Zeta Chi - Delta Tau Delta - Summer 2014 Edition
Zeta Chi Accepts its 9th Hugh Shields Designation
With one additional Hugh Shields Award, Zeta Chi will retire its 2nd flag.
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Spring 2014 Graduates
Hunter G. Nichols
Hunter graduated with a Bachelors of Science and has accepted a graduate assistantship at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois. Hunter starts as the Defensive Line Coach for the Bearcats this fall.
Lance Tyler Albin
After graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science, Tyler starts his first year of Medical School this Fall at the LSUHSC Shreveport School of Medicine.
Austen Ray Hughes
Austen graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and plans on attending Law School in the next year. He has worked with the Forrest County District Attorney's office and will be working on a political campaign this fall.
Hunter G. Nichols
Lance Tyler Albin
Zeta Chi Alumni accepts Distinguished Service Chapter Citation
The Distinguished Service Chapter Citation is Delta Tau Delta's highest service honor. Men who have been Delt Alumni for more than 20 years and who have contributed significantly to the Fraternity and served Delta Tau Delta beyond their own chapter are eligible. Since 1930, only 434 citations have been given.
Brother Johnson's resume is filled with achievements including serving twice as treasurer of Zeta Chi, as a colony chapter advisor, as the eight time Karnea Sergeant at Arms, and currently as a chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee. His citation, in part, reads "Charlie serves where and when the Fraternity needs him, always making a difference to her betterment. He has given much while expecting nothing but results in return. He epitomizes life-long service, loyalty and love"
Did You Know?
The Zeta Chi Development Fund, when possible, provides funds to assist undergraduate brothers attendance of Conferences, Karnea, and yearly leadership programs offerend by the national fraternity. However, we need your help. These funds are not endowed, meaning the future of this assistance relies on gifts to the Development Fund and the success of other fundraising efforts.
Are you interested in sustaining and growing these opportunities or creating new ones?
Contact Sid Gonsoulin. All gifts are tax deductible.
2014 Award Recipients
Jacob Fail (big brother)
Michael McCarty (little brother)
Stephen Richards Scholarship: Awarded to brothers both Fall and Spring semesters, with the most improved GPA above and below a 3.0
Austen Hughes (most improved above 3.0)
Jacob Fitzgerald (most improved below 3.0)
"Live of Excellence" Scholarship: Awarded based on recruitment applications and exceptional performance during the new member process.
Sid and Joni Gonsoulin "Big Brother / Little Brother" Scholarship: Awarded based on 5 categories encompassing all facets of personal and fraternity leadership.
Tyler Albin (Big Brother)
Jacob Fitzgerald (Little Brother)
From The Desk of The President
When I started at Southern Miss in 2011, I had no idea what to expect. In a sense, I feared the new lifestyle and commitment I was making toward my college career. Meeting the Delts was somewhat overwhelming but within a few days I had already made new friends and wanted to be a part of this organization. I worked hard to become a member, see the ritual, and officially be able to call myself a Delt. I went on to hold several positions including honor board, social chair, and treasurer. It took a lot of thought for me to decide to run for President, but I know I made the right choice.
Being a Hugh Shields chapter right now of course means we have a lot of positive strengths. This year marked the 25th Anniversary of our fight to cure Cystic Fibrosis . Over the years we have helped raise over $500,000 to find a cure for the disease. We also continue the JDRF Sports Challenge to help the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in its fight to end Type 1 Diabetes. The Sports Challenge has proven to be a great way for Fraternities and Sororities to participate in friendly competition and help us raise money. A new strength Zeta Chi has discovered is recruitment. In the past it was a weakness due to the fact some members did not put in their best effort to meet new guys and bring them to the Shelter. However, this fall every active member is working hard to bring in new guys and in return, Zeta Chi is possibly looking at it’s largest class of new members in it’s 30 years of history.
Of course Zeta Chi is not a perfect chapter and has some weaknesses. Our membership numbers must increase due to financial and academic challenges faced by a number of members now suspended. This hurts but also gives the men of our chapter a reason to push harder in turning this chapter around with quality recruitment. As President, it is my duty to support and guide my fellow brothers who are studying and working hard to make their grades higher and remain financially accountable. Another weakness that is slowly becoming better is campus involvement. We are working hard to become better known on campus and with several members now joining more popular organizations at Southern Miss, this weakness will become a strength over time.
The direction the Southern Miss Delts are heading is straight on a path to greatness. Our brotherhood is stronger than in the recent past which gives everyone a reason to participate in events, pay dues, join committees, hold positions, and wear our letters with pride.
Being President has opened my eyes to so many things. I see the chapter and the Fraternity in such a different way. I love this Fraternity with all of my heart and am proud to call myself a Delt and the leader of such a great organization. I find myself laughing at times because I think of my freshman days being scared of what my college experience would bring me. When I finish my term as President and graduate, it remains my commitment to you to leave Zeta Chi better than I found it.
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