Kappa Alpha Theta has broken many milestones as a Greek organization. The organization was founded on Jan. 27, 1870 at Indiana Ashbury College, making it the oldest Greek-letter fraternity for women co-eds and alumnae. Kappa Alpha Theta expanded throughout the United States and eventually reached the border of Canada, becoming the first sorority to establish a chapter to our northern neighbors.
The women of Kappa Alpha Theta are easily recognizable donning their national colors, black and gold. The organization’s flower is the black and gold pansy and their symbol is the kite-shaped badge. The fraternity’s purpose is : The aim is threefold — intellectually, the highest scholarship; socially, the widest influence for good; and the Moral Code is love.
The Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation is dedicated to supporting educational programs, such as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), the organization’s international philanthropy, which helps find homes for displaced children. Kappa Alpha Theta also rewards its fabulous members by providing scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate members. The Theta Foundation is responsible for annually awarding over $500,000 in scholarships.
Andrea Morter, a graduate of the University of Central Florida and a 2008 initiate of the Eta Theta chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta, is now an active alumnae member of the Boston Metro Alumni chapter. Read what Andrea had to say about her journey with Kappa Alpha Theta:
College Lifestyles: What makes Kappa Alpha Theta stand out from other sororities?
Andrea Morter: Theta is different because we were the first Greek organization of all women; it has always felt that we set the bar and you see that with Theta alumni as well, very classy, intelligent well rounded women that have kept the tradition alive for over 140 years. The overwhelming sense of sisterhood is evident when you meet Thetas, young and old – that you share so much more than college memories. In Theta, we have a mantra of “Theta for a lifetime” and it really is!
CL: What has been your most memorable experience as a member of this sorority?
AM: My most memorable experience was initiation. Finally becoming part of something that was bigger than myself and sisterhood! Sisterhood takes on a whole new meaning when you get initiated together.
CL: What has this organization taught you as a member?
AM: The best thing I learned being a Theta was that I found my inner confidence. I used to be shy and quiet around new groups of people and would be nervous in some social situations, now I found that I am so outgoing and approachable from being a well rounded Theta. There are so many opportunities to be with large groups of people, volunteer, study together, and even network for your career! There seemed to always be a group of sisters that would go to events and spend time with them. It was so much easier to go to events in groups and branch out, little by little. Now I have such a large group of sisters that are my good friends and can be who I truly am while breaking that “shy shell” away.
May the ladies of Kappa Alpha Theta continue to shine by spreading the importance of scholarship, the need to do good and most importantly, the gift of love.
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