Kappa Delta, the newest sorority on campus, began its recruitment process this week, re-establishing itself at Murray State for the first time since 1984.
The official start of recruitment, which begins today, is being held separately from the formal recruitment process of the other five Panhellenic sororities on campus, which took place last month.
Development consultants for Kappa Delta spent the week setting up information tables around campus, attending University events and meeting with women interested in joining the organization.
More than 200 women signed up and met with consultants throughout the week for 20-minute, one-on-one meetings or “coffee dates” to find out more about the chapter and to have any questions they might have answered.
Laura Pait, development consultant for Kappa Delta, said she is thrilled to see such high interest in the chapter and to be a part of welcoming Kappa Delta back to campus and to the Greek community.
Joining Pait, is Jennifer Jameson, who is also a development consultant for Kappa Delta. The pair has been on campus since August.
“We are excited to be able to contribute to the Greek community here at Murray State,” Pait said. “I feel that Kappa Delta will bring fresh ideas to the community, which will help it continue in its growth.”
Pait said by joining Kappa Delta, members will be given amazing opportunities to be a part of something new at Murray State and find other opportunities they did not have before.
Kappa Delta will be accepting 139 new members into its chapter.
This total is taken from the combined average of the other five Panhellenic sororities on campus.
Those interested in joining Kappa Delta need a minimum 2.0 GPA or higher.
No coffee date is required and walk-ins are welcome to recruitment.
Recruitment events will be on the third floor of the Curris Center from Friday until Sunday.
Bid acceptance for Kappa Delta will be Sunday for the new women joining of the organization.
Jason Hinson-Nolen, Greek Life coordinator, said by bringing back Kappa Delta to Murray State, a piece of history is being brought back as well.
“Having Kappa Delta brought back to campus is exciting for the Greek community,” Hinson-Nolen said. “It will come with certain challenges, but the chapter has the full support of the Greek community.”
Hinson-Nolen said over time, more sororities are expected to come to campus.
Delta Zeta is expected arrive on campus in 2015 with Phi Mu following in 2017.
Kappa Delta will be considered as a colony for seven weeks during a new member program before it’s officially an active chapter again Oct. 27.
Hinson-Nolen said he encourages all new members of Kappa Delta to discover the values of their organization and live through them.
Said Hinson-Nolen: “Learn the values of your organization and hold yourself accountable to those values.”
Story by Rebecca Walter, Staff Writer