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Zeta Tau Alpha
Our History


Our History
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Zetas and Campus Life


Zeta Tau Alpha was founded October 15, 1898, by nine women at Longwood College in Farmville, Virginia.

The mission of Zeta Tau Alpha is to make a difference in the lives of our membership by developing the
potential of each individual through visionary programming which emphasizes leadership development,
service to others, academic success and continued personal growth for women with a commitment to
friendship and the future based on the values and traditions of our past.


Our Founding Sisters

Maud Jones Horner
Della Lewis Hundley
Alice Bland Coleman
Mary Jones Batte
Alice Grey Welsh
Ethel Van Name
Helen M. Crafford
Frances Yancey Smith
Ruby Leigh Orgain


To realize that within our grasp, in Zeta Tau Alpha, lies the
opportunity to learn those things which will ever enrich and ennoble
our lives; to be true to ourselves, to those within and without our
circle; to think in terms of all mankind and our service in the world;
to be steadfast, strong, and clean of heart and mind, remembering
that since the thought is father to the deed, only that which we
would have manifested in our experience should be entertained in
thought; to find satisfaction in being, rather than seeming, thus
strengthening in us the higher qualities of the spirit; to prepare for
service and learn the nobility of serving, thereby earning the right to
be served; to seek understanding that we might gain true wisdom; to
look for the good in everyone; to see beauty, with its enriching
influence; to be humble in success, and without bitterness in defeat;
to have the welfare and harmony of the Fraternity at heart, striving
ever to make our lives a symphony of high ideals, devotion to the
right, the good, and the true, without a discordant note;
remembering always that the foundation precept of Zeta Tau Alpha
was love, "the greatest of all things."