MEMBERS LOOK BACK FONDLY WHILE MOVING FORWARD CONFIDENTLY BY ALYSSA DEPASQUALE, THETA OMICRON VICE PRESIDENT-PUBLIC RELATIONS For the 107 founding members of Theta Omicron, Nov. 13 is a date that will never be written again without a burst of nostalgia. On this day in 2016, Kappa Delta's eighth active chapter in Pennsylvania was installed at West Chester University. National President Alison Jakes Argersinger and National Vice President Susan Stockton led the Initiation and Installation along with Leadership Development Consultants Cristina Attard and Savannah Strayer who were responsible for guiding the chapter throughout the entire journey to Initiation. Installation was held at The Ballroom at the Westside in West Chester. The new initiates joined their loved ones, and the room filled with conversations and greetings. New member Sarah Buzzard, Ritual chairman, shared her experience of joining Kappa Delta after transferring from another college. Jessica Gold, Beta Theta-Pennsylvania State president, presented the Loving Cup, and Stephanie Gutman, Theta Zeta-Lehigh president, presented the Baby Cup. Devyn Fox accepted her role as Theta Omicron's first chapter president while the leadership development consultants introduced the new members individually, offering words of encouragement. Moving full force into Greek life, Theta Omicron is led, in addition to Devyn, by Vice President-Member Education Moira Maloney, Vice President-Membership Samantha Bezar, Vice President-Operations Kara Zaback, Vice President- Community Service Jenna Leo, Vice President-Public Relations Alyssa DePasquale, Vice President- Standards Kayla Jasper, Vice President-Finance Nicole Rizzo, Secretary Kerri Finely, and Panhellenic Delegate Taylor Trimble. Kappa Delta has instilled a great honor upon Theta Omicron, and this chapter will only continue to build confidence and inspire action in all fields of life. A NEW CHAPTER BEGINS IN CENTRE' S HISTORY BY KERSEY REYNOLDS, IOTA VICE PRESIDENT-PUBLIC RELATIONS On Saturday, Nov. 19,2016, Iota Chapter was re-installed at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. At a banquet attended by KD initiates, leadership, alumnae and families, Leadership Development Consultants Robin Brown and Madeline Hardy introduced the new chapter and recognized the commitment to excellence and sisterhood shown by the initiates during their member education period. After opening words from senior Elysse Petrie, guests heard from National Vice President Susan Stockton, an initiate of Delta Gamma-Western Kentucky, regarding her personal connection to the new chapter and her vision for the success of Iota both locally and nationally. National President Alison Jakes Argersinger spoke next, welcoming the initiates and elaborating on the mission and intrinsic values of Kappa Delta for parents and friends, before providing a brief update on the state of the sorority and exciting new ventures to come in the year ahead. Centre College Vice President and Dean of Student Life Randy Hayes also addressed the attendees, speaking of the strong tradition of Greek life on Centre's campus and the enrichment Kappa Delta brings to Centre's Panhellenic community. KD's deep involvement in philanthropic efforts is sure to thrive at Centre, where Greek students contributed 9,000 service hours to the surrounding community and raised $66,000 for charitable organizations in the 2015-2016 year (BestCollegeReviews.org). Centre shares early history with Kappa Delta. Iota Chapter was originally installed on June 2, 1907, at the Kentucky College for Women, which merged with Centre in 1926. At that time, however, the previously all-male institution asked that women's sororities be disbanded. With Kappa Delta's re-installation, the current number of sororities on Centre's campus is now five. Toward the end of the banquet, Hannah Clendenin, Epsilon Omega-Kentucky president, presented the Loving Cup to Iota's newly elected president, Ciera Proctor. The Iota council also includes Vice President-Member Education Bailey Phillips, Vice President-Membership Makayla Hawkins, Vice President-Operations Lauren Richards, Vice President- Community Service Katie Alexander, Vice President-Public Relations Kersey Reynolds, Vice President- Standards Sarah Hayhurst, Vice President-Finance Olivia Lane, Secretary Natalie Miskofsky, and Panhellenic Delegate Megan Reid. Iota Chapter members are thrilled to be active once again at Centre and look forward to an enduring partnership with the college and surrounding chapters. They are grateful for Robin and Madeline's guidance and the values of sisterhood they demonstrated alongside National Council and National Leadership Team members, local alumnae and nearby sisters from Epsilon Omega-Kentucky and Alpha Xi-Louisville chapters. As we grow in sisterly love and impact, "May the diamond shield that guards our love find us each day Truer, Wiser, More Faithful, More Loving and More Noble."
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