Letter to Parents
Dear Kappa Delta Parents,
It is my honor to welcome your daughter into Kappa Delta Sorority here at Millsaps College. My name is Beth Dowdy and I serve as chapter president. I write this letter with great privilege, as I am delighted to share more information about Kappa Delta with you.
Kappa Delta was on founded October 23, 1897 at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. Nationally, Kappa Delta has chartered more than 200 collegiate chapters and 500 alumnae associations across the country. Our chapter here at Millsaps was installed on September 26, 1914, and is one of four sororities on campus. Some of our chapter’s recent accomplishments include having a chapter cumulative GPA of 3.535, having Kappa Delta sisters in a variety of Academic Honor Societies on campus, and having involvement in almost every campus organization. A Souls Afire recipient, multiple Hall of Fame recipients, Student Body Association Senators, Foundation Leaders, Challenge Leaders, MIBS Leaders, Presidential Ambassadors, Millsaps Cheerleaders, Golf, Basketball, Soccer and Dance team members, and Residential Assistants are all Kappa Deltas. This past year, individual members of Kappa Delta received the Most Outstanding Chapter President Award, and Sorority Model Initiate. In addition, Kappa Delta was awarded the highest honor at Millsaps College - the Most Outstanding Chapter award. As part of our philanthropic work, we hold a Shamrock event annually to raise money for Prevent Child Abuse America and Mississippi's Children's Justice Center here in Jackson, MS. Last year, we raised $11,000. As Kappa Deltas we strive to instill confidence in women everywhere and help to make this possible through our partnership with the Girl Scouts. We hold at least two events with them per semester and KDs and Girl Scouts alike have a blast at these events!
Our chapter is led by officers who are elected annually by the chapter members. In turn, our officers receive advice and guidance from local Kappa Delta alumnae. These volunteers comprise the Mu Chapter Advisory Board. We also report regularly to our chapter services coordinator. She is an employee of National Headquarters who oversees the activities of a number of collegiate chapters. Kappa Delta's National Headquarters is in Memphis, Tennessee, and is staffed by both members and nonmembers who carry out the day-to-day business operations of the sorority.
I am confident being a member of Kappa Delta Sorority will enhance your daughter’s college experience. It is a privilege that comes with responsibility. We expect our members and new members to excel academically and encourage them to participate in campus activities that will improve their leadership skills and expand their knowledge. Kappa Delta encourages its members to assume chapter responsibilities as an appointed and/or elected officer. We anticipate members and new members will learn the value of philanthropy as they take part in our local and national charitable efforts, as well as our social events. Furthermore, we expect members and new members to fulfill the financial responsibilities that make the existence of our chapter possible.
Within KD, your daughter will have a big sister, an initiated member who will offer special assistance to help her become familiar with, and adjust to, sorority and college life. Our chapter, local alumnae and the national organization will do everything possible to make your daughter's college career and sorority experience the very best it can be and to help her reach her greatest potential. In return, we ask that you support your daughter in fulfilling her academic, social and financial responsibilities to herself and Kappa Delta. We are confident that she will receive back everything she puts into Kappa Delta and more!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.