Zeta Tau Alpha was founded October 15, 1898, by nine women at what is now known as Longwood College in Farmville, Virginia. These young women desired permanence to their friendships and hoped to perpetuate their sisterhood long after college. Though dedicated to the formation of a Greek-letter group, the band of nine delayed selecting a formal name. After a year of careful contemplation, the group chose the formal name of Zeta Tau Alpha, the Greek goddess Themis as patron goddess, and the badge.
"Greek life at Union is about a body of believers building one another up and making lasting friendships. It's not about partying. The common goal is sisterhood (or brotherhood) with people that have the same interests as you. In Zeta, I've found a group of girls that I can walk through this crazy life with and encourage, as well as be encouraged. They are my sisters in Christ first and my sisters in Zeta second. I know that no matter what I'm going through, one of my sisters has been through it already and will willingly help me no matter what."