Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, November 11, 1978
In April 1978, the members of local Pi Lambda were colonized as Zeta Rho colony on the prestigious Vanderbilt University campus. On November 11, initiation was held for the charter group that included 53 collegiate members, as well as four honorary members and one alumna initiate. The installation was a dream come true for Grand Vice President Mary Currier Allen and the Nashville Alumnae Association who were instrumental in bringing the chapter to campus. The chapter joined a well-established "resident" Greek system at Vanderbilt. But, even without a house, they enjoyed success, winning the prestigious Alexander Heard Award as the most outstanding sorority on campus three times before their house was built in 1986. The large, two-story brick home was dedicated on April 5, 1986. The house features three bedrooms that can house six officers, house director's quarters, living/dining area, chapter room, kitchen, office and lounge. The chapter works with the Nashville Ronald McDonald House, often participating jointly in service efforts with the Nashville alumnae. Alumna Shana Williams Alford was named Alumna of the Year for Community Service in 1999. Nancy Mannon has a long service record. Zeta Rho received the Golden Lion Award in 1991.