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  • History

Delta Zeta

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  • History

    A Sorority is Founded

    In 1902 Dr. Guy Potter Benton, president of Miami University in Oxford Ohio opened the gates of his university to women for the first time in full academic course. Six women among the first to attend classes at the university were about to write a new chapter in Miami University's history.

    Miss Alfa Lloyd, a coed at the university, hosted a Welsh rarebit party at her home for her five friends. Miss Lloyd, along with Julia Bishop, Mary Collins, Mabelle Minton, Anna Keen and Anne Simmons began to plan their sorority. They chose the name Alpha Delta Zeta and began to decide colors, flowers and an emblem. The Killarney rose, a new and popular hybrid at the time, was chosen as the flower. They traveled to a store in Oxford to select their colors by trying different combinations of "baby ribbon." They chose Old Rose and Nile Green.

    While forming their sorority, the women knew they would need the guidance of a friendly council and Dr. Benton was ready to help. He gave the girls all the wisdom, inspiration and guidance they needed to begin.

    On October 24th, 1902 Misses Lloyd, Bishop, Collins, Minton, Keen and Simmons officially became the Women of Delta Zeta, whose purpose was:

    "To build up the character and cultivate the truest friendship among its members. To stimulate one another in the pursuit of knowledge and attainment of high standards of morality: to inculcate elevated sentiments and noble principles and to afford each other every possible assistance and to incite all the attainment of a memorable fame."

    Our Local History

    Four women attending Moorhead Normal School who attended high school together often talked about starting a society or sorority in the school. Their society, promoting scholarship, friendship, school spirit and social activity would be called Gamma Neche. The four women, and their six friends realized Gamma Neche by using the initial of each charter member.

    On February 12th, 1909, with the help of Dr. Fank Weld and Miss Abbie Louise Day, Gamma Neche (later Gamma Nu) became a reality. They chose the colors Gold and White to represent Worth and Purity, their flowers were Jonquils and Narcissus. For their motto they chose the Latin "Mathe E Apithi" - "Learn, or Depart."

    On November 23rd, 1963 the sorority became the third chapter of Delta Zeta to be installed in the state of Minnesota. The Theta Nu chapter stands still today as an organization of strong women promoting high social, academic and moral standards by doing their part to make this school and this community better.