Kappa Alpha Theta

Chapter History

Kappa Alpha Theta was founded in 1870 as the first Greek-letter fraternity for women. We value our history and take pride in our four founders, Bettie Locke Hamilton, Bettie Tipton Lindsay, Alice Allen Bryan, and Hannah Fitz Shaw, who were truly visionary. They created this sisterhood during a time when women were not readily accepted at colleges or in male dominated organizations. On January 27, 1870 the first official meeting of Kappa Alpha Theta was held at Indiana Asbury College (now DePauw University). They took upon the tasks of designing a badge, developing a constitution and bylaws, and identifying potential new members.

Today there are over 125 chapters spread across the United States and Canada of Kappa Alpha Theta. The Eta Rho chapter at James Madison University is one of the newest and was founded in the Fall of 2007. Over the past 3 years, the Eta Rho chapter has continued to grow and establish ourselves in many positive ways. We have taken full pledge classes of women during formal recruitment each fall, participated in many philanthropic events for other Greek Life organizations, as well as contributed numerous service hours to benefit the surrounding Harrisonburg community. The women of Kappa Alpha Theta take pride in academic excellence, philanthropic events for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocated), campus involvement, and sisterhood events. With over 120 members in the chapter, it is truly a wonderful group of women that are well-rounded in all aspects of life.

Theta’s most recent accomplishments in the Fraternity/Sorority Life community were receiving the highest honor of scholarship and the most community service hours. These are two things that are of the utmost value as well as the support given to the local CASA chapter. Our vision statement—Kappa Alpha Theta is the organization that provides the finest and most rewarding membership experience—is based on our core purpose and values. Our purpose is to support members to learn, grow, and excel, and our core values are personal excellence, friendship/sisterhood, scholarship, service, and leadership.

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