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Posted On: Monday, December 5, 2016 07:36 AM, by Becky Reed Barker
Dr. Rebecca Barker
Beta Zeta/
Oklahoma State

We may or may not remember their names, but we remember their faces, what they said, what they didn't say, how they could make class enjoyable and learning invigorating. The special ones separated themselves from the others by going the extra mile, creating an engaging classroom experience, challenging us to grow in ways we didn't think were possible, and believing in us—when maybe we didn't. Not everyone has this type of experience with a faculty member in college, but when we do, it is special.


The professor has power, not only to assign and submit grades, but also to impact a student in a profound and personal manner: to stir a passion for a particular subject, research topic, or learning experience. To inspire a young person to select a major and ultimately impact a career path and her future. This is the power of influence. During my undergraduate years, I experienced two such professors, but they never knew the true impact they had on me.


I wish we had a formal way to say thank you to those professors back then, the faculty members everyone had heard of, recommended, or who impacted their story so powerfully. We would've recommended them for an honor had there been one. We would have collectively let them know how they made a difference in our lives. I wish I could do that today; with hindsight and wisdom that comes through the years, I would like them to know they made a difference to me.


The power of the professor is strong...in so many ways. I hope you'll spend a few moments reflecting on your college experience and about which faculty members had an impact in your life. If you are still able to, I hope you will extend them a thank you. Each year, Kappa Alpha Theta chapters have the opportunity to do this very thing: to recognize faculty members who have influenced students and made a difference on campus. Our Outstanding Faculty Award is a wonderful way to highlight those who go the extra mile, light a spark of interest, or challenge growth. Chapter members recommend a professor based on the four points of the Theta kite: intellectual curiosity, leadership potential, commitment to service, and personal excellence.


It is a treat to read the nominations, to learn how gifted teachers truly inspire and change our members. Join me in congratulating the faculty selected for this year's honor. Not only are they making a difference in the lives of our members, they are a now a special part of these chapter's stories.

Dr. Rebecca Barker, Beta Zeta/Oklahoma State, is the director of leadership and volunteerism at the University of Oklahoma, and is a former educational leadership consultant for Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity.

Posted On: Monday, November 28, 2016 07:57 AM, by Liz Appel Rinck
Autumn 2016 issue

"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.

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

Posted On: Monday, November 21, 2016 08:08 AM, by Kristi Tucker
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If you've purchased a badge recently, you may have noticed a tiny gold piece attached to the stem (pin) on the back. Seeing it, you may have wondered "What is that tiny thing, and is it important?" You're not the only person to ask that question!


That tiny piece is called a bubble guard, and it is, indeed important: it can keep you from losing your badge. Here's how it should work.


When you put your badge on, put the pin through the fabric. Before you put the pin in the clasp and close it, slide the little bubble guard on the pin. Then clasp it shut. If for some reason the clasp opens, the bubble guard will catch your badge, helping it stay on your clothing.


Do you want to know more about Theta's badges? Visit History of Our Badge and Badge Disposition Guidelines on Theta's heritage website. Do you have a story about your own badge? Send it to archives@kappaalphatheta.org.

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

Posted On: Monday, November 7, 2016 08:23 AM, by Kristi Tucker

As I sit here writing this, I cannot believe that it is already November. The day after Halloween, I saw the first commercial for the holidays! Slowly social media posts, more holiday commercials, and even invitations to holiday parties started creeping into my life.


At this rate, I better get my shopping list in order! If your holiday shopping list includes a new Theta badge, visit the website of our official jeweler, J. Lewis Small, Inc., to place your order before November 22 (to receive your badge in time).


Also, check out our newly redesigned Greek licensed vendor website, where you can view everything our 600+ licensed vendors offer. If you're on the go and prefer to shop on your phone, download the new FindGreek app. It's free in both the App Store and on Google Play. This app has the largest and most diverse collection of Theta licensed merchandise—right at your fingertips!

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

Posted On: Monday, October 31, 2016 07:28 AM, by Maddie McMillian
Sen. McCaskill, center, and Alpha Mu chapter members

This year, the Alpha Mu/Missouri executive board introduced a Leading Women Speaker series to better connect our college members with alumnae. We invited several alumnae to "come home" to Theta to speak about their time as collegians, as well as their experience as a leading woman in the real world. These evenings proved to be uplifting, informative, and special for all the women involved.


On October 10, United States Senator Claire McCaskill, Alpha Mu/Missouri, attended our chapter meeting as a part of our speaker series. She graduated from Mizzou in 1975, and then earned her law degree in 1978. She went on to become a Missouri state representative, Jackson County prosecutor (the first woman to hold that position), Missouri state auditor, a 2004 candidate for Missouri governor, and the first woman from Missouri to be elected to the U.S. Senate. She is the epitome of a leading woman.


In her talk, Sen. McCaskill discussed the struggles she endured as a woman in the workforce and in politics and encouraged our members to be confident in themselves and always fight to achieve their dreams. She also allowed much time for questions and pictures.


A few notable quotes from her talk:


  • "There is nothing wrong, there is nothing unladylike, about being ambitious."

  • "Humor is an extremely important part of being successful, including being able to laugh at yourself."

  • "Success is not what you own, success is loving what you do."

  • "You know the difference between me and you? This is not the best job I'm ever gonna have." (to the Missouri speaker of the house after he harassed her)

In what ways are you promoting "leading women" at your chapter? Please share in the comments section!

Madison McMillian, Alpha Mu/Missouri, is her chapter's chief executive officer.

Posted On: Monday, October 10, 2016 07:43 AM, by Kristi Tucker
The new FindGreek app
I love autumn. Football, back-to-school, sweaters, pumpkins...and when I was in college, it also meant recruitment season for my chapter. Even before college, I loved back-to-school shopping.

If you're like me, you'll want to include Theta in your shopping, too. And, if you are finding yourself looking for fall recruitment items, bid day gifts, or initiation gifts, look no further than the Theta Marketplace page on this website. Here you'll find links to our official jeweler, J. Lewis Small, Inc., as well as links to all of our licensed vendors.

In addition, download the new FindGreek app, free in both the App Store and on Google Play. This is the largest and most diverse collection of licensed merchandise for all Greek groups - right at your fingertips.

Happy shopping!

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


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