A LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT
Welcome to the Epsilon Psi chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta at the University of Richmond! Founded in 1870 by Bettie Locke Hamilton at DePauw University, Kappa Alpha Theta is the first Greek letter fraternity known among women.
With nearly 130 chapters at colleges and universities across North America and 250,000 initiated members, Theta exists to nurture each member throughout her college and alumnae experience and to offer a lifelong opportunity for social, intellectual, and moral growth as she meets the higher and broader demands of mature life.
Epsilon Psi at University of Richmond was founded in 1987, and to date is the largest colony in Theta’s history to be installed on any campus. Eighty-seven women were initiated. This was also the largest Panhellenic installation to date — as six NPC groups installed chapters at Richmond the same weekend.
In this same vein, we are proud at Epsilon Psi to have grown to 154 women and look forward to flourishing influence on campus at Richmond. You can spot a Theta woman anywhere; we are unique, passionate, and constantly involved, and yet so evidently bonded by the sisterhood. Richmond Thetas are natural leaders on campus, from Westhampton College Government Association to the Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, and everything in between. Thetas are around campus to make their mark; leadership students, multi-cultural tutors, Division I athletes – you name it, and Thetas are probably doing it.
Our diversity makes Theta sisterhood even more special when we’re together. We are bonded in our differences, as each and every Theta brings something new and exciting to the table to share with her sisters. However, one thing is undeniable – and that is bright, loyal personalities that pervade our chapter. I know I can count on any of my sisters to bring a smile to my face.
If Richmond Thetas are anything, they are truly a splash of personality. We are compassionate, and bonded in a deep-seeded commitment to the widest influence for good. Each year we look forward to supporting our national philanthropy, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), an organization that provides love, support, and protection for children in the welfare system. In the fall, Epsilon Psi hosts Capture the Kite, a capture the flag tournament with proceeds to CASA and the Jamie and Paige Malone Foundation. Additionally, Epsilon Psi is excited to announce a new spring philanthropy event in 2016, Rock the CASA 5K! We hope to engage University of Richmond students and the greater Richmond community with this new event.
In November 2012, we opened our cottage –Epsilon Psi’s first designated space on campus –for ritual, philanthropic and sisterhood events alike. We are so happy to finally be able to call this cottage our own, and make it a warm and welcoming home for Thetas to come after recruitment in the spring.
Theta has undoubtedly been the most rewarding part of my college career and has secured a special place in my heart. It has given me the tools I need to excel as a leader, a scholar, a friend, and a sister to 153 other women. These are the women who share my most treasured college memories, as well as the most difficult moments I’ve faced throughout college. We are truly sisters, and our love and care for one another is both obvious and indescribable.
As our chapter continues to grow and flourish, the sisters of Epsilon Psi are so happy to represent proudly the ideals of Kappa Alpha Theta. We hope to share and exchange our stories with yours. If you have any personal questions, comments, or just want to drop in to say hello, please reach out to me at any time. I’d love to speak with you, as I know all of my lovely sisters would!
Epsilon Psi, CEO
Kappa Alpha Theta