Delta Kappa Alpha

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Delta Kappa Alpha
ΔΚΑ
The official coat of arms of Delta Kappa Alpha
Founded March 16, 1936; 78 years ago (1936-03-16)
University of Southern California, (Los Angeles, California)
Type Professional, Co-Educational
Emphasis Cinematic Arts
Scope National
Mission statement The mission of Delta Kappa Alpha is to foster lifelong character, collaborative and creative storytelling, ethical and productive business practices, philanthropic action, and fraternal bonds by and between students of the cinematic arts.
Vision statement The vision of Delta Kappa Alpha is to be recognized as the premier institute of upstanding entertainment industry leaders.
Motto Truth in Illusion
Slogan Cinematic Artists of Character
Colors

     Deep Royal Blue

     Old Gold
Symbol Movie camera
Flower White Carnation
Mascot Dragon
Publication "CineJournal"
Homepage Delta Kappa Alpha National Website

Delta Kappa Alpha (ΔΚΑ) is a co-educational professional fraternity founded in 1936, at the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California.

According to USC's cinema website, "Recognized by the School of Cinematic Arts as the official professional cinema fraternity at the University of Southern California, DKA engages the community through philanthropic, social, and professional events. The goal of this co-ed fraternity is to establish meaningful relationships and camaraderie between students highly committed and interested in the film industry and in the cinematic arts."[1]

History[edit]

Delta Kappa Alpha was founded in 1936, at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, originally as a group for cinematographers. Soon the Alpha chapter encompassed all undergraduate divisions at the School of Cinematic Arts, including Film & TV Production, Critical Studies, Writing for Screen & Television, Animation & Digital Arts, and most recently Interactive Entertainment.[2]

The Alpha chapter had considerable influence in its first incarnation from 1936 until the mid-1980s. The fraternity had its own office within the School of Cinematic Arts building, equivalent to the current Student Production Office in today's SCA complex.

The fraternity also held annual banquets to honor notable contributors to the cinematic arts. Film legends such as Alfred Hitchcock and Fred Astaire were inducted into the fraternity as honorary members.[3] Hollywood heavyweights such as Sophia Loren, George Cukor, and Judy Garland were known to attend these events.[4]

The fraternity was in its heyday in the 1960s and 1970s, when Dirty Dozen members George Lucas and Howard Kazanjian were among its members. There were 5 national chapters with a membership of 1500 in 1965.[5] However, by the mid-1980s the Alpha chapter as well as other chapters in the United States and South America had disbanded.[6] Despite no longer being on campus, USC still held a "DKA film series" of screenings from 1982 until the late 2000s at the Norris Cinema Theater on campus, drawing hour-long lines every Friday.[7][8] All of the chapters deactivated because the National Fraternity lacked an Executive Office, keeping it from surviving the anti-establishment period that shut down chapters and Greek organizations across the country. Former National President and National Secretary Herbert E. Farmer protected the Fraternity’s History through his well-preserved archive. This made it possible for the Fraternity to be resurrected at the University of Southern California in 2009 by Grace Lee and Hillary Levi. With the help of leading fraternity experts and consultants, the Fraternity now thrives with its overhauled and significantly improved national structure, growing expansion projects, passionate membership, and close-knit alumni.

Today[edit]

In the spring of 2009,[9] a group of students at USC resurfaced the Alpha chapter, and has since grown to be the largest undergraduate student group at the School of Cinematic Arts,[10] again encompassing all divisions of study and bringing guests such as Alan Myerson,[11] John Landis,[12] and John C. McGinley (on behalf of Spread the Word to End the Word)[13] to campus as part of its DKA Speaker Series. In 2012, the National Organization was revived and improved to allow for structure for organization and growth, continuity, national identity, expansion to other campuses, and much more.

Delta Kappa Alpha chapters are organized into Resident Councils which include the current student members of a chapter and Graduate Councils made up of all members who have graduated or left school. Each council of a chapter is entitled to a vote at the National Convention, which meets every two years and is the highest level of authority in the organization. The convention elects National Council members who serve as a board of directors for the fraternity and governs between conventions.

The National Organization is made up of multiple corporations, including the Delta Kappa Alpha Foundation. The Delta Kappa Alpha Foundation was created in 2013 as a separate charitable organization. As a public, charitable, and educational Foundation the mission of the Delta Kappa Alpha Foundation is to insure the development of philanthropic support necessary to sustain high levels of educational programming by fostering lifelong relationships and commitment to the Fraternity’s ideals. The key functions of the separate organization are rooted in the idea that the Foundation must provide vehicles for members to fulfill their lifelong commitment to Delta Kappa Alpha and to fellow brothers and sisters.

The Chief Executive Officer executes the National Council’s plan and serves as a mediator between the Council and Foundation Board. The Fraternity Executive Offices staff assists with implementing said plan. The staff is divided into four departments: Chapter services, education (career support), finance, and communications.

Collegiate Chapters[edit]

Greek Chapter Established University City State Region
Α Alpha 1936 * University of Southern California Los Angeles California Pacific
Β Beta 1949 * Boston University Boston Massachusetts New England
Γ Gamma 1950 * New York University New York New York Mid-Atlantic
Δ Delta 1953 * University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles California Pacific
Ε Epsilon 2010 San Francisco State University San Francisco California Pacific
Ζ Zeta 2013 Chapman University Orange California Pacific
Η Eta 2013 University of California, Berkeley Berkeley California Pacific
Θ Theta 2013 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles California Pacific
Ι Iota 2013 George Mason University Fairfax Virginia Mid-Atlantic
Κ Kappa 2013 University of Tampa Tampa Florida South Atlantic
Λ Lambda 2013 University of Texas at Austin Austin Texas West South Central
Μ Mu 2013 Columbia University New York New York Mid-Atlantic
Ν Nu 2014 American University Washington D.C. Mid-Atlantic
Ξ Xi 2014 University of Miami Miami Florida South Atlantic
Ο Omicron 2014 Syracuse University Syracuse New York Mid-Atlantic
Π Pi 2014 Ithaca College Ithaca New York Mid-Atlantic

* previously inactive.

Notable alumni[edit]

Delta Kappa Alpha dinners and honorees[edit]

Delta Kappa Alpha had an annual banquets in January/February which honored figures in the Cinema industry and presented them with honorary membership in the fraternity. Honorees include:

Additional Honorary Members[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ USC School of Cinematic Arts website
  2. ^ SCA Undergraduate Programs
  3. ^ DKA Alpha chapter website
  4. ^ "USC President Rufus von KleinSmid, Sophia Loren, George Cukor, and Judy Garland at a DKA event circa 1959."
  5. ^ a b USC's El Rodeo Yearbook 1965 p178
  6. ^ DKA Beta chapter website
  7. ^ Daily Trojan article, "DKA movies a Friday tradition"
  8. ^ "Oct 2, 2007 ... Friday, DKA Film Series is showing Pirates of the Caribbean."
  9. ^ [1] "Delta Kappa Alpha (DKA) is the resurrected cinema fraternity..."
  10. ^ DKA Alpha chapter website
  11. ^ DKA Presents a Q&A with Alan Myerson
  12. ^ A Question and Answer Session lead by USC’s Cinema Fraternity
  13. ^ Daily Trojan article, "Spread the Word to End the Word’ comes to USC"
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv bw bx by bz ca cb cc cd ce cf cg ch ci cj ck cl cm cn co cp cq cr cs ct cu cv cw cx cy cz da db dc dd de df dg dh Delta Kappa Alpha History
  15. ^ a b Skywalking: the life and films of George Lucas
  16. ^ George Schlatter and Arthur Schneider, Jump Cut: Memoirs of a Pioneer Television Editor, McFarland & Co Inc (31 Jul 1997), ISBN 978-0-7864-0345-5
  17. ^ Chuck Jones: Conversations
  18. ^ Lensman to Be Honored by Fraternity
  19. ^ Fraternity to Induct
  20. ^ Fraternity to Honor Gene Kelly
  21. ^ a b Tierney Film return set
  22. ^ Greer Garson and Kirk Douglas with Awards
  23. ^ America's Sweetheart remembered
  24. ^ Past, Present Merge for Mutual Love of Movies
  25. ^ Realistic Locales Seen Aiding Actors
  26. ^ USC Fraternity Cites 3 Film-TV Personalities
  27. ^ Hollywood Celebs Send Second String for Awards
  28. ^ Nostalgia was the keynote, Mae West stole the show
  29. ^ [2]
  30. ^ Bouquets for Notables at Film Banquet
  31. ^ Film Notables Receive Honorary Tribute
  32. ^ Journal of the University Film Association Vol. 24, No. 1/2, 1972
  33. ^ Paul Newman joins Ingmar Bergman Cult
  34. ^ Fraternity Fetes Stanwyck, Green, Castle
  35. ^ Tributes to Fred
  36. ^ Glen Ford's Delta Kappa Alpha Certificate
  37. ^ The late Albert Whitlock was one of movie history’s most skilled illusionists.
  38. ^ Chronology of the Walt Disney Company
  39. ^ Neil Simon to Move Back to New York
  40. ^ Russ Meyer--the life and films: a biography and a comprehensive, illustrated
  41. ^ Journal of the University Film Producers Vol. 11, No. 4, SUMMER, 1959

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