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Posted On: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 09:20 AM, by Melissa Shaub
For 25 years, Kappa Alpha Theta and National Court Appointed Special Advocates have shared a partnership rooted in a shared belief that every abused or neglected child should be safe, establish permanence, and have the opportunity to thrive. During our partnership, Thetas have been advocates, contributed countless volunteer hours, and provided millions of dollars in support of national and local CASA programs. Unfortunately, the number of children in foster care is rising, and there are thousands of children who do not have a voice because they don't have a CASA.

We know it costs approximately $1,000 a year to fund a CASA volunteer for one child—a cost that is just one third spent for one month in foster care. Throughout our 25-year partnership, Thetas have contributed more than $1.2 million to Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation's grant to National CASA, and in a three-hour period and through $5 contributions, attendees at the 2014 Grand Convention raised enough money so that Theta Foundation could provide 14 children with a CASA volunteer for a year.

Today, we're going to demonstrate that abused and neglected children are not forgotten children - and we can't do this without you (and your friends). We are a Fraternity of more than 200,000+ members, but it would only take 1,000 of us making gifts of $25 to reach our goal of providing 25 children with a CASA volunteer for a year. Every gift of every size matters—big or small—and every member can make a difference. For the next 25 hours, we are asking Thetas to do what they do best, and to work together, to meet our goal of $25,000 in 25 hours. We know that when Thetas come together to spread the widest influence for good, anything is possible!

Donate today! When filling out the online form, make sure to select Restricted Donation and National CASA so that your donation is credited appropriately. And...follow along with the #Theta25CASA hashtag to receive updates!

The CASA 25th Anniversary Donation Drive is a joint effort between Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity and Theta Foundation.

Posted On: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 08:45 AM, by Kristi Tucker
Since 2010, 3,950 women have enrolled in Theta Life Loyal! These women became Life Loyal for many different reasons: to support The Magazine, to help the Fraternity provide better services for our members, or to stay connected to our sisterhood long after their college years.

This program has grown tremendously over the last five years, and continues to grow every day. Help us reach 4,000 Life Loyal members by the end of May! You can enroll at www.thetalifeloyal.org. Already a member? Give the gift of a membership to another sister.

Thank you Life Loyal members, promoters, and supporters for five years of success!

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

Posted On: Monday, April 13, 2015 08:30 AM, by Kristi Tucker
Delta Delta/Whitman advisors
To all of our international, district, committee and chapter volunteers, we thank you for all you do! You help our chapters run smoothly, you find updated member contact information, you plan events, and so much more. You donate something that is very precious to each and every one of us—your time.

During National Volunteer Appreciation Week (April 12-18, 2015), we ask all our members to take a moment to thank the Theta volunteers in their lives. Visit our Facebook page to tag your favorite volunteer in a post using #ThankaTheta. Visit our Pinterest board to find simple but meaningful ways to show a Theta volunteer how much you appreciate her. Post a picture of you and a Theta volunteer to our Instagram page.

Volunteers are the leading women who help make Theta her best. Check out this list of our volunteers to find a chapter advisor's name, an alumnae chapter president's name, or even your name.

Thank you, Theta volunteers!

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

Posted On: Monday, March 23, 2015 08:30 AM, by Katie Busby
Katie Busby
Epsilon Zeta/
Mississippi
During our college experience, we encounter individuals who leave an indelible mark on our lives. These individuals include our roommates, friends, Thetas, classmates, and our faculty.

If you are an alumna, then you probably have fond memories of your favorite professor. This professor probably didn't give an "easy A," but that wasn't why you took the class. He/she probably challenged you to accomplish more than you thought was possible while demonstrating a passion for knowledge and a commitment to students. Faculty members on campuses across the United States and Canada continue to instill knowledge while inspiring, engaging, and mentoring today's Theta collegians.

Commitment to higher education and scholarship as demonstrated by these faculty members is also a cornerstone of Kappa Alpha Theta, and is a priority through the Plan of Aspirations. This shared commitment was the impetus to establish the Kappa Alpha Theta Outstanding Faculty Award.

In 2015, the fourth year of this hallmark program, I have the privilege of serving on the award selection committee. Last year, we received more than 100 nominations submitted by each Theta college chapter, and were tasked with selecting ten recipients. The five men and five women who comprise the 2014 Outstanding Faculty list each make significant and unique contributions to their students' lives by inspiring them inside the classroom as well as helping them reach their goals outside of the classroom.

Each college chapter is strongly encouraged to submit its nominated faculty member via the Officer Portal; the deadline for applications is Friday, April 10. Special thanks to Jill Andersen, Zeta Theta/Cal Polytechnic State, and Erin Howle, Delta Kappa/Louisiana State, for serving on the Outstanding Faculty Award selection committee.

Who is making a difference in your life? Which faculty member do you remember the most from your college days? Which faculty member(s) inspired you to reach your aspirations?

Katie Busby, PhD, Epsilon Zeta/Mississippi, served as a judge on the Outstanding Faculty Award selection committee, and is a former Fraternity president.

Posted On: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 08:30 AM, by Liz Appel Rinck
Winter 2015 issue
One of the most pleasing aspects of serving as editor of the Theta magazine is the chance to meet so many accomplished members—even if it is only virtually—and sharing their stories with you. The Winter 2015 issue offers an abundance of amazing Thetas, including Carrie Hammer, who has won praise for her fashion shows featuring role models rather than fashion models, and Lindsey Pitts Croop, a ballerina with the prestigious Dance Theatre of Harlem.

I am pleased that this issue also includes a number of notable "friends of Theta," including Michael Piraino, CEO of National CASA, and ten outstanding faculty members as nominated by our college chapters across the continent. This is the third year that the Fraternity has honored exceptional faculty on campuses with Theta chapters. The honorees for the 2013-14 academic year teach in fields ranging from STEM to literature to business. In addition, the institutions in which they teach range from public to private, from research-based to liberal arts-based. They were chosen from more than 110 nominations by Theta chapters who believe their professors personify Theta's aspirations inside and outside of the classroom.

We hope you'll be inspired by the women (and men!) in the latest issue of the Theta magazine.

Liz Appel Rinck, Gamma/Butler, is the director of communications for Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity.

Posted On: Friday, March 13, 2015 05:30 AM, by Laura Ware Doerre
Laura Doerre
Fraternity president
Recent news coverage of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at the University of Oklahoma has revived some unfavorable stereotypes regarding Greek culture and raised pointed questions about the value of the fraternity system on college campuses. As members of the first Greek-letter fraternity for women, we are well aware of the worth of our sisterhood in Kappa Alpha Theta. Yet incidents such as those on the Oklahoma campus offer us an opportunity to examine our attitudes and actions and to recommit ourselves to living the words of our ritual, not simply saying them.

As Thetas, we are proud of our inclusive membership and our non-discriminatory recruitment policies. As Thetas, we are dedicated to social, intellectual, and moral growth, and we hold each other accountable for offensive language and behavior. As Thetas, we must be thoughtful in our conduct and speech, not because there may be a camera nearby but because we espouse the ideals of noble womanhood, which include treating everyone with respect and dignity.

Everything we say and do is not only a reflection of who we are individually but who we are as Thetas. I am deeply honored to serve Kappa Alpha Theta as president, and I very rarely am given reason to be anything but immensely proud of the accomplishments and contributions of each of our college and alumnae members. In this, the 145th year since our founding, let us continue to take every opportunity to lead one another to personal excellence, to model behavior that reflects the principles of our Fraternity.

Laura Doerre, Delta Xi/North Carolina, is the president of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity.


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