Delta Alpha, California State University/Long Beach
About Delta Alpha Chapter
Delta Alpha was founded on March 20, 1954 at California State University/Long Beach in Long Beach, CA. We've been around 64 years and going strong!
Our chapter is a part of Delta Zeta Region 10. We currently have a total of 57 members in our chapter and our average GPA is 3.28! For the academic year Fall 2016 through Spring 2017 our chapter has donated 16 service hours and $270.00!
On the morning of February 6, 2016, 27 Southern California Delta Zetas, including members of the Delta Alpha Chapter at California State University/Long Beach, made the two-hour journey from the sandy coast of Long Beach to the grassy hills of Lake Hughes, California. The members reached the beautiful Painted Turtle camp located near Lake Elizabeth and about 15 miles west of Lancaster, California,
The Painted Turtle camp hosts children with serious medical conditions who can enjoy a camp experience and celebrate just being kids. The Painted Turtle provides fun and support for children with more than 70 medical conditions and helps children, as well as siblings and parents, have an enjoyable experience without having to worry about illness.
At camp, differences are celebrated and, since The Painted Turtle opened its gates in 2004, thousands of children and their families have enjoyed that freedom, encouraged to embrace their unique camp experience, and inspired to explore and foster personal growth. "Camp is all about empowering campers and as Delta Zeta women, we were proud and honored to pay forward our time and give our energy to camp that morning," said Kat Russo, LAMP Editor.
After checking in, having lunch, and playing some games with Delta Zetas from other schools and Phi Tau Fraternity friends from CSULB who also support The Painted Turtle, The Delta Alpha Chapter members made crafts for children who are unable to come to the camp because of their condition. Those campers get a special experience because camp is brought to them. The Painted Turtle Outpost is an outreach program that takes the fun and magic of camp to the hospitals and medical community events throughout California and sets up a camp onsite.
Other volunteers prepared the play space for this summer’s campers, cleaning, organizing books, taking inventory, and making sure there was crayons and markers for the children. Others painted posters, organized summer brochures and itineraries for the campers arrive. The volunteers then enjoyed a question and answer session with the camp staff.
"Aside from the fun of The Painted Turtle camp that the kids experience," said Kat, "it is clear to anyone who steps foot in the dining hall that the camp is filled with magic. With misty eyes and hearty laughs, we listened to camp staff tell stories of kids who came to camp unsure of what to expect; afraid that their illness would get in the way of something great, only to see that same child at the end of the camp session with the biggest smile, surrounded by friends who share their condition, and the realization that their illness doesn’t own them. They are welcomed into camp with open arms and reminded that every child deserves to have the full camp experience."
Delta Alpha Chapter's new 2016 Executive Board
Each year sisters from Delta Alpha Chapter (California State University/Long Beach) gather for a weekend to catch up and reconnect. The location is always out of town to allow everyone to enjoy a getaway. Last year, the gathering took place in Santa Cruz. Any Delta Alpha alumnae wishing to join us should contact Meagan Farrell at firstname.lastname@example.org. It would be great to see you!