Kappa Alpha Theta, the first Greek letter fraternity for women, was founded by four women on January 27, 1870 at what is now DePauw University. At Psi Chapter, we pride ourselves in our strong friendships, leadership, scholarship, and service to others. Whether we are studying at the library, at a themed social, decked out in red for a Badger Football game, or at a philanthropic event, Thetas experience sisterhood in an exceptional way. We believe that Theta is for a lifetime, and we use our traditions, ritual, and sisterhood to reach our highest social, intellectual, and moral potentials.
Each year we host two successful philanthropic events. In the fall semester, Fraternities compete in our KAT@BAT softball tournament, and in the spring, the entire campus is invited to our house for a designer denim sale. All the proceeds go to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), which helps abused and neglected children through the court system, as well as the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation, which provides scholarships and grants for active Theta members and alumnae. We also participate in Humorology, a comical musical put on by Fraternities and Sororities to raise money for the Chris Farley Foundation and Camp One Heartland. In 2008 and 2009, Kappa Alpha Theta took 3 rd place.
Kappa Alpha Theta is a house filled with unique, diverse, fun, and creative individuals who are involved throughout the UW campus. Our sisters take part in business fraternities, Panhellenic Council, Homecoming Committee, WISPERG, and many other activities. We are also involved within the Greek System. Each year we participate in Homecoming and Greek Week. In 2009, paired with Alpha Gamma Rho and Acacia, we placed 1 st for Homecoming. We may be busy women, but we always manage to make time for our Theta sisters.
“People ask why I am in a sorority and I try to explain all the things a sorority is that they cannot see. A sorority is more than letters on a sweatshirt, I say. It’s more than traditional songs, a gold pin, rituals, and obligation, or a way of life. A sorority is learning about people, a sorority is giving without expecting a return. A sorority is earning respect from others, as well as for yourself. A sorority will not solve all your problems. But I have made good friends and found confidence there to help me take life one step at a time.” – Unknown
Chapter House Address: 108 Langdon Street
Kappa Alpha Theta Website: www.kappaalphatheta.org
Chapter Website: https://www.kappaalphatheta.org/chapters/psi/
Chapter G.P.A. (as of Spring 2010): 3.29
Colors: Black and Gold
Flower: Black and Gold Pansy
Philanthropy: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
Famous Thetas: Sheryl Crow (singer), Diane and Sharon Walt (Walt Disney’s daughters), Melinda French Gates (wife of Bill Gates), Kerri Strug (Olympic Gymnast, Gold Medalist, 1996)