The Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation has been an integral part of NLC 2015. For starters, the Foundation funded much of the curriculum, materials and resources that made NLC possible. Throughout the week, attendees had opportunities to meet and interact with the Foundation Board, starting with Major Donor recognition at registration. Chapters that donated $300 to over $5,000 to the Foundation received buttons and hugs from board members. Throughout the week, delegates learned about all of the important things the Foundation supports with those funds.
During Friday’s lunch, Sherry Server Tilley, Vice President of Philanthropy, gave a presentation on our Think Pink® partners. Highlights included detailed looks at how our partnerships with the American Cancer Society®, Bright Pink® and the National Football League will fit together to give Zetas numerous opportunities to get involved with our national philanthropy, breast cancer education and awareness.
To finish the presentation, three collegians gave personal testimonials on how different Foundation-sponsored programs have impacted their chapters. Jessica Stephan (Theta Kappa Chapter, University of Missouri-St. Louis) shared how participation in the Crowning Achievements academic program on Z-Learning has helped her chapter’s overall GPA increase significantly. Jackie Hodges (Theta Gamma Chapter, Texas A&M University) spoke of her chapter’s experience with the Behind Happy Faces mental health program. Conducting the workshops not only educated members on mental health issues, but also brought the chapter closer together as walls came down and sisters leaned on one another. Finally, Pooja Hattangdi (Lambda Theta Chapter, New York University), whose chapter piloted the new My Sister, My Responsibility: Sexual Assault and Relational Violence Prevention Program, shared the ways the program facilitated dialogue among chapter members on an important topic that is often difficult to discuss.
One of the most important things the Foundation supports is the scholarship program. This year, the Foundation will award over $700,000 in grants to 260 collegians. Friday night, the Foundation presented scholarships to the 41 recipients who attended NLC.
On Saturday, attendees had the opportunity to learn more about the Foundation-sponsored programs mentioned above. Breakout sessions included a presentation of the Sexual Assault and Relational Violence Prevention Program. This first-hand look gave collegians a glimpse at what their chapters will learn when trained facilitators visit their chapter.
During another session, representatives from the American Cancer Society shared more about Making Strides. With her inspiring story, one special Survivor energized Zetas to get involved, focus on building up the Survivor program and make a difference in the lives of Survivors around the country.
Attendees were also introduced to the Brighten Up Educational Workshop. This 20-minute presentation gave important information on breast and ovarian health. With a dynamic, relatable presentation, collegians learned the proper way to conduct a self-exam and the risk factors associated with breast and ovarian cancer. Every chapter will learn more about this program during the 2015–2016 academic year.
The ZTA Foundation does so many things to support the development of our members through educational initiatives, philanthropic opportunities and leadership development. A donation to the Foundation supports these important programs and so much more. By investing in the Foundation, we’re making greatness happen.