Women from around the state represented local chapters of Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity at the organization’s 52nd national and 41st international convention in Los Angeles.
Local alumnae who attended include Shari Fisher, district president, Greater New Orleans Alumnae Chapter, Algiers; Antoinette Bearden Rizzuto, province president, Greater New Orleans Alumnae Chapter, Metairie; Adrienne Roth Salvaggio, president, Greater New Orleans Alumnae Chapter, Metairie; and Cyndi Bellina, member, Northshore Alumnae Chapter, Mandeville.
The collegian women included Balli Fontenot, president, and Leah Boudreaux, Delta Nu Chapter, University of New Orleans.
They joined more than 800 ZTA collegiate and alumnae members and national officers at the biennial convention, including the fraternity’s legislative body, which consists of delegates from 163 collegiate chapters and 236 alumnae organizations.
Members attended programs on Zeta Tau Alpha’s brand, recruitment and retention, and the fraternity’s newest educational programs. The fraternity launched Crowning Achievements, its new academic achievement program, and Behind Happy Faces, a program that addresses mental health.
During the convention, Bonney Shuman received the fraternity’s Outstanding Alumna Award for her trailblazing and entrepreneurial spirit. In 1983, Shuman co-founded one of the first companies to develop camera-ready bar code art for printers and packaging companies to help them track their products.
Greater New Orleans Alumnae Chapter awards included Helping Hands, Crown Chapter Award and second runner-up Silver Award for alumnae programming.
The Northshore Alumnae Chapter also received a Crown Chapter Award.
Zeta Tau Alpha was founded in 1898 at the State Female Normal College (now Longwood University) in Farmville, Virginia, and has more than 231,000 members worldwide. The nation’s second-largest Greek women’s group, ZTA develops members’ leadership, academic and service skills, and supports breast cancer education and awareness as its national philanthropy.