Fraternity History


Kappa Alpha Theta’s History:

Kappa Alpha Theta is the first Greek-letter organization known among women. It started in 1870 at Asbury College, today known as Depauw University, under the guidance of Bettie Locke, a young woman who was years ahead of her time. Her vision of quality higher education for women in coeducational institutions prompted her to investigate the possibility of an organization based on friendship and a sharing of high ideals. This organization would be a means of uniting young women in common goals and a lasting loyalty to each other.

Through Bettie Locke Hamilton’s visions, and the great help of Kappa Alpha Theta’s other 3 founders, Alice Allen Brant, Bettie Tipton Lindsey, and Hannah Fitch Shaw, Kappa Alpha Theta was created as the first Greek-letter fraternity known among women and laid the groundwork for many similar women’s Greek-letter societies.

Kappa Alpha Theta’s proud history of growth and accomplishments has attracted many of the brightest women in both the United States and Canada and continues to draw overwhelming alumni support with its achievements.

Soon after its founding in January of 1870, Bettie Locke Hamilton installed the Beta Chapter at Indiana University in May of that year. Over the years, Kappa Alpha Theta has grown to its current size of 125 college chapters, 282 alumnae groups, and more than 150,000 members.

Theta Facts:

Symbols: Kite & Twinstar

Colors: Black & Gold

Flower: Black and Gold Pansy

About Our Chapter, Beta Rho:

Kappa Alpha Theta, Beta Rho is a dynamic group of women who are supportive of each other and share values of respect and love for one another. While each member strives to accomplish her individual goals, Theta as a group is committed to academic excellence, philanthropic involvement, and a general betterment of our organization as a whole. We truly love spending time with each other, and the endless amount of laughter and fun memories we’ve shared together is a clear testament to that.

Whether it is laughing at sisterhood events, waiting in line for basketball tickets in K-ville, or simply studying together in the library, the energy Theta members carry is contagious. From our Alumnae Weekend Open House to our Fall philanthropy event “Rock the CASA”, we constantly find ways to have fun together and to make an impact as a group. A Theta woman embodies that which is genuine, dedicated, inspiring, and enthusiastic.

At Theta we hold numerous social activities each year, such as our semi-formals and formals, a KAT-in-the-Hat blind date function, and more! With our ranging personalities, far-reaching interests, and widespread involvement, we each make our group stronger as a whole. We cheer our sisters on at sporting events, applaud them at a cappella performances, and celebrate each other’s academic and extracurricular successes. Theta is a group of women who genuinely care for one another, and who, above all, admire each other — not only for what we’ve accomplished, but also for who we are as people. We are each different, yet bound by the lasting friendships we create with women who we will call friends and sisters far beyond our lives at Duke.