Iota Upsilon, California State University/Fullerton

About Iota Upsilon Chapter

Iota Upsilon was founded on April 27, 1968 at California State University/Fullerton in Fullerton, CA. We've been around 51 years and going strong!

Our chapter is a part of Delta Zeta Region 10. We currently have a total of 45 members in our chapter and our average GPA is 2.79! For the academic year Fall 2016 through Spring 2017 our chapter has donated 287 service hours and $4059.81!

Heart for Hearing
School Year Total
$5,126
School Year Goal
$5,000
Total Raised
$9,230

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Chapter News

From Inspired to Inspiring

Pictured is Katelyn Renee Stephens, a second year Delta Zeta of the Iota Upsilon chapter, found standing in front of a tree outside of the newly remodeled Delta Zeta House where she lives with her sisters and her service dog, Sophie.

Katelyn is pursuing a career in Nursing at California State University, Fullerton. During middle school, she was diagnosed with a chronic illness. After being newly diagnosed and balancing life as a chronically ill child, Katelyn was a first-year camper at the Painted Turtle Camp at the age of 13. Although Katelyn was hesitant to attend this camp and cried on the way, she also cried on the bus ride back because she did not want to leave. To her surprise, Katelyn met her closest friends at this camp who were the first uniquely relatable people she had met and who still support her to this day. The welcoming staff and volunteers modeled acceptance and taught her how to both cope with the fact that she has an illness but still experience the fun of being a kid.
The Painted Turtle Camp, Delta Zeta's national service project, is a camp for children with Chronic Illnesses. Located in Lake Hughes, California, this camp hosts campers to provide an amazing summer camp experience that is specialized to unite individuals with the same condition, each week a different condition at a time. This camp is equipped to provide medical attention without the dreadfulness of a hospital setting. Thanks in part to the generous donations and volunteers from Delta Zeta, this camp hosts individuals with cancer, lupus, severe allergies, dwarfism, and numerous other conditions at no cost to their families.
The painted turtle camp is so amazing that its medical staff are willing to join children in their cabin overnight if need be, and campers pull up other campers in wheelchairs so that they can also participate in rock climbing, zip lining, and other activities. The experience lasts a lifetime and once they age out, many campers return to pay it forward and volunteer as a counselor for younger campers.
As soon as Katelyn found out that there was a DZ chapter at CSUF, she knew she had to sign up for primary recruitment. Without a doubt, Katelyn had high hopes that joining this chapter would allow her give back to the mission alongside sisters who had already been helping the camp that is near and dear to her heart. Katelyn states: "Before all my sisters met me, they were changing my life and they didn't even know it. They were supporting me by sending me to camp for free. They are the ones who gave me my best friend. And that is something I am going to be forever grateful for."
After one year in Delta Zeta, Katelyn was nominated to join the executive board and accepted the position of Vice President of Philanthropy! Our chapter is so excited to have such a passionate and strong woman lead our chapter in donating our time, talent and treasures to both Starkey Hearing Foundation and the Painted Turtle Camp. In addition to helping Delta Zeta reach their 5 million in 5 years promise with Starkey and donating to continue sending kids to camp, Katelyn hopes to help Iota Upsilon in volunteering as camp counselors at the Painted Turtle Camp.
Thank you, Katelyn, for all that you have done for the world and all that you are going to do for our chapter, our community, and our world. Thank you, fellow Delta Zeta's, for taking the time to read this inspiring story. Katelyn was inspired by the Painted Turtle Camp, and Katelyn is now inspiring us all by helping continue the mission and philanthropy that brought her home to DZ.

Truly Your Sister,
Deanna Yadollahi
DZIY Historian Spring 2018

Lauren Graham, California State/Fullerton - Iota Upsilon, is adding firepower to Laguna Beach’s ZWO Branding and Marketing office

ZWO Branding and Marketing has hired CSU Fullerton and Saddleback graduate Lauren Graham, California State/Fullerton - Iota Upsilon, as public relations coordinator in its West Coast office in Laguna Beach. Laura's duties include media relations, writing, and account coordination for clients Beltone and Nuvision Credit Union. She has conducted publicity campaigns for the nonprofit Grandma’s House of Hope in Santa Ana, among other community publicity projects.

“We were thrilled we were able to recruit Lauren,” said ZWO West president Cynthia P. Jenkins. “She brings a diverse skill set to our agency along with a fresh approach to the tried-and-true best practices of public relations.”

Lauren became a member of the Iota Upsilon Chapter of Delta Zeta Sorority while attending California State University/Fullerton. She remembers a real turning point  while at CSU Fullerton. "The biggest difference that Delta Zeta made for me was my bid and overall pledge process," said Lauren. "I am technically a legacy for my older sister Steffanie who pledged Delta Zeta at the University of Nevada/Las Vegas. My sister passed away suddenly three years ago. Though I considered it, I thought I had zero time to pledge a social sorority while at Cal State Fullerton. A friend of mine who is a Delta Zeta heard about this and, without even meeting me, the chapter of Iota Upsilon offered me a bid in my last semester of school. Being able to find some connection with my real sister by gaining even more sisters meant so much."

The Georgia native is also a talented singer with training in classical technique and musical theatre who recently returned from an Eastern European tour with the Cal State Fullerton’s University Singers, whose album will be released later this year. Prior to graduating with honors from CSU Fullerton, she earned a degree from Saddleback College.

Lauren says that her Delta Zeta experience has influenced both her professional and personal lives. "Delta Zeta always inspires me to give my absolute best. When I'm feeling tired or irritated, I remember our Creed and it always motivates me to keep going or to adjust my attitude. I am so grateful for that in my life and career."

And now Lauren steps into a new chapter of her life.

For Chicago-based hearing aid giant Beltone, ZWO has crafted public relations campaigns aimed at mitigating hearing loss - and its stigma - through the use of the company's discreet, powerful devices that offer a wide range of high-tech features. The national Safe & Sound Awards were developed with Lauren's assistance to honor everyday heroes such as teachers, firefighters, and nurses who continue to serve others despite hearing loss. For Huntington Beach-based Nuvision Credit Union, Lauren will assist with a series of initiatives that highlight the organization's emphasis on serving military, youth and families and offering financial literacy education.

About ZWO
With offices in Laguna Beach, Calif., Greenville, S. C., and El Salvador, ZWO is a branding and marketing firm whose team works to transform markets and customers into communities of passionate advocates for clients and their brands. To do this, ZWO blends cause, community, customer experience, influencer, and word-of-mouth marketing using social media and web tools. ZWO’s experience in strategic counsel, marketing direction, and brand development informs its expertise in serving diverse client industries, including apparel, student housing, health, retail, sports, senior life, events, youth, and nonprofit segments. For more information on ZWO visit www.betalkable.com or call 864.509.1057.

Iota Upsilon is California State University/Fullerton's Greek Cup winner

The Iota Upsilon Chapter received the Greek Cup Award from California State University/Fullerton's Associated Student, Inc. organization. The Greek Cup is a competition among the Greek life organizations at Cal State Fullerton which demonstrates school pride and support of fellow student athletes.

Iota Upsilon Chapter members attended the most athletic events, receiving the most points out of all fraternal organizations and securing first place. "We are so happy to support our school and showcase our Delta Zeta spirit," said Marisol V. Davila, Secretary.

Iota Upsilon Chapter (California State University/Fullerton) volunteers for memorable day at The Painted Turtle camp
March 16, 2016

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The Iota Upsilon Chapter had the amazing opportunity to volunteer at The Painted Turtle camp, Delta Zeta's national service project. The Painted Turtle camp is dedicated to providing a  camp experience for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. The camp allows kids to be kids and make memories at camp with on-site medical staff.

Iota Upsilon and three other Delta Zeta chapters created crafts and small packages for the campers. "Throughout the entire day, we helped create lanyards and friendship bracelets for children to have at their bedside while in the hospital," said Marisol Davila, LAMP Editor and Historian. "We filled one large box of lanyards and friendship bracelets! The small volunteer activities consisted of covering up cardboard boxes with colorful tape, decorating CD covers for digital memories, and decorating hospital bedside bags. We could not have been more proud to be invited to visit our national service project and help make a difference."
Iota Upsilon receives Pursuit of Excellence Award at California State University/Fullerton
March 4, 2016

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The Iota Upsilon Chapter received a three-star award at the Pursuit of Excellence (POE) ceremony from California State University/Fullerton. Pursuit of Excellence recognizes chapters, both Interfraternity and Panhellenic, that go above and beyond in achieving standards set forth through the POE program.

In addition, Katie Kopecki received a plaque for serving as the Vice President of Scholarship on the Panhellenic Executive Board, and Jillian Torres. won the Order of Omega Scholarship. "We are proud of what our sisters have accomplished thus far," said Marisol Davila, LAMP Editor.