Gamma Delta, Pennsylvania State University

Founded
December 14
1946
Total Members
157
Average GPA
3.49
Total Service Hours
663

About Gamma Delta Chapter

Gamma Delta was founded on December 14, 1946 at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA. We've been around 71 years and going strong!

Our chapter is a part of Delta Zeta Region 2. We currently have a total of 157 members in our chapter and our average GPA is 3.49! For the academic year Fall 2016 through Spring 2017 our chapter has donated 663 service hours and $805.00!

Heart for Hearing
School Year Total
$805
School Year Goal
$5,000
Total Raised
$10,481

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Chapter News

Delta Zeta is Chapter of the Year at Penn State

On February 12, 2018 Penn State hosted the Greek Column Awards dinner at the Nittany Lion Inn. The Gamma Delta chapter shined bright that evening. Delta Zeta was recognized for "Standards Achievement" in 2017. Additionally, the chapter was recognized for "Excellence in Academic Achievement" and "Excellence in Membership Development" for 2017. The highlight of the evening was Delta Zeta being named "Chapter of the Year" for 2017 among all chapters in the four Greek councils on campus! Our 2017 President, Courtney Rodrigues, made it her goal to earn the President's Cup and met that goal being named "Chapter of the Year"!

Gamma Delta's Last Canning Weekend

At the Pennsylvania State University, we hold a personal philanthropy near and dear to our heart: THON. THON, formally known as Penn State Panhellenic and IFC Dance Marathon is a 46-hour no-sitting marathon to raise money for pediatric cancer with money going specifically towards the Hershey Medical center in Hershey, PA. The main form of raising money has been canning–where students stand on street corners asking for money in a can. This form of fundraising has become the biggest $1 bill fundraiser in the country.
After tragedy struck in 2015 with the death of a Panhellenic sister in a car accident on the way back from a canning weekend, it was decided that there would be no more canning weekends. This posed a problem, especially for our organization. The plan was to have canning phased out by 2017 and before we knew it, it was our last weekend to make as much money as we could before trying to find other successful alternative fundraisers.
The Gamma Delta women have gone above and beyond, showing more effort this year than most when it comes to raising money for this cause. Knowing that we have to find money elsewhere, all of the women in the chapter have taken it upon themselves to go out and find a way to raise this money.
One of our most popular alternative fundraisers is the partnership senior Jacqueline Browne made with "the Little Words Project." Perfect for a holiday gift or to spoil yourself, you can choose any saying, word, or phrase to be placed between beads of your choosing. It's not uncommon to see the women of the chapter wearing 3-5 bracelets at once.
We have also looked to willing alumnae who have found success and want to share it with their alma mater. Graduated Kait Yoniski has her own online boutique that has grown tremendously since it first opened and reached out to senior Audrey Zavada in creating a partnership. Kait has promised to give our chapter a portion of the profit made on her sales for the month. "I love it especially because shopping on that site makes it so much more personal. At first, it was just because I know the owner but now it's because I know the owner and she wants to personally help me!" says junior Emily Siok.
This change may have a longer lasting effect than we are aware of, but the Gamma Delta sisters aren't afraid of change. These women have awoken in the face of despair. When someone was called to help, numerous women stepped to the plate–even some who have left their collegiate days behind. Gamma Delta is a chapter that deals with adversity with the utmost grace and sophistication.

Gamma Delta Chapter members visit Hershey Medical Center and feel the impact of THON

Penn State University's largest philanthropy, THON, takes place the third week of February annually. To prepare, members of the Gamma Delta Chapter have been raising money through different fundraising events.

As a whole, THON raises millions of dollars to help find the cure for pediatric cancer while easing the financial burden of families struggling to help loved ones fighting battling cancer. To get a more personal perspective on the impact THON makes for these families, five seniors from the Gamma Delta Chapter, Alexa Pane, Jenna Hinkle, Kala Benjamin, Emily Francis and Jill Kennedy, traveled to the Hershey Medical Center with our partnered fraternity, Delta Tau Delta.

While there, the group met with a music therapist who explained the impact music has on their pediatric patients. She demonstrated what she does and how it affects the spirits of the children.

The group visited the research lab and saw scientists working to find the cure. Additionally, they met with a psychologist who talked about the different types of therapies he practices with the families to help them cope and the day-to-day struggles they face.

"The center also gave our group a breakdown on how the money we had raised the year before had helped the children," Christina Scavone, LAMP Editor and Historian, reported. "It had funded over 13 days of research, or over 518 days of outpatient treatment, or over 3,113 hours worth of music therapy. To be able to know exactly how our fundraising assisted these families and their children made the experience so meaningful."

The seniors who experienced this visit said it was humbling and the experience of a lifetime. "THON as a whole is a life-changing experience," said Christina. "But the seniors said that being able to visit the hospital and see where the money goes encourages us to do everything we possibly can to help."

Gamma Delta Chapter (Pennsylvania State University) spends a day on the ice for a good cause

The Gamma Delta Chapter attended a Penn State women's hockey game to support Delta Zeta's national philanthropy of speech and hearing, as well as support the university.

"Our sorority had the highest attendance and won money which we donated towards our philanthropy," said Christina Scavone, Historian. "Not only did we get to bond through cheering for the event, we were also chosen to be the entertainment on the ice in between periods!

"No one knew what to expect," Christina continued, "but 40 of us jumped at the opportunity. With makeshift 'brooms,' we ran around on the ice in Uggs and sneakers trying to score goals against our sisters. A few of the women were able to score! We loved every second of it."

Gamma Delta Chapter's spirit of fun enthusiastically caught the crowd watching the game.

Molly Kenny of Gamma Delta is 2017 Penn State Panhellenic Council Vice President for Membership


Molly Kenny, left, 2017 Penn State Panhellenic Council Vice President for Membership, with Andrea Joyce, who holds the current office.

Molly Kenny, Vice President of Membership for the Gamma Delta Chapter at Pennsylvania State University, is serving as the as the 2017 Penn State Panhellenic Council Vice President for Membership. She has a store of knowledge to share with the Council based on her experience in Delta Zeta.

As Vice President of Membership for the chapter, Molly has done an exceptional job guiding Gamma Delta through a successful Spring 2016 COB process to maintain Campus Total, planned workshops and formed strong committees for formal recruitment in the Fall of 2016 at Penn State. Teamwork with chapter members and Delta Zeta national Membership and RFM Specialists led to Gamma Delta obtaining its largest chapter size.

Gamma Delta has held an executive office on the campus Panhellenic Council for three consecutive years. Molly will make the chapter proud with a fourth year of leadership in Penn State's Panhellenic community.

Gamma Delta helps in the fight against pediatric cancer at Penn State Univ.

The Gamma Delta Chapter proudly participated in the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon. Also known as THON, it is the largest student run philanthropy in the world. THON is a 46-hour dance marathon which raises awareness for pediatric cancer and raises money for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

Delta Zeta engages in year-long fundraising efforts annually to raise money for THON. Last year, the chapter raised over $70,000 for the cause. Penn State recently featured a picture on their Facebook page of Gamma Delta members fundraising for THON. "The chapter is extremely proud of our sisters for all their effort and hard work put into the philanthropy!" said Emma Stewart, LAMP Editor and Historian.

Samantha Junod, THON Chairman for Gamma Delta, stated, “THON is my favorite event of the year. Seeing so many Delta Zetas come together, celebrating their year of fundraising and continuing to help fight for the cure for pediatric cancer, is empowering.”

"Gamma Delta is extremely proud and grateful to be involved in THON," Emma continued. "Throughout the year, we will be continuing to raise funds for THON and pediatric cancer!"

Gamma Delta holds second highest GPA out of 20 sororities on Penn State campus

The sisters of the Gamma Delta Chapter had a rewarding and successful academic year, ending with the second highest GPA out of all 20 sororities on campus at Penn State. The chapter provides weekly study hours for members, who help each other study or tutor other members. "This fosters our sisterhood through learning!" said Emma Stewart, LAMP Editor.

Jacqueline Browne, a junior, received a marketing internship this summer in New Jersey. Jacqueline is an advertising major and the Assistant Secretary for the Gamma Delta Chapter. As part as her internship this summer, the young professional will be completing weekly marketing projects. She said that she hopes to gain more experience on how the marketing field operates.

Jacqueline has many aspirations for the future. In the spring, she hopes to continue her education abroad in Italy, and gain more marketing experience in the years to come.

Gamma Delta Chapter (Pennsylvania State University) raises more than $8,200 for Starkey and continues to give in many ways
February 26, 2016

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The Gamma Delta Chapter is having a very rewarding and successful year. The chapter has been fundraising  for the Starkey Hearing Foundation, The Painted Turtle camp, and the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON).

The chapter hosted a carnival at the Spikes Stadium for the Starkey Hearing Foundation, raising $8,212 for the Foundation. "Sisters, friends and members of the State College community enjoyed carnival games and bouncy houses," said Emma Stewart, LAMP Editor and Historian.

The chapter also participated in THON, a dance marathon which raises money for pediatric cancer research. "We are paired with Delta Tau Delta Fraternity to help fundraise for the event," said Emma. "The team raised $121,608!"

Member Abby Renko served as the Penn State Panhellenic President, and was voted as the 2015 Penn State Homecoming Queen. Abby has been admitted into the Penn State College of Medicine. "Congratulations Abby, we are so proud of you!" Emma said on behalf of the chapter.