She remembers how, when she was initiated, all the fraternities on campus were being used for military housing, (noting with a smirk "the sailors in uniform frequenting the area made walks to class very enjoyable") and life was very different. Upon joining Theta, our older sisters — who hold our founders and alumnus in high esteem — impart on us a wealth of knowledge about the history of Theta. Pictured are Monica Gacka, Alpha Gamma/Ohio State; Marty Spotts Watson, Beta Kappa/Drake; Felicity Hillmer, Beta Tau/Denison; and Jessica Mossman Vanaman, Zeta Sigma/Ohio Northern. Here are the instructions how to enable JavaScript in your web browser. Each year, Theta honors her 75-year members by mailing them a special pansy pin and letter. “Like many Thetas of that day, Betty married before she graduated…She was active for many years in the Pasadena Alumnae Chapter as well as the local Panhellenic. Pictured are Jennifer Finley, Eta Xi/Quinnipiac; Rhianna Moriarty, Eta Xi/Quinnipiac; Joyce Rudes Jenusaitis, Gamma Zeta/Connecticut; Meaghan Hartney, Alpha Phi/Tulane; Gretchen Mack, Eta Xi/Quinnipiac; and Maya Narvekar, Eta Xi/Quinnipiac. “We had a delightful visit! 24.3k Followers, 363 Following, 2,685 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Kappa Alpha Theta (@kappa_alpha_theta) She greatly enjoyed her time as an active Theta, staying involved as an alumna, and notes that there are several Thetas in her building today that she keeps close with.” - Alexa Koch Neynaber, Rho/Nebraska. This blog post is meant to showcase a small, yet mighty and impressive, variety of internship work our sisters have recently done. I was nervous about being judged through a two-minute conversation. Although your Theta story begins during college, it doesn’t end in college. As of 2020, there are 36 active chapters and 1 colony, all located within the continental United States. The Chi Chapter house had a "city girls room" where Maryanna once stayed for about three weeks, otherwise she walked from home to attend class (about a mile)—once after a snowstorm only to find that classes had been cancelled because professors couldn't get there! It didn’t sound very genuine to me and it’s sort of sad that they only apologized for their behavior once someone called them out for it....i was thinking of rushing a sorority but this definitely turned me off. AlunaGeorge, an electronic duo from London, performed at Columbia’s Bacchanal music festival. They knew all of her Theta stories. Pictured are Ginnie Allen Russo, Sandy Smeltzer, Maryanna Blanchard Robinson, and Linda Deck LeMessurier, all Chi/Syracuse. When asked, ‘Why Theta?’ she had this to say: ‘Cornell had a deferred rush so we couldn't rush until the second semester. And by chance, it happened on the 46th anniversary of my initiation.” - Laurie McGregor Connor, Gamma deuteron/Ohio Wesleyan. For full functionality of this site it is necessary to enable JavaScript. “It was truly a pleasure to see Jane again after many years. She is so adorable and I have a new Theta friend! Sorority & Fraternity Installed On. The Houston Alumnae Chapter honored two 75-year members at its Founders Day Celebration, Joanne Paterson Hodges, Alpha Mu/Missouri, and Kathleen Tyler Nitschke, Alpha Theta/Texas. Bacchanal occurs on the first Saturday of April as an occasion for Columbia students to enjoy the spring weather and to destress before final exams. Helen still enjoys calling together a group of senior Thetas for lunch each month at The Forum and enjoys playing bridge.”. She also remembers women had to wear skirts to class even in winter, but they wore jeans on the weekends. The Epsilon Upsilon Chapter was installed at Columbia University in New York City in 1986. Pictured are Lisa Lowry Schwartz, Epsilon Epsilon/Baylor; Kathleen Tyler Nitschke, Alpha Theta/Texas; and Mary Kay Nitschke Mraz, Gamma Psi/TCU. She remembered some of the things that pledges had to do (“empty the wastebaskets”) and that they had a curfew until they made grades.” - Jane Palmer Horlings, Rho/Nebraska. “We had a great visit. It was a very meaningful experience for all of them. ... Stay Connected. She also wondered what the 80-year pin would look like! Even with midterms cramming schedules and heavy course-loads making free time sparse, members of the Epsilon Upsilon chapter continue to pursue their interests beyond the classroom. Find out what Kappa Alpha Theta is doing to assist members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit Our Website. Chief Executive Officer 2020: Taylor Brown, spotlight on extracurriculars: on stage and on the track, Representing Columbia Theta at the Emerging Leaders Institute. One of the many inspiring ways thetas look to foster growth and gain experience in their career paths is through internships. There’s something about surrounding yourself by the most driven, empowered, and unequivocally brilliant group of young women. It also became the first fraternity among women to establish a chapter in Canada. Maryanna and her husband (who had been in the Navy) were married after her junior year. Pictured are Betsy Lewis Bennett, Alpha Chi/Purdue; Jane Findley Brown, Beta Epsilon/Oregon State; and Mary Sipprell Pool, Alpha Xi/Oregon. Spring 2019 Formal Recruitment will take place January 24 -January 27, 2019. I was nervous about meeting so many new people all at once. She lived at home in Bel Air, so was considered a "Town Girl." May 14, 2008. “Maryanna was initiated into Theta in 1945. 302 were here. Pictured is Barbara Bowden Pringle, Alpha Lambda/Washington, and Katie Breece, Delta Iota/Puget Sound. Vision Leading every member to personal excellence through lifelong sisterhood. Theta had founded a chapter at Columbia’s sister college, Barnard, in 1897, but withdrew when the campus environment changed 15 years later. I can imagine the principles and idealism of Theta were the principles that she lived by the rest of her life. She could not believe she was reaching this milestone but was very proud to be doing so. This list includes both active and inactive chapters. Kappa Alpha Theta was founded with the intention of providing a sisterhood for women who wanted to achieve their highest aspirations. They are still married 72 years later! She was an absolute joy and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Pictured are Karen Zaback, Rho/Nebraska; Kim Lisco Fedore, Delta Iota/Puget Sound; Pauline (Polly) Marinick, Beta Gamma/Colorado State; and Kelly Lisco Taubert, Delta Iota/Puget Sound. Pictured are Jess Staskal, Beta Kappa/Drake; Frances Brigham Johnson, Delta/Illinois; and Jessica Ghaffari Markham, Gamma Mu/Maryland. Our sisters enjoyed the day in the beautiful weather dancing to some of AlunaGeorge’s hit songs such as You Know You Like It and I’m In Control. The Houston Alumnae Chapter honored two 75-year members at its Founders Day Celebration, Joanne Paterson Hodges, Alpha Mu/Missouri, and Kathleen Tyler Nitschke, Alpha Theta/Texas. Her two daughters were present for our visit and were so kind to us. Recommend a PNM. Everyone was enthralled and I do believe Jackie realized how special she is. “We presented Virginia with her 75-year pin and a giant hanging basket of pansies. We are calling them Diamond Thetas … in honor of their diamond anniversary. No matter your passions or interests, you will find a sister in Theta who not only shares your enthusiasm, but who is eager to help you in pursuing your goals. The Fraternity now resides at Columbia University and welcomes members from all four undergraduate colleges. Chapter Beginnings. she was going to meet with two of her other Theta friends after I left her because they wanted to see everything that I had brought. Virginia is an amazing woman. Theta founded a chapter at Columbia's sister college, Barnard, in 1897, but withdrew 15 years later. They lived in married student housing, which was a trailer consisting of a bedroom and a small kitchen/living room area. Installed On. This winter break I was honored to attend a Theta Foundation sponsored trip to Vancouver with sisters from across the country and Canada where we not only worked on service projects but also discussed how we could partake in service as a chapter and personally. Through the magazine and letters, she kept up with what was going on in her chapter and the sorority. Women who lift you up, who challenge you to be your strongest self, who support and celebrate you at each and every conquest. Or maybe…maybe it was just the vibe, a vibe that made me feel at home. Pictured are Lauren Lewis Hearn, Delta/Illinois; Liz Sinnock Drake, Beta/Indiana; Jean Faulconer Phillips, Gamma/Butler; and Laura Kassenbrock Stelsel, Gamma/Butler. Shop Kite and Crest for the largest online collection premium sorority and fraternity apparel. She was a ‘townie,’ but stayed at the facility many nights, sharing a twin bed with her best friend who did live in the house. The school was temporarily closed during the Civil War and served as a Confederate hospital. Installed On. Bettie was one of the first women to enroll at Indiana Asbury College (now DePauw University) in 1867, a time when women were not readily welcomed into higher education. We had a great time.” – LeeAnn Wagner Cica, Alpha Omega/Pittsburgh. Bettie, alongside her friend Alice Allen, designed a badge, developed a constitution and bylaws, and identified women of outstanding character determined to excel academically as potential members of the fraternity. Pictured are Mary Lynn Kluge Walker, Alpha Upsilon/Washburn; Pat Maloney Grantham, Kappa/Kansas; and Lindsey Fortmeyer Lane, Delta Eta/Kansas State. Learn How to Stay Connected. A community that radiates confidence and passion. January 14, 2014. Theta greatly broadens our world. We place an emphasis on sisterhood activities within the chapter, such as movie nights, chapter dinners and trips around New York City to promote unity among our diverse and active membership. The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion web page provides updates on Kappa Alpha Theta's actions regarding our efforts on inclusion and diversity within our organization. We had a lovely visit, and I enjoyed the opportunity to meet her.” - Morgan Demmel Goethel, Rho/Nebraska. Visit Us on Facebook. We actively condemn the racism and misogyny displayed and will not tolerate it in our community. The two women invited Hannah Fitch and Bettie Tipton to join them, and together they held the first official meeting of Kappa Alpha Theta on January 27, 1870. Preference Night is the final night, and this is an opportunity for active members to share their more personal experience as a member of Theta at Columbia. We are so happy, but not at all surprised, to learn about the heartwarming conversations and connections that resulted! Dressed in gold and black and wearing her badge, she was excited to meet the five members of the Columbus Alumnae chapter who came to celebrate the occasion with her. 84 likes. “We had the privilege of meeting with Diamond Theta Joyce Rudes Jenusaitis, Gamma Zeta/Connecticut. Columbia, South Carolina . Elanie Paredes, a Barnard College junior, is the founder of her own non-profit organization called Ignited Voices that focuses on reproductive justice issues. Kappa Alpha Theta nurtures each member throughout her lifetime, offering opportunities for intellectual and personal growth. With the intense stress culture that exists at Columbia, Bacchanal is a weekend looked forward to by many. 1,101 Followers, 444 Following, 294 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from KAPPA ALPHA THETA (@gwtheta) University Chapter Charter Day Status Spring Hill College: Alabama Alpha Lambda: April 17, 1955: Inactive Alaska. The Epsilon Upsilon Chapter was installed at Columbia University in New York City in 1986. Pictured is Betsy Linder Graverson, Gamma Omega/Auburn; Helen Griffith Minteer, Beta Iota/Colorado; and Leah Eaton Logan, Epsilon Iota/Westminster. Kappa Alpha Theta is an International Women’s Fraternity established in 1870 as the first Greek-letter fraternity known among women. Chapter Beginnings . Iinternational humanitarian service fraternity & sorority Now, it is your turn, and I could not be more excited to participate in your Panhellenic journey. During Development Day, potential new members experience the strength of our sisterhood and learn how Theta fosters personal growth. She attended Butler for two years. This is why I was so surprised to discover how comfortable I felt in the Theta room. Bettie sought an organization that could offer friendship and support during her college years. “Anna pledged Theta to follow in the steps of a high school friend, whom she admired, and wanted her to be her big sister. We are thrilled to welcome her to Rhode Island.” -Carrie Helmke Haner, Delta Eta/Kansas State. Pictured are LeeAnn Wagner Cica and Annabel Montgomery Clinton, both Alpha Omega/Pittsburgh. She was very active in recruiting young women to become Thetas (and sadness she must have had when I, and then my daughter, attended colleges that did not have a Theta chapter). The Epsilon Upsilon Chapter was installed at Columbia University in New York City in 1986. Student Group: Kappa Alpha Theta - Home to over 200 active members, the Epsilon Upsilon chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta is made up of leading women who strive for academic excellence and devote themselves to philanthropy and service. Over the course of the weekend, potential new members have the chance to visit each of the six Panhellenic sororities on campus. Emily Henegar. Theta Spotlight. Each week, we'll feature a blog post, written by members of our Publications Committee, about a topic of their choosing. “Helen was pleased to be asked to join Beta Beta Chapter at Randolph-Macon Women’s College. We learn about all of the incredible accomplishments of our fellow Thetas and quickly become inspired by these courageous “leading women.". A sisterhood bonded by a shared desire to grow with each other, making ourselves, and the world, better in the process. 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