Westminster College Students Attend Zeta Tau Alpha Convention, Local Chapter Receives Awards

Friday, July 27, 2012

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Two Westminster College students attended the Zeta Tau Alpha's 51st National and 40th International Convention and accepted awards on the college's behalf June 27-July 1 in Louisville, Ky.

Hannah Grace Bonzo and Kristen Basista represented Westminster's Delta Omega Chapter and joined over 800 collegiate and alumnae members and national officers at the biennial convention. This included the legislative body, which consisted of delegates from 159 collegiate chapters and more than 235 alumnae organizations. Members attended programs on chapter management, membership recruitment, and held elections for the 2012-2014 national council. They also launched the new foundation website, where women can sign up for email reminders for monthly self-breast exams.

Bonzo, the chapter's president, accepted six awards on the chapter's behalf: Financial Improvement, Academic Achievement, Quota/Total, Crown Chapter, Founders Club $25,000 level and Silver Standards Award. Bonzo, a senior public relations major, is a daughter of Todd and Joy Bonzo of New Sewickley Township and a graduate of Freedom Area High School.

Basista, a junior neuroscience major, serves as ritual chair and is a daughter of William and Cheryl Basista and a graduate of Mineral Ridge High School, Ohio.

Zeta Tau Alpha was founded in 1898 at the State Female Normal School (now Longwood University) in Farmville, Va., and has more than 218,000 members worldwide. One of the nation's largest Greek women's groups, it develops members' leadership, academic and service skills, and supports breast cancer education and awareness as its national philanthropy.

Zeta Tau Alpha is one of five national social sororities at Westminster whose main goals are to intensify friendships and develop sisterhood. Known better on the Westminster campus as the ‘Zetas,' the local chapter was established at Westminster in 1964. Leadership opportunities are available as well as participation in philanthropic and social events. Prerequisites include second-term or above student standing with an overall GPA of 2.0 (2.8 for officers) and payment of national and local dues.

Contact Bonzo at (724) 272-6151 or email for more information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.


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Westminster College students attend Zeta Tau Alpha Convention. (l-r) Kristen Basista; Katelyn Moga, past ZTA president and Westminster graduate; and Hannah Bonzo.