Kappa Alpha Theta
Eta OmicronUniversity of North Florida
Kappa Alpha Theta was founded in 1870 as the first Greek-letter fraternity for women. We value our history and take pride in our four founders, who were truly visionary. Bettie Locke, the founding sister of Kappa Alpha Theta, was a student at Indiana Asbury College. At that time, it was "not socially acceptable" for women to go to college, let alone be accepted into social groups. When Bettie was asked to be the mascot of her brother's fraternity, she was infuriated and decided to establish her own women's organization.
Our vision statement—Kappa Alpha Theta is the organization that provides the finest and most rewarding membership experience—is based on our core purpose and values.
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.
In 1989, Kappa Alpha Theta adopted Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) as our official philanthropy. CASA is a service to help children who are going through the court system. The judge assigns trained CASA volunteers', also known as guardian ad litems, to specific cases.
The volunteer is usually the only constant person in the child's life. They are the shoulder for the child to cry on and the smile to brighten the child's day. Once the volunteer has interviewed everyone in the child's life, they recommend to the court what is in the best interest of the child. In 2011 alone, more than 75,000 CASA volunteers helped 240,000 abused and neglected children. Although there as so many volunteers, more are needed every year because around 60% of the children who need a CASA do not get one appointed, which accounts for almost half a million children in the United States.
Theta's across the United States and Canada raise money every year for CASA volunteers to help children who are suffering have a semi-normal life. The money that we raise goes to advertise to raise awareness of CASA and the need for volunteers.
One hundred and thirty seven years after Bettie Locke founded Kappa Alpha Theta, the Eta Omicron Chapter came to UNF in February 2007. Two months later, 87 women were initiated and the Eta Omicron chapter was born. In the fall of 2007, after Theta's first Formal Recruitment, 38 women joined this noble organization. Philanthropy
Every year, Theta's at UNF hold two philanthropy events to support CASA. Our fall event is Kicks for CASA which kicks off an amazing school year of raising money to help the cause that is dear to our hearts. Kicks for CASA is a kickball tournament that teams pay an entry fee to participate in. In the spring, the event Mr. CASAnova, a male pageant, is held. Sororities, fraternities, and other clubs choose a male representative to enter the pageant for them. In the past year, the Eta Omicron chapter has raised over $4,000 to help CASA.
Kappa Alpha Theta is actively involved in UNF and Jacksonville community events. Some events that we have participated in are Swoop the Loop, Dogtoberfest, MS Walk, Can Hunger Can Structure Contest, Beach Clean ups, Girls Inc. Daddy Daughter Dance and Relay for Life.
Jewish Student Union President and Vice President
American Sign Language Club President
Panhellenic Council President (2011)
Order of Omega President
Recruitment Counselor of the Year (2011)
Student Government Association Senators
UNF Pep Band
UNF Drum Line
Dance Marathon TeamOur Symbols: Kite and Twin Stars Flower:Black and Gold Pansy Colors:Black and Gold
Panhellenic VP Recruitment: Beth Palmer
CEO: Gina White
My name is Gina White and I am the President for the Eta
Omicron chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta. I am majoring in Public Relations with a
minor in Psychology. I am from Sarasota, FL where I enjoy playing volleyball
and spending time with my family. I joined Theta in the fall of 2010, and have
loved it ever since. I was chosen by my chapter to attend the Kappa Alpha Theta
Leadership Conference in 2011, where I discovered my passion for being a leader
in my chapter and on campus. I previously served as the Chief Education Officer
and the Music Chairman along with participating in various committees. I also
served on a committee for two years in Dance Marathon, where I now currently
serve as the Internal Chair. I have met so many amazing people at UNF who
inspire me to be the best I can be. Go Ospreys!
Recruitment Chair: Kelsey Gebhardt
My name is Kelsey Gebhardt and I am a junior from Orlando
studying psychology and biology, so that one day I will be able to train
dolphins. I love everything about the ocean and the beach is one of my favorite
places to be. I enjoy many sports including swimming, playing water polo, and
watching football on the weekends. My family is the most important thing in my
life and I love to spend time with them and my sisters. I have been a member of
Kappa Alpha Theta for three years and have been on many committees including
philanthropy, recruitment, and homecoming committees and I am the current Chief
Recruiting Officer for my chapter. I am also a member of NSCS and Sigma Alpha
Lambda here on campus. Theta has become my home away from home and I would not
be as strong and confident without my sisters.
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