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Posted On: Sunday, June 16, 2013 01:51 PM, by Laura Kassenbrock Stelsel
Larry Dennis with his daughter Heather Dennis, Delta Psi/UC Riverside.
My Dad was the first man in my life to give me a diamond, and the one man I could always count on. Whatever I needed, be it help with my homework, help moving, or making a kite, my dad was there for me.

I remember how excited both he and my mom were when they took me to school early and got me settled in so I wouldn't have to worry about unpacking while going through recruitment. After they arrived home, my mom told me that my dad thought the girls by the dorms looked like they were a good group. I later found out that they wore "Think Theta" shirts! It was apparently destiny, and Dad knew it.

Fast-forward to me being initiated and buying everything Theta that I could get my hands on (doesn't seem like much has changed in those 20+ years). I, of course, had to buy the 'Kappa Alpha Theta Dad sweatshirt. Dad wore that sweatshirt all the time; I think he even wore it when it was 100 degrees outside! He loved when people asked about it. He would proudly say that his daughter was a Theta and explain what that meant.

I remember fondly that Dad even helped me make my own letters. Because of his handy work, I offered to make a kite for my chapter's Fall '94 recruitment. Our theme required a large color-blocked kite. Knowing that Dad was already skilled in making letters, of course he was going to help me with this kite. So, as summer was drawing to a close, I told my dad that I had volunteered and asked if he'd help. Of course, he said yes! There wasn't much he wouldn't do for me, and apparently that included making a kite on a hot Central California summer day! It was a huge success, and my chapter loved it.

Even though my Dad has passed away, I couldn't resist sharing my story of how proud he was of his Theta girl.

Heather Dennis is an alumna of Delta Psi/UC Riverside, Fraternity volunteer, charter Life Loyal member, and proud daughter of Larry Dennis.