting to go on another mission later this year. We are so proud of Jordan and excited to see what not only she but other sisters will do to contribute to our national philanthropy.
Beta Delta, University of South Carolina
About Beta Delta Chapter
Beta Delta was founded on September 22, 1928 at University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. We've been around 88 years and going strong!
Our chapter is a part of Delta Zeta Region 17. We currently have a total of 353 members in our chapter and our average GPA is 3.47!
This fall semester, the Beta Delta chapter was fortunate enough to offer 112 invitations of membership to college women through the formal Panhellenic recruitment process. We were so proud to have the largest new member class of any sorority on campus, and to have this year be our most successful recruitment in the 90 years we have spent on campus. We celebrated the end of a long two weeks with a Bid Day themed “Lucky you, Lucky Me, Lucky to be a Dee Zee!” After receiving bids in Colonial Life arena, sisters welcomed their new sisters back to the house in Greek Village for photos, and then took them to the event for the day which included music, food, and swimming at a beautiful venue on Lake Carolina. Recruitment and Bid Day were a great way to kick off the school year and get sisters and new members excited about being in Delta Zeta not only this semester but for the rest of their years at the university and beyond.
Beginning on August 7th, sisters participated in Spirit Week to learn all of the logistics and get excited for Recruitment. Each day had a different theme, such as black-out, America, and neon, to boost morale and get everyone involved. Not only was this a fun way for sisters to bond and meet new people, it was crucial in preparing us for the challenging recruitment process ahead. The most popular day of Spirit Week was pink and green day, where sisters truly went all out in our Delta Zeta colors with glitter, paint, and other accessories from head to toe. On this day we also participated in a spirit run where we sang our Delta Zeta cheers and other songs across Greek Village for all the other houses to hear. This was a huge morale booster and really encouraged sisters to be proud and competitive. Overall, we owe our successful recruitment experience to all the long and fun hours we put in during our week of preparation.
On August 21st, our chapter was excited to host a fun new spring philanthropy event called Bark-B-Q. This event was hosted at Jake’s on Devine, which is a restaurant and venue near campus with a beautiful outdoor patio and green space. The event featured classic southern barbecue, and sisters and attendees were encouraged to bring their dogs to enjoy the time outside. All proceeds from tickets sold for the event went towards our campaign for Heart for Hearing, totaling $7,012! It was a huge success and we are excited to hopefully continue this event in years to come.
We are fortunate to partner with Brennen Elementary and volunteer with local students right here in the Columbia community. This past March, with the help of Brennen Elementary Chairwoman Stephanie Reinke, we were overjoyed to be able to present a check for $1,625 to the school. We are thankful for all the joy these kiddos bring to our sorority experience and the unique chance we have to give back and contribute to our community through local outlets.
On February 15, 2017, the Beta Delta Chapter held its annual Sweet Caroline Bone Marrow Drive on the University of South Carolina’s campus. The first Sweet Caroline Bone Marrow Drive was held in 2004 in order to help, Caroline Terry, a member of the chapter, find a bone marrow donor after she was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia.
At this event each spring, Beta Delta members set up booths all over the university to recruit students and faculty to join the National Bone Marrow Registry. This year, the Beta Delta Chapter added 706 names to the National Bone Marrow Registry.
"I have always been encouraged by my Beta Delta sisters to dream and achieve."
Heather with her dog, Josie.
Dr. Heather Riley Gleaton, Beta Delta - South Carolina, is a veterinarian and owner of Roper Mountain Animal Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina. She is one of 600 chosen out of 77,000 applicants to compete on NBC's "American Ninja Warrior" recently. "I will be competing on April 7 in Daytona Beach and the show should air nationally at the end of June," Heather said.
"Through Delta Zeta," she continued, "I have gained a lifelong network of friends, supporters and sisters. I have always been encouraged by my Beta Delta sisters to dream and achieve. They have supported me in every endeavor that I have reached for and they are a continuous cheering section!"
Heather recalled a moment in her life recently that made her feel loved and appreciated. "I am also a gymnastics judge on the weekends," she said. "At the South Carolina state gymnastics meet this year, the other judges were giving me words of wisdom and advice in anticipation of my run on 'American Ninja Warrior.' One statement in particular sticks with me and touched my heart. One judge told me 'No matter what happens on the ANW course, you will always have a cheering section!' I think we all need to hear that every now and then."
As a veterinarian, Heather cares for creatures who are unable to care for themselves. She believes that in this way she is making a difference in the world.
"I feel that veterinary medicine is a calling and I have been blessed to be able to achieve my dream of becoming a veterinarian," Heather said. "I love caring for all of my patients. I love it when they come in excited to see me rather than dreading a trip to the doctor. I also feel blessed to be there for them in their last minutes on Earth. They know that I love them and that I will not hurt them. It has given me a huge extended family in my clients as well -- everyone who comes through my clinic door is looked at as part of my family."
Heather has some strong advice to collegians who are considering a career in veterinarian medicine. "It is now required by veterinary schools for entrance, but I always recommend working for at least a year in the field as a kennel/veterinary assistant prior to applying to veterinary school. Our job is not about just cuddling puppies and kittens. There is good but there is also a lot of bad, and it takes a strong heart and mind to be able to deal with it."
Watch for Heather this June on NBC's "American Ninja Warrior."
In the Fall of 2016, the Beta Delta Chapter completed an average of 14 community service hours per member and raised an average of $110 per member towards philanthropy.
The chapter enjoys combining sisterhood and local community service by participating in two to three monthly Sisterhood Service Days planned by the Community Service Chairman. Examples of Sisterhood Service Days include volunteering at River’s Edge Retreat, participating in Trick-or-Treat with Greeks on campus, and helping with the St. Bernard Project, an organization that helps victims recover from disasters such as Hurrican Katrina.
"In addition, members also participated in our Annual Turtle Trot 5k Color Run on September 24, 2016," said Lauren Davis, LAMP Editor. "Sisters were stationed throughout the race course to cheer on runners and share speech and hearing facts with them. The event was a major success and raised $40,140 for the Starkey Hearing Foundation, the Delta Zeta Foundation, and two other local organizations that provide services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community."
The Beta Delta Chapter supports Brennen Elementary School, a local school with a specialized class for children with speech and hearing loss. Chapter members regularly visit the school, doing arts and crafts with the children.
Beta Delta donates money to Brennen Elementary School to send children on field trips and to help purchase school supplies that the students may need throughout the year.
New members participated in their annual day of service on October 2, 2016, during which which they volunteered for four hours at multiple sites in the community such as River’s Edge Retreat, and West Quad garden where they cleaned up the sites and did volunteer work that was needed.
Along with the chapter-supported philanthropies, many members volunteer individually with other organizations, including the Harvest Hope Food Bank, the Salvation Army, and Pets Inc.
Beta Delta Chapter at the University of South Carolina holds an annual Turtle Trot 5k in conjunction with Delta Zeta's Heart for Hearing. This year, 279 runners participated in this event and more than $33,000 was raised. "We donated the proceeds to the Starkey Hearing Foundation and to our local philanthropy projects such as Brennan Elementary School<' said Kelsey Smith, LAMP Editor.
“Our Hike for Hearing, part of Delta Zeta's Heart for Hearing, has become a huge part of each of our chapter member’s lives," Anastasia Morgus, Vice President of Philanthropy, said. "What really made it personal for all of us was when Jack McConnell, a remarkable young man with hearing loss who goes on hearing missions all around the world, visited our chapter this past April and shared his amazing story with all of us. It was incredible to hear about how the Starkey Hearing Foundation has helped him, and how he and his family continue to help those in need hear.”
The Beta Delta Chapter believes that participating in Heart for Hearing brings people together, whether it is the members of the chapter or those who have suffered from hearing loss. "Our personal connection to Heart for Hearing as a chapter is our annual Turtle Trot 5k in which all members participate and help raise funds to support speech and hearing," said Kelsey.
My Carolina Alumni Association has elected Jamie Hammill, South Carolina - Beta Delta, to its Board of Governors. Jamie is the governor-at-large for Charlotte, North Carolina.
The board of governors is the governing body of the University of South Carolina’s alumni association, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization established in 1846. The board promotes fellowship among the university’s graduates, establishes policies, provides strategic direction and holds fiduciary responsibility for the assets of My Carolina.
“The insights and experiences that Jamie gained from her college years have served her well and she recognizes that the University of South Carolina played a part in shaping a solid foundation, personally and professionally,” said Jack Claypoole, executive director of My Carolina Alumni Association. “I look forward to how she will carry on the traditions of loyalty, participation and service to the university through her role as a Board of Governors’ member.”
Jamie is vice president of state and local government for the risk solutions business of LexisNexis. She has been with LexisNexis for more than 26 years, beginning her career with the legal information services side of the business before moving to the risk solutions in 2002. Under her leadership, she has transformed the state and local government business from single-point location services to one focused on using identity to help mitigate and stop fraud in states, counties and municipalities.
In 2000, she received the Distinguished Honors Alumni Award, the highest honor given to graduates of the university’s South Carolina Honors College, which recognizes a SCHC graduate whose professional contributions have led to the betterment of the Honors College or to society.
Hammill is a Past National Officer for Delta Zeta National Sorority, having served in a number of capacities including Director of Extension, Vice President of Alumnae Affairs and the Sorority’s voting delegate to the National Panhellenic Conference. While attending the university, she served as chapter president during her senior year.
About My Carolina
My Carolina Alumni Association’s mission is to build a thriving community of actively engaged and connected alumni, students, faculty and supporters who give themselves in service to the university while carrying the Carolina tradition and spirit worldwide. For more information about My Carolina Alumni Association, visit www.MyCarolina.org
Kim Buckner Land, South Carolina - Beta Delta, Instructor of Marketing, Johnson College of Business and Economics at University of South Carolina Upstate, was honored with the Distinguished Young Alumna Award, one of the highest honors that the Darla Moore School of Business bestows.
As an award recipient, Kim joins an esteemed group of individuals who are industry leaders, accomplished individuals and true pillars of society.
The Moore School has presented the Distinguished Alumni awards since 1985, and added the awards for Distinguished Young Alumni and Distinguished Service in 1995. The awards are presented to alumni of the Moore School with outstanding achievements in business, academia, government, or not-for-profit organizations, and/or outstanding service to the business school.
Kim is an accomplished marketing professional with a unique skill set and proven track record in leading people and organizations through process change, branding initiatives, new product launches, research projects and successful multi-media sales efforts. She has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina Honors College. While at Carolina, she was a leader on campus, serving as President of the Beta Delta Chapter of Delta Zeta, and was awarded the USC Outstanding Senior Award.
"Delta Zeta had a tremendous impact on my growth as a leader," Kim said. "In the Beta Delta Chapter, I served first on the Executive Board, then, as President of the chapter, I worked closely with my College Chapter Director, Melissa Baber Harvey, South Carolina - Beta Delta, to guide the chapter. Melissa was a wonderful mentor, allowing me room to work independently and stepping in with guidance and words of wisdom when needed. She enabled me to get my first true experience as the 'manager' of a group -- from finances to socials to discipline. There are many things I learned through these experiences that I was able to use in my professional career in directing and leading teams."
Kim completed her MBA at the Darla Moore School of Business with a 4.0 GPA. For 15 years, she served as marketing director for a group of New York Times newspapers in the North and South Carolina markets, including her home paper, the Spartanburg Herald-Journal.
"Although I worked for a newspaper, I didn't do any reporting, but I want to emphasize how important writing is in any capacity," Kim says. "I think one of the most fundamental skills college students should work to hone is communication. In my work with the New York Times Company, and now as a Professor of Marketing, I find that students as a whole have not been taught writing skills. Writing is critically important in the business world as it is often the first impression you make on someone -- a potential customer, business partner or employer.
"Professional communication, both written and verbal, have been pushed aside for other skill sets in our schools. The effects of this are tremendous as we begin to graduate a group of students who grew up in the 'right now' communication age -- replete with short messages, no concern for grammar or spelling, very informal. I would encourage all college students to take a course (or two or three!) in communication or writing. It is critical to success in the business world!"
Kim is lending that advice to students as she is now a full-time instructor at the Johnson College of Business and Economics at USC Upstate.
For those students considering careers in marketing, Kim advises, "Engage in your business curriculum, but also take courses from the communications discipline -- creative writing, design, etc. We find that our marketing majors are tremendous in the business side of things, but often haven't had the exposure to strategic thinking and creativity that most entry-level marketing jobs require. Being able to not only create strategy, but actually design an ad or flyer in Adobe InDesign or produce a professional presentation will place them a step above the rest of the graduates!"
Kim is dedicated to serving the community where she was born and raised. She has volunteered her time with numerous non-profit boards over the years, including the Junior League of Spartanburg, Goodfellows and Healthy Smiles of Spartanburg. Land is currently the Board Chair for SAFE Homes/Rape Crisis Coalition as well as serving on the boards for the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, Oakbrook Preparatory School and Quality Counts – Spartanburg County First Steps. She also chairs a United Way Investment Council committee to allocate donor dollars within the education classification.
Kim has been recognized for her professional accomplishments over the years, being named a Direct Marketing News “40 Under 40” recipient in 2014 and a Presstime Magazine “20 Under 40” recipient in 2006. She has also received many South Carolina Press Association awards over the years, as well as numerous awards for board service.
When she’s not planning lectures or working on marketing concepts, Kim spends time with her daughter, Kelsey, and husband, Jason, and hopes to someday continue her world travels. She has visited 19 countries and counts Russia, Norway and Monaco among her favorites.
Thank you to the University of South Carolina Upstate and the Darla Moore School of Business for some of the information for this story.
The Beta Delta Chapter ranked in the top three out of all 33 Greek organizations on the University of South Carolina campus. "We achieved a chapter GPA higher than the all-male/ all-female GPA for the Spring and Fall 2015 semesters. Our chapter completed an average of more than 35 hours of service per member throughout the year," said Kelsey Smith, LAMP Editor.
Beta Delta Chapter was proud to win Fraternity & Sorority Life Achievement Awards for Achievement in Philanthropy, Service, Involvement, and Scholarship. The chapter was one of only two chapters to achieve excellence in all four categories.
Ninety-nine percent of Beta Delta's members are involved in another student organization around campus, and the chapter is eagerly beginning the 2016-2017 school year.