After 42 years, Kappa Delta returns to TCU’s Greek village


By Ryan Thorpe, Staff Writer

After its withdrawal from campus 42 years ago, Kappa Delta, a National Panhellenic Conference Organization, will open its doors to TCU women hoping to find a home in the Greek community.

“Kappa Delta is all about creating a sisterhood where each woman can become the best version of herself through lifelong learning, friendship, service and integrity,” said Elizabeth Wood, the Kappa Delta training and development manager.

A student walks past the soon-to-be Kappa Delta house in TCU’s greek village. (Ryan Thorpe/TCU360).

Valerie Gudoy, the vice president of membership experience of Alpha Delta Pi, said she is excited about the new possibilities which Kappa Delta brings to the TCU Greek community.

“It will help Greek life expand, and allow for potential new members to meet more women,” Gudoy said. “Every sorority is different. This will allow people who identify with Kappa Delta more to choose that option.”

Kappa Delta will take part in the first round of formal sorority recruitment for this upcoming fall, said Siena Welsh, TCU Panhellenic’s vice president of recruitment operations.

“It won’t change all that much initially,” Welsh said. “Kappa Delta will present a video alongside our current 12 chapters during round one. They’re going to withdraw from the process after that, and then Kappa Delta will be taking part in the continuous open bidding process.”

Welsh said that Kappa Delta’s arrival at TCU will give those women more opportunities and alleviate stress during the recruitment process.

Welsh described the continuous open bidding process as one that gives an opportunity for women to recruit after the formal recruitment process.

16% of women who participated in the Panhellenic Recruitment Process did not receive placement in a panhellenic sorority, said Kathy Cavins-Tull, the vice chancellor of student affairs.

A member of Kappa Delta poses with a Girl Scout doing their signature salute at a philanthropy event at another institution. (Elizabeth Wood/Kappa Delta).

Elise LeMire, a Panhellenic Council Representative, played an integral role in Kappa Delta’s return.

“It was a lot of listening, reading from their resources and about what they brought to TCU’s campus,” LeMire said.

Kappa Delta’s philanthropy partnerships, Prevent Child Abuse America and Girl Scouts of America, played an important role in its selection to join TCU’s Greek community.

“I’m excited for Kappa Delta to bring in a new focus to help serve the community,” LeMire said. “TCU has already established a relationship with the Girl Scouts of America through selling cookies on campus, and Preventing Child Abuse America is a new focus that no other chapter has a focus on.”

More information about the TCU chapter of Kappa Delta can be found here.