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TailGator Green Team at the University of Florida

Each home football game, the University of Florida TailGator Green Team is looking for volunteers to help encourage tailgating fans to recycle. This semester, our brothers were excited for this opportunity and got involved in this effort to increase recycling and decrease the damage to our environment and campus. Go Green and Go Gators!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015/Author: Elizabeth Edwards/Number of views (722)/Comments (0)/
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Keeping Gainesville Beautiful

The Florida Chapter helps to keep our community beautiful by taking care of our adoptive street in Gainesville. Each semester our chapter holds three to four road clean-ups that allows our brothers to make an impact by picking up trash and recycling. We have already had one road clean-up this semester and look forward to those scheduled for the semester!
Tuesday, October 13, 2015/Author: Elizabeth Edwards/Number of views (649)/Comments (1)/
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Volleyball Concessions

This September, the Florida chapter helped to run two volleyball concession stands! The first was at the game where the Gators played St. John's University. The second, at a good ol' SEC rivalry against Kentucky! The brothers had a blast selling food to fans, while raising money for the upcoming NALC! Working concessions at big events, definitely can teach a group how to work as a team!
Monday, October 12, 2015/Author: Jennifer Glass/Number of views (961)/Comments (0)/
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Monday, October 12, 2015/Author: Elizabeth Edwards/Number of views (492)/Comments (0)/
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Florida Chapter Initiation Ceremony

Florida Chapter Initiation Ceremony

On Monday April 13th, the Florida Chapter initiated 13 pledges into the Fraternity. The ceremony took place at the Straughn IFAS Extension Professional Development Center. We also had 3 honorary initiates this semester, representing Family, Youth and Community Sciences, Entomology and Nematology, and Food Science and Human Nutrition departments. It was a great night filled with delicious food, good conversation, and an excellent speaker. Dr. Tony Adendoro from the Agricultural Education and Communication department talked about leadership, branding, and who you are. He is also the director for the Challenge 2050 project, which is a project headed by CALS to target the challenges in agricultural and natural resource industries by the year 2050. 
We also had awards for our pledge class for most outstanding officer, most outstanding pledge, and best paddle. Congratulations to the winners: Carson Cooper, Katie Bassett, and Madison Goodwin. 
We can't wait to see how these new brothers will continue to foster our founding principles and help our chapter grow. Congratulations PC Spring 2015! Welcome to the brotherhood.
Thursday, April 23, 2015/Author: Angely Jimenez/Number of views (709)/Comments (0)/
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Florida Chapter Big/Little Reveal

Florida Chapter Big/Little Reveal

Last night the Florida Chapter of Alpha Zeta had their Big/Little reveal and potluck hosted by the pledge class. I assigned corresponding costumes to both the Big and their Little. For example, we had Nemo and Dory, Men in Black and an alien, Batman and Robin. It was a fun time for everyone, and the pledges finally get to know who their Big is! I chose their Bigs based on speed dating that we had 2 weeks ago. All of the Bigs had a minute to talk to a pledge before moving on to the next one. Each pledge also filled out a questionnaire. Once littles were assigned, each Big got a plain white bag to decorate for their little and get them a gift to present them at the reveal. I got my little an old AZ tshirt, an AZ keychain, and some hand sanitizer. I also had a contest for "best decorated bag". The winner, Promy Tobassum, hand drew her entire bag!

All in all, it was a great evening filled with food, laughter, and memories to last a lifetime! 
Wednesday, March 25, 2015/Author: Angely Jimenez/Number of views (764)/Comments (0)/
Florida Chapter Pledge Class Fishing for Success

Florida Chapter Pledge Class Fishing for Success

 ‚ÄčThis past Saturday, Alpha Zeta pledge class volunteered with the UF Fisheries and Aquatics Faculty to put on the first Fishing for Success event this year. About 100 individuals came out, as families, to fish in local ponds together. The pledges of AZ cut up the hot dogs used as bait, proctored a casting contest, and registered several guests at this event. While there was time, some members even got to practice their own fishing skills. - Olivia Scruggs PC Service Chair
Wednesday, March 25, 2015/Author: Angely Jimenez/Number of views (688)/Comments (0)/
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Florida Chapter Pledge Class Plaque Cleaning Service Project

Florida Chapter Pledge Class Plaque Cleaning Service Project

Las week the pledge class of the Florida Chapter Alpha Zeta wanted to show our love and graditue to the previous brothers and our campus by cleaning and polishing our AZ plaque. We gathered together and washed, scrubbed and polished the gold plaque on campus. While getting wet and dirty, we put in a lot of elbow grease in order for our history to shine into the future. We are planning on doing this again this semester, allowing it to shine even more. - Olivia Scruggs, Pledge Class Service Chair
Wednesday, March 25, 2015/Author: Angely Jimenez/Number of views (675)/Comments (0)/

First Time On Service Spring Break Trip

After hearing so much positive feedback from the first service trip over spring break to the Florida Keys, I decided I absolutely had to go.  As each brother talked about the bonding moments, trash collecting, and rewarding service opportunities, I was more and more determined to get my intent in as soon as possible to hold a spot. 

The Florida Chapter of Alpha Zeta has welcomed me into its brotherhood, and I am so grateful to have made many close friends.  I was excited to travel to Key West during my spring break for the first time.  I had never been to the Florida Keys but that destination has been on my bucket list for quite some time.  And what made the trip mean even more was that I was going to make a difference in the environment.  I had heard quite a bit about the amount of plastics that wash up on shore and was ready to tackle the problem.

Because I had heard so much about this trip, I had several expectations.  These included working hard days in the sun picking up plastics among other garbage, lathering on sun screen so my pale skin would not burn, and of course enjoying the time spent with my brothers.  

After experiencing the week long trip, I can say that my expectations were met and far exceeded anything I had thought before.  I was engrossed by the task of picking up literally a ton of trash the three days we performed service for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.  I had heard about the amount of plastics that wash ashore, but actually picking up bottles and trap line made it that much more real.  I am proud to say that I did not get sunburned the entire week and even managed to tan a bit.  But, I think my last expectation was totally blown out of the water.  My brothers are truly caring, sincere, and fun-loving people.  I enjoyed each moment spent with them and learned so much about their lives!

I spent my spring break for the first time performing service with my brothers.  I made memories that I will keep forever.  I hope to spend my spring break in the same fashion next year as well.  And I am proud to say that I am a brother of the Florida Chapter of Alpha Zeta.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015/Author: Natalie Cleghorn/Number of views (584)/Comments (0)/
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Florida Chapter Pledge Class Game Night/Potluck Social

Florida Chapter Pledge Class Game Night/Potluck Social

See what Carson Cooper, a spring 2015 pledge, had to say about their potluck social!

"The new AZ pledges at UF were able to have a potluck game night at the clubhouse of an apartment complex. The best part was that older brothers came out and everyone got to enjoy pizza, Wii games, and best of all-twister. Here is a picture of an older brother, Taylor, dominating the twister game which she ultimately won. Socials are more fun when they include older brothers because it's an opportunity to get paddle signatures and find out more about why Alpha Zeta is so awesome to be a part of."
Monday, March 23, 2015/Author: Angely Jimenez/Number of views (569)/Comments (0)/
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