Epsilon, Indiana University

About Epsilon Chapter

Epsilon was founded on May 22, 1909 at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. We've been around 110 years and going strong!

Our chapter is a part of Delta Zeta Region 7. We currently have a total of 134 members in our chapter and our average GPA is 3.44! For the academic year Fall 2016 through Spring 2017 our chapter has donated 485 service hours and $0.00!

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Joan Tossell Slade, Indiana - Epsilon, Order of the Golden Rose, welcomes granddaughten Megan to Epsilon Chapter

Joan Tossell Slade and her granddaughter, Megan Joan Stanbrough, both proud members of the Epsilon Chapter

Joan Tossell Slade is a proud member of the Epsilon Chapter (Indiana University). Initiated in 1951, Joan received the Order of the Golden Rose in 2016 for 65 years of membership. In April of 2017, marking her 66th year of membership, Joan joined the Epsilon Chapter in welcoming her granddaughter, Megan Joan Stanbrough, to the chapter.

Newspaper clippings from the 1950s show Joan as part of the final Junior Prom Queen Court.

"Joanie" was originally a Business major, but changed her major to Voice. She and her younger sister, Jane Tossell Smith, who initiated into the Epsilon Chapter in 1952, were known as "The Tossell Sisters" and serenaded fraternities all over IU's campus, singing in campus competitions and variety shows, and even recorded albums together.

Joanie represented Delta Zeta as their Junior Prom Queen nominee (modern day Homecoming Queen) and was eventually chosen as one of the five finalists. In the end, she was a member of the Junior Prom Queen's Court.

She has been married for 61 years, lives with her husband Bob in Indianapolis, Indiana, has four children and 11 grandchildren. Megan is her youngest.

Megan is studying Broadcast Journalism at IU, loves being an Indiana Hoosier and is from Carmel, Indiana. When asked by her father if being in a sorority is what she thought it would be, she replied, "It has far exceeded my expectations! I've never felt more loved and accepted than I do by this amazing group of women."

Delta Zeta alumnae gather at Sears Holdings Corporation Talent Acquisition holiday party

Delta Zeta alumnae Valerie Painter, Indiana - Epsilon, Heather Mathson Gregory, Wisconsin/Whitewater - Epsilon Kappa, and Shauna Zmuda, Western Illinois - Epsilon Omicron, gathered at the Sears Holdings Corporation Talent Acquisition holiday party.

Although they are from different Delta Zeta chapters, they are supported by sisterhood while working in their profession, and always strengthened by their friendship. "Sears Holdings is a big organization, and having your sisters on the same team makes it feel smaller," said Valerie.

Jen Koziol Bobay, Indiana - Epsilon, believes in supporting women to help them feel confident and beautiful

Jen Koziol Bobay, Indiana - Epsilon, is on a mission to educate women that “What’s in your jar matters!" She has created a mineral makeup line, Jar Bar Makeup, and reminds women that not all makeup is created equal. At the same time, she wants them to have inner confidence that shines through to create outer beauty.

"Jar Bar Makeup only uses high quality, 'good for you' ingredients," Jen said. "In addition, Jar Bar celebrates the reason women are drawn to makeup in the first place: to feel more confident, to feel more beautiful, and to have more fun. I feel that this is even more important with younger women who are still learning makeup ingredients, application techniques, and color matching methods." Visit Jar Bar here.

As a member of Delta Zeta, Jen served as President of the Epsilon Chapter in her senior year at Indiana University. "When I think back on some of my greatest memories, my time with the Epsilon Chapter would certainly near the top of the list. It was such a powerful experience to be part of such a group wonderful women.

"Many of my first clients were my sorority sisters who tried the Jar Bar products and promoted them within their respective communities. In fact, some of the first photos of our widely-popular campaign know as the World Traveling Lip Gloss were from women that lived in the Epsilon Chapter house at Indiana University. It was just another example of the support and bond that women receive by being part of a sorority like Delta Zeta," Jen continued. "The women that I met in the Epsilon Chapter are still some of my closest friends to this day."

Jen believes she is making a difference in the world for women by providing a makeup line like Jar Bar Makeup, a mission-driven company that offers a complete mineral makeup free of parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, and is cruelty-free. "We hope to spread awareness and encourage women to turn their jars around and look for products that are free of harsh chemicals," said Jen.

"In addition," she continued, "we have a strong commitment to give back to others. We are extremely proud to have a connection to the Jessie Rees Foundation. This is an organization which sends JoyJars TM to children battling cancer all over the world. Three of Jar Bar’s products were named in honor of Jessie and 20 percent of those proceeds are sent to the Foundation to spread more joy and happiness to those children afflicted with cancer."
Jen believes that the most important part of her Delta Zeta experience is supporting other women in all aspects of her daily life. "Support can take many forms and is equally important during the good times as well as difficult periods," Jen said. "I am often reminded how lucky I am to have amazing women working with me, supporting me, and molding my company into what it is today. I truly believe that this realization of supporting other women was started by my mother and grandmothers, but was definitely refined by being part of such a wonderful organization like Delta Zeta."

MJ Schulz, collegiate member of the Epsilon Chapter (Indiana University), makes a difference right at home

MJ Schulz, a member of the sophomore class of the Epsilon Chapter at Indiana University, has been raising money for two of her cousins who have Epidermolysis Bullosa, a rare hereditary skin disease. Although there is no cure for this disease, research is ongoing.

On October 2, 2016, MJ went back to her hometown for the third annual Walk a Mile in My Shoes fundraiser that benefits the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation. MJ sold t-shirts and bracelets to sisters in the chapter so they could help make a difference. They have collectively raised $35,000 for the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation. "We are so proud of MJ’s hard work and dedication to supporting her two cousins," said Hannah Inabnit, Historian.

Rosie Thompson, collegiate member of Epsilon Chapter, raises money for philanthropy at Indiana University Miss Greek IU
June 24, 2016

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This past spring semester of 2016, newly-initiated member Rosie Thompson participated in Miss Greek IU. This philanthropic event is hosted by the fraternity Delta Chi, which proudly supports The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

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Each sorority on campus participates, and 15 percent the funds that they raise goes back to their own philanthropy. Rosie collectively raised $825, and she was proud to help other Greek chapters raise money for a great cause.

"We are so proud of what Rosie and what the Greek Life community raised and accomplished for The V Foundation for Cancer Research!" said Hannah Inabnit, Historian.
Epsilon Chapter raises more than $32,000 at Indiana University's Dance Marathon for pediatric cancer
February 26, 2016

The Epsilon Chapter participated in Indiana University’s Dance Marathon, dancing for those who can’t. The chapter was the highest fundraising sorority for both 2014 and 2015. This year, Epsilon raised a total of $32,968 for pediatric cancer research.

"We had four 36-hour dancers, meaning they were in the top 10 percent of all fundraisers, along with six 24-hour dancers and multiple committee members," said Hannah Inabnit, Historian. All of the proceeds raised benefited the Riley Children’s Hospital.

In addition to the new members and members who participated in the marathon, others served on several committees. "While raising money for the kids, this also made our sisterhood stronger than ever," continued Hannah. "The participants say they could not have accomplished it without the support and help from our sisters. An example of this support a good luck bag participants received from their sisters, with snacks, drinks and motivational notes from our big in the house to help us throughout the marathon."