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The First Coeds

This educational module shares information on our Fraternity's founders, featuring their images, their thoughts, and the original badge they wore. It also shares some of their personal history.

 


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Organizations on campus offered opportunities for friendship, leadership development and academic support, but none included women. When the Phi Gamma Deltas asked Bettie to wear the fraternity’s badge, she replied she would like to be initiated as a member. The group didn’t think that possible, so she declined. Bettie’s father, a professor at Asbury, suggested she form a Greek-letter fraternity for women. Bettie asked Alice Allen to join with her in laying the ground work for the endeavor, and on January 27, 1870, more than two years after they enrolled at Asbury. KAΘ was founded and announced to the college community when the eventual four founding members wore their badges on campus.

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50- and 75-Year Thetas

This educational module explores the thoughts and feelings of 50- and 75-year Thetas when they receive anniversary gifts from the Fraternity. It also shares some of the history behind these gifts.

 

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Each December, small packages are mailed to hundreds of alumnae living around the world. Sent to those who’ve reached a special milestone – 50 or 75 years of membership in Kappa Alpha Theta – the small gifts enclosed are received with delight and surprise.

This custom evolved over time. Although many alumnae groups recognized their 50- and 75-year alumnae at Founders Day celebrations, it wasn’t until 1954 that such recognition was adopted Fraternity-wide.


 
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Kappa Alpha Theta Service in Two World Wars

This educational module features examples of service at home and abroad during World War I and World War II, as well as relevant descriptions of life on campus during war-time.
 


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Between the two World Wars, the number of college and alumnae chapters doubled. Therefore, Thetas’ contributions at home and overseas during World War II were even more significant. Canadian chapters were the first to feel the impact in 1939. The United States became engaged in 1941. As brothers, fiancées, and husbands went to war, women also found ways of serving their country. Sigma Chapter provided one of Canada’s leaders, and Theta was in her thoughts when Adelaide Sinclair accepted the role as Wartime Director of the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service. In a press statement, Sinclair said the experience she had as president of an international fraternity helped prepare her to accept this call from her country.

More Information
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Notable Thetas
Learn more about our Notable Thetas and their personal and professional accomplishments throughout several categories and fields of interest.