As many women at WCU remember, Kappa Delta Sorority (KD) made an appearance on campus in August of 2016 to begin recruiting daring women into WCU’s newest sorority. Leadership Development Consultants from Kappa Delta Headquarters Savannah Strayer and Cristina Attard, as well as Kappa Deltas from the surrounding area, searched West Chester for women prepared to create a thriving new sisterhood.
On September 25, 2016, 115 women received bids from Kappa Delta, joining an organization much bigger than themselves. I was one of the lucky women chosen to become a KD and have not looked back since.
Months later, on November 13, 2016, the founding Alpha Class was initiated into a lifelong sisterhood and was chartered by Kappa Delta’s National President, Alison Jakes Argersinger.
From thereon, the sisters of KD have engaged in philanthropy work, social events and “strived to achieve the honorable and beautiful things in life.”
As the Theta Omicron chapter of KD, we have been given a unique opportunity to build this sorority from the ground up. Not only did we form the first council, but also the first major philanthropy event for our chapter. We created a diverse sisterhood filled with support and acceptance of one another.
Current Secretary, Kerri Finley, reflects on her KD experience: “I joined Kappa Delta to not only meet new women, but also because I knew it would push me to try new things and be the best person I can be for myself and the chapter. It has been the most amazing experience so far and I can’t wait to see what the future entails!”
As Finley explained, Kappa Delta makes you the best sister, friend, daughter and person you can be. One of our famous sayings is that “Kappa Delta will not lower her standards for you, you must rise to meet her,” which is what each sister of Theta Omicron has done.
In relation to the Panhellenic (PHC) community, Kappa Delta is the tenth sorority on West Chester’s Campus. KD has made its name known by participating in events like Homecoming, Greek Week and PHC philanthropy events. Rose Zini, a Spring 2017 recruit, explains, “Being part of the Panhellenic community has opened me up to so many different opportunities and helped me to meet a bunch of new people.”
The Panhellenic community has maintained support for Kappa Delta by aiding us throughout the recruitment and chartering process. This support means the world to each of us. From meeting other sorority women to participating in large PHC events, this community is truly amazing.
We hope that every sorority and fraternity will continue to support KD as we look forward to our first annual Shamrock Event! Shamrock is Kappa Delta’s annual philanthropy event that supports Prevent Child Abuse America, which will take place September 2017.
If you see a Kappa Delta on campus, ask them about their unique KD experience!
Karlie DeCola is a second-year student majoring in English writings track with a minor in youth empowerment & urban studies. She can be reached at KD843608@wcupa.edu or at @karlieelexiss on Twitter.