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A Note from Our President

A Note from Our President

This past year, the sisters of the Zeta Beta chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma have demonstrated ambition, resilience, and a deep commitment to bring Kappa “back” to its in-person presence at Lafayette College.  While I look upon everything we have accomplished with amazement, our success was not possible without the impressive dedication of our sisters.  After spending over a year online, Zeta Beta brought back in-person recruitment, chapter meetings, philanthropy, and social events - despite most of us never experiencing what these were like pre-pandemic.  Yet even beyond our chapter, Kappa’s extensive involvement goes campus-wide: I am proud to call myself a sister to the lead of the school play, Captains of the Tennis and Swim teams, the Founder and President of Active Minds, the President and Executive Board Members of Lafayette Activities Forum, Assistant Captain to the Women’s Ice Hockey team, the Vice President of the Ski Team, the Vice President of the Club Softball Team, college-recognized researchers, Orientation Leaders, Resident Advisors, Writing Associates, and many more! 

Truly, Kappa sisterhood is a lifelong commitment.  As my peers and I look back on the past year with success, we must acknowledge the crucial role our network of alumni had in helping us achieve it.  When it came to bringing our traditions back, many small details get lost.  Reaching out to our alum for advice on how to take on these projects was critical to our success.  And how our traditions have survived!  This past May, Zeta Beta held a record-breaking in-person Marina Day - its first in two years -  which raised over $6,000 for the Marina Petersen Abroad Scholarship.  We brought back in-person Spinnings, Kappa Kisses, Grilled Cheese with KKGs, and Kappuccinos.  We started new traditions of our own, such as the Pink Lemonade Stand Challenge.  Our first in-person recruitment this past fall brought us nineteen wonderful new sisters, as well as a sister who transferred from University of Wisconsin.  Despite so much time away from each other, our sisterhood is here and ever-expanding.  We are so excited to recruit new girls to our sisterhood in the fall and expand our connections even further! 

While these traditions remain ever with us, my sisters and I are also proud to see our organization evolve and adapt to the demands of our time.  In 2020, Zeta Beta established a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion chair, who ensures we fulfill our purpose and uphold our values in an equitable, considerate manner.  This previous October, our DEI chair organized an informative cultural appropriation panel to educate our sisters before Halloween.  Our current DEI chair organized a Dating Violence talk with One Love this past February.  Recognizing the need to extend our collaborations beyond Fraternity/Sorority life, Zeta Beta has partnered with Pards Against Sexual Assault, DearLafayette, LRA-J, and OUT for fundraising and educational programming. When Kappa switched its national philanthropy focus to Mental Health, we understood the potential benefits for our sisters.  Zeta Beta has partnered with both Mental Health America and the National Eating Disorder Association, educating our members on these resources as well as raising money for those in need.  With these initiatives comes an enriching, fulfilling membership, which I am so proud to have been granted by Kappa.  

These exciting developments remind me of why I am so proud to be a sister.  With this year’s return to in-person, my sisters and I have become so much closer, and we can not wait to continue this bond into the upcoming school year!

Loyally,

Ry Stratton