Nu Kappa Epsilon
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Nu Kappa Epsilon (ΝΚΕ) is a music sorority established according to its charter to "promote the growth and development of musical activities and appreciation on campus and in the community where chapters have been formed and to develop in the members the best qualities of character through music." Founded in 1994 at the College of William & Mary, each NKE chapter supports its own music-related philanthropy.
Nu Kappa Epsilon was founded on August 25, 1994 at the College of William & Mary. Although NKE is not a social sorority nor connected to any professional music organizations, it considers itself a sisterhood, providing a place for women with a love for music to connect. Each NKE chapter supports its own philanthropy and promotes the use of music to "improve and empower day-to-day life." The sorority flower is the white rose, and our colors are hunter green and burgundy.
Founding Sisters of Nu Kappa Epsilon: President: Anne Steinbach, '97 Vice President: Laura Fejfar, '95 Secretary: Liz Shiflett, '96 Treasurer: Susanna Smith, '96 Rush Chair: Heather Carter, '96 Historian: Alison Armstrong, '97 Social Chair: Erin Jones, '97 Liaison: Kristi Ramey, '98 Publicity: Kelley Bartell, '97 Sister: Shannon Ashley '98 Sister: Sara Balcom '98 Sister: Holly Collins '96 Sister: Brenda Herrold '95 Sister: Anne Marks '98 Sister: Leanna McCoy '95 Sister: Shannon Mully '98 Sister: Karen Supetran '97 Sister: Tina Tennenhaus '96 Sister: Chisty Wright '96 Sister: Kristen Yates '97
Since its establishment at the College of William & Mary, a Beta chapter was installed on March 14, 2005 at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. Annually, NKE Beta hosts an Open Mic Night, retreats, our Rose Ball formal, and events for both Out of the Darkness, Playing for Change and Relay for Life. Past and current philanthropies have incorporated a love for music and sisterhood. NKE also serves Christopher Newport University and the local community through fundraising events and other volunteer opportunities. NKE Beta chapter's philanthropy is the Playing for Change Foundation.
Beta Chapter's Founding Sisters: Jillian (Smetts) Woycik Becky (Andrews) Maxey, '08 Katie Lamp, '08 Sara Warrick
A Gamma chapter of Nu Kappa Epsilon was installed at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, popularly known as Virginia Tech, on March 28, 2015.
According to its charter, "Nu Kappa Epsilon was established to promote the growth and development of musical activities and appreciation on campus and in the community where chapters have been formed and to develop in the members the best qualities of character through music."
Nu Kappa Epsilon aims to support the community through both music and time. This includes but is not limited to participating in Relay for Life, Dance Marathon, and ushering at musical performances. Every chapter of Nu Kappa Epsilon has the opportunity to choose their own philanthropy to support, as long as it is music-related. Both Alpha and Beta Chapter currently raise funds and awareness for organizations which include, but are not limited to: the Out of the Darkness Walk, Guitars Not Guns, Relay for Life, Letters for Soldiers, and the Songs for Kids Foundation
The Vice President of Nu Kappa Epsilon's founding chapter is responsible for the Nationals budget, which may be used for an NKE conference or for expansion activities. Female students with an interest in music at any accredited college or university are eligible to found a chapter of Nu Kappa Epsilon, in conjunction with Nationals at the College of William & Mary.
Connection to Sigma Alpha Iota
Nu Kappa Epsilon was originally founded in an attempt to garner attention from the International Music Fraternity for Women, Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI). However, upon being offered colony status by SAI, NKE officers made the decision that the transition would involve the loss of sisters who did not meet certain music class requirements of SAI. In an effort to maintain its founding purpose and inclusiveness, NKE chose to remain separate from SAI.