Zeta Psi, Stephen F. Austin State University

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Zeta Psi was founded on May 4, 1963 at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. We've been around 55 years and going strong!

Our chapter is a part of Delta Zeta Region 12. We currently have a total of 55 members in our chapter and our average GPA is 3! For the academic year Fall 2016 through Spring 2017 our chapter has donated 10 service hours and $0.00!

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Lynn Forney Young, 2014 Woman of the Year, appointed to prestigious commission overseeing the nation's 250th anniversary celebration

Lynn Forney Young, Stephen F. Austin State (TX) – Zeta Psi, Delta Zeta 2014 Woman of the Year, Honorary President General of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and Texas community leader, has been appointed to a prestigious national commission created to plan celebrations and commemorations surrounding the 250th anniversary of the United States in July 2026.

The United States Semiquincentennial Commission, established in July 2016, assumes the task of facilitating nationwide plans to observe the historic occasion. Over the next nine years, this body will play a central role in shaping the anniversary narrative on a national level. Members of the group will solicit ideas about how to mark the anniversary, meet within the hallowed walls of Philadelphia's Independence Hall to develop a plan, submit recommendations for the consideration of the President and Congress, and assist with the execution of the approved itinerary.

Eight members of Congress, 16 private citizens and nine federal officials, including the Secretary of State, Librarian of Congress and Archivist of the United States, comprise the committee roster.

Commissioner Young was appointed to serve by Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. She is currently the only Texan serving on the 33 person committee.

"We are excited to collaborate with individuals and organizations across the country to celebrate 250 years of America's freedoms, as well as the rights and responsibilities of citizenship," said Commissioner Young. "We look forward to celebrating our nation's incredible history and fostering a renewed appreciation for all of the Americans who founded our nation and ensured its progress through the generations."

The Daughters of the American Revolution is honored to be represented on a prestigious committee with a mission so closely aligned with the National Society's founding principles. For more than 125 years, the DAR has championed historic preservation, education and patriotism. The more than 950,000 women who have joined the nonprofit organization since its founding in 1890 have worked to preserve historic places, documents and artifacts; to foster an understanding of our nation's past in schoolchildren, new citizens and everyday Americans; and to support the service members and veterans who sacrificed to safeguard our freedoms.

As the immediate past President General of the DAR, who served from 2013-2016, Commissioner Young brings proven leadership and planning ability to her new post. During her administration, the National Society celebrated its 125th anniversary, established the National DAR Day of Service, recorded a collective 14.5 million hours of volunteer service contributed by members, and achieved an official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDTM for most letters to military personnel collected in one month.

Lynn Young was named Delta Zeta Sorority's Woman of the Year in 2014, the Sorority's highest honor. She has often spoken about the influence Delta Zeta has had upon her life. "The first time I ever heard the word 'philanthropy' was when I became a member of Delta Zeta," she said. "I was raised with the feeling that I was very blessed in many ways, and it was my responsibility to give back. It is because of Delta Zeta that I was led to join the DAR and to explore the opportunity to serve with other women. I am so amazed at what women can accomplish."

In 2013, Commissioner Young was the first member from Texas in the Society's 123 year history to be elected as DAR President General. During her term as DAR Texas State Regent (2006-2009) she spearheaded an effort to raise more than $50,000 for the restoration of the historic Texas Governor's Mansion and helped to organize the erection of a monument in Austin to the patriots of the American Revolution buried in Texas. A Houston, Texas native, her family's Houston roots go back 5 generations. She and her husband, Steve, own a cattle ranch in Rockdale, northeast of Austin, where they recently moved full time. Commissioner Young has been honored for her local restoration and preservation work and currently serves as the Chair of the Milam County Historical Commission.

Her service on the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission gives voice to the 185,000 current DAR members, who represent not only the descendants of the men and women who achieved American independence, but also women who live in communities across the nation and around the world. These dual qualifications will inform Commissioner Young's contributions to the Commission, as well as DAR initiatives tied to the 250th anniversary celebration, which are currently taking shape.

DAR members and the public are encouraged to provide feedback and ideas for ways the nation can celebrate our 250th anniversary. If you have suggestions or questions for the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission as they develop plans, please email America250@nsdar.org.

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Daughters of the American Revolution
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to preserve the memory and spirit of those who contributed to securing American independence. For more than 125 years, the DAR has strived to bring awareness to the honorable sacrifices and enduring legacy of all patriots who fought for America's freedom. Through the DAR Genealogical Research System (www.dar.org/GRS), the public can access a free database of information amassed by the DAR about these patriots. DAR is a nonprofit, nonpolitical women's service organization with more than 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide. Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership. DAR members passionately carry out the timeless mission of promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism. To learn more about the work of today's DAR, visit www.dar.org.

USA250 is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded to spark the nation's imagination leading into and through the 250th anniversary of the United States in 2026. The Pennsylvania-based group was founded by private citizens to promote a celebration of the Semiquincentennial and to facilitate a conversation on the nation's future, driven by the values and philosophy articulated in the Declaration of Independence. USA250 helps to facilitate the United States Semiquincentennial Commission which was signed into Public Law 114-196 in July 2016. To learn more about the work of USA250 and the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commision, visit http://www.usa250.org/.

Brittany Hahn Boccher, Stephen F. Austin State - Zeta Psi, named 2017 Armed Forces Military Spouse of the Year

"I want to give a heartfelt thank you to Delta Zeta, the organization that inspired me to be a volunteer and encouraged me to be involved in philanthropy."

Photos: Kalyn Brown Photography

Brittany Hahn Boccher, an alumna of the Zeta Psi Chapter (Stephen F. Austin State University) has been named 2017 Armed Forces Military Spouse of the Year.

Brittany fulfills many roles in a busy life filled with love and giving. She is an Air Force spouse of eleven years, a mother, business owner, volunteer and mentor and a loyal friend.

Brittany lives with her husband, four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son on Little Rock Air Force Base (LRAFB). "We look forward to where God chooses to place us next because we know, 'Home is where the Air Force sends us,'" Brittany said.

"I’m the president of the Little Rock Spouses’ Club and an advisory board member for the LRAFB Thrift Store," Brittany continued. "My fellow board members are amazing and together have raised over $20,000 in funds and in-kind donations to support our welfare and scholarship programs. We have increased club participation by 800 percent in 2016 and have made monumental impacts in our community by stocking the on-base food pantry to maximum capacity, providing backpacks for more than 300 military children, collecting and packaging more than 75 care packages for deployed troops and supporting our on base school by purchasing physical education equipment and assisting in the build of pollinator gardens."

Brittany participated in the signing of House Bill 1162, also known as the Retired Military Tax Cut in the state of Arkansas. The passage of this bill creates a tax relief for military retirees beginning January 2018.

"In 2016," Brittany said, "I was a public speaker during Women’s History Month and national disability month. I had the opportunity to be interviewed by local news stations to discuss military life during the holidays and what it's like to be a deployed family during the holidays."

Brittany's little boy is special to her family as he lives with Down syndrome. She sees that as an opportunity to do all she can to help and educate. "I had the opportunity to promote the exceptional family program during an interview for World Down Syndrome Day," she said. "In 2016, I followed my dream and became the founder and director of the Down Syndrome Advancement Coalition 'Tank Filled Life' project, educating and advocating for individuals with Down syndrome. The Coalition is a partnership of active Down syndrome organizations across the state of Arkansas, advocating on the behalf of individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

"I find advocacy and awareness for individuals with Down syndrome as a top priority, which led me to photographing and designing a 2017 Down syndrome calendar to raise funds for a life improvement scholarship program. The calendar featured 10 individuals with Down syndrome and raised over $1,000 for scholarships.

Brittany coordinated Cancer Care bags for children at the local children’s hospital in Arkansas. "As a parent of a child with special needs," she said, "we consider our local hospital our second home and it is an honor to give back to our second home and the patients that so highly rely on its care!

"Most importantly, I used my platform as the 2017 Military Spouse of the Year for Little Rock Air Force base to change the landscape of a playground on base. While standing on the playground one day, I realized my son, with a disability, had no opportunity for play at the base playground. I identified a gap of ADA accessible play options for children with special needs and approached the appropriate people to achieve a playground with accessible therapeutic swings designed to support children with physical disabilities. In addition, I encouraged and achieved the purchase of Caroline Carts for people with special needs at our DECA commissary. This was a truly rewarding experience."

Brittany is an advocate and parent liaison for the Air Force Exceptional Family Member Program. "I work closely with the Airman and Family Readiness Center in coordinating monthly EFMP support meetings that provide resources for our military families," she said. "In addition, I’m constantly educating myself about cutting edge research and treatments for individuals with Down syndrome and I administer neurodevelopmental therapies to my son daily in hopes of limiting the challenges of physical and cognitive disability that he may experience in his life."

As she reflects on her life, she sees opportunities to mentor and give in many ways. "Just 12 years ago," Brittany said, "I was graduating college with a B.S. in Community Health Education and Kinesiology. Shortly thereafter I pursued and achieved a Master's degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management, which led me to not only establish two personal businesses, but to also mentor and encourage fellow military spouses on becoming small business owners. I’m the owner of Brittany Boccher Photography and the co-owner of Mason Chix apparel. Both companies directly support Down syndrome treatment, research and neurodevelopmental therapies as well as other military entrepreneurs. As co-owner of Mason Chix I have created the opportunity to partner with a disabled veteran and three military spouses to feature their products in our brick-and-mortar shop. In addition, I utilized the company and its customers to start a shirt fundraiser for a military spouse and mother of four who is battling cancer. Proceeds from the shirt fundraiser are directly supporting the food, travel and lodging expenses the family is experiencing during treatment. I’ve also designed a shirt for a mission group traveling to Haiti and donated all proceeds to their cause. In addition, I’ve designed a shirt and fundraised for a family adopting a child from China.

"It warms my heart to share my knowledge, education and experience with fellow spouses and that knowledge has helped provide guidance to more than ten military spouses in successfully starting their own businesses. I’m extremely passionate about encouraging military spouses to embrace military life, the military community and the opportunities afforded to them by the military.  I want them to know they are not alone and that somebody somewhere has been in their shoes. We’ve all experienced Murphy’s Law as soon as our spouse leaves for a deployment and I find sharing these experiences provide others the encouragement they need to persevere and move forward. At this point in life I consider myself an 'expert' at packing and moving cross-country, at making new friends and building friendships that will last a lifetime. The last 11 years have been exhilarating; we've experienced three deployments and four new assignments!"

The Military Spouse of the Year® program represents millions of past and present military spouses who dedicate their lives and families to the service of a grateful nation and give back to their communities. For more information, please visit www.msoy.militaryspouse.com


Zeta Psi Chapter (Stephen F. Austin State University) raises $7,590 for speech and hearing, and gives back to community in many ways

Zeta Psi Chapter members have worked with local restaurants during the Fall semester to promote their Heart for Hearing event by selling brownies one night of the week. "We had our first Hike For Hearing 5k and reached out to our community through this event, raising $1,988," said Emily Hayes, LAMP Editor. "We raised $5,602 through our virtual Heart For Hearing page. We have made plans to raise $11,000 from our Hotdogs for Hearing fundraiser this Fall."

Zeta Psi Chapter is located in a small town that does not have a large Deaf community, so the members seek other ways to give back. "We help out at Harvest House every Wednesday," packing food in boxes for people in Nacogdoches that are in need of a meal," continued Emily.

Last semester, the chapter held a Hotdogs for Hearing event, inviting the entire community. "We appreciate the great people of Nacogdoches who acknowledged the importance of our philanthropy," Emily said. "We raised $4,152 for the Starkey Hearing Foundation, which was far beyond our expectations. We also participated in The Big Event on campus, which cleans up our community and reaches out to help those who are not able to themselves, through raking leaves and picking up trash.

"Also, as a part of our movement to Go Green with Pink Goes Green, we donate our Saturday mornings to pick up trash on a designated stretch of highway that our chapter has adopted. We also recycle and provide tips on how to stay green to our members during chapter meetings."

Zeta Psi Chapter members are lifelong learners and achievers at Stephen F. Austin State University

The Zeta Psi Chapter had a new record high cumulative GPA for the Spring 2016 semester, with 28 members on the Dean’s List.

Members who have distinguished themselves academically are Tenay Barker, who is on the Dean’s list, in the top 13 percent of all Computer Science majors at the university, and who received an Academic Excellence Scholarship.

Emily Hayes is in the Honors College and is also a recipient of an Academic Excellence Scholarship, as well as the John and Vesta Sullivan Scholarship.

Five members of the chaper are Residence Life Community Assistants: Lexie Caruso, Emily Hayes, Maria Mougridis, Vanessa Orellana and Lindsey Koski.