Zeta Tau Alpha reactivated its Beta Lambda Chapter at University of Louisville on Sunday, November 13, restoring the 60th link in our .
The 92 new members of Beta Lambda were initiated on Friday, November 11, by teams of officers from Beta Theta Chapter (Franklin College) and Eta Pi Chapter (Wright State University). Chapter President Danielle Burns was initiated on Saturday morning, November 12. On Sunday morning, November 13, National President Keeley McDonald Riddle and ZTA Foundation Vice President of Scholarship Catherine G. Slaughter conducted the Reactivation Service and the Installation of the Beta Lambda officers.
Following the services, the chapter members celebrated with family, friends, alumnae and university guests at a luncheon at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. Former National President Charlotte Hervey oore was the toastmistress and Laura Spalding was the banquet chairman. Dr. Michael Mardis, dean of students and associate vice president for student affairs, greeted the chapter on behalf of University of Louisville. Traveling Leadership Consultant Janell Gibson gave the invocation and Beta Lambda Music Chairman Allie Webber led the “Zeta Prayer.”
Following lunch, Director of New Chapters Lexie Orologas read greetings from other chapters and Danielle responded on behalf of the chapter. Mrs. Riddle gave the keynote address, highlighting Beta Lambda’s success as a colony and thanking the many alumnae and collegiate members who had helped to successfully reactive the chapter.
As is tradition at ZTA reactivation and installation banquets, the chapter received many gifts. Province President XIV Alpha Stefanie Davis and District President XVI Alpha Barbara Jacobs Priest presented gifts from nearby collegiate and alumnae chapters. Lexie presented Danielle with the president’s gavel. TLCs Gemma Leggere and Janell Gibson presented Beta Lambda with the silver baby cup, symbolic of ZTA’s newest chapter. On behalf of the Fraternity, Mrs. Riddle and Mrs. Moore presented the chapter with a silver tray and punch bowl.
On behalf of the ZTA Foundation, Ms. Slaughter gave Dr. Mardis a $1,000 donation to the University of Louisville scholarship fund in honor of the chapter’s reactivation. Gemma and Janell introduced each charter member and provided a video of the chapter’s accomplishments from this fall. Executive Director Deb Ensor closed the luncheon with remarks and a ZTA song.
Beta Lambda was originally installed in 1927 and was active at University of Louisville until 1977 when it closed due to declining numbers. In spring 2011, UofL selected ZTA to join its Greek community; the colonization recruitment was held in mid-September. Many thanks to all the ZTA National Officers, collegians, alumnae and chapters, and the UofL Greek community for their help in making this reactivation possible
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