During the 1984-1985 academic year, the UAB Panhellenic Council contacted Delta Gamma for serious consideration in expansion on the campus. In 1985 Zeta Pi, a local sorority, organized on the campus of UAB and then approached Delta Gamma for affiliation. Delta Gamma rejected this offer. Again, in January 1990, the UAB office of Student Life contacted Delta Gamma about a possible expansion. Delta Gamma responded favorably this time and discussion between Delta Gamma and the university began. In the spring of 1990, representatives from Delta Gamma began presentations on the campus. These representatives included Barb Probst, Patsy Martens, Kim Martin, Cathy Waggoner, and Beverly Harper. In June of 1990, Delta Gamma was chosen to colonize at UAB that fall. Mary Frances Pack was chosen as the Council Appointed Coordinator for the colony. October of 1990 brought about the colonization of Zeta Xi, followed by the Zeta Xi chapter of Delta Gamma being installed at UAB on February 2, 1991 along with Zeta Nu at Montevallo.
Since the establishment of our chapter, over 500 women have been initiated into the Zeta Xi chapter. We celebrate our Founder's Day annually with the Birmingham Alumni Group and the Zeta Nu chapter at the University of Montevallo. Zeta Xi has raised $50,000 for the Foundation since it was chartered! Our chapter has also received the Delta Gamma awards including the All Campus Award, the Financial Excellence Award , the Patricia Peterson Danielson Award, and the Gina Willis Chapter Character Award.