On January 22, 2020, our chapter co-hosted a dodgeball philanthropy event with Phi Mu Alpha. We raised $85.00 that went towards the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
Kappa Mu, Shepherd University
About Kappa Mu Chapter
Kappa Mu was founded on February 2, 1973 at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV. We've been around 47 years and going strong!
Our chapter is a part of Delta Zeta Region 4. We currently have a total of 39 members in our chapter and our average GPA is 3.29! For the academic year, Fall 2019 through Spring 2020, our chapter has donated 1391 service hours and $655.40!
Sister Ashlee Leshinski, Junior at Shepherd University, attended a summer internship at the National Cancer Institute located in Frederick, Maryland!
“This summer I had the opportunity to have an Internship through the National Cancer Institute – Frederick Academic Capstone. Throughout my internship I worked under Dr. Natalia de Val in her two laboratories, the Center for Molecular Microscopy and the Electron Microscopy Laboratory. This was a chance of a lifetime as I worked on two electron microscopy projects and learned so much! I was able to present my research at the National Cancer Institute of Frederick Summer Poster Day at Ft. Detrick Army Base in Frederick, MD”. -Ashlee
On March 27th, Alyssa Roush, Kappa Mu chapter’s past President and Vice President of Philanthropy, won Shepherd University’s 2018-2019 Phenomenal Woman Award for her outstanding success on campus.
Over spring break, Veronica McDade, Kappa Mu chapter’s Community Service chair, chose to go on an Alternative Spring Break trip to volunteer and give back to the community.
Melanie (Jade) Sammons, Kappa Mu’s Vice President of Membership, is currently interning with the Washington Redskins in the Public Relations Department. As part of her internship, she works primarily on establishing and maintaining positive relationships with the media, helps to coordinate big events and ensure all media present have the proper credentials, helps write and edit the Season in Review and Media Guide, and even transcribes players post-game interviews!
Every spring, Sigma Tau Delta holds its annual international convention, a unique event that allows hundreds of members and sponsors from around the United States and beyond to gather in one locale, share experiences and expertise, be recognized for their achievements, and participate in the official proceedings of the Society. The convention also provides opportunities to discover new ideas in English and English-related disciplines, while engaging with speakers, presenters, and texts that members might not otherwise encounter. This year, senior Katharine Hardy’s was one of the papers accepted for presentation at Sigma Tau Delta’s International Convention in St. Louis this upcoming March.
Veronica McDade, Kappa Mu chapter’s Community Service chair, has become involved with a book drive through her Rotaract service group, to collect 1,000 books and $1,000. This book drive is intended to collect books to send to children in 2nd-6th grade, and to help build a library in Africa.
Danielle Stephenson (right), our VP of Philanthropy, met Senator Joe Manchin at the Apple Harvest Parade.
At Shepherd University, Delta Zeta helped to raise $2300 for the Berkeley County Humane Society through the university's Homecoming Penny Wars. The fundraiser will help to put in a fenced-in area for the humane society so animals will have a place to go outside and play with each other and potential owners.
For the 2018 Inaugural Greek Day of Action, President Alyssa Roush organized and lead Kappa Mu’s vision wall and It’s On Us pledge event. When It’s On Us applications were released, Alyssa applied to be a Campus Organizer and pursue her passion to change the campus culture around consent and sexual assault. Alyssa has since been named Campus Organizer of Shepherd University’s first It’s On Us chapter.
In addition to her It’s On Us role, Alyssa was also named a Buddy Project Campus Rep. She will be advocating and raising awareness about mental health and suicide prevention on Shepherd University’s campus in addition to sexual assault and consent.
Singer/songwriter Lucia Valentine performed locally at Shepherdstown, West Virginia’s Shepherdstown Street Fest. Lucia was featured in the Hallmark Channel film "Once Upon a Prince" on April 7. The song “Magic" is from her debut, self-titled album. When the film premiered, Valentine hosted a watch party with her friends. “It felt a little bit surreal,” she said. “I felt very proud and honored that they picked my song.” Valentine is working on her second album and has a tour coming up this summer. You can hear more from Lucia on her website luciavalentine.com.
Angel DeHaven has gone above and beyond with her service activities and recently returned from traveling to the Dominican Republic for a mission trip. This was her fifth mission trip to the Dominican Republic. While there, she helped teach children at a vacation bible school, painted the roof of dorms, painted a basketball court, cleaned up the camp, helped prepare meals for citizens, put together a clothing drive for the community, put down a floor for a church, and much more! Thank you, Angel, for being a true global citizen and giving graciously in all that you do.
Vice President of Philanthropy, Danielle Stephenson, was named the 2018 West Virginia Cherry Blossom Princess and had the privilege of representing West Virginia in Washington, D.C. Danielle was also most recently named Miss Berkeley County where she had the opportunity to compete in the Miss West Virginia Scholarship Pagaent.
For the third year in a row, Delta Zeta Kappa Mu was named Chapter of the Year by Shepherd University’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, demonstrating outstanding philanthropic and service efforts, as well as exceptional academics. Since 2017, Kappa Mu has donated 4,073.5 service hours and $9,253.94 to charities. The average chapter GPA is 3.13.
Delta Zeta Kappa Mu celebrated 45 wonderful years together this February. President, Alyssa Roush, and Academic Advisor (and Kappa Mu alumnae), Barbara Kandalis together organized a celebration event that brought alumnae and active members of the Kappa Mu chapter together to share stories, songs, memories, and laughter.
Jenn Dickey, a collegiate member of the Kappa Mu Chapter at Shepherd University, attended the first United State of White House Women on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.
The White House Council on Women and Girls, together with the Department of State, the Department of Labor, the Aspen Institute and Civic Nation, convened the first United State of Women Summit, a large-scale effort to rally together advocates of gender equality to highlight what women have achieved, identify the challenges that remain, and chart the course for addressing them. Experts, advocates, and grassroots and business leaders who work in both domestic and international arenas gathered to highlight key issues affecting women and girls and best practices to carry on into the future.
Jenn was invited by First Lady Michelle Obama's staff after a nomination from a fellow Shepherd University student. She spent the day with other women who believe in empowering women and standing up for women's rights.
"I was a part of something much bigger than myself," Jenn said of the experience, "spending the day with influences such as Amy Poehler, Oprah Winfrey, Barak Obama, Mariska Hargitay, Connie Britton and many more!"
May 24, 2016
The Kappa Mu Chapter received Greek Chapter of the Year at Shepherd University's Greek Banquet, given for excellence in programming, recruitment, scholarship and leadership. Throughout the
2015-2016 school year, Kappa Mu planned and implemented two successful philanthropy events which involved other Greek organizations and campus staff that not only raised money for speech and hearing, but educated the campus and community about their mission.
Kappa Mu had outstanding programming promotion of anti-hazing this past February that reached various parts of campus through their multiple efforts to promote the anti-hazing message.
The chapter has a strong emphasis in promoting its first priority, academic achievement, which is done through various programming events and incentive activities in the chapter. "Their dedication shows through by holding the highest GPA of the sororities on campus and exceeding the all-women’s average," said the Office of Greek Affairs.