Kappa Alpha Theta is a founding member of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) and greatly values our relationships with our sister NPC groups. As NPC women, we know how important the sorority experience is, and we advocate for it every day. Our entire sorority experience is shaped by the Panhellenic sisters who stand beside us. Through good times and bad, we are all bonded by the common experience of sorority.
The sorority experience is unlike any other, and we all had different reasons for joining Kappa Alpha Theta. Some of us were legacies trying to follow in our family members' footsteps, some of us were new to the entire experience and some of us were unsure but attended recruitment anyway. Whatever your reasons for joining, your reasons for staying and becoming a leader in your chapter and the Panhellenic community are entirely different. NPC wants to recognize and celebrate these differences.
TheSororityLife.com is a website created by NPC that provides potential new members the "real deal" on sorority life. By submitting a college lifestyle profile, you will be able to showcase your sorority experience while also having an impact on future sorority women. The profile is easy to fill out and doesn't take longer than 10 minutes. This is a great way to promote Theta on an international scale.
So what are you waiting for? Inspire young women today by filling out the "My College Lifestyle" profile on TheSororityLife.com. At the end of the profile application, feel free to take a few minutes to share your story on video.
Kudos to the Kappa Alpha Theta members at Columbia for making it to the pages of the Sunday (April 10) issue of The New York Times. The title of the article was "When a Feminist Pledges a Sorority" as if that was a new concept. In fact, there is a strong foundation of feminists creating and joining sororities. I would argue that women's empowerment and sororities is nothing new. Throughout the history of sororities* one can find women who have been trailblazers and pioneers in their fields. Of course, for one who does not wish to believe this no amount of proof will be sufficient.
Sisterhood has really never gone out of style and it has been a cornerstone of National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) organizations since the beginning.
I offer ten women whom most anti-sorority people would never believe belonged to a sorority. (*I know all too well that although the organizations are colloquially called sororities, the majority of the 26 National Panhellenic Conference groups are officially women's fraternities or fraternities for women). These ten women were from a "top of my head" list. There are scores of others who belong on this list.
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While meeting fellow Theta sisters was a blast, the main purpose of this trip was to gain support and co-sponsorships from senators and representatives for the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act (CHIA). We were separated into teams, and I would like to say I had the best team consisting of Theta's Fraternity President Laura Doerre as well as Delta Gamma's Staci Skoog. Although we could probably be professional tour guides after all our meetings on the Hill, we were able to successfully secure some co-sponsors for CHIA.
When I heard the statement "Theta is for a lifetime," I did not fully understand the concept until this trip. Theta has no boundaries. I feel that I have truly developed some lasting relationships with my fellow Theta sisters. I was truly honored to represent Theta and the National Panhellenic Conference as a leading woman. I am excited to say I will be returning next year, and I cannot wait to reconnect with more Thetas in D.C.!
You prefer group activities like Habitat for Humanity and political campaigns that include a strong social component, so you can work AND have fun at the same time. Meeting new people and collecting new experiences is your priority as you give back.
• Engaging with a local alumnae chapter or circle
• Engaging with young alumnae group
• Advising at a college chapter
• Becoming a CASA volunteer
• Joining a local Panhellenic group
• Joining a professional networking group/chamber of commerce
• Volunteering abroad or through a City Year or AmeriCorps program on a national level
• Unpaid internships
• Junior League/service leagues
• Assisting with political canvassing/rallies
• Staying involved with causes from college
As stated in the Panhellenic Creed, "We, as Fraternity women, stand for service through the development of character inspired by the close contact and deep friendship of individual fraternity and Panhellenic life. The opportunity for wide and wise human service, through mutual respect and helpfulness, is the tenet by which we strive to live."
It's easy to see the connection to Theta's own values when I read this, and it is a reminder that all of us have the privilege and responsibility to be representatives of Kappa Alpha Theta and all Panhellenic groups as we share our pride. Just as we strive to live our Theta ritual through our daily lives, the National Panhellenic Conference provides opportunities for all sorority women to engage with and live our common values. By providing programs like Something of Value, consulting team visits, and Advance Panhellenic!, NPC shows an outward dedication to our ritual. Though each NPC group's ritual is unique, NPC supports all of us in our efforts to be our best selves and to celebrate our common values.
Though we know that NPC offers many resources for college chapters and Panhellenic councils on college campuses, the support for Panhellenic women goes beyond college. Alumnae Panhellenics provide tangible ways to continue to develop our common bonds and celebrate our organizations. Alumnae Panhellenics often offer scholarships, conduct special welcoming ceremonies for graduating college members, and most importantly, provide a continued avenue for sorority women to share their values, support one another, and enhance their communities. What a perfect way to live our ritual outside of college life!
We are all proud of our Theta affiliation, and are equally proud to be part of the larger Panhellenic community. What better time to reflect on this connection and the way we share our experiences as members than during National Ritual Celebration Week!
I often consider my Theta badge as a representation of growth. From the moment I first received it to now, it's clear that Theta is a large part of how I've progressed through life (and continue to). My badge is the emblem of Theta ideals, and for that, it signifies a lot of who I strive to be in my daily life.
Headquarters is packed with Thetas, but it is also very fortunate to have staff members representing a variety of NPC and NIC groups. It is a diverse and Panhellenic environment in nature. And, as we all remind ourselves of what our Theta badge means to us, here's a peek into how other staffers feel about their badge on International Badge Day:
Kristi Tucker, Kappa Delta—"Whenever I look at my badge, I always think of our open motto, 'Ta Kala Diokomen,' which means 'let us strive for that which is honorable, beautiful, and highest.' It's fun to say it in Greek, but more importantly, it reminds me to be a more faithful and loving person. I'm also reminded of my sisters and the friendships and memories I have with them."
Madisen Petrosky, Sigma Kappa—"To me, Sigma Kappa's badge is the physical representation of our ritual. The meaning of our letters and the triangle shape are special, and I am always so proud to wear it over my heart and show that I try to live my sorority's values every day. Two of these values are personal growth and friendship. I am incredibly thankful to Sigma Kappa for instilling these values in me, but I am also very thankful to Kappa Alpha Theta for helping me grow and develop these values. I can push myself in personal growth through the work I do and what I continue to learn by working at a fraternal foundation. And, of course, it has been more than wonderful to build all the new friendships I have with my Panhellenic sisters here at Theta!"
Gretchen Brown, Alpha Chi Omega—"My badge, the Alpha Chi Omega Lyre, means the world to me. It reminds me of my wonderful days at Ohio Wesleyan and my sisters back in the 1950s. It reminds me that I found instant life-long friends in four different alumnae chapters, making my move to new cities so much easier. My family is a Panhellenic one: my mother a Pi Beta Phi; my daughter a Delta Gamma; my cousins Kappa Kappa Gammas and, one very dear Theta niece. But my Theta family is so very special! In my 22 years on staff at Kappa Alpha Theta, I have received so much love and respect for my Alpha Chi membership. Being so very proud to work here at headquarters has increased my pride in Alpha Chi and all Greek organizations. It just does not get better than this - my Alpha Chi badge and my special Theta family!"
Abby Merritt, Phi Mu—"My badge is a small reminder of the huge impact that Phi Mu has had on my life. It reminds me of the strong bond of sisterhood that helped me develop into the person I am today. It reminds me to give back to my community. It reminds me to always stay grounded and humble. I'm proud to wear my badge because it connects me to a special group of women all over the world who share the same values and ideals."
Christine Lorkowski, Pi Beta Phi—"My Pi Beta Phi arrow badge has meant so many things. During college it was a sense of belonging, when at that time, my life had changed for the first time ever. No longer living at home, I felt that my sorority and the badge that accompanied it was a safe place for me to land. Then, in some of the years following college, it was somewhat (regrettably) forgotten. The exception was the friends that I held on to from those Pi Phi days who have remained that safe place. As I think about my badge and the significance to me now, I probably appreciate it more than ever. I see it as a representation of a time of growth, responsibility, support, fun, laughter, hopefulness for the future, and not to forget, belonging."
Jeff Rinck, Sigma Chi—"You might think my fraternity badge doesn't mean much to me as I gave it away 30 odd years ago, but I remember how proud I was to wear it after initiation. I am still proud of all that being a member of Sigma Chi means. I am proud of the values that my fraternity espouses and even more proud when I am with my brothers and see those values brought to life. I still get a lump in my throat during our ritual and when we sing that old song about my sweetheart of Sigma Chi ... who still has my badge."
Each NPC and NIC group has its own unique history, but as a Greek community, we share many of the same values. In many ways we are one group of leaders, role models, philanthropists, and sisters and brothers.
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