Ta Kala Diokomen

" Let us strive for that which is honorable, beautiful and highest" Colors      Olive Green      Pearl White Symbol Nautilus shell, Dagger Flower White Rose Jewel Diamond, Emerald, Pearl Mascot Teddy Bear Philanthropy Girl Scouts of the USA, Prevent Child Abuse America, Orthopedic Research Awards,
Children's Hospital of Richmond Virginia Chapters 166 active Alumnae Chapters 510 chartered Headquarters 3205 Players Lane
Memphis, Tennessee
USA Website kappadelta.org

Kappa Delta (ΚΔ) was the first sorority founded at the State Female Normal School (now Longwood University), in Farmville, Virginia. It is one of the "Farmville Four" sororities founded at the university. (The others are Alpha Sigma Alpha, Sigma Sigma Sigma, and Zeta Tau Alpha; a clock tower at the university campus with a clock face representing each sorority is dedicated to the four).

Kappa Delta has over 230,000 members, more than 14,000 undergraduate members in 165 active collegiate chapters. Kappa Delta also has more than 510 chartered alumnae chapters, the most of any National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) group. It is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee.


Lenora Ashmore Blackiston, Mary Sommerville Sparks Hendrick, Julia Gardiner Tyler Wilson, and Sara Turner White founded Kappa Delta on the beliefs of friendship, fellowship, and sisterly love.

The Founders of Κappa Delta:

  • Lenora Ashmore Blackiston: Lenora was the first to propose the idea of forming a sorority. However, she was not able to leave much of a mark on the start of Kappa Delta due to her transfer to Randolph-Macon Women's College.[1]
  • Mary Sommerville Sparks Hendrick: Mary was 23 at the time Kappa Delta was founded. She was much older than the other girls and served as their mentor. She spent a significant amount of time as a Bible study teacher and remained at the university to assist in the start of Kappa Delta.[1]
  • Julia Gardiner Tyler Wilson: Julia came from a very well respected family. Her father was the president of the College of William and Mary and she was the granddaughter of former U.S. President John Tyler. She was named after her grandmother, First Lady Julia Gardiner Tyler.[2] She is buried at the University of Virginia cemetery.[3]
  • Sara Turner White: Sara was the daughter of a Virginian senator. She was not as successful in her academics as the rest of the founders but preferred social activities.[1]

Kappa Delta was the first sorority that was accepted into the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) as soon as they petitioned to join.[citation needed] Kappa Delta then became the first NPC group to form partnerships with various women's organizations, such as the Association of Junior Leagues International, which influences women's community leadership, the Girl Scouts of the USA, and the Women's Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee.

National Council

  • President- Tricia Ruma Spence
  • Vice President- Susan Stockton
  • VP Membership- Karen Thomas Fesmire
  • VP Collegians- Barb Hamilton Stacy
  • VP Alumnae- Tove Bichel Thomas
  • VP Finance- Jodi Scheurenbrand
  • NPC Delegate- Julie Landgren Johnson
  • Executive Director - Pamela Nix


The two official philanthropies of Kappa Delta are Girls Scouts of USA and Prevent Child Abuse America. http://kappadelta.org/initiatives/


The official symbols of ΚΔ are the nautilus shell and the dagger, while the mascots are the teddy bear and the katydid.[4] The official colors are olive green and pearl white.[4] The official flower is the white rose.[4] ΚΔ has 3 official jewels, the diamond, the emerald, and the pearl.[4]

Kappa Delta's coat of arms (often called the crest) is a white Norman shield, surmounted by a lamp of ancient design, against a background of ornamental scroll. A ribbon underneath the shield bears the date of the sorority's founding and the Greek Open Motto, "ta kala diokomen" which means "let us strive for that which is honorable, beautiful, and highest". Each part of the crest has a special meaning, which is learned during initiation.This symbol is reserved for use by initiated members only, and most often is made into a shield or plaque to be displayed in a chapter house, or as a small insignia on clothing or letterhead. The letters K and D on clothing, stationery products, and accessories may be worn and used by new members and initiates alike.[5]

Notable members

Name Chapter Known For Industry
Brooke Anderson Sigma Phi (University of Georgia) Journalist and anchor for Showbiz Tonight[6] Arts and Entertainment
Patricia Wood Barnes Delta Delta (Troy University) Founder of Sister Schubert's Rolls[7] Business
Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Gamma Kappa (University of Louisiana - Lafayette) First female elected Governor of Louisiana[8] Government
Madison Brown Beta Delta (Utah State University) Member of family on TLC's Sister Wives Arts and Entertainment
Pearl S. Buck Theta (Randolph Macon College) Nobel Prize Winner, Pulitzer Prize Winner[9] Literature
Jean Carpenter Carnahan Epsilon Alpha (Missouri University of Science and Technology) U.S. Senator Missouri 2000–2002[10] Government
Susie Castillo Alpha Iota (University of California, Los Angeles) Miss USA 2003 Arts and Entertainment
Amanda Cerny Epsilon Omicron (University of Central Florida) Playboy's Miss October 2011; YouTube/Vine Personality Arts and Entertainment
Liz Cochran Alpha Upsilon (Birmingham Southern College) Miss Alabama 2009[11] Arts and Entertainment
Ruth Johnson Colvin Lambda (Northwestern University) Founder of Literacy Volunteers of America, now called ProLiteracy Worldwide Philanthropy and Service
Emily Elizabeth Douglas Gamma Nu (Miami University of Ohio) Founder and executive director of Grandma's Gifts[12] Philanthropy and Service
Ellen Albertini Dow Omega Chi (Cornell) Actress (The Wedding Singer, Wedding Crashers)[13] Arts and Entertainment
Bonnie Dunbar Sigma Iota (University of Washington) NASA astronaut[14] Government
Taylor DuPriest Delta Lambda (Georgia Southern University) TV personality (Kid Nation) Arts and Entertainment
Lauren Elaine Sigma Epsilon (University of Texas) Celebrity fashion designer, actress, and TV personality Arts and Entertainment
Christine O' Grady Gregoire Sigma Iota (University of Washington) Governor of Washington[15] Government
Claudia J. Kennedy Alpha Delta (Rhodes College) First female three-star general in the Army (now retired)[16] Military
Ali Landry Gamma Kappa (University of Louisiana - Lafayette) Actress; Miss USA 1996; one of People magazine's 1998 "50 Most Beautiful People"; Frito-Lay spokesperson "Doritos Girl"[17] Arts and Entertainment
Lane Lindell Sigma Phi (University of Georgia) Model; Miss United States World 2008 Arts and Entertainment
Loren McDaniel Zeta Gamma (University of Arkansas) Miss Arkansas 2015[18] Arts and Entertainment
Patricia Polito Miller Sigma Upsilon (Indiana University) Co-Owner/President of Vera Bradley Designs[19] Business
Cara Mund Theta Gamma (Brown University)[20] Miss North Dakota 2017 and Miss America 2018[21] Arts and Entertainment
Wendi Nix Epsilon Sigma (Wofford College) ESPN commentator Arts and Entertainment
Joan Lowery Nixon Theta Sigma, (University of Southern California) Author[22] Literature
Georgia O'Keeffe Beta (Chatham Episcopal) Artist, Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient[23] Arts and Entertainment
Shelley Regner Epsilon (Louisiana State University) Actress (Pitch Perfect movie series) Arts and Entertainment
Hannah Roberts Beta Sigma (University of Southern Mississippi) Miss Mississippi 2015, 1st runner-up to Miss America 2016 Arts and Entertainment
Margaret Holland Sargent Alpha Iota (University of California, Los Angeles) Portrait Artist, including Tennessee Williams, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Margaret Thatcher Arts and Entertainment
Suzy Spafford Beta Rho (San Diego State University) Creator of the Suzy's Zoo greeting cards[24] Business
Donna J. Stone Lambda (Northwestern University) Founder of Prevent Child Abuse America[25] Philanthropy and Service
Rachael Todd Epsilon Omicron (University of Central Florida) Miss Florida 2009[26] Arts and Entertainment
Leigh Anne Tuohy Alpha Mu (University of Mississippi) Interior designer; legal guardian of Michael Oher, as featured in the 2009 film The Blind Side;[27][28] author Arts and Entertainment
Sarah Jane Waddell Eta Theta (Villanova University) Miss Trinidad & Tobago World 2014[29] Arts and Entertainment
Mari Wilensky Beta Pi (University of Florida) Miss Florida 2005, Miss America 2006 Top Ten Finalist Arts and Entertainment
Debbie Maffett Wilson Gamma Rho (Sam Houston State) 1983 Miss America[30] Arts and Entertainment
Caitlin Upton Epsilon Epsilon (Appalachian State University) Miss Teen South Carolina 2007 Arts and Entertainment
Trischa Zorn Pi (University of Nebraska) Paralympian[31] Athletics


Kappa Delta currently has a total of 165 collegiate chapters across North America.[32]

See also


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  2. ^ "Genealogy of John Tyler and his Descendants". Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Julia Gardiner Tyler Wilson (1881 - 1965) - Find A Grave Memorial". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 2017-04-07. 
  4. ^ a b c d Kappa Delta Official Website - Fast Facts
  5. ^ "Kappa Delta Symbols." Kappa Delta Norman Shield. Memphis: Kappa Delta Sorority, 2013. 28. Web. 03 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Brooke Anderson - Living the Glamorous Life Dr Cody Sweet (lambda--Northwestern University) - international platform speaker on nonverbal communication". Kappa Delta's Alumnae Neighborhood of Tennessee. Archived from the original on 2008-02-04. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  7. ^ "Notable KDs - Kappa Delta". Kappa Delta. Retrieved 2017-03-23. 
  8. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Kathleen Babineau Blanco". Kappa Delta. Retrieved 2007-07-25. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Pearl Sydenstricker Buck". Kappa Delta. Archived from the original on 2009-02-19. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  10. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Jean Carpenter Carnahan". Kappa Delta. Archived from the original on 2009-02-19. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  11. ^ "Meet Miss Alabama". Miss Alabama. 2009. Archived from the original on 2010-04-15. Retrieved 2010-04-17. 
  12. ^ "Board & Advisors". Grandma's Gifts. Archived from the original on 2009-05-05. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  13. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Ellen Albertini Dow". Kappa Delta. Archived from the original on 2009-02-19. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  14. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Bonnie Dunbar". Kappa Delta. Archived from the original on 2009-02-19. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  15. ^ Thomas, Ralph. "Gubernatorial candidate Gregoire faced racial dilemma in college". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  16. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Claudia Kennedy". Kappa Delta. Archived from the original on 2009-02-19. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  17. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Ali Landry". Kappa Delta. Archived from the original on 2009-02-19. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  18. ^ "Miss Arkansas 2015 Loren McDaniel - Miss America". Miss America. Retrieved 2017-03-23. 
  19. ^ "Company Information". Retrieved 2007-08-09. 
  20. ^ "Cara Mund". Linkedin.com. Retrieved September 14, 2017. 
  21. ^ Moniuszko, Sara M. (September 10, 2017). "Miss America 2018: Miss North Dakota Cara Mund takes the crown". USA TODAY. 
  22. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Joan Lowery Nixon". Kappa Delta. Archived from the original on 2009-02-19. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  23. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Georgia O'Keeffe". Kappa Delta. Archived from the original on 2009-02-19. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  24. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Suzy Spafford Lidstrom". Kappa Delta. Retrieved 2007-07-25. [dead link]
  25. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Donna Stone". Kappa Delta. Retrieved 2009-07-29. [dead link]
  26. ^ "Meet Miss Florida". Miss Florida. 2009. Archived from the original on 2010-03-23. Retrieved 2010-04-17. 
  27. ^ "The Blind Side (2009)". Internet Movie Database. April 22, 2009. Retrieved 2013-04-20. 
  28. ^ "The Blind Side (2009)". Rotten Tomatoes. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved 2013-04-20. 
  29. ^ "Meet Miss Trinidad". Miss Trinidad. 2014. Archived from the original on 2015-03-17. Retrieved 2015-03-15. 
  30. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Debbie Maffett Wilson". Kappa Delta. Archived from the original on 2009-02-19. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  31. ^ "Notable Kappa Deltas - Trischa Zorn". Kappa Delta. Archived from the original on 2009-02-19. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  32. ^ "Collegiate Chapter Directory". Kappadelta.org. Retrieved 2014-08-21. 
  33. ^ Fraternities and sororities in North America
  34. ^ List of Kappa Delta chapters

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