Kappa Alpha Theta. beta chi.
faith. hope. love
Founded on January 27, 1870, Kappa Alpha Theta is the first Greek-letter fraternity for women. Theta was established after our founder, Bettie Locke, declined wearing the badge of a men’s fraternity at DePauw University, when she learned she would not be considered a member. She then started the women’s fraternity that currently connects 250,000 women in over 130 chapters in North America together with the deep bonds of sisterhood. The word “sorority” did not exist when Theta was founded; Bettie Locke called Theta a “women’s fraternity” to equalize the organization with men’s fraternities.
Today, Theta provides women with a means to develop socially, intellectually and morally to help meet the higher and broader demands of mature life. The Beta Chi chapter at the University of Alberta is comprised of remarkable and diverse women who strive to excel in scholarship, leadership and service while developing an indescribable bond to each of her sisters. Our strong bonds of sisterhood are built through our ritual, which holds a special place in the hearts of each member, and the many sisterhood events scheduled throughout the year.
One of our main goals is giving back to the community; our philanthropy events include Flapjacks and Quarterbacks, a flag football tournament and pancake breakfast for ABC Head Start, and Rock the Casa, a karaoke-themed open house with all proceeds going to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Just last year, we raised over $3000 for these organizations. Thetas also dedicate a large amount of time to philanthropy in their daily lives. We also came in first place during this years All-Greek Blood Drive, having the most appointments booked out of every chapter on campus!
For the year of 2016, our chapter was presented with the Greek Standards and Excellence Program Awards for Overall Chapter, Philanthropy, and Greek Relations. Our colors are black and gold, and our symbols are kites, pansies, and twin stars. Notable Thetas include Sheryl Crow, Laura Bush, and Tory Burch.