My name is Kendall Matthews and I am the President of Delta Gamma at The University of Texas at Austin! I am a junior studying Business Honors and Finance originally from Sugar Land, Texas and am so excited to be leading this chapter! With a chapter of over 260 women, we are diverse in our interests, experiences, and goals, but sisterhood is a constant for all of us.
Delta Gamma’s national philanthropy is Service for Sight. The UT chapter is lucky enough to get to work with Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired located about 10 minutes from our house. Once a month the students come to our house and we host parties with various themes for the students there. Many girls get more involved and frequent the school for swimming lessons, and were able to raise over $25,000 last semester. goal ball, track practice, and a few members have started a coding club to teach computer coding to the students.
Additionally, our chapter is the the only Panhellenic organization that gives back to the UT campus with a bi-annual lectureship series. In 2017, we hosted Olympian Shawn Johnson who came and talked a packed room of over 700 attendees about her values and ethics as an athlete. In previous years we have hosted Mia Hamm, Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, and Collins Tuohy, adopted sister to Michael Oher. In order to put on this event, we donate to the university each semester with the fundraising from Dessert with DG where we raised $6,000 in fall by inviting all of our friends to the house late at night to enjoy all you can eat desserts.
Dedicated to our studies, our chapter has consistently maintained one of the highest Grade Point Averages out of all the Panhellenic sororities at The University of Texas. The Beta Eta chapter is academically diverse with majors ranging from biomedical engineering to radio-television and film. Many members are in honors programs, including Plan II, Liberal Arts, Business, and Natural Sciences Honors. Study snacks are held once a month, encouraging members to take advantage of group study. The mentorship program gives chapter members a chance to tutor other members in challenging courses. Finally, the chapter hosts a professor dinner once a semester in order for members to foster relationships with UT faculty.
Delta Gamma has been on a mission this past year to create the idea of social responsibility within our chapter. Our chapter is aware of the cultural changes that need to happen on campus and is doing everything we can to encourage our members to join these campaigns. Many members participated in the Not on Our Campus Campaign as well as many others.
If this is your first time to the Delta Gamma website, I encourage you to explore and learn more about this chapter! If you've been here before, welcome back!
I hope that you are able to find everything you need here. If I can help answer any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. My email can be found on the "Contact Us" page.
Kendall Matthews- MC'17