Kappa Delta

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Kappa Delta
ΚΔ
Kappa Delta crest.jpg
Founded October 23, 1897; 117 years ago (1897-10-23)
State Female Normal School, (Farmville, Virginia)
Type Social
Scope National
Motto Let us strive for that which is honorable, beautiful and highest
Colors      Olive Green      Pearl White
Symbol Nautilus Shell, Dagger
Flower White Rose
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
Chapters 156 active
Alumnae Chapters 504 chartered
Headquarters 3205 Players Lane
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Homepage http://www.kappadelta.org

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.

History[edit]

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[1] 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[citation needed]. 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.

Symbols[edit]

The official symbols of KD are the nautilus shell and the dagger, while the mascots are the teddy bear and the katydid.[2] The official colors are olive green and pearl white.[2] The official flower is the white rose.[2] KD has 3 official jewels, the diamond, the emerald, and the pearl.[2]

Philanthropy[edit]

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.[3] 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.

Social Initiatives[edit]

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).[4]

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.[4]

Notable members[edit]

Arts and Entertainment

Literature

Military

  • Claudia Kennedy (Alpha Delta-Rhodes) - first female three-star general in the Army (now retired)[16]

Government

Business

Athletics

Philanthropy and Service

Chapters[edit]

Kappa Delta currently has a total of 156 collegiate chapters across North America.[26]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Genealogy of John Tyler and his Descendants". Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d Kappa Delta Official Website - Fast Facts
  3. ^ "Prevent Child Abuse America". Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Kappa Delta Confidence Coalition". Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  5. ^ "Brooke Anderson - Living the Glamorous Life Dr Cody Sweet (lambda--Northwestern University) - international platform speaker on nonverbal communication". Kappa Delta's Alumnae Neighborhood of Tennessee. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  6. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Ellen Albertini Dow". Kappa Delta. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  7. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Ali Landry". Kappa Delta. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  8. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Georgia O'Keeffe". Kappa Delta. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  9. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Debbie Maffett Wilson". Kappa Delta. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  10. ^ "The Blind Side (2009)". Internet Movie Database. April 22, 2009. Retrieved 2013-04-20. 
  11. ^ "The Blind Side (2009)". Rotten Tomatoes. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved 2013-04-20. 
  12. ^ "Meet Miss Florida". Miss Florida. 2009. Retrieved 2010-04-17. 
  13. ^ "Meet Miss Alabama". Miss Alabama. 2009. Retrieved 2010-04-17. 
  14. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Pearl Sydenstricker Buck". Kappa Delta. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  15. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Joan Lowery Nixon". Kappa Delta. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  16. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Claudia Kennedy". Kappa Delta. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  17. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Kathleen Babineau Blanco". Kappa Delta. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  18. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Jean Carpenter Carnahan". Kappa Delta. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  19. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Bonnie Dunbar". Kappa Delta. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  20. ^ Thomas, Ralph. "Gubernatorial candidate Gregoire faced racial dilemma in college". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  21. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Suzy Spafford Lidstrom". Kappa Delta. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  22. ^ "Company Information". Retrieved 2007-08-09. 
  23. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Trischa Zorn". Kappa Delta. Retrieved 2007-07-25. [dead link]
  24. ^ "Board & Advisors". Grandma's Gifts. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  25. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Donna Stone". Kappa Delta. Retrieved 2009-07-29. [dead link]
  26. ^ "Collegiate Chapter Directory". Kappadelta.org. Retrieved 2014-08-21. 

External links[edit]