After COVID-19 forced events planned for last spring to be rescheduled, Tri Delta officially installed our Epsilon Chi Chapter at Tulane University in New Orleans on Saturday, Aug. 29! While we couldn’t be together in person, we were thrilled to welcome 165 new members into our sisterhood with a virtual Initiation and Installation. The virtual platform allowed us to share the Installation ceremony with family and friends on the Tulane Tri Delta Facebook page, and to include video messages of congratulations from sisters across North America.
Inspiration From Their CCP
After Fraternity President Megan Shaw James, Millsaps, conferred the official charter for the chapter, Collegiate Chapter President Claire Skivington shared a special message with her sisters.
“This moment is full of firsts,” she said. “Today, [we celebrate] the first initiated class of Delta Delta Delta at Tulane University. This means a lot to me because I have seen you all put in so many hours building this sisterhood from the ground up. Now it’s time to reflect and celebrate the hard-earned membership. Today is the first time an entire university class will be initiated virtually into Delta Delta Delta. I guess you could say that means we’re the future.”
“Tulane Tri Delta has been reshaping the Tulane experience since we arrived in New Orleans,” she said. “We are trailblazers on this campus…We represent new beginnings. Let us take this special time to reflect, but more importantly, to go and continue to be a light to ourselves, each other and the community, and shape what the Tri Delta experience looks like at Tulane.”
An Outstanding Founding Member
During the ceremony, Epsilon Chi member Clara Tomé was recognized as the Kathleen Davis Nye Scholarship from Tri Delta’s Foundation. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to one member of every newly established Tri Delta chapter and is made possible through an endowment established in honor of past Fraternity President and Panhellenic leader, Kathleen Davis Nye, Iowa. Clara is a junior pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies and political science with a focus on international development. She plans to put her education to use helping her home of Puerto Rico through advising businesses to become more environmentally conscious and sustainable.
Megan closed the Installation ceremony, offering the following to the members of Epsilon Chi: “In their own words, Sarah Ida Shaw and Eleanor Dorcas Pond founded Tri Delta to be ‘something distinctive, something dynamic, and something worthy of the BEST that is in us—not only now, but always.’ It is why today we invite you to “Bring YOU”—the very best of YOU—to Tri Delta with passion, intention and Purpose. It’s what our Founders called us to do. Epsilon Chi Sisters, I have ‘perfect confidence’ in your ability to do exactly that. I congratulate you and embrace you in ‘Delta Love’ as you join our sisterhood.”
Congratulations, Epsilon Chi, and welcome to our sisterhood!