Angelos - Summer 2017

The Foundation Impact

2017-06-19 09:10:00

Dear Sisters, There are three qualities that make our Kappa Delta vibrant and enduring. The first is Kappa Delta's sisterhood with its bond of our shared values. The second is Kappa Delta's timeless Ritual, which inspires us to love, challenge, forgive and encourage one another. The third is Kappa Delta's altruistic spirit. Our Ritual challenges us to be an inspiration and a blessing to those around us. Whether through gifts of time, talent or treasure, Kappa Delta women have taken action to inspire change within KD and their communities. Though we are all drawn to Kappa Delta for different purposes, we are united by our common vision to provide opportunities and experiences that build confidence and inspire women to action. I am moved by the accomplishments of our sisters to advance Kappa Delta as a leading women's organization. In the 2015-2017 biennium, the Kappa Delta Foundation granted more than $1.1 million in support of the leadership, educational and charitable purposes of Kappa Delta Sorority. You, as a donor, have made an important difference in the lives of our sisters and communities. Your altruism serves as an inspiration and a blessing, and I am eternally grateful for your generous support. Our work is not yet complete! Each year, we welcome new chapters and thousands of new sisters. It is our mission as initiated members to ensure these women find joy in our sisterhood, feel inspired by our Ritual and learn the importance of altruism, beginning in the chapter and extending past graduation. With your help, Kappa Deltas will thrive! In our KD, Bonnie Purvis Warren Kappa Delta Foundation Chairman foundation Internships Influence Career Choices BY MELISSA WAHL HAMMER, ETA BETA-BRADLEY GOK MUSEUM ART AND LEADERSHIP PROGRAM The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum internships, sponsored annually by the Kappa Delta Foundation, have shaped the lives of the women who have participated. "When I was accepted as an intern I never saw art or working with kids as a career path, but [because of the internship] that changed dramatically," says 2010 intern Kimberly Weaver, Upsilon-Beloit. "I came back to school with rejuvenation for working with the arts and working with kids. Art education teaches you how to approach the world from a different angle." Two Kappa Delta women are selected as interns every year to support the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum's Art and Leadership Program for Girls in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The program, led by Education Program Manager Shannon Bay, Gamma Omicron-Wayne State, annually serves over 100 girls 11-14 years old in the Santa Fe area who are at-risk and/or from minority groups. The program utilizes art-making and women role models to create a support system and promote their creative abilities. Interns play a key role in facilitating visits to the museum; providing lessons in leadership, art and poetry; and leading important discussions of issues faced by teens, including boundary setting, eating disorders and nutrition, establishing goals and the use and abuse of power. Shannon says, "I am amazed at the courage some of the girls in the program have to express themselves, something I don't recall having at their age, and it makes me hopeful for our future." A 2006 museum intern, Shannon began her career as the museum's art and leadership program coordinator in 2007. Ten years later, for her tireless work promoting arts education in Santa Fe, Shannon was awarded the 2016-2017 Museum Art Educator of the Year Award from the New Mexico Art Educators' Association. After her graduation, Kimberly took a position as an art teacher in Cherry Valley, Arkansas, and later moved home to Montana where she joined the board of directors for the Hockaday Museum of Art. She says, "Surrounding myself with people and organizations that inspire me makes me confident in the work that I am doing and the person I am." For 2014 intern Emily Mogavero, Theta Beta-Washington/St. Louis, the O'Keeffe internship gave her the confidence to pursue art education full time. "What really impacted me during the internship were the relationships we formed with the girls. It was amazing that they trusted us enough to share their personal stories," Emily says. Emily worked with the Regional Arts Commission in St. Louis and currently is a visitor assistant at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and a teacher in an extended day program at a local elementary school. Her work can be viewed at emilymogavero.com. A visual artist, Emily hopes to pursue her Master of Fine Arts in the future. "I build confidence and inspire action by following in Georgia O'Keeffe's footsteps," she says. "My art challenges the stereotypes of the passive painted woman in favor of the active woman painter." The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum will celebrate its 20th anniversary in July. To honor this important milestone, the museum is hosting 20 special programs throughout the year that explore Georgia O'Keeffe, her legacy and the New Mexico landscape that she loved. Next year, the Art and Leadership Program for Girls will celebrate 20 years as well. The Kappa Delta Foundation proudly supports this program that impacts the lives of the KDs who serve as interns as well as the young girls they mentor. ORTHOPAEDIC RESEARCH INTERNSHIP For six weeks each summer, four undergraduate Kappa Deltas experience what it means to conduct important orthopaedic research at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee, through internships made possible by the Kappa Delta Foundation. The program was created in 2007 by Karen Hasty, Alpha Epsilon- Tennessee/Knoxville, who has a doctorate in anatomy and holds the George Thomas Wilhelm Endowed Professorship in Orthopaedic Surgery within the UT-Campbell Clinic Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering. Campbell Clinic is internationally recognized as a premier orthopaedic clinic. "Women are a small minority in the field of orthopaedic surgery," Karen says. "I decided if they had exposure to it as an undergraduate, they may consider orthopaedic research as a career goal." A decade ago, Karen served as the only mentor, but today the interns are placed at four premier research laboratories that collaborate with one another. Each intern receives individual mentoring and participates in various research projects. A recent intern project included the study of bio-engineered nanoparticles for targeted delivery of drugs to damaged joints. One of the eye-opening aspects of the program is interns have access to the orthopaedic surgery resident training sessions and experience firsthand the day-to-day training of an orthopaedic resident. The KDs who participate in the internship often end the experience with a more defined career path into the field of medicine. "The internship changed the entire trajectory of my career," says 2013 intern Kelsie Coe, Epsilon Iota-Missouri. "I'm grateful I had the opportunity to learn about orthopaedic surgery in such a female-centered environment, because even today, less than 10 percent of orthopaedic surgeons are women. If anyone needed to be inspired to confidently pursue it as a career, it was me!" Kelsie began medical school at the University of Missouri School of Medicine weeks after completing the internship. Recently, she learned she will be completing a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Kelsie also has gained appreciation for the Kappa Delta Orthopaedic Research Awards. She says, "Orthopaedic research is important and should be valued by KDs because we still have so much to learn about the ways in which the male and female musculoskeletal systems differ, so we can overcome health-care disparities for women." Shelby Kozlowski, an Eta Eta- Northern Kentucky alumna and 2012 intern, gained confidence she was on the right career path and would make a great clinician in the future. "The most memorable experience in the lab was the pig dissection to harvest the cartilage," she says. "It was awesome to get the scalpel in our hands and see the anatomy behind our research." Shelby earned a Masters of Medical Sciences in Anesthesia degree from South University in Savannah, Georgia, in 2016. She now works at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta as an anesthesiologist assistant. Past interns are grateful to Karen Hasty for creating the internships and say she is the heart of the program. "Dr. Hasty is an incredible person," says 2016 intern Emily Peters, Epsilon Tau-Clemson. "She's a great representation of a woman in science and a KD in science." For more information about the Kappa Delta Foundation's internship opportunities, go to www.kappadelta.org/opportunities/internships/ To learn more about Kelsie Coe's experience, click here in the digital edition to view her video.

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