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Posted On: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 10:29 AM, by Jenny Cook
The ELCs in front of headquarters during summer training.
It. Is. Theta-tastic. It has only been one year since I went to Kappa Alpha Theta headquarters for the very first time and it is needless to say that I was beyond excited. I finally had the opportunity to visit the place where Theta magic happened and meet the mysterious headquarters staff that had every answer to every Theta-related question I ever had. I remember pulling onto Founders Road in Indianapolis and getting chills from excitement about seeing this place I had only imagined. Finally as I turned a corner on the street, I saw our letters engraved on a brick sign in front of a quaint brick house tucked away at the end of the road. The building looked homey and welcoming and I was anxious to jump out of the car and go inside. You know that moment when you go somewhere new and time seems to stop as you take this new place all in? That's what happened to me when I first stepped foot inside headquarters. I was entranced by the main entrance and the Theta memorabilia that covered the walls. Old pictures of Thetas from the early 1900s greeted me at the door and vintage badges decorated the entrance to the board room, where Theta history seeps from every crevice. I could not wait to start exploring and taking it all in one Theta artifact at a time! Once I finally received my tour of headquarters, I became even more obsessed with Kappa Alpha Theta's rich history. Each wall in the board room has pictures, letters, apparel, and more showcasing the various decades from Theta's history. Although I now practically have this room memorized I still find myself standing in front of the cases staring at what they hold in them because every time I find something new that I had never seen before. In the downstairs area at headquarters, there is a white door that simply says "Archives" and behind it holds true Theta treasures. I could spend hours in there looking at old Theta documents written by Bettie Locke and our other founders from the 1880s. But one of my favorite things at headquarters is the map of the United States and Canada with colored push pins indicating every college and alumnae chapter in North America. This is among my favorite parts of headquarters because it helps to visualize just how big Theta's impact truly is internationally. Theta's impact and history covers every wall in the building and more history is being made there every day!

While I still think of headquarters as a mystical, magical place for all things Theta I also now think of it as another home. After spending most of last summer training at headquarters and traveling back there throughout the year, I always feel a sense of comfort and belonging when I step through that front door. I'm greeted by friendly faces and surrounded by the other ELCs who I can call some of my best friends. But most importantly I am immersed in the center of an organization that has completely changed my life. I am so grateful for every moment I get to spend at headquarters and I wish every Theta had the opportunity to experience the Theta magic it holds.

What's your favorite part of headquarters?

Jenny Cook, Beta Tau/Denison University, Educational Leadership Consultant