National and local Theta officers are conducting an investigation and working closely with the university. Conducting such an inquiry appropriately may be time-consuming and while it progresses, we are also working to provide the chapter with programming to increase learning, change behavior and develop mastery of cultural competency.
Although these accusations appeared in an online tabloid that specializes in sensationalizing news from college campuses and relies on unnamed sources and social media posts, we do take them seriously and will continue to take action accordingly.
A deeply disturbing story in The Tab, an online tabloid, details allegations of hazing and racism at the Delta Theta Chapter at the University of Florida. Racism, bigotry, and hazing are antithetical to Kappa Alpha Theta's core values. Please be assured that national and local Theta officers are investigating the accusations.
For the sixth year, Kappa Alpha Theta recognizes faculty for contributions to colleges and universities where Theta chapters are present via the Outstanding Faculty Award.
The faculty members were selected from nominations by Theta college chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters were asked to select one nominee and base their selection on the professor's passion for inspiring students and actions that connect to Theta's values of intellectual curiosity, leadership potential, commitment to service, and personal excellence. Candidates were not limited by gender, fraternity/sorority affiliation (or non-affiliation), disciplinary expertise, or number of Thetas taught.
This year's honorees include:
- Dr. Becky Barker, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, University of Oklahoma, nominated by Alpha Omicron Chapter
- Dr. Sherryl Broverman, Biology, Duke University, nominated by Beta Rho Chapter
- Greg Ghio, Communications Studies, University of San Diego, nominated by Eta Iota Chapter
- Barbara Gurr, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Connecticut, nominated by Gamma Zeta Chapter
- Dr. Mee-Ae Kim, History, College of Idaho, nominated by Eta Eta Chapter
- Dr. Sean Nicholson, Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University, nominated by Iota Chapter
- Dr. Meghan Porter, Chemistry, Indiana University, nominated by Beta Chapter
- Dr. Emily Paddon Rhoads, Political Science, Swarthmore College, nominated by the Alpha Beta Chapter
- Drucilla Ronchen, Linguistics, University of Chicago, nominated by the Epsilon Phi Chapter
- Dean Amy Ryken, Education, University of Puget Sound, nominated by the Delta Iota Chapter
The Fraternity congratulates these outstanding faculty members for their accomplishments and thanks all of the nominees for their contributions to the scholastic advancement of our members. Learn more about the program and see lists of previous recipients on the Outstanding Faculty Award page.
SomethingGreek, a full-service online clothing store for sorority and fraternity apparel, Greek gear and merchandise, is awarding one $1,500 scholarship for education-related expenses for the spring 2018 term. To apply, submit a 1,000 to 1,500 word essay on the following topic: "What does it mean to be a part of Greek life in 2017?" All essays should be submitted by December 15, 2017.
For contest details, eligibility requirements, and submission instructions, please visit the Something Greek website. Something Greek is an official Greek licensed vendor.
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