Omicron Zeta, Randolph-Macon College

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About Omicron Zeta Chapter

Omicron Zeta was founded on May 18, 1991 at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA. We've been around 26 years and going strong!

Our chapter is a part of Delta Zeta Region 4. We currently have a total of 69 members in our chapter and our average GPA is 3.27! For the academic year Fall 2016 through Spring 2017 our chapter has donated 2842 service hours and $3872.32!

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Omicron Zeta Chapter (Randolph-Macon College) raises $1,400 for the Starkey Hearing Foundation

Photos: Randolph-Macon College

The Omicron Zeta Chapter hosted its campus-wide "Hot Dogs for Hearing" fundraiser, which benefited the Starkey Hearing Foundation, as part of Delta Zeta's work for the Sorority's national philanthropy of speech and hearing.

Students at Randolph-Macon college enjoyed hot dogs, soda, veggie dogs, desserts, games such as cornhole and Jenga, and a chance to win a gift card, while contributing to the cause of speech and hearing.

"Hot Dogs for Hearing" raised $1,400 for the Starkey Hearing Foundation.

Read more about the event here.

Omicron Zeta Chapter gives back to Ashland, Virginia during Randolph-Macon's Big Event

As the Omicron Zeta Chapter looked back on 2016, the members never forgot to give back. Randolph-Macon College held its annual “Big Event” for the surrounding residents of Ashland. Student organizations signed up to paint houses, rake leaves, walk dogs, and do yard work in neighborhoods surrounding the campus to say “thank you” to Ashland, Virginia. "Although it was cold and and windy, it warmed our hearts to see our community so thankful for our service," said Alyssa Long, LAMP Editor.

Omicron Zeta Chapter collaborates with local police department for i Have a Choice

The women of the Omicron Zeta Chapter at Randolph-Macon College are excited to be celebrating many events this falol. Delta Zeta’s national “i Have a Choice" Week” means much more than alcohol and drug awareness to Omicron Zeta.

"Understanding that these substances can have detrimental and long-term effects helps us put our own lives and experiences in perspective," said Alyssa Long, LAMP Editor. "We know that we always have our sisters to support us and keep us safe in uncertain/risky situations, but preventing them from happening altogether is what we focused on.

"Our sisters collaborated with our local Ashland Police Department to show students on campus the effects that alcohol has on the mind while driving. This week inspired us to always make healthy lifestyle choices. As Delta Zeta women, we are always striving to be the best versions of ourselves, and learning more about the effects of alcohol on one’s body only enhances our intelligence to do the safe thing!"

Omicron Zeta Chapter has highest GPA among all organizations at Randolph-Macon College

The Omicron Zeta Chapter achieved the highest GPA on campus for the Spring 2016 semesters out of all organizations on Randolph-Macon College's campus. Alyssa Marie Long, LAMP Editor, said Katie Zohab, Academics Chairman, reminds the chapter that studying in short sessions is more beneficial than spending long hours at the library. "Looking over notes for a short period of time more frequently helps your long term memory retain information," Katie said.

The chapter is ready to start its annual Hike for Hearing philanthropy event to benefit the Starkey Hearing Foundation. This year, it will be “Hut Hut Hike for Hearing,” a flag football tournament. Each game will be played silently -- the only communication the team can use is through hand motions and sight, making the cause of speech and hearing even more on point.

"We are excited to raise money through team involvement campus-wide," said Alyssa, "as well as through raffles and chances to play fun carnival games!

Rebecca Reidy holds highest GPA in Omicron Zeta Chapter at Randolph-Macon College
May 24, 2016

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Rebecca Reidy holds the highest GPA in the Omicron Zeta Chapter at Randolph-Macon College. Rebecca is a tour guide, orientation leader and holds many other positions in honor societies on campus. She is a psychology major and English minor. This summer, she is traveling to Japan to conduct research on coping styles in different societies following natural disasters.

Rebecca says that Delta Zeta has greatly influenced her academic journey and inspired her to make learning a lifelong goal. “Academics have always been important to me, and through Delta Zeta I was able to find a community of like-minded women who have the same drive to excel as I do," she said. "Delta Zeta has influenced my academic journey through its constant support. At times when school work feels overwhelming, I always have my sisters to bolster me. They are always there to remind me that everyone needs a study break.

“One of the most nerve wracking experiences at the start of each school year is waiting to see who is in your classes," Rebecca continues, "but thanks to Delta Zeta, I am met with the welcoming smile of one of my sisters in almost every one of my classes. I have always enjoyed working with others and through [our chapter’s] academic mentoring program, I have worked with my sisters to help them balance the social and academic aspects of their college careers.”

Omicron Zeta Chapter recognized with Randolph-Macon College's Award of Excellence in academics, service and scholarship
May 24, 2016

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The Omicron Zeta Chapter was recognized with the Award of Excellence in academics, service and scholarship Randolph-Macon College's honors convocation. Academically, the chapter has the highest GPA our of all Greek life organizations on campus.

In addition, Kellyn Fleming won the Outstanding Organizational Advisor Award; Katelyn Jordan, Panhellenic Delegate, won the Freshman Leadership Award; and Allison Carpenter, Kristin Sheetz and Talbot Weston received the Outstanding Seniors Award.

More than half of the chapter made the Dean’s list for the Spring 2016 semester. Several members were initiated into organizations such as Order of Omega, Fraternal Founders Society, Rho Lambda (the National Sorority Leadership Recognition Society), Lambda Pi Eta (the National Communication Association), and student government.

Omicron Zeta also participated in community service such as cleaning up its adopted highway, making stuffed teddy bears for children who have had cochlear implant surgery, and volunteering at Ashland’s local dog shelter.

Omicron Zeta Chapter (Randolph-Macon College, raises more than $3,900 for the Starkey Hearing Foundation
April 15, 2016

Omicron Zeta member Kristin Sheetz, a senior, presented her research at a national conference for the American Chemical Society. Rebecca Reidy, a junior, discussed her team’s project at an Anxiety and Depression Association of America conference.

The chapter hosted its annual competition on March 24, 2016, raising more than $3,900 for the Starkey Hearing Foundation.

Many of the members have been working hard to pursue their dreams after graduation. Courtney Lowers has been accepted into nursing school; Talbot Weston has an internship with NYU’s hospital; and Kristin Kunz will hold her first job at LabCorp.

Greek Week include the Greek games, a social media challenge, and interacting with members of other organizations through service projects. For the fourth year in a row, the chapter won first place in the Lip Sync event.
Omicron Zeta Chapter supports Red for Women and has highest Greek GPA at Randolph-Macon University
April 15, 2016

Randolph-Macon University’s Omicron Zeta Chapter started 2016 off with a bang. The chapter supported Red for Women in order to bring awareness to women with heart disease, the number one cause of death in women. Omicron Zeta members spread the word by sporting the color red all day and posting photos to Instagram. It is a little known fact that heart disease claims more women each year than all cancers combined. "We were proud to support the Red campaign," said Alyssa Long, LAMP Editor.

The chapter received the award of the highest GPA our of all Greek Life organizations on campus for the semester.

On a more somber note, cancer has touched the lives of each of the women in the Omicron Zeta Chapter in some way. Lauren Grace Wygal, Relay for Life Chairman, has created a Delta Zeta Team on campus to participate in the Walk for Life to help fight cancer. The event will take place on May 7, 2016.
Omicron Zeta's Hike for Hearing at Randolph-Macon College raised more than $2,000
November 11, 2015

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On Sunday, November 1, 2015, the Omicron Zeta Chapter at Randolph-Macon College hosted its annual Hike for Hearing event. Raffles, carnival games, and a running track to “hike” on were the highlights of the event.

In addition to the Hike for Hearing event, each chapter member raised at least $25 towards her personal Hike for Hearing page. The members who raised the highest amounts were Tabitha Butler, who raised over $300, and Rachael Taylor, who raised more than $150.
Casey Shimp, Philanthropy Chairman, and Kellyn Fleming, Philanthropy Advisor, along with an outstanding committee, organized and ran this successful Hike for Hearing event at Randolph-Macon College. The Omicron Zeta Chapter raised over $2,000, which is a great achievement for a first time event, and the sisters of Delta Zeta are thankful for everyone who supported one of their philanthropies, the Starkey Hearing Foundation.