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Theta for a Lifetime

So you wish to join a sorority, but you don't know where you will fit in? You have come to the right place to learn what sorority life is all about! W&J campus is home to four sororities, one of which is Kappa Alpha Theta. As a junior in my fourth semester of Kappa Alpha Theta membership, I am proud to say that being a member has enhanced not only my college experience, but also my everyday life. Read on to learn why Kappa Alpha Theta may be the right fit for you!

History

Nicknamed "Theta," Kappa Alpha Theta was founded in 1870 at DePauw University as the first Greek-letter fraternity for women. The W&J Thetas are members of the Epsilon Omega chapter, just one of the 125 college chapters in the United States. Currently, 58 wonderful young women hold membership in the Epsilon Omega chapter.

Theta Facts

Now that you know a bit of Theta's history, let's talk basics. Kappa Alpha Theta's colors are black and gold (Go Steelers!). Our cherished symbols are the kite and the twin stars, and our flower is the black and gold pansy. Theta's motto is "Faith, Hope, Love."

Philanthropy & Service

Theta proudly supports its national philanthropy, CASA, which is short for Court Appointed Special Advocates. CASA volunteers are everyday citizens who advocate for the safety and well-being of children. Most of these children have been removed from their homes due to parental abuse and neglect. Appointed by judges, CASA volunteers stand up for children and change their lives. CASA has helped more than two million children find safe, permanent homes.

The W&J Thetas raise money for CASA through an annual Dodgeball Tournament. Theta also collects donations to create baskets for the Chinese Auction at the annual Chefs for CASA gala. Chapter members have volunteered to work the gala for the past two years. In addition to supporting CASA, Thetas volunteer their time at Habitiat for Humanity, the Washington Women's Shelter, and the Humane Society, to name a few. Service is a truly rewarding experience.  

Campus Involvement

In addition to racking up service hours (great resume builder!), the Thetas participate in a variety of campus activities. For instance, members contribute to Student Government Association, French Club, Spanish Club, Up-til-Dawn, Greeks Against Sexual Assault, soccer, lacrosse, choir, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. One member has her own weekly WNJR radio broadcast!

I know what you are thinking -- with all of these activities, these girls can't possibly get good grades. On the contrary, Thetas take great pride in scholarship. The W&J Thetas currently hold the award for highest cumulative GPA of all student organizations on campus.

So, why should you join Theta?

Kappa Alpha Theta is an extremely diverse group of girls. Despite our varying interests and majors, we all share the bond of sisterhood. As a Theta, I always feel at home on campus. I can count on my sisters to love and support me, no matter what. In Theta, you will form lifelong friendships, and you will gain values that will last far beyond college years. Sisterhood is everlasting. Theta is for a lifetime.

If you can fly a kite, you can DODGE A BALL!

Kappa Alpha Theta recently celebrated its 2nd annual campus-wide Dodgeball Tournament! Located in the Henry Memorial Gym, the Dodgeball Tournament raises money for CASA, Theta's national philanthropy. All proceeds are donated to the local CASA branch in Washington, Pennsylvania.

You may have seen us advertising for Dodgeball at G&Ts throughout the month of November. Any member of the campus community is eligible to participate in Dodgeball. Teams were comprised of six same-sex members. To sign up, teams were also required to donate $5 per member for a total of $30 per team. In December 2010, sixteen enthusiastic teams played in Theta's Dodgeball Tournament. In addition to Greek Life teams, the tournament included a resident assistant team, a faculty team, and three independent student teams.

Spectators generously donate $1.00 per person at the door to come out and cheer on their friends. A W&J student volunteered to disc jockey, and the brothers of FIJI fraternity refereed the dodgeball matches.

In December 2010, Dodgeball raised triple the money that it raised in 2009. Theta encourages all members of the campus community to contribute to the Dodgeball Tournament! Battle for the gold, come out to support your friends for an afternoon of fun, or donate your spare change to support CASA. Remember, if you can fly a kite, you can DODGE A BALL!

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Chance made us sisters, choice made us friends.

An Interview with the President

Narrative written by Amanda Gaber, based on an interview on December 7, 2010 with Chapter President Chrissy Biedrzycki, Class of 2011

My Theta experience kicked off in February of my freshman year. I didn’t play sports or anything like that in high school, so I sort of missed out on that one group of friends you can always rely on. When I visited the Thetas during formal recruitment week, I felt completely comfortable and welcome. I could truly see myself fitting in with these young women.

The Epsilon Omega chapter is defined by its diversity. Our members are involved in a variety of clubs, sports, and honorary societies. We major in science, business, math, psychology, English, and world languages.  Without Theta, many of us may not have even talked to each other, let alone become friends. Despite our different interests, however, we are linked by a common thread---sisterhood.

Theta’s sisterhood is genuine. We care. We show respect. We take the time to smile and say hello. We comfort one another. We are unique.

Theta has given me my best college moments. Whether I am studying in the hallway until 3:00 a.m. or eating popcorn while watching Glee, I am constantly surrounded by wonderful young women. Together, we have experienced so many of those random little moments, -- the kind that you can't plan, but that just happen -- and I will remember those moments for the rest of my life. My sisters and I share an unbreakable bond. Although I will not see my sisters every day after graduation, I will keep in touch.  We are forever Thetas, forever sisters, and forever friends. Theta is for life.

Are You Ready to Go Greek?

So, you wish to join Kappa Alpha Theta? Here are some helpful hints to get you started:

  • Attend several informal recruitment parties throughout fall semester! Look for fliers around campus that advertise annual events like Fall Into Theta, Sorority Spooktacular, and Hollywood Night. Informal sorority recruitment parties are a great way to meet current members and to learn what Theta is all about.
  • Register for Formal Sorority Recruitment! Visit the W&J Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life to register online. A woman must have completed at least 3 college courses and must hold a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA to participate. There is a $20 fee to register, and you will receive a free recruitment t-shirt.
  • Attend Formal Sorority Recruitment. If Kappa Alpha Theta is the right fit for you, join our sisterhood!

Words of Wisdom for Potential New Members

During formal recruitment, keep an open mind. Don’t just go where your friends go, go where you feel the most comfortable. If you devote your heart and time to your Greek life experience, you will absolutely love it!

Learn More about Theta

Kappa Alpha Theta Official Website

W&J's Epsilon Omega Chapter

CASA: Court Appointed Special Advocates

W&J Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life