Jan. 27, 2016, Manhattan, Kansas— Kappa Alpha Theta’s Founder’s Day celebrates and honors the four founders who created an opportunity for women to be leaders on their campuses, in their communities and in their professions. Bettie Locke, Alice Allen, Bettie Tipton and Hannah Fitch founded Kappa Alpha Theta on Jan. 27, 1870.
Being a Theta leads women to life long friendships, unique experiences and the opportunity to set goals for themselves. The founders of Theta demonstrated the highest level of personal excellence, and have continued to make an impact in the lives of women over 100 years later.
“Being a part of Theta has given me the opportunity to practice leadership not only through holding a position, but also in my everyday life by challenging me to always be the best display of a leading woman I can possibly be,” Amy Prieb, sophomore in industrial engineering, said.
Theta now has more than 250,000 initiated members and over 130 college chapters at colleges and universities across the United States and Canada.
Kappa Alpha Theta’s mission is yesterday, today and tomorrow, Kappa Alpha Theta exists to nurture each member throughout her college and alumnae experience and to offer a lifelong opportunity for social, intellectual, and moral growth as she meets the higher and broader demands of mature life.
“To me, our mission statement means giving everyone the chance to grow throughout their lifetime,” Abby Krstulic, junior in hospitality management, said. “It exists to help you find your friends and your passions in college and gives you the opportunity to continue growing past college.”
Today, we honor the lives of the women who have inspired us to be leading women on our campus, in our community and in our professions.
“I am thankful for Theta because it has brought me a best friend that I never had in high school,” Joni Sheets, freshman in elementary education, said. “Theta is not the typical sorority girls. We are a great example in our community, on campus, and in our daily lives and I am so glad to be a part of this sisterhood.”