Letter from Recruitment Chair
My name is Jane Nicholson and I am the Vice President of Membership for the Beta Delta chapter of Delta Gamma at Colorado College. I am working with Grace Amjad, our Director of Primary Recruitment, and Katie Trihn, our Director of Continuous Open Bidding, to plan primary recruitment in the fall of 2020!
I am a junior from Dellwood, Minnesota, and I am studying English Literature with a minor in Education. I love to ski, boat, read Jane Austen novels, online shop (which is probably not the best hobby to have), and hang out with my family and friends, especially those I have made in DG! Delta Gamma means so much to me with its genuine friendships, strong support system, and countless opportunities to volunteer and Do Good both on campus and in the Colorado Springs community.
I joined Delta Gamma during the spring semester of my first year at CC. Although I was hesitant to be in a sorority during my first semester here, I wish I had joined Delta Gamma sooner! The transition into college was particularly difficult for me and I only had a few friends when I started, but I was looking for more of a bonded community. I often felt homesick and was hoping to find a place that felt like home when I was hundreds of miles away from my own. After hearing from a few of my friends who went through primary recruitment during the fall semester that DG was an incredible community of strong, smart, and incredibly kind women, I knew I had to check it out through the Continuous Open Bidding process (known as informal recruitment). After my first night attending a COB event, I knew that DG could offer me the relief I needed from the homesick feeling that haunted me. All of the women I met could hold genuine conversation and showed interest in my life, whether it was in or out of college – they seemed like they actually cared about me. Although I already had a sister of my own, I knew that these women could come to be what felt like my actual sisters as well, and since joining, I have found that they have. There is no one in this chapter I would not be comfortable talking to or not be comfortable seeking support from. Each woman in this chapter contributes to it in her own unique way, all of us constantly pushing each other to be the best we can be. In the words of my predecessor, Lauren Stierman, Delta Gamma “is empowerment, encouragement, self-growth, and service to others. It is being a part of something greater than yourself and striving to be the best version of yourself every day,” and I could not think of a better way to phrase how I feel as well. Working with Lauren this past year as her Director of COB has been the greatest pleasure. Having the opportunity to lead the process that initially got me into this chapter was extremely fulfilling as well. Getting to know Lauren and her reasons why she joined DG inspired me to take on the role as VP: Membership to share my reasons why, and hopefully inspire the rest of the chapter to do the same as well. I am so grateful to Lauren and would not be the excited VP I am right now without her!
The members of Delta Gamma belong to a group of over 245,000 women worldwide, yet just like our chapter, each member adds their own unique aspect. The founders established Delta Gamma in 1873 with the purpose to “Do Good.” We are proud to serve the community though our philanthropic foundation, Service for Sight, which is devoted to protecting the gift of sight. Service for Sight also supports five schools for the visually impaired founded by Delta Gamma, in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, St. Louis, and Kansas City. We hold fundraisers to support both the Delta Gamma Foundation and local organizations such as the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind and the Colorado Springs chapter of Guide Dogs for the Blind. Delta Gamma is known for being the “most philanthropic” Greek organization and Beta Delta is proud to contribute by striving to “do good” every day.
Delta Gamma and the women of our chapter are proud to encourage educational and cultural interests while fostering high ideals of friendship. Joining DG is more than just a college experience; it is a lifetime of assistance and opportunity no matter where you are. I am so happy to be a Delta Gamma, and my experience in Beta Delta has been extremely rewarding.
Whether it is during your time at CC or beyond, Beta Delta is a really special group of which to be a part. If you are interested in joining or have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me! I would love to talk to you about it.