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Posted On: Monday, November 6, 2017 07:36 AM, by Kristi Tucker

On Halloween, I opened my email and saw my first Christmas-themed message from a retail store, and I thought, "The trick-or-treaters haven't even arrived, and the holiday shopping season has already begun!"


If you are someone who loves the holidays, loves to shop, or is already searching for gifts this season, look to Theta's 600+ licensed vendors for all the Thetas on your list. Find trendy items such as jewelry, clothing, and other accessories that any Theta is sure to love. Our list of licensed vendors is your one-stop-shop for cute and quality products for any budget.


Perhaps this is the year you decide to upgrade your badge, or purchase a badge as a gift for a sister, you can do so directly online at our official jeweler's website. Please note, our deadline for holiday orders is November 20. Badge orders must be submitted by November 20 to be received in time for the holidays.


Happy shopping!

Kristi Tucker is an assistant director of alumnae engagement at Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity headquarters.

Posted On: Friday, November 3, 2017 07:15 AM, by Laurie McGregor Connor

Fraternities and sororities are the nation's second largest provider of student housing. However, more than 370,000 of the most active college student are currently restricted from receiving full tax dedications towards building and maintaining our houses.


The Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act (CHIA) would provide our houses with equal access to facility upgrades under the law. By simplifying the tax code, all non-for-profit housing (including fraternities and sororities) will gain incentives to increase funding for life-safety and capacity upgrades like fire sprinklers and alarm systems. If integrated into tax reform, CHIA will also make a difference in long-term student debt crisis, meaning our students and their families will be less burdened when it comes to campus housing.


We're now taking our efforts from the House to the Senate, and need your help once more. Tell Senate to include CHIA in the upcoming tax reform package. The more our voices are heard, the more likely students across the country will gain the benefits of safe and affordable student housing - and the wonderful college experience that comes with it! Thank you for your support.

Posted On: Thursday, October 26, 2017 11:00 AM, by Laurie McGregor Connor

Fraternities and sororities are the nation's second largest provider of college student housing. We provide housing—and one-of-a-kind experience—for more than 370,000 of the most active students on campuses. Yet, donations toward building and maintaining our houses are restricted from receiving full tax deductions.


The Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act (CHIA) would provide our houses with equal access to facility upgrades under the law. By simplifying the tax code, all non-for-profit housing (including fraternities and sororities) will be able to gain incentives to increase funding for life-safety and capacity upgrades like fire sprinklers and alarm systems. If integrated into tax reform, CHIA—which has always enjoyed bipartisan support—will also make a meaningful difference in the student debt crisis, by expanding the offering of affordable collegiate housing options.


Now we need your help. Tell Congress to include CHIA in the upcoming tax reform package. The more voices Congress hears, the more likely students across the country will gain the benefits of safe and affordable student housing. Thank you for your support.

Posted On: Monday, October 23, 2017 07:13 AM, by Teresa Silva Smith

On October 24, we're celebrating 10 years of the Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity Housing Corporation. Happy birthday, FHC!


Since 2007, our housing corporation has provided and maintained safe, competitive, and desirable homes for our collegians. FHC facilities not only enhance the sisterhood of our college members, they also foster alumnae affinity and support the health, heritage, and future of our college chapters.


To celebrate this milestone, here are a few of FHC's top moments from the past 10 years:


  • FHC interior designer Jennifer Coleman, Delta Epsilon/Arizona State, developed a custom Theta fabric collection that is used for FHC upholstery and home furnishings. An adorable tote bag using this fabric is available for purchase!

  • FHC introduced new technology and custom-designed items in its facilities.

  • FHC has invested more than $16 million in chapter renovations!

  • FHC is growing for even better service. We started with two staff members and now boast a team of eight, including professional interior designers!

  • Three Theta chapters (Tau/Northwestern, Alpha Eta/Vanderbilt, and Beta Delta/Arizona) are featured in a Town & Country Magazine online article about the 15 top sorority houses in the country.

  • 85 chapters (58 percent of all Theta chapters) participate in FHC, with four new builds coming soon! (Gamma Iota/Kentucky, Delta Omicron/Alabama, Theta Theta/NC State, and Theta Nu/Georgia Tech)

Learn more about the benefits of joining the Fraternity Housing Corporation, view featured renovations, and more on its website.

Teresa Smith, Phi/Pacific, is the executive director of the Facility Housing Corporation.

Posted On: Monday, October 9, 2017 07:16 AM, by Ellen Barlow

Kappa Alpha Theta will celebrate Day of Service for the ninth time this year on October 19, Bettie Locke Hamilton's birthday. Theta's newly defined Philanthropy Philosophy quotes the words of Former Fraternity President Adelaide McDonald Sinclair, Sigma/Toronto: "The world should be a better place because Kappa Alpha theta exists." In Adelaide's spirit, Theta categorizes philanthropy in the following three areas:


  • Service, focusing on hands-on volunteering for others;

  • Fundraising, or collecting monetary or in-kind donations for causes close to our hearts; and

  • Advocacy, or championing a cause through public support, education, and awareness.

As Day of Service's name suggests, we want our members to focus on the first of the three categories—service. There are plenty of resources on the this website related to Day of Service, from planning to promoting to participating in the annual photo contest.


Our world has been full of heartache for many people recently. From neo-Nazi protests in Charlottesville to several natural disasters occurring one right after another, it seems each news day is more overwhelming than the last. It is not easy to watch our neighbors suffer—lives lost, property destroyed, and worlds turned upside down. It's only been a few weeks since Hurricane Harvey ravaged Houston and surrounding areas. Days later, Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on the Caribbean and parts of Florida, followed closely by Jose and Maria, which took out power on the entire island of Puerto Rico. Couple these with two massive earthquakes in Mexico, a typhoon in the Philippines, and the most recent tragic mass shooting at a country music concert in Las Vegas, and we can feel helpless, even paralyzed. But in dark times, the world needs our light all the more—our sparks of consciousness and caring have the power to change lives for the better.


Day of Service can be a reminder that while we cannot do everything, we all have the capacity to do something. One of Theta's three aims is to exercise the widest influence for good, and thus, Kappa Alpha Theta aspires to cultivate philanthropists, who demonstrate tangible works to seek positive change in their communities. As a callback to this, Kappa Alpha Theta staff will be participating in Day of Service by serving two organizations whose missions focus on serving historically marginalized populations in our local Indianapolis community— New Hope of Indiana and Groundwork Indy. We encourage you to do the same.


Whether you live in an area affected by the most recent storms and wish to assist with the ongoing relief efforts or you simply want to serve an organization you care about, Day of Service is about the power of one multiplied by 200,000—the number of living, initiated members around the world. Imagine the impact Thetas can have, if we all give just a little bit of our time to serve others. We hope you will join us in lifting our lanterns and forging ahead to spread the widest influence for good.

Ellen Barlow is an assistant director of education and leadership at Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity.

Posted On: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 07:47 AM, by Liz Appel Rinck
Amy Hayner Kates
Alpha Phi/Tulane

A champion for preserving and maintaining our ritual; a role model to thousands in the Greek community; and the personification of Theta's values, including vision, tenacity, and determination, Amy Hayner Kates's impact on Kappa Alpha Theta will be felt for generations to come. It was with deep sadness that we announced Amy's death in July from heart disease.


Initiated by the Alpha Phi Chapter at Tulane, Amy served two terms as Fraternity president, three terms as Fraternity vice president, nearly nine years on Theta's delegation to the National Panhellenic Conference, and four years as Theta Foundation trustee and Fraternity Housing Corporation board member. Her Theta career began with service as an educational leadership consultant, college chapter advisor, college chapter facility corporation board member, and college district president.


Amy graces the cover of the Summer 2017 issue of the Theta magazine, and you can learn more about her dedication and service to Theta inside.

Liz Rinck, Gamma/Butler, is the director of communications at Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity.


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