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Posted On: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 08:22 AM, by Christa Dell Sobon
Christa Dell Sobon
Delta Zeta/Emory
As the scholarship committee chairman for Kappa Alpha Theta, I have the opportunity to review all the scholarship reports as they are submitted. One reason is to identify which chapters are below the All Sorority Average (ASA) and might need some assistance or support. In addition, it is an opportunity to see all the wonderful achievements of our chapters. To date, we have 27 chapters that had top grades on their campus for Spring 2012.

I was delighted to discover several wonderful bits of news. For example, the GPA for Zeta Rho/UC San Diego is the highest relative to the ASA on their campus. Their GPA is 3.38, while ASA is 3.13. Congratulations to Zeta Rho!

Congratulations also to Epsilon Iota/Westminster for currently having the longest streak of consecutive semesters being #1 in grades on their campus of any Theta chapter. They have had the top GPA on their campus for nine consecutive semesters, going back to Spring 2008. Eta Rho/James Madison has the second-longest streak with eight consecutive semesters with top grades, and Alpha Omicron/Oklahoma has been tops on their campus in grades for five consecutive semesters.

When asked about the secret to their success, Caroline Ayers and Courtney Darkow of Epsilon Iota replied:

"We have optional Theta Think Tanks (study hall) every couple of weeks. We also have a list of Theta academic mentors if a member wants to talk to someone who has taken the class. In addition, we reward members for their hard work with having everyone who received an A in the last week stand up so we can clap for them.
Also, if they received an A on an exam, they can put their name into the 'Smart Cookie' jar. At the end of the semester, we draw names, and those people receive gift cards to different places.
Moreover, during recruitment, we strive to gain members who are passionate about school."

Regarding what their success means to Epsilon Iota:

"We are so excited about this accomplishment. We are very proud of our number one in scholarship status, and we don't plan on ever letting that change."

It is so rewarding to see our chapters living our ideals.

Christa Dell Sobon, Delta Zeta/Emory, is the scholarship committee chairman for Kappa Alpha Theta, and is a charter Life Loyal member.

Posted On: Thursday, August 16, 2012 03:35 PM, by Audrey Sharp
Thetas and Dallas CASA interns Emily Drewry, Audrey Sharp, and Sheridan Davis.
Audrey Sharp is a guest blogger for the Fraternity blog. This summer she was an intern at Dallas CASA with three other Thetas. She shares her experience in order to show how a local CASA program functions and serves children.

Greetings from Dallas!

My name is Audrey Sharp, and I am a proud member of Epsilon Iota Chapter at Westminster College. This summer, not only have I had the privilege of meeting wonderful people down here in Dallas, I have had the opportunity to intern with Dallas CASA. Through this internship, I have met some incredible people who work in their office, experienced firsthand the work that CASA's do in court, and seen how life-changing they can be for a child. On an average day, Dallas has more than 2,000 abused and neglected children living in foster care! This number sounds bad because it is bad; the Dallas court system is working as hard as they can to help each and every one of these children, but the rate is faster than they can handle. Dallas CASA has more than 500 volunteers, which isn't even half the cases per day. Because of these extreme numbers, they rely heavily on their fund-raising.

One of their most successful fund-raisers is called Parade of Playhouses. Builders in the Dallas area team up with architects and build playhouses, which are raffled off to the general public. The event takes place at North Park Mall (the window shopping is just too tempting sometimes...), and each day, we make hundreds of dollars in sales! Volunteers from multiple Dallas organizations willingly set aside hours each day to help up sell the tickets—without them, this event wouldn't even run. We are so thankful for our amazing volunteers.

On top of meeting amazing men and women through CASA, I have made three new friendships that I believe were just meant to be. When applying for this internship, I had no idea that number of girls that would also be applying. Out of 300 applicants, it's just fate that the four of us were put together to run this event. These incredible Thetas are Sheridan Davis, Omicron/USC; Mary Grace Jarrett, Eta Phi/Belmont; and Emily Drewry, Tau/Northwestern. I feel SO blessed to have been able to work with them and create long-lasting friendships!

It's truly because of Theta that this internship was possible. The opportunities that I have had through the fraternity have been incredible and I hope I can continue to give back.

Theta love and mine,
Audrey Sharp

Audrey Sharp is communications director at Epsilon Iota/Westminster and this summer worked as an intern for Dallas CASA. Read more about her adventures on her blog.