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Interns at Headquarters!

Caroline, Centre, was chosen as the 2012 Catherine Schroeder Graf Heritage Museum Intern. Caroline is majoring in history and minoring in English and gender studies, and will graduate in spring 2014. An active member of Zeta Gamma Chapter, Caroline has served on the Membership Committee and currently serves on the Academic Excellence Committee. Outside of Kappa, Caroline is a varsity member of the Centre College Swimming and Diving Team and swims the IM and backstroke events.  She served as a resident assistant for first-year women last year and will be serving as a resident director in the upcoming year. She also gives tours to prospective Centre students as a member of Colonel Corps.  This past spring, Caroline interned for the Kentucky School for the Deaf Jacobs Hall Museum, where she conducted research and created several new displays for the museum.  For her major project for the internship, she wrote a paper about the Kentucky School for the Deaf baseball program from 1898–1945.

Caroline has assisted with preparations for The Heritage Museum’s display at Convention and has designed an exhibit to be displayed at Convention in Jacksonville, Fla., next week called “A Tradition of Leadership: Kappa 1912, Looking Back 100 Years.” Caroline will continue to work with Kappa’s archivist and curator Kylie Smith, Simpson, at the Heritage Museum this summer.

Emily, Butler, was selected as the 2012 Fraternity Headquarters intern. Emily is double majoring in English literature and strategic communications, and will graduate in spring 2014. As an active member of Mu Chapter, Emily currently serves as Vice President of Standards.  On campus, Emily is also the writing editor for the Drift, Butler University’s student yearbook. She works as a Butler Student Ambassador for the Office of Admission and is a team leader for Ambassadors of Change, a freshman community service program. She is also a member of Blue Key Honor Society and the Butler University Student Foundation.

Emily’s summer projects have consisted of assisting with Convention preparations and guest blogging for the Kappa blog. She will continue to work throughout the summer with several departments at Fraternity Headquarters, including the communications department and other departments as needed.

Both Caroline and Emily will attend the Fraternity’s General Convention this month. Staff members from both Fraternity Headquarters and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation are excited to have Caroline and Emily as part of the Kappa family this summer.

The Catherine Schroeder Graf Heritage Museum Internship is generously funded by the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation. Both internships are 12 weeks long, and qualified Kappas may apply through Fraternity Headquarters by February 1 annually.

Kappa doesn’t stop at graduation. It’s only the beginning.

By Guest Blogger Lindsay Bell, Bowling Green

Little did I realize that Kappa would be the foundation of my future business, and be the source of most of my wonderful friends, colleagues, employees and clients.

Photo by: www.ladyappleton.com

My friend Lindsey and I (yes, we both have the same name) showed up wearing the same outfit the day we met. We were introduced through the Kappa Alumnae Association in NYC. She was baby-sitting for a few families in the city and asked if I wanted to tag team them with her. Of course! Having moved to NYC three weeks prior, I was homesick and very much wanted to do what made me feel at home … baby-sitting. Our friendship grew and so did our baby-sitting business, which later became known as Lucky Lil’ Darlings (LLD).

Over time I continued to network with Kappas, informing them about our baby-sitting business. I spoke to local Kappa chapters, attended monthly events, networked through Kappa alumnae association emails. You name it, I did it. Many of the Kappas I met loved the idea of baby-sitting on the side, so we’d have them sign up to help us with the increasing demand. Today nearly 20 percent of my troupe is staffed with Kappas!

Lindsey since moved home to the West Coast and we remain great friends, but I now run LLD with two new business partners. I continue to see the true need for reliable, fun, smart child care providers, so I expanded outside of Manhattan.  With expansion, I created the city coordinator role. To find trustworthy women to take care of the Lucky Lil’ Darlings in our outer cities, I again turned to Kappa. I reached out to my sorority sisters from college and our local alumna group pitching LLD, and later hired two Kappa women to help me grow my business in these outer cities.

I am always excited when a new sitter candidate tells me she is a Kappa. I love the instant connection, and many of the qualities I look for in a sitter are the same as what Kappa seeks during Recruitment. Thanks, dear old KKG, for the prescreening! Many Kappa moms and moms-to-be reach out to me looking to book our sitters. And every time I tell them my story, an instant connection  is formed.

I encourage you to run with the network Kappa has provided and don’t lose touch. You never know where it could lead you next. I would never have guessed Kappa would still be such a large part of my life seven years after graduation … but it is.

California Dreamin’!

By Guest Blogger Ella, Epsilon Pi, Regional Director of Chapters

Speaking for the Kappa volunteers in California, we are all lucky to have so many outstanding Kappa chapters nearby. We had wonderful experiences during extension visits at Chapman University and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. We’re excited that the Kappa family continues to grow!

The Panhellenic organizations on both campuses have voted to invite Kappa to colonize during spring 2013. I was so flattered to be a part of the team that presented at Chapman, and my best friend (and Kappa sister from chapter days!), Yvonne, joined the team that visited Cal Poly just a few days later. As anyone can imagine, we had lots of stories to tell! What struck me the most from our conversation was how impressed we both were with the Panhellenic communities on each of these campuses. The collegians we met in both organizations were real friends, and it was clear that the groups are infinitely supportive of each other. There was little air of competition or strife between them … just laughs, support and optimism about the future of each respective Greek system.

Each visit also included the involvement of active members from local chapters, with our University of San Diego and University of Southern California Kappas visiting Chapman, and the UC Santa Cruz Kappas visiting Cal Poly. The presence of collegiate Kappa women was so valuable, and gave the two Panhellenic organizations a sense of what it might be like to have the Kappa blue and blue represented on their campus.

Neither visit would have been nearly as successful without the support of our amazing local alumnae. So many Kappa women showed up to these presentations with incredible amounts of enthusiasm and support of these new colonies.

The collegians and campus officials we met during both visits were so inspiring and supportive. Having the opportunity to tell a new group of people about how amazing my Kappa experience has been was such a privilege, and I look forward to hearing about the wonderful experiences the future Chapman and Cal Poly Kappas will have!

We’re so excited that Kappa will be colonizing two new chapters at Chapman (Orange, Calif.) and Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) in spring 2013! For more information and to learn how you can assist these new chapters, please email kkghq@kkg.org.

Dressing for Success

By Guest Blogger Emily, Butler, Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity Headquarters Intern

So you’ve landed an interview for your dream job, or maybe you’re just looking to revitalize your professional wardrobe. According to a recent Forbes article, you only have seven seconds to make a killer first impression, so you want to make sure you’re making the most of those seconds when it comes to dressing for success.

A general rule for interview attire is to wear a classic, conservative suit in a solid neutral (tan, navy, black or gray) with a solid, color-coordinated blouse. If you’re wearing a skirt, your legs should be covered, so light or tan pantyhose are a safe bet.

Shoes and accessories say a lot, but don’t overdo it! If you’re uncomfortable in your shoes, your uneasiness will show, so go with heels that are no higher than three inches or wear polished flats. Make sure your jewelry isn’t too flashy—you don’t want to distract from the image you’re trying to convey. The same goes for makeup, perfume and hair.

During an interview, pay close attention to the office environment so you’ll have a better idea of what to wear on your first day. It’s usually better to overdress than to underdress, but if you’re too dressy, you might look stuffy to your coworkers.

If your office is more casual, then you have more options, but that also means you have more opportunities to project the wrong look. Start with the suit and gradually dress it down—trade the suit pants for more casual slacks or skirt, or swap out the jacket with a more casual top. Keep hems of dresses and skirts close to the knees and make sure necklines aren’t too revealing.

No matter what you’re wearing, make sure it fits well. A good tailor can be your best friend when it comes to dressing.  When you’re shopping for the perfect suit, don’t buy something just because it’s a great deal or a designer product.  It should be flattering and work for your body. That means hemming pants and buying shirts with the right sleeve lengths. Show the world that you care enough about making a good impression to spend some time polishing your look!

If you’re not ready to take the plunge with a new wardrobe, there are sites like Rent the Runway that let you rent designer clothing for big moments. You select the items you want, choose a rental date, keep the items for 4–8 days, and then return them through the mail. You get two different sizes of whatever you’re renting to make sure you get the right fit. Their “Career Moments” section has plenty of made-for-the-office dresses.

You can turn dressing for success into a social activity with new fashion community sites like Polyvore, which let you mix and match pieces from all around the fashion world. Once you design an outfit, you can share it with your Polyvore followers or existing networks on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest to see what your friends have to say about your new look!

Historically Speaking

Back of the Fraternity Headquarters building.

Is it true that Fraternity Headquarters had a fire?

Yes, in the early morning hours of February 11, 1965, Fraternity Headquarters at 530 East Town Street in Columbus, Ohio, was severely damaged by fire of an undetermined origin. The fire was discovered by Elizabeth Brown Gallen, Ohio State, who rented an apartment in the building, but the fire had already gotten out of hand in the business portion of the building before detection. The catalog and office machine rooms were destroyed, as well as parts of the second floor in the back. The remainder of the building was badly damaged by smoke and water, but there were no injuries.

The previous 13 years in this building had shown how efficient and economical the office space and the ability to house Fraternity officers during meetings and conferences had been. Increases in office rental and hotel accommodations in Columbus far surpassed the cost of operating Headquarters, so the decision was made to restore the building.

Fire damage at the entrance of the building.

In the interim, business continued under difficult conditions. An entire building across the street was leased for office operations and preparations for the 1966 General Convention. The charred and wet, but usable, supplies, books, booklets, and installation and Convention items were stored in a rented warehouse where they were dried, repackaged and sorted. Much of this work was done by loyal members of the Columbus Alumnae Association as well as the Headquarters staff. The valuable catalog files were not burned, but smoke had crept into the drawers. A portion of the cards were almost impossible to read. Eventually they were retyped. The stencil files for The Key mailing list were stored in the temporary building. Some had been damaged, and the spring issue was delayed because a new address list had to be compiled. Unharmed was the only known set of The Key since 1881. The four bound sets of Grand Presidents’ reports, the Constitution, Bylaws and Standing Rules, Proceedings and a complete file of songbooks were also rescued. The Reference Department file of articles and dates published in The Key since 1882 was saved with the captions and pictures. Stencils for the reprinting of the Ritual Book were saved as well as Convention verbatim minutes. The famous “Delta Red Book,” earliest existing chapter record, and other valuable chapter books were in a safe and survived the fire.

Fire damage in the Catalog Room.

The lovely portrait of Tade Hartsuff Kuhns, Butler, Kappa’s first Grand President, was carried from the building along with 180 pieces of Victorian furniture. Thanks to the efficiency of the Columbus Fire Department, they were unharmed. These valuable items were stored in a furniture warehouse to be dried, refinished and reupholstered. Only two pieces were lost. The saturated carpeting was taken to a carpet warehouse for drying. All pieces of silver, glassware, lamps, dishes and metal office desks were placed in the temporary building and restored.

The one thing of historical value lost was a display case holding, among other memorabilia, the original pledge pins: a gold stickpin of the Sigma in Delta, blue enamel pledge stickpin and a combination of the letters KKΓ in silver. The article in The Key asked anyone who had one of these pins or other historical items to send them to Headquarters.

Excerpts from the February 2008 Historically Speaking by Kay Larson, History Chairman 2002-2008

Kappa Gam Worldwide

It definitely pays to wear a little something Kappa when traveling—pays in friendship, that is. Maybe it’s your KKG luggage tag or an iris tote—whatever your Kappa symbol, it’s almost guaranteed to elicit a conversation in a public place with “Are you a Kappa?”

Kappas are travelers—from traveling across the U.S. and Canada for Biennial Convention, to journeys with Kappa Travels—to traveling or moving abroad and meeting other Kappas through Keys Overseas. We’ve experienced other cultures, tried new foods, taken hundreds of thousands of photographs and met new friends.

Ashley, on an adventure overseas!

We rack up frequent flier miles. We’ve perfected the art of getting through airport security in a reasonable amount of time. Occasionally, we run into Kappas in airports and in foreign countries. Ashley, a Kappa alumna from Illinois Wesleyan, described her travel abroad experience:

“In May 2004, I had the opportunity to study abroad in various cities around China, including Hong Kong. The trip sparked a desire to teach overseas … In August 2010, I moved 8,000 miles away from the only place I’d ever called home to Hong Kong … This experience has been full of amazing opportunities, the chance to meet great friends (including several Kappas!) and discover so many things about myself!”

Even in Hong Kong Ashley was able to find Kappas! Are you studying abroad or moving abroad? You’re not alone! Join our Keys Overseas Facebook group to connect with Kappas in other parts of the world!


By Stephanie Mathias, West Virginia, Fraternity PR Chairman

Following, liking, friending, pinning, trending, hashtagging –  the list goes on! These terms that seemed unfamiliar just a few years ago are now part of our everyday language. There’s no doubt that social media has brought a new dynamic to the way we communicate and exchange ideas, and the Fraternity is no exception. We love (not just “like”) all of the interaction we’re able to enjoy through photos shared, achievements tweeted, and inspirations pinned. It used to be that we had to wait until a biennial Province Meeting or Convention to connect with Kappas outside of our geographical area, but social media has changed the way and frequency with which we’re able to interact with each other.

Each social media outlet provides a unique opportunity to connect with Kappa. It is our goal to inspire readers through our stories posted on our blog. (We’re always searching for guest bloggers!) Twitter has been invaluable in sharing the news we’re hearing from coast to coast with short and sweet tweets. Through Twitter and Facebook, we’ve been able to share everything from scholastic shout-outs to philanthropic news to praise for other Panhellenic achievements. Our members can foster professional relationships through our LinkedIn group. And Pinterest … well, we’re continuing to evaluate the most effective way to utilize it, but in the meantime, we’re having fun, getting inspired, and we can’t seem to pin enough owls, keys and fleur-de-lis!

While we’re embracing social media, we’re also encouraging our members to practice safe social media usage. There are risks associated with living in a digital age and now, more than ever, it is critical to stay up to date on smart sharing. (Sounds like a great chapter programming idea, for any officers reading!) Our Social Media Guidelines are a great resource for our chapters and associations.

The explosion of different social networks in the last few years has allowed Kappas to unite all over the world!  We’re connected, for sure, and anticipate continued growth with our social media networks. We’ve just surpassed 30,000 followers on Facebook, 11,000 followers on Twitter, 1,400 followers on Pinterest and almost 10,000 members in our LinkedIn group. If you haven’t joined us, please do! Our hope is that our social networks can connect not just Kappa with its members, but also the other Panhellenic groups, other Greek-letter organizations, and especially Kappas with other Kappas.

Have questions about social media? Email us at socialmedia@kkg.org!

It’s Who We Are, It’s What We Do

By Guest Blogger Emily, Butler

At Convention in 2010, the Fraternity promoted a new program that had been piloted in California that spring—GIRLS Academy. As a teacher, I loved the idea of sharing our Tradition of Leadership with middle school girls, empowering them and helping them to discover the leaders within themselves. It was the perfect fit for me as an educator, as a Kappa and as a leader.

Later this year I was thrilled when Janet, Kappa’s GIRLS Academy Chairman, asked to me join the GIRLS Academy team. I jumped at the opportunity to learn more about how the program works. I was assigned to shadow Janet at GIRLS Academy in Minneapolis, in March, to learn how it works, and then to facilitate GIRLS Academy in Chicago in April. I was excited and nervous to attend the GIRLS Academy in Minnesota. The GA materials were sent to my house and I read them over, but nothing can really prepare you for what to expect.

GIRLS Academy is structured like Kappa’s Leadership Academy. The middle school girls are assigned a color team at random, and work with that group for the majority of the weekend. It is a great way to break up cliques and encourage girls to make new friends. The weekend of crafts, activities, and journaling helps teens explore what it means to be a leader.

To be honest with you, middle school kids are not my favorite. Throughout college and even during student teaching, I avoided them. It can be an awkward age, where kids are smelly, confused, and hormonal. Despite my personal feelings, I’ve begun teaching middle school this year as a beginning band director, and also in private music lessons. I needed GIRLS Academy. During the weekend, I pictured my students, thinking how beneficial this program could be for them. We talked about tough issues—bullying, body image and mean girls. I learned so much from their open and honest conversations. Most kids are like sponges, absorbing everything you say. But middle school kids are like clay—moldable, impressionable and ever changing. I realized that middle school students need the most guidance, the most encouragement, and the most love. GIRLS Academy has totally changed how I view my students. If I can have a fraction of the effect the Minnesota women had on the girls at Northeast Middle School, I will be a better teacher.

GIRLS Academy in Minnesota was a success, and I can’t wait to do it all over again with the Loyola chapter!

Want to host GA in your community? Do something amazing—apply now! Applications are due May 1, and selected groups will be notified by June 15.


I’m in it for the Hugs!

By Guest Blogger Julie Leshay, Colorado College, Fraternity President

Kappas unselfishly volunteer thousands of hours each year to Kappa. Alumnae association officers, Advisory and House Board members, and all of the volunteers listed in the Kappa Yellow Pages assist our 40+ staff at Fraternity Headquarters in operating a multi-million dollar organization that has been around for almost 142 years.

When asked, “Why do you volunteer for Kappa?” the answer invariably is that our volunteers wish to give back to Kappa because Kappa has given so much to them. Others say that volunteering makes them feel special and needed … that they love to help. Alumnae mention the friendship, saying that Kappa is a safe place … a place to be yourself. Another says, “Kappa was the highlight of my college career … I was glad to be called to help. It seemed like the natural progression.”

Time and again, Kappas have expressed an overwhelming sense of gratitude for this special Kappa experience and a need to give something back through volunteering. Whatever the reasons, Kappas are givers and leaders. They make a positive difference in the world by volunteering their talents and resources to society and to their chapters, alumnae associations and the Fraternity. And we thank them for it! To all of our dedicated volunteers, here is a BIG HUG! Giving your time, energy and skills to enable others to learn, grow and enjoy is the best gift that sisterhood can offer!

Interested in volunteering for Kappa? Contact Kappa Headquarters at kkghq@kkg.org or 866-554-1870 or fill out the form now!