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Kappa Alpha Theta is one of twelve Panhellenic sororities on the University of Arizona campus. Sororities engage in formal recruitment early in the school year. If you are interested in joining a sorority at UA please check out the Sorority and Fraternity Programs website https://greek.arizona.edu/sorority.
Colors: Black and Gold
Flower: Black and Gold Pansy
Symbols: Kite and Twin Stars
Slang: "Tlam!" - meaning Theta Love and Mine
Philanthrophy: CASA: Court Appointed Special Advocates
Notable Beta Delta Thetas Include: Trina Camilletti Callie, Jane H. Rider, Margaret Taylor Hance, Joan Ganz Cooney, Mary Wills and Ann Harris.
The History of Kappa Alpha Theta
Kappa Alpha Theta, also known as Theta, was founded at Indiana Asbury University now referred to as Depauw in 1870. Theta was created by four founders, Bettie Locke Hamilton, Alice Allen Bryant, Bettie Typton Lindsey and Hannah Fitch Shaw. These women were some of the first admitted to Indiana Asbury as it only began accepting members in the fall of 1867. Bettie Locke Hamilton in fact was one of the first five women admitted. While Bettie was getting her education she was asked by a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity to wear his badge, however Bettie said she would only wear this badge if she became a full fledged member of the Fraternity, since this was at a time when sororities did not exist. The fraternity refused this idea, and thus Bettie along with her friends created Kappa Alpha Theta, the first Greek letter Fraternity known among women. Together the group wrote Theta’s constitution, planned it’s ceremonies, designed their badge and found other woman on campus worthy of membership. This Alpha chapter quickly grew prompting the creation of the Beta chapter at Indiana University.
In the present Theta strives under the idea of becoming “Leading Women” in all aspects, intellectually, socially and morally. The kite in which Kappa Alpha Theta uses signifies the values of the members. Each point of the kite reflects a point. The four points of the kite refer to leadership, commitment to service, personal excellence, and intellectual curiosity.There are over 144 Theta chapters over the United States and Canada and for over 25 years Theta has joined forces to raise money for Court Appointed Special Advocates or CASA. Through CASA one gets the opportunity to help impact the lives of foster children both locally and throughout the United States. CASA’s are volunteer advocates for children in foster care who have been abused or neglected. Theta is “For the Child” announcing in 2016 their plan to raise $1 million dollars for the foundation. Each chapter raises money for this organization through their own philanthropy events throughout the school year.
The Beta Delta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta was founded on The University of Arizona campus originally as its own campus based chapter of Gamma Phi Sigma. Gamma Phi Sigma was started by five female university students in 1905. At the time, Arizona was still a territory, not a state and the University of Arizona only had 226 students. The Gamma Phi Sigmas began writing to Kappa Alpha Theta nationals in hope of becoming Thetas. In 1909 they even changed their colors to black and gold. In 1917 Gamma Phi Sigmas petition was approved at Theta’s 24th Grand Convention in 1917.On September 14th 1917 five graduate Gamma Phi Sigmas where initiated into Kappa Alpha Theta and assisted in initiating the other fifteen Gamma Phi Sigmas to become Thetas as well.
In November of 1928 the Beta Delta chapter of Theta official had its own chapter facility on campus. This was the first official opening of a “Woman’s Chapter House” of a women's fraternity on campus. It originally housed 32 women. There have been two major additions to the chapter facility since. The first happened in 1948, the facility was expanded North on Mountain Ave, with these additions came the living room and upstairs chapter, study rooms and two one additional bedroom. The second addition happened in 1961 which created the house the way it looks now. The created the entire north wing creating the U shape that surrounds the outside courtyard. This addition created a new front door, kitchen, a tanning porch, an additional sleeping porch and “shoe box” bedrooms as they are commonly called.
The chapter facility is currently home to 58 members and their house Mom, as well as featuring 41 parking spaces in a lot adjacent to the chapter facility. It is located on the corner of “Greek Row” facing neighbors Alpha Epsilon Phi and Phi Beta Phi. The chapter facility is a two-story building which features an underground basement. The entire facility is painted beige with brick work for external flooring. It also features two fountains, a small one in the front and a larger one in the courtyard. Inside there is one large living room as well as a small “TV room”. A large dining room where chapter dinners are held and a fully stocked kitchen for the kitchen staff. The main chef is named Jaime, is the artist behind Theta’s meals. All Thetas receive three meals Mondays through Thursdays as well as breakfast and brunch on Fridays. Live-Ins receive a catered dinner on Sunday nights. Live-Ins also have access to their own kitchens giving them the ability to make food when there are no kitchen staff present. There is also a “Date Room” now used for Theta’s to study but in the past this is where Theta’s dates would have to wait while the Theta got ready, thus getting the nickname the “Date Room”. Lastly, Theta also features a large study room where many Live-Ins have their own personal desk as well as a printer and copier. This fraternity house has been standing for over 100 years, making it one of Kappa Alpha Theta's national monuments. This particular house has also been featured in articles such as the The 22 Nicest Sorority Houses in the Country, written by Lauren Finney. (https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/tradition/g2977/best-sorority-houses/).
Currently as of 2020 the Beta Delta chapter is home to over 300 members, bring in a new member class annually during formal recruitment of about 100 women. Thetas currently hold the second highest GPA throughout all other sororities on campus. Theta’s also participate in other groups throughout campus such as various honoraries, jobs, programs and labs throughout campus. To support CASA, Theta’s national Philanthropy, Beta Delta typically puts on two main events during the year. Cook Out for CASA or CASA Carnival and Kicks for CASA. Theta has typically fundraises through the philantorpy event, CookOut for CASA, a tailgate style event taking place in the Theta parking lot where recipients have the opportunity to purchase burgers and hot dogs as well as play various games. In 2019 Theta is trying a new fundraising event, CASA Carnival. This event will also take place in the Theta parking lot, but unlike CookOut for CASA will feature different more snack like food as well as the Theta’s running different booths that those who attend the event can participate in. Kicks for CASA takes place on the Recreation Center field in the Spring. For this event local Fraternities, Sororities and non-Greek organizations compete it a soccer tournament with the winners winning a week of Theta meals! These events are open to students and the public! Tickets to these events are sold by Theta’s through their personal Crowd Change accounts and also at the door. The money raised from these events goes directly to the Pima County CASA where they have been able to create a new reading program directly from this money. Thetas put on numerous sisterhood events throughout the semester as well as typically three date dashes.
Honorable Famous Kappa Alpha Theta Alumni: Sheryl Crow, Laura Bush, Barbara Bush, Tory Burch, Amy Holmes, and many more.
Video on the History of the Beta Delta Chapter- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Zv2MDleKkw