About Beta Iota
Zeta Tau Alpha was founded on October 15, 1898 at Virginia State Female Normal School (now Longwood University) in Farmville, Virginia. Just two decades after its original founding, our fraternity spread its roots to Centenary College, creating the Beta Iota chapter of ZTA in 1927. Today, there are nearly 200 active chapters of our fraternity across the nation, with more than 200,000 active members. With the white violet as our national flower and the ever-beautiful turquoise blue and steel grey as our colors, members of Zeta Tau Alpha continue to adhere to our motto, “to seek the noblest”.
Through this motto, the Beta Iota chapter continues to recruit exemplarily young women of Centenary College. Beta Iota hopes to create a bond with our members through mutual values of honesty, kindness, service, leadership, and compassion. This chapter strives to provide support and to make lifelong friendships with our fellow sisters while always keeping the fact that Zeta Tau Alpha has given us this special connection, like a link to a chain. The members of Beta Iota at ZTA believe that our purpose as an organization is to intensify friendship, promote happiness among its members, and in every way possible, perform deeds that would be conducive to creating a more noble and purer world.
The Creed of Zeta Tau Alpha
To realize that within our grasp, in Zeta Tau Alpha, lies the opportunity to learn those things which will ever enrich and ennoble our lives; to be true to ourselves, to those within and without our circle; to think in terms of all mankind and our service in the world; to be steadfast, strong, and clean of heart and mind, remembering that since the thought is father to the deed, only that which we would have manifested in our experience should be entertained in thought; to find satisfaction in being, rather than seeming, thus strengthening in us the higher qualities of the spirit; to prepare for service and learn the nobility of serving, thereby earning the right to be served; to seek understanding that we might gain true wisdom; to look for the good in everyone; to see beauty, with its enriching influence; to be humble in success, and without bitterness in defeat; to have the welfare and harmony of the Fraternity at heart, striving ever to make our lives a symphony of high ideals, devotion to the Right, the Good, and the True, without a discordant note; remembering always that the foundation precept of Zeta Tau Alpha was Love, “the greatest of all things.”