With deep sadness, Kappa Alpha Theta announces the death of Amy Hayner Kates, former Fraternity president and delegate to the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC). Amy suffered a heart attack in June and passed away on July 9.
During Amy's two terms as Fraternity president, Kappa Alpha Theta adopted our first sustainable strategic plan, implemented an organization-wide rebranding campaign, and established or reestablished 13 college chapters.
"A true leading woman, Amy was instrumental in the development and success of so many of the programs and initiatives that keep Kappa Alpha Theta in the forefront of organizations for college women," said Laura Doerre, Fraternity president. "We are grateful for her incredible vision, her exemplification of our ritual and her devotion to the Greek system. Amy was a mentor, a confidant, and a dear friend. Words simply cannot express the sorrow and sadness we all feel right now. The hearts and prayers of the entire Theta sisterhood are with her family who selflessly shared so much of Amy with us."
An initiate of the Alpha Phi Chapter at Tulane, Amy's Theta service also included three terms as Fraternity vice president, nearly nine years on Theta's NPC delegation, four years as Theta Foundation trustee and Fraternity Housing Corporation board member, and the position of Fraternity ritualist. Her Theta career began with service as an educational leadership consultant, college chapter advisor, college chapter facility corporation board member, and college district president.
Betsy Corridan, Kappa Alpha Theta chief executive officer, said, "Amy was in the first chapter consultant class I hired in 1987. During our 30-year friendship, she taught me about bravery, about perseverance, about love and laughter. She was one of a kind and will be missed terribly."
Notes of condolence may be sent to Andy, Maggie, and Sam Kates in care of Angela Merk, Kappa Alpha Theta, 8740 Founders Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46268. Information about services and memorial contributions is pending.
The Fraternity is saddened to share that Nikki Beaudoin, a college member at Delta Epsilon/Arizona State, passed away on June 10 following a sudden, devastating battle with cancer.
After completing her freshman and sophomore years at ASU's Barrett Honors College, Nikki was accepted to and planned to begin her final two years of college in the nursing program at the ASU School of Nursing and Health Innovation. Nursing was more than a career choice for Nikki: It was her passion. Her tenacity and bright spirit made a lasting impact on the women of Delta Epsilon.
We send our deepest condolences to Nikki's family, friends, and sisters. Please visit her family's Tumblr site to learn more about Nikki.
Kappa Alpha Theta expects each member to achieve high scholarship and to develop to the fullest her intellectual, cultural, and social potential. Congratulations to our college chapters that were number-one in scholarship within their respective campus Panhellenic during the fall 2016 term. In total, 45 chapters (31 percent of all Theta college chapters!) reported the highest grades within their Panhellenic - the largest number recorded. Thirty of these chapters repeated this achievement from the previous term!
What better year to acknowledge such great achievements as we recognize founder Alice Allen Brant in the Year of Scholarship? Of our four founders, Alice Allen Brant, in particular, pushed some academic and professional boundaries. Those who knew Alice described her as determined and intellectually curious. Alice would be proud of Theta's continued commitment to intellectual ambition.
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