Delta Zeta Founder - Alfa Lloyd Hayes, 1880-1962, served as the Sorority's first NPC representative and was Historian from 1912-1916. She presided at installations and initiations of early chapters and helped found the first alumnae chapter in Indianapolis. Her 1908 wedding to Orison Hayes took place in a Miami Univ. campus auditorium that was built by her father. Her attendants were Delta Zeta sisters attired in rose and green. Alfa Lloyd Hayes became part of the Flame Eternal in March…
On September 2, 1884 Anna Keen Davis, Delta Zeta Founder, was born. Learn more about here here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/261349584597251671/ #TrulyInspiring
Delta Zeta Founder - Julia Bishop Coleman, 1881-1959. Julia Bishop Coleman's contributions to Delta Zeta, from the earliest moments and continuing throughout her life, are unique among the Founders. She was the only one to marry a college sweetheart who witnessed the events leading to the Sorority's founding; she is the only one to have daughters who both became Convention initiates; and she was the only one to return to school in that critical year, 1903.
Elizabeth “Bess” Coulter Stephenson, Miami University - Elizabeth “Bess” Coulter was the first woman to be pledged to Delta Zeta. Bess was approached by Founder Anne Simmons in the main hall of Miami University in 1903 and asked to become a member of the new Sorority, the first on Miami’s campus. As a collegian, she served on the Miami Student newspaper, played for the women’s basketball team and was active in the newly-formed Y.W.C.A.
Delta Zeta Founder - Alfa Lloyd Hayes, 1880-1962. Alfa Lloyd had already had a degree from the Oxford College for Women when she enrolled at Miami University in 1902, but her desire to be the best in her profession, teaching, led her to pursue a degree in pedagogy. A born leader, it was natural that she associated with women of similar ideals and goals. She was elected Delta Zeta's first President, serving from 1902 to 1912, and her birthday, October 24, was set as Founders Day.
Delta Zeta Founder - Mary Collins Galbraith, 1879-1963. Mary Jane Collins had some experience as a teacher when Miami University began accepting women in 1902. Alert to new opportunities, she enrolled and became friends with other young women destined to make history for the university. Following her year as a student at Miami University, she taught in Oxford and helped guide new initiates in the Sorority. She served on the Grand Council as Parliamentarian from 1912 to 1914.
Delta Zeta Founder Julia Bishop Coleman, had two DZ legacies. Her oldest daughter, Mary Coleman, was the 1933 Convention Initiate. And in 1936 her younger daughter, Jean Coleman Lisle, pictured here with her mother as a girl, was also a Convention Initiate.
The history behind the design of the Delta Zeta badge: Alfa Lloyd knew Arthur Bairnsfather at Miami University when they were both students there. She presented the Founders' ideas for a badge to the young art student, who created several designs from which they could choose. Mr. Bairnsfather went on to the Cincinnati Academy of Art, and enjoyed a successful career as a portrait painter and illustrator for The Saturday Evening Post, Harper's and Red Book, among others.
Delta Zeta Founder: Mabelle Minton Hagemann, 1880-1929. Especially interested in extension, she organized the Iota (Iowa), Omicron (Pittsburgh) and Xi (Cincinnati) chapters. After marrying Henry Hagemann, she became his partner in an insurance firm, continuing after his death in 1924. Mabelle's address, "Hail, My Daughters," at 1928 Convention is remembered as an inspirational highlight, becoming all the more poignant when she died in 1929, the first of our Founders to enter the Flame…
Delta Zeta Founder: Mabelle Minton Hagemann, 1880-1929. Mabelle May Minton first attended Wheaton College in Illinois, but she transferred to Miami University in 1902 to be closer to her family. When classes resumed for the 1903-04 academic year, Mabelle had to return home to care for seven younger siblings after her mother's death. She continued her education at Teachers College of Columbia University, taught for a time and then went into the insurance business for herself as an actuary.