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Encyclopedia > Kappa Alpha Theta
ΚΑΘ - Kappa Alpha Theta
Colors Black and Gold
Symbol Kite and Twin stars
Flower Pansy
Founded January 27, 1870
DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana
Type Social
Scope International
Headquarters 8740 Founders Road
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Chapters 125
Members 170,000 currently
lifetime
Philanthropy Court Appointed Special Advocate
Homepage http://www.kappaalphatheta.org/


Kappa Alpha Theta (ΚΑΘ) is an international women's fraternity founded on January 27, 1870 at DePauw University. The organization currently has 125 chapters at colleges and universities across the United States and Canada with a total initiated membership of 170,000. Currently, it is one of the five largest sororities.[citation needed] Image File history File links Size of this preview: 138 × 197 pixelsFull resolution (138 × 197 pixel, file size: 10 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)google. ... This article is about the color black; for other uses, see Black (disambiguation). ... Gold is a shade of the color yellow closest to that of gold metal. ... DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, USA, is a private, national liberal arts college with an enrollment of approximately 2,400 students. ... Greencastle is a city in Putnam County, Indiana, United States. ... A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is an association that independently investigates the case of an abused or neglected child at the request of a family court. ... The terms fraternity and sorority (from the Latin words and , meaning brother and sister respectively) may be used to describe many social and charitable organizations, for example the Lions Club, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Rotary International, Optimist International, or the Shriners. ... January 27 is the 27th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1870 (MDCCCLXX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, USA, is a private, national liberal arts college with an enrollment of approximately 2,400 students. ...

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History

Kappa Alpha Theta, also known as Theta, was the first Greek letter organization founded for college women.


Kappa Alpha Theta was founded as a fraternity for women in 1870 and was established to give women a support group in the then mostly-male college world at what is now DePauw University. Indiana Asbury, as the university was known then, officially opened its doors to women in 1867, thirty years after the college was first established. Four women, Bettie Locke (Hamilton), Alice Allen (Brant), Bettie Tipton (Lindsay) and Hannah Fitch (Shaw), sought to create an organization for women that would provide the encouragement and support that would draw women to coeducational colleges and help them attain a degree. It was with these ideals in mind that the four women founded Kappa Alpha Theta, and believed in the Fraternity's strength through its members' lasting loyalty to each other and to the Fraternity ideals. DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, USA, is a private, national liberal arts college with an enrollment of approximately 2,400 students. ...


Kappa Alpha Theta, the first Greek-letter organization known among women, was based in part on two Fraternities with which Bettie Locke had contact; Beta Theta Pi, her father's fraternity, and Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji), her brother's fraternity. Bettie had many friends in Fiji, and when members asked her to wear their badge as a "mascot," Bettie declined. She said she could not wear it as she did not know the secrets and purposes represented by the letters. She followed her father's suggestion to begin her own fraternity for women, and so Kappa Alpha Theta was conceived. Bettie and her friend Alice Allen together wrote a constitution, planned ceremonies, designed a badge, and sought other women on campus worthy of membership. It took these women 3 years to found Kappa Alpha Theta. These four founding members initiated themselves on January 27, 1870, becoming the first Greek-letter fraternity known among women. Beta Theta Pi (ΒΘΠ) is a college social fraternity founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, USA, where it is part of the Miami Triad. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... January 27 is the 27th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1870 (MDCCCLXX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


These four women proudly wore their black and gold badges to Asbury's chapel service on March 14. The Alpha Chapter at Asbury grew to 22 sisters. Soon Kappa Alpha Theta spread to other colleges with Bettie's establishment of the Beta Chapter at Indiana University in May of the same year. After the formation of Theta the men of Phi Gamma Delta presented Bettie with a silver cake basket engraved with their letters as a token of appreciation. For the Lebanese political coalition, see March 14 Alliance. ...


Through the years, Kappa Alpha Theta has grown to its current size of 125 college chapters, 282 alumnae groups, and more than 170,000 members. In 2005, Kappa Alpha Theta celebrated its 135th anniversary.


Some symbols of Kappa Alpha Theta are twin stars, a black and gold pansy, and the kite, which all represent the fraternity ideals of sisterhood.

Bettie Locke Hamilton, founder of the sorority
Alice Allen Brant, founder of the sorority
Bettie Tipton Lindsey, founder of the sorority
Hannah Fitch Shaw, founder of the sorority

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Philanthropy

The Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation, founded in 1960, is the philanthropic arm of the organization. The Foundation annually awards more than $400,000 in graduate and undergraduate scholarships to its members. Theta is among the top of the Greek community in supplying scholarship awards to collegiate members. The foundation also supports the Fraternity's educational programs as well as the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Theta's international philanthropy, adpoted in 1989. CASA advocates are community volunteers who serve as the voice for abused and neglected children in court. Their pupose is to ensure all legal actions made are in the child's best interest. To date, the foundation has donated over $770,000 to CASA. A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is an association that independently investigates the case of an abused or neglected child at the request of a family court. ...


Notable Thetas

For a full list of notable Kappa Alpha Theta alumnae please visit here. [1]


Academics

  • Mary Ritter Beard (Alpha, Depauw) - noted historian, Campaigner for Women's Suffrage.
  • Dian Fossey (Gamma Xi, San Jose State) - zoologist, first female Primatologist, wrote 'Gorillas in the Mist'.
  • Margaret Floy Washburn (Iota, Cornell) - the 1st woman to receive a Ph.D. in Psychology.

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See also

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External links

  • Kappa Alpha Theta Headquarters


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