WKU sorority receives national recognition

WKU’s Delta Gamma chapter of Kappa Delta received national awards at the biennial convention. From left to right, Barb Stacy, National Vice-President of Collegians, Kylie Schaefer, Delta Gamma Vice-President of Recruitment, Anne Thomas Belcher, Delta Gamma President, Jordan Webb, former Delta Gamma President and current National Leadership Development Consultant Susan Stockton, National Vice-President. Casey Birge/WKU Panhellenic Association Recruitment Director

Rebekah Alvey

A WKU sorority was recognized at the national convention early July in Phoenix Arizona.

The WKU chapter of Kappa Delta attended Kappa Delta Sorority’s 62nd Biennial National Convention and returned with multiple awards. These awards were determined by information provided by the sorority for the past two years.

WKU received the Council Chapter Award which goes to the top Kappa Delta chapter in the nation and is the most prestigious award. Senior Anne Thomas Belcher, president of WKU Kappa Delta, said this is the first time they had won the award in over 25 years.

Belcher attended the convention and said she was absolutely surprised.

“We are not perfect by any means,” Belcher said.

In addition to council chapter, the WKU chapter also won Merit Chapter Award which goes to the top 10 percent of all Kappa Delta chapters. The chapter also won several awards in their division.

Chapters are separated by the number of other sororities on campus. WKU is in the eight or more category. The division awards included the Financial Responsibility Award based off monthly reports on membership dues, the Judy Hare Thorne Angelos Award for their monthly magazine and social media presence and the Patricia Beecham Nieman Shamrock Event Award for their philanthropy events.

Belcher said everything the chapter does is graded from financial reports, public relations, recruiting to adherence to individual goals.

164 other Kappa Delta chapters were represented at the convention. In addition to awards, active members and alumni attend business sessions, discuss rituals, attend panels, speakers and vote on a new national council.

The national Kappa Delta president, Tricia Ruma Spence, will formally recognize the WKU chapter by coming to campus in the fall.

This past year, Kappa Delta also won the Karen Towell Sisterhood award, which is regarded as the most prestigious award for sororities during Greek Week. This was the second year in a row and 30th overall that Kappa Delta has won the award.

Because of the Greek Week and national convention awards, Belcher said it has been a big year for the chapter. She said they don’t intend on stopping there and will continue to grow, thrive and make each other better.

“Let’s not give up now,” Belcher said. 

Reporter Rebekah Alvey can be reached at 270-745-6011 and [email protected].