depauw university greek organizations

  • Kappa Alpha Theta ~ Sorority Spotlight

     

     

     

     

    Kappa Alpha Theta ~ ΚΑΘ

    Open Motto: "Faith, Hope, Love."
    Mascot: Kite
    Symbol: Key
    Colors: Black and Gold
    Flower: Black and Gold Pansy

     

     

     

    Kappa Alpha Theta was founded in 1870 and was the very first Greek-Letter organization for women. At a time when it was rare for women to obtain a higher education, there were those who knew their potential, wanted to pursue their dreams and knew that they could do great things with the education they would receive if just given the chance. At what is now DePauw University (formerly Indiana Asbury) four women came together to start an organization where women could support and encourage one another. The original founders of Kappa Alpha Theta were Elizabeth McReynolds Locke Hamilton, Alice Olive Allen Brant, Elizabeth Tipton Lindsey, and Hannah Virginia Finch Shaw.

     

    Elizabeth (Betty) Locke was the one who originally decided to establish a women's fraternity. She had contacts with two of the fraternities  on campus; Beta Theta Pi which was her father's fraternity and Phi Gamma Delta which was the fraternity her brother belonged to. The members of Phi Gamma Delta had asked Betty to wear their letters as a supporter (not an actual member) for the fraternity but she did not feel comfortable doing that since she was not privy to the secrets and purposes that the letters represented. Instead - with her father's encouragement - Betty decided to start a women's fraternity and along with the other three founders started Kappa Alpha Theta. They got their constitution drawn up and badges designed, which  they wore them proudly. In March 1870 Kappa Alpha Theta became the very first Greek-letter women's organization.

     

     

     

    Today Kappa Alpha Theta boasts over 170 college chapters and 190 alumnae chapters throughout the Unites States and Canada. They have 210,00o+ collegiate members.  As noted on the official Kappa Alpha Theta website their values consists of "Scholarship, service, leadership, personal excellence, and friendship/sisterhood." Of course, philanthropy is a huge part of Theta life and in 1989 they partnered with CASA  - which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate - as their international philanthropy.  CASA is made up of community volunteer who fight to protect the rights and dignity of children.

     

  • Sorority in the Spotlight ~ Alpha Chi Omega

     

     

    Alpha Chi Omega ~ ΑΧΩ

     

    Open Motto: “Together let us seek the heights.”
    Mascot: Butterfly
    Symbol:  Grecian Lyre
    Colors: Scarlet Red and Olive Green
    Flower: Red Carnation

     

     

    Alpha Chi Omega was founded at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana -- October 15, 1885.  In 1885 the Dean of this prestigious music school  invited seven young women to start a women's fraternity -- Anna Allen, Olive Burnett, Bertha Deniston, Amy DuBois, Nellie Gamble, Bessie Grooms and Estelle Leonard. This talented group of young women included 2 singers, 3 pianists, a composer and a cellist/ violinist/ bassist.

    In the beginning, association with the music school was preferred however, the women's fraternity was never strictly a musical organization. Its members actually graduated from several departments within the university. The founders selected the greek letter A (Alpha) because it was the very first sorority started at a school of music, they chose Ω (Omega) because they believed that they would also be the last fraternity of this kind. "Kai" (meaning and) was also added but later changed to Χ (Chi).

    Today there are 132 chapters of Alpha Chi Omega at colleges and universities across the country, with over 200,000 lifetime members. Currently, almost all the chapters are working to end domestic violence. They do this by volunteering at women's shelters, collecting clothing and other need supplies for women and children living in the shelters, and staffing domestic violence hotlines.

    Any woman who is part of a legacy - meaning her mother, grandmother  and great-grandmother are Alpha Chi Omega members - has an excellent chance at being accepted into the organization as well. Those strong connections are very important but being a legacy doesn't necessarily guarantee membership. Also, Alumna Initiates are women who weren't Alpha Chi Omega members in college and may have graduated many years ago. Alpha Chi Omega offers these women a fantastic opportunity to be part of the organization and benefit from all the wonderful things being a part of Alpha Chi Omega, has to offer.

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