HIghlights of 2018
Fall of 2018 was an amazing first semester for the newly installed chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma, Theta Alpha Chapter at Southern University Illinois Edwardsville. This fall will be remembered through monumental firsts including Kamp Kappa Bid Day, our first officer elections, and creating a sisterhood through many activities. Events such as our first powderpuff season and family reveals, along with many other memories, bonded us together. Our first activities as a chapter would begin in September when our first Bid Day was held on the 16th, where Theta Alpha’s first ever New Member class of 132 women were welcomed by the Leadership Consultants at Kamp Kappa on SIUE’s campus.
In October, as a chapter we really began to gain momentum and learn what it means to not only be a Kappa woman, but sisters. On the weekend of the 2nd we celebrated homecoming and participated in homecoming week festivities leading up to this weekend such as mechanical bull riding, chalk mural competitions and chili cook-offs. We cheered on sisters through our powderpuff season as we made it into the championship games and had a bowling sisterhood event where we gathered in Cougar Lanes for some fun. We had a Founders Day celebration with the men of Delta Chi on the 13th and supported “So You Think You Can Go Greek” event held by Sigma Tau Gamma with a dance routine put on by some of our women. On the 18th we were able to have a cookie meet and greet with Fraternity President Gail Owen, NPC Delegate Beth Black, Executive Director Kari Poole, and Director of Chapter Services Katherine Cianciotto while they visited St. Louis for the NPC annual meeting. Also following our refreshments on the 18th we were able to support our sisters Lexi Clutts and Kendra Kolb as they represented Kappa and Delta Chi in the Greek Goddess event which is hosted by Sigma Phi Epsilon to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters. On the 23rd we had Family Reveal where our group preferences we submitted ended up in family placements of 4-5 girls in the original lineage. The 25th brought our New Member Retreat at Altitude trampoline park and sisterhood events on campus - we had lip synch battles, jumped to our hearts content, and made envelopes to prep for Inspiration week. At the end of the month the first ever Chapter Council was elected and we cannot wait to see all the wonderful ways they will lead Kappa Kappa Gamma, Theta Alpha Chapter! The final week of October was Inspiration Period which included many things such as painting Kappa crafts, study table events, and a Hocus Pocus movie night.
We started off November strong with our Installation and Initiation on the 2nd and 3rd in St. Louis where Theta Alpha Chapter was installed and the first ever New Member class was initiated. Our weekend in the city was a great time where we were all introduced to the years of ritual that represents our sisterhood. The rest of November contained various campus-wide events such as a Greek night basketball game with dinner provided by SIUe athletics. This month we also had a Thanksgiving potluck mixer with Sigma Tau Gamma.
We wrapped up our first semester in December with some great events. Our first Executive Board Leadership Day was on the 2nd where some of the key activities included some team building, review and covering of material, and some time to write sweet encouraging notes to our other sisters. We had our first semiformal at Mad Art Gallery in St. Louis where we danced the night away on the 3rd. We also had “Grabba Grabba Donut” which was a little morale booster for our fellow students where we set out a table of donuts to pass out for free. In our final week of school we had one last sisterhood event before we all said goodbye for the holiday where we painted ornaments and enjoyed some Christmas music.
This first semester was a huge period of growth for us as a chapter as we established ourselves within the chapter and in leadership roles. Through the highs and lows we really started to mature with our sisters and enjoy some laughs along the way. We cannot wait to see what 2019 holds as a newly established chapter, and look forward to our future dear Kappa days.