Melting snow, budding leaves and blue skies are not the only things Shippensburg University students should expect to see this spring semester. Indeed, recruitment for Greek Life is in full swing on campus once again. Kappa Delta Phi (KDP) National Affiliated Sorority was among the organizations to invite prospective sisters to participate in its rush activities on and off campus this past week.
KDP hosted seven events between Jan. 30 and Feb. 6 that gave attendees a chance to get to know the sisters and the sorority. Each event highlighted a famous Disney film, such as “Peter Pan” or “The Little Mermaid.” According to KDP president Alyssa Cartagena, the events stayed in tow with the sorority’s philanthropy, The Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Women interested in joining the sorority were first invited to a mermaid-themed information session, followed by an evening of sharing dessert at a hangout based on “The Lion King.” Other activities included a game of Disney charades in “Neverland,” dinner with the sisters, cupcake decorating and a “Dumbo”-themed circus.
Brandi Reisher, the recruitment chair for KDP, said, “I hope that the potential new members had a great time getting to know all of our sisters and getting the answers to anything they were wondering about Kappa Delta Phi NAS or sorority life in general.”
Reisher said she chose KDP because of its small size, which makes the sisters in the sorority very close.
Averi Hawthorne, a sophomore who rushed KDP last year, said the mission of rush week activities was “leaving it really open” to allow to sisters — both existing and potential — to become well-acquainted.
“I wanted to be a part of a group of girls who would make me feel comfortable,” Hawthorne said about her decision to rush KDP during her freshman year.
Due to the inclement weather that hit Shippensburg this past week, KDP was forced to reschedule its last event. A handful of prospective sisters gathered at the sorority’s headquarters Thursday night for an evening of popcorn and time shared with friends. Among them was freshman Kaiti Fox, who rushed KDP last semester and aspires to become a sister.
According to Fox, the best part of the rush week is getting to know all of the sisters of KDP.
“Everyone is really welcoming,” she said. Now that Fox is a second semester freshman — a requirement for pledging — she hopes to move forward with the sorority.
Fox cited KDP’s philanthropy as the driving force behind her interest in joining.
“It’s awesome because you’re helping someone with cancer,” she said of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a charity that grants the last wishes of terminally ill children. It began about 30 years ago when the wish of a little boy to become a police officer was granted in Arizona. From there, the organization grew swiftly and now grants the wishes of 14,000 children per year — one every 38 minutes.