Purdue expands Greek community over the past year

In the past year, five fraternities and sororities have been established on Purdue’s campus.

One of these house is Kappa Delta. They received their charter Nov. 15, 2015, and became the 161st Kappa Delta chapter in the nation.

Shea Catellier, the president of Kappa Delta, explained that Kappa Delta is well-known nationally and did not yet have a chapter at Purdue, so for the past four years or so, women from their national headquarters came to Purdue asking for them to open up the campus to expansion.

All of the Kappa Delta women in the Purdue Chapter, Alpha class, were hand-selected by nationals to be the founding chapter.

This past fall was the first time that Kappa Delta was able to participate in formal recruitment.

After fall recruitment, Kappa Delta now has 150 members.

“We have grown tremendously within the past year and I hope that we will continue making huge strides moving forward,” said Catellier.

“Within the past year of our founding, we participated in Zeta Tau Alpha’s philanthropy Big Man on Campus, we participated and won first place in Farm House’s Greek Goddess contest and more recently we participated in Alpha Phi Alpha Inc.’s Diversity Step Challenge where we took second place.”

Kappa Delta also hosted their first-ever philanthropy event, Shamrock Carnival. Catellier said that they raised over $12,000 at the event.

Twenty percent of the proceeds went to their national philanthropy, which is Prevent Child Abuse America. The other 80 percent was donated to a local charity of their choosing, which ended up being the YWCA of Greater Lafayette.

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