|This article relies on references to primary sources. (April 2013)|
|Founded||October 23, 1897
State Female Normal School, (Farmville, Virginia)
|Motto||Let us strive for that which is honorable, beautiful and highest|
|Colors||Olive Green Pearl White|
|Symbol||Nautilus Shell, Dagger|
|Jewel||Diamond, Emerald, Pearl|
|Mascot||Teddy Bear, Katydid|
|Philanthropy||Girl Scouts of the USA, Prevent Child Abuse America, Orthopedic Research Awards,
Children's Hospital of Richmond Virginia
|Alumnae Chapters||504 chartered|
|Headquarters||3205 Players Lane
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Kappa Delta (ΚΔ) was the first sorority founded at the State Female Normal School (now Longwood University), in Farmville, Virginia. It is one of the "Farmville Four" sororities founded at the university. (The others are Alpha Sigma Alpha, Sigma Sigma Sigma, and Zeta Tau Alpha; a clock tower at the university campus with a clock face representing each sorority is dedicated to the four).
Kappa Delta has over 230,000 members, more than 14,000 undergraduate members in 156 active collegiate chapters. Kappa Delta also has more than 510 chartered alumnae chapters, the most of any National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) group. It is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee.
Lenora Ashmore Blackiston, Mary Sommerville Sparks Hendrick, Julia Gardiner Tyler Wilson, and Sara Turner White founded Kappa Delta on the beliefs of friendship, fellowship, and sisterly love. Kappa Delta was the only sorority to become a member of the National Panhellenic Conference immediately upon petition. Julia Gardiner Tyler Wilson was the granddaughter of the former U.S. President John Tyler and was named after her grandmother, First Lady Julia Gardiner Tyler.
The Founders of ΚΔ:
- Lenora Ashmore Blackiston
- Mary Sommerville Sparks Hendricks
- Julia Gardiner Tyler Wilson
- Sara Turner White
Kappa Delta was the first sorority that was accepted into the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) as soon as they petitioned to join. Kappa Delta then became the first NPC group to form partnerships with various women's organizations, such as the Association of Junior Leagues International, which has an impact on women's community leadership, the Girl Scouts of the USA, and the Women's Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee.
The official symbols of KD are the nautilus shell and the dagger, while the mascots are the teddy bear and the katydid. The official colors are olive green and pearl white. The official flower is the white rose. KD has 3 official jewels, the diamond, the emerald, and the pearl.
Kappa Delta supports four national philanthropies: Girl Scouts of the USA, Prevent Child Abuse America, the Children's Hospital of Richmond, Virginia, and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Every Kappa Delta collegiate and alumnae chapter holds an annual "Shamrock Event" to raise money for Prevent Child Abuse America; events range from sports events to fashion shows. Since 1986 when the Shamrock Project was founded, Kappa Deltas have raised 8.5 million dollars to prevent child abuse in the United States. Many KD chapters decide to adopt a local Girl Scout troop, helping with troop activities and service unit events including uniquelyMe! programs, programs with the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, and Studio 2B.
Kappa Delta founded National Women's Friendship Day to celebrate the friendships among women in the United States. It was celebrated on the third Sunday in September until 2009 when the celebration was extended to the entire month of September as National Women's Friendship Month. As of 2010, September is now International Women's Friendship Month, as Kappa Delta expanded its vision globally.
Kappa Delta organized the Confidence Coalition in the Spring of 2009. The movement brings together all individuals, organizations and companies committed to promoting confidence among women and girls. By banding together, the movement aims to empower women and girls to stand up against issues that impact their self-esteem (i.e. media stereotypes, spousal and dating abuse, bullying, hazing, gossiping).
Some national campaigns include the "Go Confidently″ campaign, which is meant to raises awareness, and the ″You Make Me Smile″ campaign, which is meant to boost confidence. In 2010, Kappa Delta created International Girls Day on behalf of the Confidence Coalition. With the message ″She Can Do Anything!″, the celebration acknowledges the spirit of girls and encourages girls to make their dreams a reality.
Arts and Entertainment
- Lauren Elaine (Sigma Epsilon-University of Texas) - celebrity Fashion Designer, Actress, and TV Personality
- Brooke Anderson (Sigma Phi-University of Georgia) - journalist and anchor for Showbiz Tonight
- Ellen Albertini Dow (Omega Chi-Cornell) - actress (The Wedding Singer, Wedding Crashers)
- Ali Landry (Gamma Kappa-Louisiana/Lafayette) - actress, Miss USA 1996; one of People magazine’s 1998 “50 Most Beautiful People”; Frito-Lay spokesperson "Doritos Girl"
- Georgia O'Keeffe (Beta-Chatham Episcopal) - artist, Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient
- Debbie Maffett Wilson (Gamma Rho-Sam Houston State) - 1983 Miss America
- Leigh Anne Roberts Tuohy (Alpha Mu-University of Mississippi) - one subject of the 2009 film The Blind Side
- Lane Lindell (Sigma Phi-University of Georgia) - model, Miss United States World 2008
- Mari Wilensky (Beta Pi-University of Florida) - Miss Florida 2005, Miss America 2006 Top Ten Finalist
- Rachael Todd (Epsilon Omicron-University of Central Florida) - Miss Florida 2009
- Liz Cochran (Alpha Upsilon-Birmingham Southern College) - Miss Alabama 2009
- Susie Castillo (Alpha Iota-University of California, Los Angeles) - Miss USA 2003
- Maggie Ireland (Phi Epsilon - Colorado State University, Fort Collins) - Miss Colorado 2007
- Pearl S. Buck (Theta-Randolph Macon) - Nobel Prize Winner, Pulitzer Prize Winner
- Joan Lowery Nixon (Theta Sigma-USC) - author
- Claudia Kennedy (Alpha Delta-Rhodes) - first female three-star general in the Army (now retired)
- Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (Gamma Kappa-Louisiana/Lafayette) - first female elected Governor of Louisiana
- Jean Carpenter Carnahan (Epsilon Alpha-Missouri/Rolla) - U.S. Senator Missouri 2000-2002
- Bonnie Dunbar (Sigma Iota-Washington) - NASA Astronaut
- Christine O' Grady Gregoire (Sigma Iota-Washington) - Governor of Washington
- Suzy Spafford (Beta Rho-San Diego State) - creator of the Suzy's Zoo greeting cards
- Patricia Polito Miller (Sigma Upsilon-Indiana University) - Co-Owner/President of Vera Bradley Designs
- Patricia Wood Barnes (Delta Delta-Troy) - Founder of Sister Schubert's Rolls
Philanthropy and Service
- Emily Elizabeth Douglas (Gamma Nu) - Founder and Executive Director of Grandma's Gifts
- Donna J. Stone (Lambda) - Founder of Prevent Child Abuse America
Kappa Delta currently has a total of 156 collegiate chapters across North America.
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- Kappa Delta Website
- Kappa Delta Boutique Website
- National Women's Friendship Month Website
- In KD and Beyond Website
- Confidence Coalition Website