GREEK LIFE: KAPPADELTA SORORITYCULTURESarah CrockettMegan HigginbothamLauren Howard
PRESENTATION OUTLINE Greek Life at Virginia Tech Kappa Delta Sorority Overview Kappa Delta Sorority Culture Analysis of Relevant Issues Student Learning and Involvement
PRESENTATION LEARNING OUTCOMES Following this presentation students will be able to: List the different Greek councils within Virginia Tech Fraternity and Sorority Life Identify the relationship of Kappa Delta’s mission statement with that of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Division of Student Affairs Articulate aspects of Kappa Delta Culture Identify how membership in Kappa Delta affects student learning and involvement
METHODS Personal Interviews Active Kappa Deltas Inactive Kappa Deltas Kappa Delta Alumni Other active sorority members Other fraternity members Non-Greek students and staff members Greek life staff members Web Research
CULTUREFor the purposes of this presentation, culture is defined as: Social glue based on shared values and beliefs
GREEK LIFE “..coming into school…I was really lost…there was so much to do and so many different things to choose from. I just felt like I didn’t have that solid group of friends like I did in high school. “ -Jen
GREEK LIFE AT VIRGINIA TECH Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life Panhellenic Council (PHC) Interfraternity Council (IFC) National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) United Council for Fraternities and Sororities (UCFS)
PANHELLENIC COUNCIL AT VIRGINIA TECH Governing body of the 12 sororities at Virginia Tech Made up of 13 officers and one delegate from each chapter
GREEK STUDENT POPULATIONAT VIRGINIA TECH Total Undergraduate Female Population = 9,623 Spring 2010 Sorority Population = 1,853 19 % of the female population Source: Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life
CHOOSING GREEK LIFE First-time Involvement Opened doors to other involvement
CHOOSING GREEK LIFE
KAPPA DELTAS AT VIRGINIA TECH
KAPPA DELTA MISSION STATEMENT KappaDelta is a national organization of women committed to a two-fold purpose: to provide a secure, stabilizing environment for personal growth to its collegiate members to provide a lifelong association of friendship and enrichment to its alumnae members. Offers the opportunity to learn leadership and interpersonal skills. Encourages academic achievement.
KAPPA DELTA FAST FACTS Founded in 1897 in Farmville, Virginia Colors: Olive green and pearl white Jewels: Diamond, emerald, and pearl Flower: White rose Symbols: Woodstock (local), Teddy Bear, Dagger, Nautilus Shell Philanthropies: Girl Scouts of the USA, Prevent Child Abuse America, Children’s Hospital Motto: “Let Us Strive for That Which is Honorable, Beautiful, and Highest”
KAPPA DELTA STATISTICS 148 Sisters on campus Academics: GPA New Member Initiation Requirement: 2.6 GPA Active Membership Requirement: 2.6 Spring 2010 Average: 3.375 2ND Highest Panhellenic Chapter Expenses: New Member, First Semester Dues: $560 Fall Semester Dues: $400 Spring Semester Dues: $400 Source: Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life
KAPPA DELTA FROM AN OUTSIDER
WHY DO WOMEN CHOOSE KAPPA DELTA?
KAPPA DELTA CULTURE“I feel like we’re veryrespectable, put-together, politewomen and I really pride myselfon being a part of that.” -Jen
WHAT IS KAPPA DELTA IN ONE WORD?
WHAT IS KAPPA DELTA IN ONE WORD?
KAPPA DELTA HOUSE CULTUREJuniors30-40 chosenHouse activities
KAPPA DELTA HOUSE CULTURE
AFTER GRADUATION Networking through Virginia Tech Networking with nationwide chapters Friendships Resume Builder
ANALYSIS OF RELEVANTISSUES
AREAS OF CONFLICT Access Financial Commitment Recruitment Year House Involvement Years in Sorority Academics GPA Requirement
DIVERSITY WITHIN SORORITY LIFE PHC and NPHC Divide LGBTQ Involvement in Greek Life “PHC may not be for every woman, but it can be for any woman” - Adam Cantley, Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life
STUDENT LEARNING &INVOLVEMENT
STUDENT LEARNING Personal Incentives Academic Scholarships PHC Awards
STUDENT INVOLVEMENT Philanthropies Greek leadership Other leadership
SOURCES Virginia Tech Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life “The Invisible Tapestry: Culture in American Collges and Universities,” by George D Kuh and Elizabeth J. Whitt Special thanks for personal interviews to: Jayme Shepard, Jen Davis, Jessica Johns, Greer Kelley, Adam Cantley, Rehan Dahwood, Allie Sanders, Amanda Tompkins, Meredith London, Hannah Wilson, Amanda Rogers, and Anne Curtis Saunders