Chapter History

Late in March, 1951, the Zetas in the state of Alabama “received a thrilling notice from the national organization” telling them that “during the week of March 18, the College Panhellenic at Alabama Polytechnic Institute, (now Auburn University) in Auburn, Alabama, voted to invite Zeta Tau Alpha to colonize on the campus.” With the enlistment of the Alabama Zetas in sending recommendations for the new colony and the arrival of a chapter counselor, the colonization got underway. The first 2 members pledged on Sunday afternoon April 15, and the chapter met for the first time on April 25. The charter members were initiated in December, and Gamma Rho chapter became the fourth chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha established in Alabama.

In 2002, Gamma Rho celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the chapter’s Installation. National President Alice McCann Mathews gave a special presentation about Gamma Rho’s chartering , including what was going on in the world 50 years ago, as well as the chapter’s recent history, awards won and campus involvement. Anne Wicker Digesu, the chapter’s first president, also made some remarks.

Gamma Rho continues its long tradition of sisterhood as ZTA's 89th link.

The Purpose of Zeta Tau Alpha
The purpose of Zeta Tau Alpha is to intensify friendship, promote happiness among its members, to perform such deeds, and to mould such opinions as will conduce to the building up of a purer and nobler womanhood in the world.

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