A new sorority will be coming to Centre College’s campus in the 2016-17 academic year. Centre’s Panhellenic Council recently invited Kappa Delta to colonize, and the sorority’s national headquarters has accepted the invitation.
Kappa Delta is expected to colonize in fall of 2016 and intends to participate fully in formal recruitment the following spring. The historic bungalow that was famously moved from Fifth Street to Centre’s Greek Row last year will likely serve as the official Kappa Delta House beginning in fall of 2017.
“We are incredibly excited to welcome Kappa Delta to our campus community next fall,” says Alycia Tidrick, director of Greek Life and New Student Orientation. “The sorority shares our existing organizations’ commitment to academic achievement, service to the community and sisterhood, while also bringing new energy and unique opportunities to the College.
“Kappa Delta will contribute positively to our Greek community’s already impressive legacy of excellence and high achievement,” she adds.
Founded in 1897, the sorority currently has over 230,000 members, with 163 chapters across the nation. With a focus on “building confidence and inspiring action,” Kappa Delta provides support to its national philanthropies: Girl Scouts of America and Prevent Child Abuse America.
“Kappa Delta’s commitment to preparing members for community service, active leadership and responsible citizenship closely align with Centre’s mission to prepare students for lives of learning, leadership and service,” Tidrick explains. “Kappa Delta offers new resources and avenues for engagement for Centre students, including a focus on confidence-building initiatives.”
The announcement of the addition of Kappa Delta to the Greek community comes during a period of high involvement in community service by the 55 percent of Centre students affiliated with Greek organizations at the College. During the 2014-15 academic year, the Greek community completed over 8,900 combined hours of community service and raised more than $99,000 for their respective philanthropic initiatives.
“Engaging in service and philanthropy are important aspects of what it means to be a Greek man or woman on Centre’s campus, and our organizations take great pride in the work that they do,” Tidrick says.
A number of the College’s Greek organizations have recently been recognized nationally for their excellence. Centre’s Iota Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon and Epsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi were presented with the highest awards their organizations can bestow on a chapter during the last academic year.
pictured above: The historic bungalow on Centre’s Greek Row that will serve as the official Kappa Delta House beginning fall 2017.
by Elizabeth Trollinger
March 9, 2016