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Posted On: Monday, February 6, 2017 07:46 AM, by Kristi Tucker
Chapter officer pendant

Check out some of Theta's newest official jewelry! We are offering a new style of badge pendant and a new legacy dangle.


The pendant has in black enamel the words "Chapter Officer" along the sides of the kite to indicate your position as either a college or alumnae chapter officer. You can pin your badge inside the pendant to wear as a necklace. The pendant is available in small and large sizes—to accommodate small and large badges—and in gold plate, 10K, or 14K gold.


The legacy dangle, represented by connecting hearts, is a great way to symbolize your heritage within Kappa Alpha Theta. The dangle comes in gold plate, 10K, or 14K gold as well.


Please visit the official jewelry website to place your order.

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

Posted On: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 08:00 AM, by Greta Hass Snell
Greta and her mother, Julie Stouthamer Hass
As most people do, I tend to spend November reminiscing on all the things I am thankful for—family, friends, good health, a home, a job. For the sake of relevancy, though, I'm sharing my "Theta Thanks" with you.

I grew up listening to my mom tell stories about her Theta experience, and almost instantly upon accepting my bid to the Beta Chapter at Indiana University, I understood why she was always so giddy to talk about her Theta sisters and her memories in the chapter facility. (Now, I also understand why she was so protective of her 1976 Little 500 Theta sweatshirt and am still wondering how I can sneak that one into my closet.)

Not only do I owe a lot of my personal growth to my Theta sisters and best friends, but I owe a lot to my mom. The root of my Theta love stems from the sisterhood I share with her. Today and all days, I'm thankful she embraced her Theta experience in a way that inspired me to want to do the same. I am thankful I thought Theta, and I am thankful I share that connection with my mom.

Throughout the last few weeks, we've been asking you what Theta experiences you are most thankful for, and below is a compilation of some of the many #ThetaThanks submissions. Today and all days, Thetas can be thankful for:

  • Ritual. We share ritual with so many incredible women, and it is an opportunity to remind ourselves what's important and keep us grounded in our morals and standards.

  • Family. Theta provides an instant family in which we are all bonded by sisterhood. Theta is our home away from home.

  • Inspiring and educational opportunities. Events like the Theta Service Trip, Grand Convention, and Emerging Leaders Institute all provide a chance for us to grow both individually and together as leading women.

  • The bonds of friendship. Theta truly is for a lifetime and the support extends well past the college experience and into life as an alumna.

  • Opportunities to be a part of something bigger. Year after year, Theta continues to grow its footprint, giving women the opportunity to be a charter member for their Theta chapter and have a lasting imprint in Theta's rich history.

  • Constant support. A Theta sister is always quick to offer support and encouragement during the good, the bad, and the ugly.

  • Leading women. Theta's strong, vibrant, and smart leaders—both within and outside the Fraternity—inspire us all to go above and beyond.


What Theta experience are you thankful for? Share with us using #ThetaThanks on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram!

Greta Hass Snell, Beta/Indiana, is an associate editor at Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity headquarters.

Posted On: Friday, June 14, 2013 08:55 AM, by Laura Kassenbrock Stelsel
Doug Salzer, father of twin Delta Kappa/LSU collegians Claire and Kaitlyn Salzer
I have twin daughters, and I wanted them to join a sorority. At the time my daughters were invited to become members of Theta, I was mainly happy that my daughters experienced the recruitment process, which was a roller coaster of emotions, and they were both invited to a sorority. I really did not know much about Theta, so my overriding perception was simply that being part of Theta would give my daughters the opportunity to attend social functions, meet new people from different backgrounds, and gain new friends.

I have now learned that my original perception was much too narrow. Theta has given my daughters many more experiences and opportunities for personal growth and further development of skills that young women need for personal and professional success. I was particularly impressed with the encouragement my daughters received from their Theta sisters to become involved and take on positions of leadership and responsibility in the sorority. My daughters have grown from kids into confident young women.

Theta has become, and I think will now always be, a part of our family. For me, and I am sure for many other dads, it is a scary time when your daughter first leaves to go to college. Your hope is that your daughter will receive a good education and develop skills that will transition her to adulthood. The problem is your daughter is taking those steps in a sense alone and away from her family support group. My daughters' Theta sisters have become their extended family support group.

Recently, one of my daughters, who was going through particularly difficult semester of classes, said it best. She said, "Dad, I don't know how I would have made it through this last semester without my friends in Theta." They encouraged her when she was down, and they pushed her when she was tired and didn't feel like going anymore.

My daughters' experiences with Theta have given them greater confidence in themselves: confidence to step out of their comfort zone, confidence to take on new responsibilities, and confidence that they will succeed.

I am convinced they would not have grown so much as young women over the past three years without the Theta experience.

Doug Salzer is the father of twin Delta Kappa/LSU collegians Claire and Kaitlyn Salzer. He is a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, initiated at Louisiana State University.

Posted On: Thursday, June 13, 2013 12:41 PM, by Laura Kassenbrock Stelsel
Christina Morris visiting her mother's chapter, Gamma Delta/Georgia, as a child.
My wife, Ellen Gurley Morris, is a Theta initiated at the University of Georgia. We always hoped our daughter Christina would have the opportunity to be a part of Greek life. When she chose to attend Belmont, Theta was not on campus. It was somewhat of a "crushed" dream for my wife; sharing the joy of Theta sisterhood was instilled into Christina at a very young age when we returned to visit UGA and took her to the beautiful Theta house. We encouraged her to go through recruitment, and she signed up but was very busy with her music and did not participate.

The summer before her junior year, my wife found out that Theta was coming to campus while Christina was in Europe and was elated. Christina found out about it, and without even discussing it, called home and said, "I'm going to be a Theta!"

I knew it would be a unique opportunity for my daughter to be part of something that would be a legacy for years to come; becoming a charter member is quite a privilege to help establish the sorority into greatness.

Greek life can instill so many valuable experiences, the joy of sisterhood, being involved a college organization, community service, leadership opportunities and of course the fun social events! I knew that given the opportunity to be a Theta would enrich her college experience and also serve her well with her future endeavors.

Theta has been a huge part of Christina's life while at Belmont. Joining Theta provided her the opportunity to get involved, take on officer responsibilities and work with a diverse group of women for a common goal; to forge a great sisterhood, this is what Greek life is all about.

There have been so many great memories associated with Theta, but the one that stands out the most has to be the Charter Service, where all the sisters signed the charter. For Christina, becoming a charter member of Eta Phi Chapter was an event she will always cherish.

I'm so fortunate to have a strong relationship with our daughter. I am happiest when my family is happy, and Christina is extremely happy and proud to be a Theta. It gives my wife and daughter something they will both treasure and share in for years to come.

Barry Morris is the husband of Ellen Gurley Morris, Gamma Delta/Georgia, and the father of Christina Morris, Eta Phi/Belmont. He is a member of the Beta Lambda Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, initiating at the University of Georgia.

Posted On: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 10:01 AM, by Laura Kassenbrock Stelsel
The Rigby Family
Catherine and Elizabeth Rigby, both alumnae of Delta Kappa/LSU, wrote to us about their proud Theta dad, Owen, saying, "Not only has he spent the better part of the last six years moving his two Theta daughters in and out of the Theta house, he has also spent much of those years volunteering for the Thetas. He has helped cook catfish for the Theta catfish fry, cooking hamburgers for Homecoming festivities, and set up and decorating (with direction from his wife and daughters) for Bid Day when his daughter (Catherine) was VP Education (now CEdO). Owen transported the large yard letters across the state and attended every father-daughter function at LSU, including the LSU Kappa Alpha Theta father-daughter baseball game tailgate (even though he is NOT an LSU fan)! Owen's love and dedication to his daughters has carried over to their dedication as Theta women. His Theta daughters could not ask for a better role model or father and love him very much!"

So, we wanted to ask Owen why Theta means so much to him. This is how he responded:

I knew of Theta from my college days and knew it was a strong organization. Theta has given my daughters an opportunity to grow in so many ways: make great friends, participate in leadership, and give back through philanthropy.

I have many great Theta memories. One favorite has to be when our older daughter (Catherine) was VP Education. During recruitment at LSU, all of the potential new members run down sorority row behind the officers to their new sorority's house. Seeing the pure excitement in the faces of the current and new members was extremely special.

Another was when our younger daughter (Elizabeth) called to say she was going to join Theta. It was very exciting to have both of our girls together at the same university and members of the same great organization.

Theta has been a part of our lives for six years now, and I am sure that will continue. The organization has done so much for our daughters; I could not have asked for more for them. Many of our daughters' best college friends are Thetas. What a tremendous group of young women!

Owen Rigby is the father of Delta Kappa Chapter alumnae Catherine and Elizabeth Rigby.

Posted On: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 03:30 PM, by Laura Kassenbrock Stelsel
The Christensen Family
Our oldest daughter, Kerri, decided at the last minute to go through recruitment instead of moving into an apartment. Transferring to WSU as junior, I knew it might be a challenge for her to join a house. Fortunately, it worked out perfectly for her. She lived in the house for two and a half years before graduating and still has wonderful friends for life from the Theta house.

Being familiar with the strength of the Theta house at WSU from my days there, I was thrilled for Kerri and her experience as a Theta. Katie and Courtney were fortunate to follow in her footsteps and their bond grew stronger as a result. Everything about the Theta house was positive for our girls. Life-long friends, good study habits, good grades...I remain very thankful for their collective Theta experience.

My favorite memory was the eight consecutive years that I got to stay in the Theta house for Dad's Weekend. Meeting dads of their sisters in the house and seeing them annually was very special. We remain good friends with some of the parents.

I feel honored to have three beautiful, successful daughters that all had the pleasure of being a Theta at Washington State University. Thetas are highly regarded by our family. And now with four granddaughters, we are all praying they will have the same opportunity someday.

Larry Christensen is the father of three Theta daughters: Kerri Christensen Clary, Katie Christensen Kleven, and Courtney Christensen, all alumnae of Alpha Sigma/Washington State. He is a member of Lambda Chi Alpha and an alumni of WSU.


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