Pamela Nix, Executive Director 2016-12-17 22:59:32
leaving a legacy through people In the fall issue of The Angelos, this column reflected on Alexander Hamilton's wife Eliza's quest to redeem her husband's reputation. As we know now, Eliza's work outlived her life. Her story is not unlike ours, a woman who sought to live a mission-driven life and leave a lasting legacy. She is a good example of how our relationships with people transcend the present and can transform the future for others. You may have read The Dash. It is about a headstone with the date of birth and death, but the theme is that the most important part of the headstone is the dash in between the dates. It symbolizes life and how it was lived. How we spend our time and to what and whom we give our time is important. Our earthly hours are one of the most valuable assets we have. Our relationships in KD are critical to our own development, the development of others and especially future generations. What we do through our membership in Kappa Delta is more than the mentoring and support we provide to each other. It is more than the confidence we instill. It is more than the friendships we share. What we do through our membership in Kappa Delta is part of our legacy. We help shape the values and character of those around us. Whether formally or informally, your engagement in this sisterhood throughout your life is part of your legacy and enhances the lives of others in an uplifting way. It is our contagious spirit, our positive outlook and respect for each other that we pass on to future generations. On Founders Day, we held a historic celebration at headquarters. We unveiled the restored Alpha Trunk, revealed the repaired Loving Cup, marveled at the refurbished furniture and appreciated the antiques gifted to the building. But most importantly, we cherished the opportunity to be together. As we begin 2017, may we reflect on the sisters who have influenced, enhanced and changed our lives "for good." I wish you each a new year filled with growth into a "new chamber" of your life. Together we can make our individual and collective "dashes" live for generations. news and events KD WILL ESTABLISH CHAPTER AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY Kappa Delta will establish its i66th active chapter at George Mason University in fall 2017. Founded in 1972, George Mason University is located 16 miles outside of Washington, D.C., in Fairfax, Virginia. This will be Kappa Delta's eighth active chapter in Virginia. Mason is the largest public research university in Virginia with 22,627 undergraduates. It was named one of the Top 10 Best Values in Public College by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine and is top of the list of Virginia schools for highest average starting salary of its graduates, according to Virginia's State Council of Higher Education. For additional information or to assist with the new chapter, contact Kirstin Barry, director of extension and consultants, at email@example.com or 901.746.3641. KD alumnae who are interested in joining the chapter advisory board and have not already completed an application should apply at kappadelta.org/alumnae-life/volunteer. CALLING ALL SNOWBIRDS Do you spend winter months enjoying a warmer climate? Connecting with Kappa Deltas near your vacation home can extend the enjoyment of your sorority membership. To register your seasonal address with Kappa Delta and find an alumnae chapter near your second locale, email firstname.lastname@example.org. CHECK OUT THESE ACS Kappa Delta welcomes the new Wiregrass Area, Alabama, Alumnae Chapter. For more information, contact Amanda McLendon Wright, email@example.com. The Greater Marietta, Georgia, Alumnae Chapter has changed its name to Greater Marietta/Roswell to better reflect the membership coming from these two Atlanta suburbs. For more information, contact Sheila Vaughn Vahey, firstname.lastname@example.org. UPCOMING EVENTS JAN. 15, 2017: Nominations for National Council and Nominating Committee positions due. FEB. 1: Graduate scholarship applications due. MARCH 1: Internship applications due. MARCH 6: International Badge Day; wear your KD badge or letters. MARCH 25-26: Beta Theta- Pennsylvania State 75th anniversary celebration; for reunion details, visit psu.kappadelta.org. APRIL 1: Confidence U Grant applications due. JUNE 28 – JULY 1: National Convention, Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix. Registration opens January 2017 for delegates and March 2017 for other attendees. Forms are available at www.kappadelta.org/opportunities. KD PRESENTS PCA AMERICA DONATION Kappa Delta Executive Director Pamela Nix, left, presents Kappa Delta's largest donation to date to Prevent Child Abuse America at its conference in Cincinnati on Oct. 18, 2016. The check for $438,191.97 represents 20 percent of the total proceeds Kappa Deltas raised at Shamrock events nationwide. Eighty percent of the monies raised stayed in the communities to support local child abuse prevention efforts. Joining Pamela for the check presentation were members of Eta Eta-Northern Kentucky and PCA America's new president and CEO, Dan Duffy. For information about the history of Kappa Delta's support of the prevention of child abuse, turn to page 52. COFFEE AND CONFIDENCE This past fall, Kappa Delta launched Coffee and Confidence, a blog series that provides engaging educational content for collegiate and alumnae members. Each month, the blog focuses on a different topic that is important or timely to Kappa Delta women, such as personal safety, professional development, financial literacy and health and wellness. Pour a cup of coffee, take a few minutes out of your busy day and visit kappadelta.org/category/coffee-confidence/. COLLEGIATE AND ALUMNAE CHAPTERS CELEBRATE 2017 ANNIVERSARIES 120 YEARS Alpha-Longwood 110 YEARS Lambda-Northwestern 105 YEARS Kentuckiana Union Springs, Alabama 100 YEARS Omega Chi-Cornell 95 YEARS Dallas Pittsburgh Sigma Iota-Washington Sigma Kappa-Ohio State Sigma Lambda-Auburn Sigma Mu-George Washington Tampa, Florida 90 YEARS Alpha Mu-Mississippi Alpha Nu-Wittenberg Miami (Florida) 85 YEARS Akron, Ohio Beta Alpha-Virginia Northern Colorado 80 YEARS Beta Delta-Utah State Beta Epsilon-Tulsa Long Beach, California New Orleans Richmond, Virginia Rochester, New York San Diego 70 YEARS Central Arkansas Gainesville/Ocala, Florida Lakeland, Florida Norfolk, Virginia Pensacola, Florida Utah 65 YEARS Cenla (Louisiana) Central New Jersey Colorado Springs, Colorado Morgantown, West Virginia 55 YEARS Gamma Chi-Lenoir-Rhyne Gamma Psi-Delta State Cleveland West Lake County Area, Illinois Joliet Area, Illinois Newport Harbor, California 50 YEARS Delta Eta-South Florida Delta Iota-Murray State Delta Zeta-Louisiana/Monroe Richardson/Plano, Texas 45 YEARS Epsilon Alpha-Missouri S&T Houma/Thibodaux, Louisiana Indianapolis Evening Jackson County, Mississippi Statesboro, Georgia 40 YEARS Epsilon Lambda-Alabama/Huntsville 35 YEARS Baldwin County, Alabama South Delta, Mississippi 30 YEARS Zeta Alpha-Texas Tech 25 YEARS Athens-Limestone County, Alabama Zeta Iota-Saint Louis Zeta Kappa-Ball State Zeta Mu-Towson 20 YEARS Jackson, Tennessee Zeta Chi-Idaho Zeta Tau-Washington & Lee Zeta Upsilon-Stephens 15 YEARS Eta Delta-Wright State Greater Naperville, Illinois 10 YEARS Eta Iota-Pace Hoover/Birmingham Area, Alabama 5 YEARS Cypress, Texas Eta Omega-Kennesaw State Eta Psi-North Carolina/Charlotte Theta Alpha-Quinnipiac Zeta Rho-San Diego PROTECT THE KD BRAND The name Kappa Delta Sorority, letters KD and KA, logo, crest, badge and dagger are all registered trademarks, and nicknames and symbols that are commonly used to identify Kappa Delta are the exclusive property of Kappa Delta Sorority Inc. when used to reference Kappa Delta. Personal use of the name and trademark of the sorority should promote the organization in a positive, politically neutral manner that is consistent with the organization's mission and values. In addition, members should acquire merchandise only from officially licensed or authorized vendors of Kappa Delta Sorority Inc. Find a list of licensed vendors at www.kappadelta.org/licensed-vendors. Check out the Brand Standards Guide available in the Resource Library. MAKE AN IMPACT IN THE LIVES OF WOMEN ON YOUR CAMPUS The Kappa Delta Foundation offers Confidence U Grants to colleges and universities to develop confidence-building programming and awareness initiatives for women on their campuses. Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded to 10 campuses, and a $1,000 award is given annually to a university leader who is making a difference in the lives of women on his or her campus. Apply by April 1, 2017, at www.kappadelta.org/opportunities/grants-2. INTERNSHIPS INSPIRE MEMBERS TO ACTION There's nothing like real-world experience to round out a resume and inspire collegians to make their mark in the world. Kappa Delta offers a variety of internship opportunities. ORTHOPAEDIC RESEARCH INTERNSHIPS Summer internships are available at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee, one of the leading orthopaedic research centers in the country. Housing and other compensation will be provided. GEORGIA O'KEEFFE MUSEUM INTERNSHIPS In honor of one of Kappa Delta's most notable alumnae, KD collegians serve as paid summer interns for the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum's Art and Leadership Program for Girls in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Apply for internships by March 1, 2017, at www.kappadelta.org/opportunities/internships. BUILDING CONFIDENCE. INSPIRING ACTION. Recognition For Accomplishment BY SUSAN STOCKTON, NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT With a new year upon us, I can't help but reflect upon the 2016 highlights. For our family, watching the Summer Olympics is a fond memory, especially watching gymnastics and swimming. This winter we will cheer on UCLA's women's gymnastics team that will feature two USA gold medalists, Kyla Ross and Madison Kocian. It's a thrill to be able to support women athletes. During the Summer Olympics, I was impressed when I watched female Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu break the world record and win the gold medal in the 400-meter individual medley. Yet I could hardly believe my ears when the sportscaster and cameras focused on her coach and husband and said, "And there's the man responsible." How is it that the man received the credit for the woman's swimming prowess? Certainly in sports and business, women continue to excel despite some people's biases. The September issue of Fortune magazine features the 50 most powerful women in corporate America's executive suites, including Ann-Marie Campbell, an executive vice president of Home Depot and one of three women on its seven-person executive team. Early in her management career, customers would refuse to accept she was the person in charge. Yet, she continued to perform and be promoted despite the obstacles. As I reflect on the challenges that women face, it comforts me to know that for Kappa Deltas, our message of confidence provides strength to our collegians and alumnae. The Coffee and Confidence blog that debuted this fall is one of my favorite features, helping our members understand how to live our values with confidence. Many chapters host a Confidence Week on campus to encourage positive relationships and bolster women's confidence in the face of media messages regarding body type and mental health challenges. Our Confidence U Grants promote confidence on university campuses across the country. Each Kappa Delta chapter should value its success on campus based upon sisterhood, individual members' academic and leadership achievements, and community service impact. Many campuses value National Panhellenic Conference groups based upon these admirable criteria. Yet, if I'm being honest, I know that many chapters value their success based upon the men's groups' perception of the chapters' social success. These same collegiate women – who would balk at Katinka Hosszu's husband getting credit for her gold medal – accept that chapter success turns on a fraternity's asking the chapter to a party. As our new chapter councils set goals, I challenge them to use our confidence platform to evaluate their personal and chapter success on the values that our founders urged us to embrace – striving for that which is honorable, beautiful and highest.
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