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Posted On: Monday, January 6, 2014 10:00 AM, by Amy Hayner Kates
Phoenix Alumnae Chapter members during their fall welcome meeting.
As every member of our Fraternity is taught, Kappa Alpha Theta was founded as the first Greek-letter fraternity for women. In creating Kappa Alpha Theta, Bettie, Alice, Bettie, and Hannah were leading the way for women's fraternal groups and for women in higher education.

As individuals and as chapters, Thetas are known for leading in our communities and on our campuses. As a whole, our Fraternity is known as a leading women's group; our ideas and programs have often been on the cutting edge. Although many of our members have been notable in their chosen fields of endeavor, we understand that leader is not a title conferred or an office held.

Recently, four young women at Swarthmore College sought to create a community of sisters by establishing the first women's fraternity on their campus in nearly 80 years. Like Theta's original founders, they persevered in the face of opposition for many months, demonstrating faith, hope, and love, and personifying leading women. The dedication and hard work of Callie Feingold, Olivia Ensign, Christina Obiajulu, and Julia Melin was rewarded last spring when the Alpha Beta Chapter was re-established at Swarthmore.

More than 2,300 miles away, Nicole Scott is dedicated to revitalizing the alumnae chapter in Phoenix, Ariz. Innovative programming has helped to increase membership; at the fall welcome meeting, each attendee completed the sentence "As a leading woman, I am..." Responses were documented on a heart-shaped card, and everyone discussed how they were leading women in their own lives.

Through Kappa Alpha Theta, each of us gains opportunities for friends, experiences, and goals that we might not have had otherwise. Through Kappa Alpha Theta, we are led to personal excellence and empowered to lead others there as well.

What does the phrase leading women mean to you?

Amy Hayner Kates, Alpha Phi/Tulane, is president of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity, and is a charter Life Loyal member.

Posted On: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 07:51 AM, by Lindsey Witt
Alpha Beta members with their charter.
As the based educational leadership consultants (ELCs) working with the Alpha Beta/Swarthmore College chapter, Corey Burnett and I had the unique privilege to assist in the reinstallation of the chapter into the Fraternity. The weekend of March 23 and 24 was incredible, and filled with much joy and excitement.

We had many favorite moments throughout the weekend. One of these was presenting the chapter charter to the four founders of Not Yet Sisters (NYS), an interest group that was integral in bringing women's fraternities back to the Swarthmore campus. Three of the four founders were recognized as alumnae initiates of the chapter, after having graduated in 2012 before Kappa Alpha Theta returned to campus. It was a very moving and special moment to see the dedication of these inspiring women come to fruition.

Another favorite moment was hosting the Installation banquet in Clothier Hall on the Swarthmore campus. Hannah Clothier, for whom the building is named, was an original charter member of Alpha Beta in 1891. Celebrating the reinstallation of the chapter in this space, with many of the chapter's archives from 1891-1927 on display, was truly a full-circle moment.

It was wonderful to have friends, parents, and college administration in attendance to celebrate the accomplishments of the young women of Alpha Beta. We are so proud of the strength, courage, and dedication that these charter class members demonstrate on a continual basis, and are honored to call them sisters.

Lindsey Witt, Beta Delta/Arizona, is an educational leadership consultant for Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity.