Kappa Alpha Theta
Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity was established as the first greek letter fraternity known among women in 1870. The Zeta Lambda chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta, also known as Theta, was established at CofC in 1990.
Kappa Alpha Theta Fast Facts
Colors: Black and Gold
Flower: Black and Gold Pansy
Symbol: Kite and Twin Stars
Philanthropy: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
The Zeta Lambda Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta supports two philanthropies: one national and one local. The Thetas host two major events benefitting their national philanthropy, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). CASA aims to help children in foster care have their voice heard in court. The advocate provides stability in the children’s lives and stays on their case until the children find a permanent home. In the fall, the Thetas host a philanthropy week and invite members of Greek Life and other organizations at College of Charleston to join them in raising money for CASA. There are bake sales, t-shirts for sale, and a banner competition. At the end of the week, there is a whiffle ball tournament between each team called KAT @ Bat. During the spring semester, Kappa Alpha Theta hosts their annual silent auction, and 100% of the proceeds go to CASA. In previous years over $10,000 has been raised from this event.
The Zeta Lambda chapter also supports their local philanthropy, Water Mission. Water Mission builds water filtration systems in third world countries that are in desperate need of clean water. Every Thursday the Theta sisters have a table in Cougar Mall collecting donations and handing out treats. In March, Water Mission has their Walk for Water event in which the sisters of Kappa Alpha Theta attend and walk together. This year, one of the Thetas is in charge of planning the entire Walk, and has a committee of about thirty other Thetas helping her.
Socially, Kappa Alpha Theta hosts many date functions and mixers throughout each semester. During the fall semester is their semi-formal, which has been held in the French Quarter for the past two years. In the spring semester, the sisters of Kappa Alpha Theta have another signature event, The Charleston. The Charleston is a roaring 20’s-themed date function. Thetas end their spring semester by celebrating at their formal.