Epsilon Sigma, Wayne State University

About Epsilon Sigma Chapter

Epsilon Sigma was founded on September 15, 1956 at Wayne State University in Dearborn Heights, MI. We've been around 63 years and going strong!

Our chapter is a part of Delta Zeta Region 6. We currently have a total of 41 members in our chapter and our average GPA is 3.56! For the academic year Fall 2016 through Spring 2017 our chapter has donated 123 service hours and $250.00!

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Epsilon Sigma Chapter (Wayne State University) sends love to patients and parents

After a Valentine's Day flower fundraiser at Wayne State University, the Epsilon Sigma Chapter had a few bundles of carnations left. Three sisters immediately began brainstorming organizations that they could donate the flowers to in order to spread the Valentine's Day cheer.

After calling different organizations to see which ones were open and could put the donation to use, it was decided to donate them to a local hospital. Rebecca, Makenna and Grace delivered them to the Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation to be given to parents. The Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation collects toys, books, clothes and toiletries for families staying at the hospital.

Because of the demographics of the area, children are frequently given the first brand-new set of clothes that they've owned or what will become the only book in their house. These flowers may have been the first Valentine's Day gift for a few mothers.

"When we asked how the donations were used," said Grace Alanskas, LAMP Editor and History, "a nurse said that she saw parents walking the halls with their flowers all night. While children are in the hospital, most people don't think about the toll that it takes on the parents who stay the night with little to eat and too much worry to sleep. In many cases, what we see as leftovers can be gifts. Even with few resources, phone calls and an impromptu trip to a local organization can make a big difference."

Patricia Donnelly, Epsilon Sigma collegian at Wayne State University, studies to keep communities safe

Patricia Donnelly is a junior studying biomedical engineering at Wayne State University, in a highly selective program with very few graduates.

While many take this track to medical school, Trisha has a unique plan. This summer she began an internship with the Detroit FBI Headquarters that will involve visiting crime scenes and collecting evidence. With her degree, she plans to work on devices that government agencies can use to keep our communities safe, such as advanced finger printing and facial recognition.

She credits her success due to the support of her Delta Zeta sisterhood and the exciting challenge of new leadership opportunities such as Colonnade and Vice President of Philanthropy that she has found in the Sorority.

“I have learned that my true passion lies with helping others and that I have the confidence and strength within to do what must be done to achieve my goals,” Patricia said.

Because of her passion for as a lifelong learner, she is always willing to try new things while keeping our communities safer.

Epsilon Sigma Chapter spreads body positivity at Wayne State University

"Delta Zetas are truly fortunate to have a group of sisters at the ready to build their confidence," said Grace Alanskas, LAMP Editor and Historian for the Epsilon Sigma Chapter at Wayne State University. "How many times have we been on the brink of tears (or swimming in a sea of them), only to be reminded of our value by those who love us? There aren't nearly enough support systems available to children, teenagers, collegians and adults who need them due to poor body image, and the perpetuation of the perfect body in the media."

On February 28, 2017, the Epsilon Sigma Chapter built a support system on Wayne State University's campus. Makenna Holman, Risk Management Chairman, built a "Better than Barbie and Ken" table dedicated to spreading body positivity.

February is Eating Disorder awareness month, an issue that is particularly dangerous for college women and men. Delta Zeta sisters spent the day handing out purple ribbons, the eating disorder awareness color, and sending students compliments. Students were also invited to take a picture in the "Better than Barbie and Ken" box where they could write a message about what makes them feel valued.

"Our chapter interacted with 300-400 students that day, but the social media effect was no doubt much greater," reported Grace. "Many students shared their pictures on social media and invited friends to take positive pictures with them. Our actions to prevent eating disorders can be as great as constructing a life-size Barbie box and sparking a social media trend or as small as offering compliments based on character instead of appearance. These actions can save lives and partnering with sisters makes positive voices louder. While the event was a tremendous success, there is still much work for all of us to do."