Kappa Alpha Theta is the first Greek letter society organized for women, by women. It was founded in 1870 at Indiana Asbury University (now DePauw University) and has since maintained a long tradition of excellence. The Zeta Eta chapter at Wofford College was chartered in 1989 and is one of more than 128 collegiate chapters in the United States and Canada.
Kappa Alpha Theta Founding Date: January 27, 1870 at DePauw University
Zeta Eta Chapter founding date: February 11, 1989
Colors: Black and Gold
Flower: Black and gold pansy
Symbols: Kite and Twin Stars
The intellectual ambition of the Fraternity shall be the attainment of highest scholarship. The social aim of the Fraternity shall be to exercise the widest influence for good. The moral aim of the Fraternity shall be the standard of love.
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.
The Zeta Eta Chapter sponsors various events throughout the year. Below are descriptions of our main social events, but we are not limited to just these. In addition, we have mixers and other social functions with various fraternities on campus.
Shipwreck - This is our fall crush party that is usually held towards the end of October. Each member "crushes" guests. Sisters can ask anyone, and they don't have to be Wofford students. Different themes are chosen each year, so venues and entertainment vary depending on themes. This party is always a blast!
Harvest Moon Ball - Our semi-formal is for sisters and their dates. It's the perfect wrap-up to the fall semester!
Skate Night - Right around exam week we throw a roller skate night to act as a much needed stress reliever and as a way to see our sisters one last time before Christmas Break. This past year we dressed up in our best tacky christmas sweaters!
Sham Slam - This is a special party usually around St. Patrick's Day where our Theta families set us up on a blind date. Suspenseful? Definitely! But it never fails to make for a fun and interesting event! Themes and venues change every year.
Twin Star Ball - The final event of the year is usually our formal. This party is just for sisters and their dates. It's always fun to get dressed up and dance the night away!
Sisterhood Retreat - 2011 was our first year having this fun sisterhood bonding experience. It was held at Camp Greystone where sisters got to hang out and paint furniture for the Ellen Hines Smith Girl's Home as well as get pumped for Greek Week! With smores, silly games, and fun movies, it is a great time!
Policy on Hazing
Kappa Alpha Theta forbids any hazing or mock initiation of any kind. Kappa Alpha Theta expects each member to refrain from hazing others and to refuse to be hazed herself.
- Hazing is subjecting a person to an activity which endangers or is likely to endanger the physical health or safety of a member or which tends to humiliate, embarrass or cause personal discomfort regardless of one's willingness to participate in such activity.
- Hazing subverts and corrupts the true experience of Kappa Alpha Theta, and it can occur any time a chapter does not treat its members with dignity, kindness, generosity and compassion.
- Hazing is anything that does not contribute to the positive development of members. Membership should encourage a woman to develop to her full potential and prepare her to accept the responsibilities of membership and to meet the demands of mature life.
No Assessment Policy:
Kappa Alpha Theta does not allow ANY assessments of its members. All chapter programs will be covered by the chapter treasury; no sisters will be asked to pay additional dues or fees to cover chapter activities. Chapter dues, paid each year, include such expenses as supplies, entertainment, activities, Panhellenic dues, chapter programs, and other budgeted items. Each sister may purchase t-shirts and pictures from various functions if she so chooses. At no time will any sister be requested to pay any amount beyond chapter dues involuntarily.