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My Theta Legacy: A Commitment to CASA

Blog, Story, Volunteer

By: Elise Connor Rowan, Gamma/Butler

I’ll be honest. I didn’t join Kappa Alpha Theta for the service and philanthropy opportunities. My decision in 2004 was motivated mostly by the prospect of dozens of new friends and a sense of belonging at Butler University, my new home.

Looking back, I got way more than I bargained for.

One unexpected […]

Support a Child Today: Valerie’s Story

Blog, Foundation, Pansy Patch, Story

In June 2014, Valerie Skinner spoke at the CASA Breakfast at Grand Convention in Orlando, Fla. Many Thetas were inspired by Valerie’s story and in just three short hours following the breakfast, attendees purchased 1,400 $5 pansies through Pansy Patch. Combined with a generous match from Valerie and her family foundation, Thetas raised $14,000—enough to change […]

Remarkable Teamwork Equals Extraordinary Success

Blog, College Philanthropy Events, Give to Lead Give to Learn

By: Carolyn C. Woodard, Gamma Tau/Tulsa, Theta Foundation Trustee

Before being elected to Theta Foundation’s Board of Trustees, I had never visited the Alpha Omicron Chapter at the University of Oklahoma. I was surprised to discover that it is one of Kappa Alpha Theta’s largest college chapters with just under 400 active members.  I thought to […]

National Volunteer Week: Thank You, Theta Foundation Volunteers

Blog, Volunteer

By: Mary Ellen Kutsenda Fitzsimonds, Beta Kappa/Drake, Theta Foundation president

It takes a great deal of human resources to coordinate the Give to Lead, Give to Learn Campaign, to smartly invest our funds, and to evaluate and award our scholarships and grants to our deserving program recipients. We are fortunate to have hundreds of dedicated and […]

Q&A with a Theta Parent

Blog, Foundation, Story

Valerie Vanella is the mother of Theta alumna Emily Vanella, Gamma Pi/Iowa State University. In a Q&A with Theta Foundation, Valerie shares why she values her daughter’s Theta experience, and why she supports Theta Foundation.


Q: What knowledge did you have about Kappa Alpha Theta prior to your daughter joining?

A: My younger sister was a Theta […]

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