Kappa Alpha Theta joins SLU Greek community
This fall Kappa Alpha Theta has joined the SLU Greek community, adding another option to choose from for women who want to go through recruitment. Many sorority women say that they couldn't be happier to have Theta on campus: they are another chapter to help balance out the large chapter sizes, and they are here to help strengthen the entire Greek community.
Theta's recruitment process was different from Formal Recruitment this year, but they will be joining the rest of the Panhellenic community for Formal Recruitment next year. During Formal Recruitment, Theta had an informational session during Rotationals round. After that, they were no longer a part of the Formal process. They dropped out, and waited until the rest of Panhellenic finished recruitment. As soon as Bid Day was over for the rest of SLU's Greek women, the representatives from Kappa Alpha Theta's national headquarters started a two week PR blast that included social media campaigns, tabling on the quad and in the BSC, posters, etc. Ashley Freeman and Margaret Burke, the Theta representatives, signed women up for interviews, and took suggestions from other members of the Greek community on who to contact about potentially setting up interviews.
On September 22, Theta held their Bid Day in DuBourg. There were 132 women that walked through the doors to start this new chapter at SLU. Since then, Ashley and Margaret have added approximately 50 more women to their list, putting their chapter close in size to the other chapters. Currently, Ashley and Margaret are serving as every officer member of the chapter, but they will hold elections in November that coincide with the rest of SLU's Greek life. Until that happens, Ashley and Margaret will continue to chair all committees, but allow the women of the chapter to form committees and oversee the events being planned. They say that they want the women to be able to be self sufficient and able to function as a chapter without them as consultants here.
Theta's goal is to be running just as well as all other chapters on campus as soon as possible. They have already had their first social event, a "Black and Gold" themed semi-formal date party, had Ritual ceremonies, and planned sisterhoods with their own chapter and other chapters on campus. One of the Theta representatives said that she is so excited to be on SLU's campus for many reasons, one of the main ones being how well the values of Theta line up with that of the University. Ashley said, "At SLU it is different because the girls are just so aligned with our values, which makes the chapter even better."