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Posted On: Friday, March 21, 2014 04:15 PM, by April Brown
ELC April standing near the Tulane "bead tree."
One of my favorite things to experience while on a chapter visit is getting to know the different campus cultures and traditions celebrated on each campus.

As an organization, we can all celebrate in the ritual we share in being a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and knowing that no matter what school I am visiting our ritual is perfectly mirrored on each campus. Our ritual is what allows us to regularly identify with our values as an organization on a daily basis.

What distinguishes each chapter in Kappa Alpha Theta is the school and campus each chapter is established.

As a collegian, on my campus at Eta Theta/University of Central Florida (UCF) there were only five times in your collegian career we were allowed in the campus Reflection Pond. Each year for homecoming UCF hosted its annual "Spirit Splash" which was our homecoming pep rally where everyone can celebrate by running into the fountain. It was also a tradition for all seniors to take graduation photos in the Reflection Pond on the day of their graduation.

Some of my favorite campus traditions I have seen throughout my time as an educational leadership consultant (ELC) have been:

1. While visiting Zeta Mu/MIT last spring I had the opportunity to admire the "Brass Rats" the sophomore members had just received. "Brass Rats" are large, heavy, distinct class rings designed each year to reflect the unique character on the MIT experience for that class.

2. Similarly, one of our newest chapters I had the privilege of establishing, Theta Theta/NC State has their class rings "spend the night" in the campus' Belltower. The Belltower is also lit red on the night of athletic victories and celebrating certain academic achievements.

3. Recently, while visiting our Alpha Phi/Tulane chapter in New Orleans I was able to see the "bead tree" in which students are able to throw beaded necklaces from celebrating Mardi Gras each year. Mardi Gras in New Orleans is an iconic event that kicks off the season of lent.

What are some of your favorite campus traditions that you celebrate on your campus?

April Brown, Eta Theta/University of Central Florida, Educational Leadership Consultant