Many years after the founding of Kappa Alpha Theta, Bettie Locke Hamilton wrote, "We realized somehow that we weren't going to college just for ourselves, but for all the girls who would follow after us." While it's inappropriate to apply current terminology, like feminist, to a woman who was born more than 150 years ago, and impossible to know, aside from what we can infer in her writing, what that woman thought, it seems reasonable to assume that Bettie at least hoped for a future in which women had achieved the same political, social, and economic rights as men.
Yet gender-based violence, a highly personal example of inequality, is the focus of this issue's profile article. Rebecca Macy, Nu/Hanover, a distinguished professor at North Carolina University, conducts community-based research on gender-based violence, including domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sex trafficking. Although it is disheartening to realize that women today face many of the same challenges our sisters faced in 1885, there is hope to be found in an evolving cultural zeitgeist and the strength derived from women supporting women.
Macy graces the cover of the Winter 2018 issue of the Theta magazine, and you can learn more about her work inside.
A champion for preserving and maintaining our ritual; a role model to thousands in the Greek community; and the personification of Theta's values, including vision, tenacity, and determination, Amy Hayner Kates's impact on Kappa Alpha Theta will be felt for generations to come. It was with deep sadness that we announced Amy's death in July from heart disease.
Initiated by the Alpha Phi Chapter at Tulane, Amy served two terms as Fraternity president, three terms as Fraternity vice president, nearly nine years on Theta's delegation to the National Panhellenic Conference, and four years as Theta Foundation trustee and Fraternity Housing Corporation board member. Her Theta career began with service as an educational leadership consultant, college chapter advisor, college chapter facility corporation board member, and college district president.
Amy graces the cover of the Summer 2017 issue of the Theta magazine, and you can learn more about her dedication and service to Theta inside.
Her passion for this issue continued into Fairbank's college career, when she turned her attention to government policies aimed at reducing homelessness. She conducted research on poverty policies in nine different countries and worked in a research group at UT Dallas to create a drug prevention and intervention program targeted toward homeless youth. The resulting program has now been implemented at five schools.
Read more about Nancy and other Theta leading women, including an author, a consultant, and an innovator, in the Spring 2017 issue of the Theta magazine.
From the smiling face of New Orleans restaurateur Ti Martin on our cover to updates on our newest college chapters to news of our 2016 outstanding professors, the current issue of the Theta magazine celebrates vision and dedication.
It also announces 2017 as the Year of Celebrating Scholarship. In addition to pushing boundaries when they created Kappa Alpha Theta, our founders pushed boundaries in their personal and professional lives. As we near our sesquicentennial in 2020, we are dedicating a year to each founder and commemorating a Theta core value that she represents.
Alice Allen Brant, for example, became a high school principal and espoused an innovative educational philosophy. It is in her honor that 2017 will celebrate Theta's commitment to academic excellence as well as all our sisters who exemplify learning, growing, and being a part of something larger than themselves.
We hope you are enjoying all the stories in the Winter 2017 issue. If you don't receive all four quarterly issues or if print simply isn't your thing, you can access the past 10 years of the Theta magazine online.
I am thrilled to announce that Meghan Grenda is the 5000th member of Kappa Alpha Theta Life Loyal! Meghan is the chief executive officer of Epsilon Zeta at Mississippi, and her mother purchased the membership as a gift because Theta has been such a valuable experience for her daughter.
We officially launched Theta Life Loyal at Grand Convention 2010, and meeting the milestone of 5000 members in just a few years is incredibly exciting!
During those years, many members have shared their stories and the reasons they joined Life Loyal. Looking back, I'm amazed to see the love, support, and appreciation for Theta in these stories:
"When I joined Theta, it was a lifetime commitment for me. Life Loyal is just the next step in my promise to be an earnest, faithful, and enthusiastic worker for Theta!" Cathie Waters Cardelucci, Beta Xi/UCLA
"It seemed like a lot of money, but the Life Loyal program is an investment that pays off. I won't have to worry about paying (alumnae per capita) dues each year. I can stay informed via The Kappa Alpha Theta Magazine." June Kendall, Beta Kappa/Drake
"To me, being Life Loyal is an opportunity to give back to Theta and to say 'Thank you' for the meaningful years of membership that influenced my life while in college and as an alumna in my journey as a Theta for a Lifetime." Lou Wetstein Simpson, Beta Tau/Denison
"I am proud to become a Life Loyal member after having been a Theta for 50 years. I believe that being Life Loyal shows a lifetime commitment to saying connected to Kappa Alpha Theta and makes me feel an even closer bond to my sorority by showing my support this way." Linda Hewson Edmondson, Gamma Iota/Kentucky
Thank you to all our Life Loyal members for your support and commitment!
"My best friends to this day are women I met because of Theta," Jessica Lee, Phi deuteron/Stanford
"Theta's tagline is about more than sisterhood; it's about enabling, mentoring, and fostering growth in women," Gretchen Wherry West, Epsilon Psi/Richmond
"True leaders keep adapting and improving in this world of unending change," Joelle Jay, Beta Mu/Nevada
In each issue of the Theta magazine, we're delighted to introduce you to sisters who personify Theta's ideals of individual achievement and work for the common good, as well as our shared experiences of service, scholarship, and sisterhood. You can meet Jessica, Gretchen, and Joelle in the Autumn 2016 issue, as well as many other Theta collegians and alumnae from across the globe.
During this season of thanks and giving, let us be grateful for one another and for the first Greek-letter fraternity for women.
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