Iota Theta, Mansfield University

About Iota Theta Chapter

Iota Theta was founded on March 12, 1966 at Mansfield University in Mansfield, PA. We've been around 52 years and going strong!

Our chapter is a part of Delta Zeta Region 2. We currently have a total of 9 members in our chapter and our average GPA is 2.6! For the academic year Fall 2016 through Spring 2017 our chapter has donated 1 service hours and $0.00!

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Chapter News

First Color Run

On April 7, 2018 the Iota Theta chapter at Mansfield University held it's first color run. For this event, we paired with Alpha Kappa Lambda. We started planning it in February. Our philanthropy chair and committee handled most of the planning, such as what the route would be, figuring out how to make the color and how much we would need, budgeting, registration, advertising, and communicating with campus police. AKL's philanthropy chair was in charge of designing and ordering t-shirts.
Thursday night, the week of the run, we got together with AKL to make the color. We had a good time getting to know the brothers. There were a few challenges along the way, such as adding too much water to the cornstarch or adding too much food dye, but we worked with what we had and everything ended up coming out the way it was supposed to.

We had 20 participants signed up before the day of the event, but unfortunately moth nature was not on our side and it was a very cold morning, at 30 degrees, the day of the run. Only 8 came to run, but they had a blast and we all made the best of the cold weather. We had 4 color stations (red, yellow, blue, and green) and a few water stations. Sisters and brothers were placed throughout the route to hand out water or throw color. At the end of the run the participants, sisters, and brothers, took the extra color and threw it at each other.

In addition to the run on campus, we also offered a virtual run option for those that wanted to participate, but couldn't make it to the event. We had two of our alum sign up. We received a video from one as she completed the run on the treadmill.

In the end, we raised a total of $102 for each of our philanthropies. After splitting it between AKL and DZ, $51 went to Starkey and $51 went to support the fight against Cystic Fibrosis. This $51 is just part of the over $1000 we have raised this year.

Iota Theta (Mansfield University) alumnae in Iceland prove Delta Zeta sisterhood knows no boundaries

Iota Theta Chapter alumna Nanette Litwin Eisenhuth, President of the chapter from 1976-1978 at Mansfield University and Class of 1979, and Amy O'Rourke, Mansfield Foundation, Class of 1977, show their DZ love, on a recent trip to Svinafellsjokul in Iceland. "Delta Zeta sisterhood is an adventure for life!" said Amy.

Since 2011, Mansfield University’s Iota Theta alumnae have raised and donated thousands of dollars to their chapter, establishing the Karen Jacobson Memorial Scholarship, in memory of the chapter's longtime College Chapter Director. The scholarship provides collegians with assistance for tuition, providing support that few other organizations offer their members.

When the alumnae members aren’t fundraising, they are enjoying activities all over the United States, from Cape May, New Jersey, to Colorado. "It is our devotion to each other and to the Delta Zeta sisterhood that keeps our alumnae group following the needs of the chapter and enjoying each other's company!" said Amy.

Iota Theta’s amazing 50th anniversary at Mansfield University
May 23, 2016

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In 1966, Lyndon Johnson was President of the United States. The Beatles had three number one hits on the music charts. "The Sound of Music" won an Academy Award for Best Picture. A postage stamp cost 5 cents. At Mansfield University, the Iota Theta Chapter of Delta Zeta Sorority was chartered and remains strong 50 years later.

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Susan Fellows Standefer, Charter President, said of the half-century reunion, “I am in awe that what we began 50 years ago is such a big part of the lives of so many woman.”

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Over 200 sisters from five decades converged on the campus of Mansfield University to celebrate sisterhood. The enduring friendship were evident to everyone. The hugs, laughter, and smiles abounded, resonating throughout the campus. It was a time to rekindle old and make new friendships. The connection to those women who helped members through the transition from youth to adulthood, the bond that is immeasurable and unbreakable, was palpable that day. The sisterhood of Delta Zeta and all it means was present in every conversation.

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Beth "Betty" Black, Class of 1978, said, “It was great to connect with everyone, especially those I haven’t seen in years. Time disappears, you are back in the space of college again, at a reunion such as this.”

The common purpose of Delta Zeta reigns: to make life fuller, more meaningful, more rewarding, and that was evident in the eclectic mix of many generations gathered for the 50th anniversary. The series of events planned by Patricia Doyle, Susan Fellows Standefer and Amanda Jarksi throughout the weekend provided the perfect environment to connect, reminisce and honor the Delta Zeta connection. The events included a President’s reception, display of Iota Theta through the ages, a silent auction for The Painted Turtle camp, a raffle for the Karen Jacobson Scholarship, the late College Chapter Director who served the chapter from 1970-2011, a re-creation of the charter members photo from 1966, and a ceremonial banquet.

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Leigh Ann Penecale Reitze, Class of 1990, said, “This weekend was so incredible. Reconnecting with my sisters and laughing as we recalled all the funny stories just as if they happened yesterday was a wonderful way to rekindle the bonds of sisterhood.”

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Key highlights were a Golden Rose ceremony for the 50-year members, including the Susan Fellows Standefer, founding President, and an update on Delta Zeta from Diane M. Stecher, National President.

Emilee Danielson-Burke, Class of 2001, said, “A summation of what Mansfield University and Iota Theta mean to me is that I found a home, family and myself through the Sorority. I became the best version of myself I could be. The relationship and friends are inspirational and I look forward to receiving the Golden Rose in 35 years.”

One common thread resonated throughout every conversation, every encounter and every moment was that, no matter the decade, the uniqueness and individuality of the sisters was what made the Iota Theta Chapter special. These are strong, compassionate and driven woman who embrace each other for the incredible woman they are. The environment of giving graciously was inspirational to all that proudly wore the Delta Zeta colors of pink and green.

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The miles the members traveled to gather, the lives of trials and tribulations, and the loss of those no longer with them, were the catalyst to strengthening the bonds -- bonds that everyone thought were the strongest while the Iota Theta members were pursing education together, but which were even stronger over time and life -- truly a lifetime of sisterhood.

"For me," said Cynthia Pritchard, Class of 1985 and Webmaster for the Shenandoah/Central Virginia Alumnae Chapter, "I was reminded that in a world that provides life challenges which you are often trying to navigate, gathering with my Delta Zeta Iota Theta sisters, who are part of my past, and those that are now part of my future, provides a place of kindness and love. As we sang songs, told stories and danced freely, we could truly be ourselves as we were among sisters and friends. The light of the
Iota Theta Chapter hosts Spike For Hearing at Mansfield University to benefit Starkey Hearing Foundation
April 15, 2016

On February 20, 2016, Iota Theta Chapter held a philanthropy volleyball tournament,“Spike For Hearing,” and Mansfield University’s organizations were more than happy to participate. A total of eight teams participated and the day was a great start to a truly fabulous tradition. All proceeds of the event were donated to the Starkey Hearing Foundation.