The Cornerstone

Spring 2013 Edition

Our Excellence Continues

Zeta Chi is proud to announce our 20th Court of Honor Award was received at the 2013 Southern Division Conference in Orlando on February 21-23, 2013. The chapter was also recognized for outstanding Recruitment programming in 2012. Eight undergraduates and Alumni Jamani Johnson, Steve Richards and Jeff Keyseear attended the conference. Alumni Jason Baldwin, Rien Kennedy and Jay Burnell also spent time with the Chapter and attended various conference events during the time in Orlando.

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From The Desk Of Zeta Chi's Alumni Relations Chair

Greetings Brothers,

First off, I would like to wish all alumni a happy Easter from the men of Zeta Chi. As the new alumni relations chair for Zeta Chi, my goal for this year is to improve alumni relations with the active members and continue to improve active and alumni morale. I hope you will consider joining us for the upcoming Spring Parties. A crawfish boil will be held at the Shelter on April 6 around noon with an award session to follow. We hope you to see you soon.

Austin Davidson, ZX 353

Active & Alumni Crawfish Boil

Saturday, April 6th 2013 at 12pm

Delta Tau Delta Fraternity House Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Join us for our annual crawfish boil and awards session to follow

2013 Executive Council

Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides

The 23rd Annual CF Philanthropy walk was held March 2nd with the help of Delta Gamma Sorority and Celebrity Referee Russ Hendley, DVP Coca-Cola. To date, more than $38,000 has been raised for CF in 2013 with donations continuing to be received. This brings the grand total of Zeta Chi’s fight for a cure to more than $400,000.

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Outstanding Undergraduate Excellence

Tyler Albin was the 2013 Recipient of File Scholarship & Award for Undergraduate Excellence. Established in 1996, this award recognizes individual efforts of excellence as well as superior academic achievement. Tyler is the very first Zeta Chi member to receive this award.


Brother Steven Richards received an award for “Outstanding Alumni Service” at the 2013 Southern Division Conference. Brother Richards also received a special invitation from Southern Division President Lee Grace to perform in the Advisor’s portion of The Ritual. His eloquent performance of this was a testament to the legacy of Zeta Chi’s passion for The Ritual.

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Pictured: Brother Richards (left) and International President Travis Rockey (Right)

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AOP Garage Sale

Final proceeds of $1314.60 from the Annual Association of Office Professionals/Delta Tau Delta "Santas Bargain Basement" Garage Sale were presented to the United Way on February 19, 2012. Zeta Chi treasures this relationship with The Association of Office Professionals and to date has raised more than $25,000 for the United Way through this effort.
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Zeta Chi was ranked 4th in grades for Fall 2012 with a GPA of 2.84. Raising the chapter GPA above a 3.0 is imperative. All three higher ranked chapters have met or exceeded a 3.0. Trevor Mette, VPAA, continues to implement the chapters best academic practices while creating individual goals for each member. Zeta Chi is also proud to report that Alumni Jeff Rodriguze has been working with Trevor to provide academic review and individual attention to each active member.


Zeta Chi’s newly elected treasurer Jose Alvarado is a sophomore psychology major from Memphis, Tennessee. He came to Southern Miss because his two best friends inspired him to become a golden eagle. Jose’s best friend’s older brother, Michael Melton, was vice president at the time. After meeting the men in the chapter, Jose knew this chapter was where he was meant to be. Jose wanted to represent Zeta Chi as treasurer to ensure that financial integrity is upheld and that Zeta Chi is financially stable.


In Fall 2012, Zeta Chi initiated an outstanding 17 new members into the chapter. This is the biggest pledge class in over a decade. Out of these new members, two serve on the executive board and six serve as admin chairs. Austen Hughes serves as secretary and Kiet Duong as VP of recruitment. On admin, Jarred Tramell as community service chair, Jacob Fitzgerald as road chair, Ryan Lehman as housing and rounds chair, Austin Davidson as alumni relations chair, Austin Hughes as public relations chair, and Luke Goss as brotherhood chair. With almost half of the Gamma Eta pledge class holding leadership roles, Delta Tau Delta continues to offers new members an immediate opportunity to be in a leadership position.

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Zeta Chi Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Tom & Darlene Wheeler Scholarship

Big Brother: Christopher George

Little Brother: Jacob Fail

Stephen Richards Most Improved Scholarship

Above 2.5: Shayne Davis

Below 2.5: Trevor Mette

Lives of Excellence Recruitment Scholarship

Ryan Lehman
Jacob Fitzgerald

Sid and Joni Gonsoulin Scholarship

Big Brother: Tyler Albin

Little Brother: Jacob Fitzgerald

Did you Know?

The Zeta Chi Scholarship Program awards more than $2,000 yearly through the Southern Miss Foundation to outstanding undergraduate Delts.

In addition, the Zeta Chi Development fund enabled two outstanding Delts to attend 2012 Leadership Academies and 8 young leaders to attend the 2013 Southern Division Conference.

Are you interested in sustaining and growing these opportunities?

Contact Sid Gonsoulin. All gifts are tax deductible.