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Posted On: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 08:37 AM, by Joan Hastings Kreiger
Joan Hastings Kreiger
Chi/Syracuse
When the Fraternity workforce was originally charged with the task of creating what eventually became known as our "Plan of Aspirations," I found myself continuously returning to a phrase that Bettie Locke had avowed nearly century before I was even born: "we knew we were part of something bigger than ourselves." It was that simple dictate that got me thinking about Theta's role in the bigger picture of today's collegiate experience, and helped initiate the design of the Ten Outstanding Faculty Members initiative.

As a college professor, I have the great privilege of seeing amazing things happen on campus all the time. And I see many dedicated faculty members (men and women, Greek and non-Greek) facilitate those wondrous happenings through mentorship, through challenging homework assignments, and through engaging classroom discussions. It wasn't hard for me to realize that helping to shape the way college students view themselves and the world is an honorable contribution to "something bigger than ourselves" whether one is a Theta or not.

This program is an opportunity for our international organization to recognize and honor those professors who demonstrate excellence in advancing the experiences of our college women. Thetas from all of our chapters had the privilege of generating conversations and discussions among their own members to define and identify excellence on their campuses. These thoughtful discussions led to the consensus of a single nominee from each chapter, who those members agree embody the spirit of Theta's goals and aspirations. With nearly 130 college chapters, we knew it would be hard to choose just a single winner from such a large group, and so we decided to launch the program as the ten most outstanding faculty members.

We are incredibly proud of these professors for their dedication to, and passion for, inspiring our college students. As a group, they represent an assortment of academic disciplines, geographical areas, and varied perspectives on teaching and learning. I am proud of our fraternity for looking beyond the black and gold and making a positive contribution to the broad field of higher education, not just the Greek landscape. This (inter)national recognition has the potential to become a hallmark program for the Fraternity and is another example of Theta's commitment to her legacy of generating something "bigger than ourselves."

Joan Hastings Kreiger, Chi/Syracuse, is the ritual committee chairman for Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity and is a charter Life Loyal member.


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