Delta Zeta Arizona Alumnae April News & Calendar
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A True Gem, Mary Jo Alstead, Diamond (75yr) Member
By Ann Santos, Arizona State Recognitions Chair
The year was 1841. In Marion, Ala., Howard College was founded; it is the 87th oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Now called Samford University, this private, co-ed, Christian university has been relocated to Homewood, Ala., a suburb of Birmingham. It offers 30 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Its colors are red and blue. Among its distinguished alumni are U.S. congressmen, 7 state governors, 2 U.S. Supreme Court justices, 4 Rhodes scholars, and a couple Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winners. What connects Howard/Samford to Delta Zeta? Well, for one thing, actress/producer Gail Patrick Jackson, the 1962 Delta Zeta Woman of the Year, is an alumna of Samford. You may recall that she produced the popular and long-running TV show “Perry Mason.” And what does all this have to do with Phoenix Alumnae? Here’s the scoop!

Fast forward about 100 years from Howard’s founding, to March 10, 1942. Mary Jo Whitten pledges Delta Zeta and is initiated into the Alpha Pi Chapter. She adds Delta Zeta’s pink and green to her school’s red and blue colors.

At the Turtles & Pearls luncheon at The University Club of Phoenix on February 25, 2018, Mary Jo Whitten Alstad was recognized for 75 years as our sister. Although she could not attend the luncheon, several Phoenix alumnae chapter members (Mary Peterson, Anne Gay, Karen Lange and Lorna Green) recently visited her in Litchfield Park and presented to her a bouquet of roses and a Membership Milestone certificate on behalf of the Phoenix Alumnae Chapter.

Mary Jo explained that when she pledged during World War II, wood was scarce and she received the crest on a leather sheet (see photo). Alpha Pi did have a house, she recalled, but no one slept there. The Delta Zetas had chapter meetings and parties, but there was absolutely no drinking at this Baptist university!
An Education major, Mary Jo taught First Grade for several years. She met and married George Alstad and moved to Tucson, where they lived for 20 years. George worked for the University of Arizona Agricultural Extension Service. When he was offered a similar position in Hawaii, they moved to the islands for five years. They returned to Arizona when George retired. Mary Jo now lives with Mary, one of their two daughters, and son-in-law.

Our sincere congratulations to Mary Jo on her seventy five years as our sister…a wonderful Membership Milestone we all celebrate with her. Delta Zeta’s Order of the Diamond includes another true gem.
Act Now to Preserve the Sorority Experience for Women to Come!
For 116 years, we have been inspiring women, and we know the experience sisters gain through Delta Zeta prepares them well for their futures. Sororities are a proven launchpad for women leaders—a space that allows them to support, encourage and advocate for each other. Sorority women also report higher graduation rates; gains in science, writing and thinking skills; emotional support; engagement in college; and levels of community service than their peers.
Yet, it has become increasingly common for universities to impose policies aimed at forcing single-sex organizations—like sororities—to become co-ed or other membership policies that would violate a student’s right to freely associate with organizations of her choice.
But, it is not too late to fix this! We need your help to tell Congress to support the inclusion of language in the Higher Education Act that would protect college students’ Freedom of Association rights to join single-sex organizations. Single-sex organizations, like women’s sororities, create an irreplaceable community of support for students and are more important today than ever. Help us make sure they are protected under the law!
For the first time in 10 years, Congress is working to reauthorize critical higher education legislation, and we must grasp this crucial opportunity to preserve the sorority experience. We need your help! Click here to call your Senators directly and urge them to include critical protections for single-sex organizations in the 2018 Higher Education Act.
Act now to preserve the sorority experience for Delta Zeta sisters to come!

Kathi Heatherly
DZ National Government Relations Chairman
Tucson Alumnae Chapter
Six members of the Tucson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Zeta attended the annual Tucson Alumnae Panhellenic Scholarship Benefit Luncheon. It was held at the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority House at the University of Arizona on March 24th. Such a nostalgic trip back to college days as members toured four campus sorority houses, Delta Gamma, Alpha Phi, Gamma Phi Beta and Kappa Kappa Gamma. It was a fun event, especially touring the four sorority houses. DZ's attending were: Eleanor Malchus, Sandy Bailey, Karen Ray, Suzan Bryceland, Linda Huizinga, and Nancy Clay.

Two $1500 scholarships were presented through proceeds raised from the 50/50 raffle and Silent Auction. Delta Zetas were generous in their contributions toward the Silent Auction with high bids for seven of the items.

The next luncheon of the Tucson Alumnae of Delta Zeta will be held on April 09, 2018 at Hacienda del Sol at 12:00 noon.  Please RSVP to Vickie Hildebrand at  All Delta Zetas are welcome to attend this fun gathering.
Phoenix Alumnae Chapter Fundraiser-Dream Dinners
Phoenix Chapter members enjoyed our Fundraiser for Philanthropy on Wednesday March 28 at 6pm at Dream Dinners. We all got to assemble three wholesome meals to take home and enjoy with our families. Plus we had the fun of assembling the meals together with our sisters. And Dream Dinners did all the clean up. Thanks Natalie for setting this up as a Fundraiser for our Philanthropy.
Pi Zeta Chapter at ASU
On March 16, Phoenix alumna Lorna Green and four Pi Zetas visited the site of our new residence at ASU’s Greek Leadership Village. The girls were excited to see Delta Zeta’s brand-new facility, even though it is not completed. The project is on schedule and is expected to be ready for an August 8 move-in.

The residence has 19 double rooms, plus one single for the Pi Zeta president. A large patio on the second floor was especially attractive to the

girls who visited. A large room on the ground floor will accommodate some of the  chapter meetings. The kitchen has two stoves, refrigerators, sinks, and microwaves. A public bathroom on the first floor is a welcome feature. Hopefully, we all will be able to visit sometime in the fall, according to Lorna.

DZs and Dolphins

It was an extremely fun…and definitely different…chapter house retreat. When 150 Pi Zeta sisters descended upon OdySea in the Desert complex in Scottsdale on March 24, they enjoyed a full day at Dolphinaris, the Aquarium, Dolphinaris dolphin presentation, Taco Buffet Bar in the Beach Club, Karaoke in the courtyard,

Polar Play Ice Bar, and a sleepover in the Modern Views restaurant.

Groups of 18 girls had specific times to interact with the dolphins without getting in the water; however they did get splashed! The dolphins even brought to them the buoy that said “Welcome, Delta Zeta!" Trainers Alex, Krysta, Ashley and Nayelli were energetic and spirited, and the girls voted to make them honorary Delta Zetas. The Pi Zetas also enjoyed the Beach Club’s heated pool, hot tubs, lounge chairs and cabanas.

The Taco Bar in the Beach Club was scrumptious; the girls have found a new place to dine, at Docktails Bar & Grill. The courtyard complex hosted a Karaoke and DJ night, and the Delta Zetas rocked it and then had fun in the High Bar that overlooks Camelback Mountain and the Dolphinaris facility. It’s a great place to have a nonalcoholic beverage, enjoy the multi-lit habitat, and converse in the comfy sofas while staying warm around the gas fire pits.
After furniture in the Modern Views Restaurant was pushed to the perimeter, the slumber party began. The talking, laughing, crazy girls had fun and then settled down with a solemn but meaningful Turtle Talk. We arose at 6 a.m. for coffee and daybreak before returning to ASU. What an incredible way to end a chapter house retreat.

A big shout out to all the facilities for a most memorable day! (For more information about Dolphinaris, contact Lee Ann Witt,
Phoenix Alumnae Eastside Lunch Bunch
Next Phoenix Alumnae Chapter Eastside Lunch Bunch is April 18 11:30am at P.F Chang (Kierland Commons) located at NW corner of Scottsdale Rd and Butherus, 7132 E Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale. Contact Pat Wells if you can attend by April 16 at: or (480) 816-4557. Photo is from March Lunch Bunch at L'Amore Italian restaurant where eleven DZ's enjoyed food and sisterhood.

Lunch on DZ's and enjoy our sisterhood.
Phoenix Westside Lunch Bunch
Our Phoenix Westside DZ lunch bunch had a wonderful gathering at Mercer's Restaurant on Monday, March 19th. There were three DZ's that attended for the first time Jane Prall, Lucy Lynch, Sue Rouse and our faithful Gay Pfiffer, Ann Haggerty, Loran Green, Mary Peterson, Karen Lange and Anne Gay were also in attendance.

We decided to meet of the third Monday of the month. Our next luncheon date is 11:30 am September 17th
at Mercer's Restaurant, 9720 W.
Peoria Ave in the Arrowhead Shopping Mall. Contact Anne Gay at 602-482-1807 by Friday, September 14 if you can attend. This luncheon is not just for our west side sisters, it is open to any Delta Zeta that would like to attend. If you need transportation please also contact Anne and she will make arrangements. Photo is from March event at Mercers.

Time for Phoenix Alumnae 2018 Dues!

Have you paid your 2018 dues yet? You can mail dues to Lorna Green at 4723 E. Voltaire Ave., Phoenix, 85032 or go to our website and pay with any credit card through Pay Pal at: Dues are still a bargain at $35, considering how much goes to National and Panhellenic and to support our Pi Zeta Chapter at ASU as well as alumnae events. 2018 Graduates can join for free.
Delta Zeta Phoenix & Tucson Alumnae Calendar Events

All Delta Zeta Alumnae are welcome to attend any sisterhood or event in the Phoenix or Tucson Area. Our sisterhoods are a great opportunity to meet newly graduated sisters, sisters who are new to the area, or those sisters who are just looking to reconnect. We hope you will join us for social events, community service projects, networking, and other gatherings of Delta Zeta alumnae and friends.
For Phoenix contact: Kristen Weston-Smith email:
For Tucson contact: Suzan Bryceland via email:

• April 9 Tucson Alumnae Luncheon 12 noon will be at Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort (5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Road, Tucson 85718). RSVP to:

• April 18  Phoenix Alumnae Chapter Eastside Lunch Bunch 11:30 at P.F Chang (Kierland Commons) located at NW corner of Scottsdale Rd and Butherus, 7132 E Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale, Let Pat Wells know if you can attend:

• May 5 Phoenix Panhellenic Association Annual Celebration of Sisterhood Luncheon at Mesa Country Club. More info and ticket purchase HERE.

• May 6 Phoenix Alumnae Chapter Run for the Roses. Location to be announced. Contact: Kristen:

• May 17  Phoenix Alumnae Chapter Eastside Lunch Bunch 11:30 at Paul Martins, 6186 N. Scottsdale Road.(just south of Lincoln Dr. and north of McDonald Dr.) Scottsdale, AZ.
Let Pat Wells know if you can attend:

• June 11 Tucson Alumnae Luncheon 12 noon will be at Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort (5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Road, Tucson 85718). RSVP to:

• August 13 Tucson Alumnae Luncheon 12 noon will be at Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort (5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Road, Tucson 85718). RSVP to:

• September 17 Phoenix Alumnae Chapter Westside Lunch Bunch at Mercer's Cafe at 97th Ave. & Peoria at 11:30 am. Let Anne Gay know if you can attend or need transportation:  602-653-9470

• October 13 Tucson Alumnae Founders Day Luncheon 12 noon will be at Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort (5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Road, Tucson 85718). RSVP to:

• Tuesday July 3-Friday July 6, 2018 Delta Zeta's 53rd National Convention, San Francisco, CA. Registration will open in a few days. Check our National's website for instructions, finance and expense information and the registration link. Registration will close on May 18. Convention will be at the Hyatt Regency, San Francisco Airport. Who's in? Contact: 🐢
Phoenix Panhellenic Association
The annual Celebration of Sisterhood Banquet is May 5, 2018 at the Mesa Country Club, 660 W Fairway Dr, Mesa, AZ.  Doors open at 10:30 am for social, photo booth & raffle ticket sales. Program and luncheon will start at 11:30am.

This is an event for all sorority alumnae members to celebrate a lifetime of sisterhood. Guest speaker will be Stacie Garlieb. Also included are Panhellenic Woman of the Year, Emerging Leader, Panhellenic Scholarship awards, opportunities to win fabulous raffle prizes and more.

Purchase tickets HERE.
Photo is from last years event. 


Phoenix Panhellenic Association Emerging Leader of the Year Award will be presented for the first time in May 2018 and our Past President, Ashlee Lepa is one of the finalists.

The Emerging Leader of the Year is:

  • dedicated to philanthropy, giving back to the community, and upholding the themes of Phoenix Panhellenic Association;
  • in the process of establishing herself in her career;
  • a strong role model

Congratulations Ashlee!

This is an event for all sorority alumnae members
to celebrate a lifetime of sisterhood
 Phoenix Valley Alumnae chapter contact Kristen Weston Smith at:

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