Kappa Alpha, Nicholls State University

About Kappa Alpha Chapter

Kappa Alpha was founded on December 7, 1968 at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA. We've been around 51 years and going strong!

Our chapter is a part of Delta Zeta Region 11. We currently have a total of 135 members in our chapter and our average GPA is 3.29! For the academic year Fall 2016 through Spring 2017 our chapter has donated 4702 service hours and $20910.50!

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Chapter News

Ms. Nicholls

Last semester, Emily Ledet accepted the honor of being Ms. Nicholls. We are so proud that one of our members got the opportunity to represent our amazing school. Here’s a few words from Emily:
“Being a student at Nicholls State University is a privilege and being selected as a representative of the face of our University is an honor. When the ladies of Delta Zeta selected me as their representative to be interviewed as a Ms. Nicholls candidate, I was both humbled and thrilled. Being a member of Delta Zeta as well as other organizations like SGA, Circle K, Colonel Catholics and NSSLHA afforded me the opportunity to meet new people and give back to our great University.
Nicholls has been such a special part of my life growing up in Thibodaux. Representing Nicholls State University and Delta Zeta as Ms. Nicholls is something that I never expected. Over the past year, this experience offered me special opportunities which I will truly cherish. I’ve been invited to represent Nicholls in a variety of ways. For instance, one of our fraternities on campus, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, hosts an annual chili bowl cook off and invited me to be a celebrity judge for the event.
As a senior approaching graduation, I can reflect on my time at Nicholls and hope to influence our chapter to get involved on campus and give back to the school that gives so much to them. I already see so many members of our chapter, including some that are younger than me, that have made a positive influence on me. Overall, I strive to represent Delta Zeta in the best light possible while representing Nicholls State University as Ms. Nicholls.”

Nicholls State Homecoming Court

During this homecoming season at Nicholls State University, three of our wonderful members got the opportunity to serve on court. This experience has not only shaped their journey at Nicholls, but also as a Kappa Alpha. Our members, Tabitha Tabb, Abagael Boudreaux, and Kelsey Gros, have all shared how this event has impacted them.
Tabitha Tabb said, “Being on Homecoming Court allowed me to be a part of a once in a lifetime experience that I got to share with my fellow Court members who love Nicholls State University as much as I do. Nicholls has given me so much the last three years and I am truly honored that I had the chance to share my Colonel Pride and my love for this University with the Nicholls community. To make the experience even better, I got to do it alongside two of my Delta Zeta sisters. Being on the Nicholls Homecoming Court has given us a memory that the three of us will remember forever and we truly felt the love and support from our chapter members when they cheered us on from the stands as we each walked across the football field. It couldn’t have been a more perfect experience since the two things I love the most were able to come together.”
Abagael Boudreaux stated, “It truly was the perfect ending for my experience here at Nicholls! From my freshman year on Orientation team to my senior year, receiving the honor to sit on homecoming court, this university never stops amazing me! This community is unlike any other and the culture and down the bayou hospitality will stick with me wherever I may go in life next. The week was full of amazing memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life! And being able to do it along side of my sisters makes it even more unforgettable!”
Lastly, Kelsey Gros reflected saying, “My nearly 4 years at Nicholls have definitely been the most impactful on my life. Through my time and experiences here, I’ve really been able to grow into myself and become the person I always imagined myself becoming. The growth began in 2016 when I pledged Delta Zeta, and since then, DZ has continued to award me with opportunities to become my best self. Being on Homecoming Court and representing Nicholls and Delta Zeta was an honor, but it also held deeper meaning for me, as it epitomized the way my college experience has made me into this new, confident, and happy person. It really helped everything come full circle. I have Delta Zeta and my sisters to thank for that, because she provided me with the opportunities for growth, and my sisters are the people who have supported me the most along the way.”

Paws for a Cause

Exciting things are constantly happening with our Kappa Alpha chapter here in Thibodaux, Louisiana, due mostly to the leadership of the amazing women on our executive board. Emily Ledet, our vice president of philanthropy, recently planned our first “Paws for a Cause” event held here at our Nicholls State University campus, Attendees (both human and canine) participated in some enjoyable walks and other activities while contributing to Delta Zeta’s philanthropy. The Lafourche Parish Animal Shelter was invited for the day and the shelter residents benefitted from volunteer walkers who lacked canine companions of their own. At least one of these temporary human companions became permanent—shelter resident, Bean, a fan favorite throughout the day, met with his forever family. This fun, furry event raised $1500. In addition to the walk, a furry fashion show, a snack table which sold puppuccinos, and a craft table rounded out the amusing activities for the event. The fashion show contestants went “all out” with their stylish outfits and the competition was fierce. Fynn, a self-satisfied, grinning and rather pudgy mutt, took home the prize in his Chinese takeout costume. As always, Delta Zeta is so thankful for the support and excellent turnout. The event was a complete success and more enjoyable than anyone could have imagined. Of course, who wouldn’t love a day all about furry friends and Delta Zeta?

Nicholls Hall of Fame 2018

Nicholls State University may be small, but it creates a foundation that makes its students unstoppable. To be inducted into the Nicholls Hall of Fame, a student must be ranked in the top 1% of their graduating class based on GPA and involvement. This past April six of the seventeen were Delta Zeta’s. Of the seventeen, fourteen are Greek; this just proved how much Greek life at Nicholls can do for a student. Huge congratulations to our six wonderful sister who were inducted into the Nicholls Hall of Fame this past April: Holly Bourgeois, Amber Burton, Taylor Kimball, Megan Labat, Kaitlyn Mistretta, and Sydney Richardelle. Holly Bourgeois stated, “To have a sisterly bond that encourages you to be passionate about doing more and making an impact in the community has given me the motivation to strive for excellence upon graduation.” Our sisters push us to realize our potential and this is a perfect example of this.

Kappa Alpha Chapter (Nicholls State University) members bring joy to campers at The Painted Turtle camp

Members of the Kappa Alpha Chapter from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, volunteered at Delta Zeta's National Service Project, The Painted Turtle camp in Lake Hughes, California. The Painted Turtle offers a fun and supportive experience for children with serious medical conditions.

Emily Boudreaux, Abby Allbritton and Breanne Cazenave volunteered as cabin counselors during the week of Skeletal Dysplasia and Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS). Along with the campers, they were able to experience all the camp has to offer like archery, fishing, horse back riding and campfires.

Emily described the experience by saying, "At The Painted Turtle, campers are able to be themselves in a safe environment. You would not be able to tell some of the struggles that these campers go through at home because at camp, everything is possible and they do it all. It truly is the magic of camp."

Kappa Alpha Chapter (Nicholls State University) gives $4,000 to its community as its members shine as gracious role models

"May I give graciously of what is mine."

"The women of the Kappa Alpha Chapter at Nicholls State University not only say the words of the Creed, but we live it," said Mallory Matherne, LAMP Editor.

In February, 2016, the chapter raised and donated $1,000 to its local philanthropy, the Bayou Country Children's Museum.

"We also raised $3,000 for Bridge to Independence," Mallory continued, "an on-campus organization dedicated to ensuring that students with intellectual disabilities enjoy their college experience to the fullest while gaining leadership and social skills needed for future employment. We had a fun Friday night with Bridge to Independence filled with friends, food and karaoke! Our selfless sisters continue to be amazing role models on campus and in the community."

Kappa Alpha Chapter supports Nicholls University Bridge to Independence to help all students have a positive college experience

The Kappa Alpha Chapter at Nicholls State University adopted the university's Bridge to Independence Program, which allows students with intellectual disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder to receive the true college experience, as well as developing leadership and social skills that can be applied in future employment or independent living. The chapter is proud to support this important program.


Kaylee Cole, President - Kappa Alpha (Nicholls State Univ.), follows her dream of helping others

Kaylee Cole, President of the Kappa Alpha Chapter at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, volunteered at The Painted Turtle camp for the Skeletal Dysplasia and mucopolysaccharide (MPS) session.

"Upon entering Delta Zeta, we come to know and understand the expectations of membership, sorority history, morals and values," said Kaylee."We are taught the importance of philanthropy.

"I truly believe that this summer I experienced the beauty of philanthropy firsthand at The Painted Turtle camp. To me, philanthropy is more than service hours, money raised, and a check that is sent to our philanthropic partners. It is the ability to inspire children to reach beyond their illnesses. It is seeing hundreds of children and volunteers come together to sing and dance after a long day of camp activities. It is hearing the laughter of children as they finally climb the camp ropes course for the first time. It is the joy of knowing that all of these things are possible because of generous organizations like Delta Zeta.

"I am humbled and honored to belong to an organization that truly lives out our Creed and is solely focused on the idea of helping others and impacting the world. Nothing I write can ever begin to describe the pure joy that filled my heart this summer, and I know that, without Delta Zeta, I wouldn't have become this passionate in giving of myself to help those in need.

"My experience at the camp this summer solidified my goal of becoming an Occupational Therapist after graduation, and it encouraged me to want to make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities. My journey in Delta Zeta helped me to discover myself, and my experience at The Painted Turtle camp brought a whole new meaning to the word 'philanthropy' in my eyes. I am proud to be part of an organization that is constantly striving to do more, give more, and be more."

Carolanne Moore and Hillary Scott, Kappa Alpha Chapter members, inducted into the Nicholls Hall of Fame at Nicholls State University
May 20, 2016

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On March 9, 2016, senior member of the Kappa Alpha Chapter, Carolanne Moore, and new alumna, Hillary Scott, were inducted into the Nicholls Hall of Fame at a ceremony held at Nicholls State University.

The award recognizes students with outstanding character and scholarship, and great service to the university. Debbie Raziano, Past National President, and Kappa Alpha alumna, received the James Lynn Powell Outstanding Alumna of the Year Award.

Hillary Scott said, "I am so unbelievably honored to have been chosen to be inducted into the Nicholls Hall of Fame. This university has definitely become my home away from home. I can't thank all of the friends and faculty that pushed me to my all potential enough. I will forever be proud to be a Nicholls colonel!"
Debbie “Raz” Raziano, Nicholls State - Kappa Alpha, Past National President, receives prestigious award from Nicholls State University
March 25, 2016

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Debbie “Raz” Raziano, Nicholls State - Kappa Alpha, Delta Zeta Past National President, receives the award from  Archie Chaisson, III, Nicholls State University Alumni Federation Board Past President.
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Debbie “Raz” Raziano, Nicholls State - Kappa Alpha, Delta Zeta Past National President, received the James Lynn Powell Award at the NSU Alumni Federation Awards for Excellence, the highest award given to a graduate of Nicholls. It is presented to an individual who is outstanding in his or her chosen field and supports both Nicholls State and the Alumni Federation.

She has served on numerous committees and boards over the years, and in organizations such as the Council for Advancement and Support of Higher Education (CASE) and the Association for Louisiana Alumni Executives (ALAE). Raz has been dedicated to Delta Zeta since pledging the Sorority, from serving as an Educational Leadership Consultant after college to National President from 2004 to 2007. She continues to volunteer for Delta Zeta and for the Nicholls Art Department since her retirement.

Read more about Raz's dedication to Nicholls and to Delta Zeta here.
Kelly Badeaux-Phillips, Nicholls State - Kappa Alpha, serves as member of the Louisiana Center for Women and Government to promote the leadership of women
February 10, 2016

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Raquelle "Kelly" Badeaux-Phillips, Nicholls State - Kappa Alpha, has served as a member of the Louisiana Center for Women and Government since its inception in 1990, where she served as an original member of its advisory board. The Center encourages and promotes the leadership of women by providing resources and non-partisan support through educational workshops, training seminars and outreach programs. The center is committed to promoting women in government and public service, to acknowledging achievements of women and to teaching all citizens about the importance of public service and responsible citizenship.

Since 2008, Kelly has focused her efforts in expanding the Center's mission statewide and is presently a  member of the New Orleans Leadership Counsel. In that capacity, Kelly has served as vice-president and has chaired various fundraising efforts including Dancing with the Stars of the South and Celebrity Waiters, all to benefit the Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy, which promotes  the development of young girls in Jefferson, Orleans and the Bayou Parishes.

Kelly has also served as a former committee chairman for the National Women's Leadership  Summit on Energy and the Environment, held bi-annually in New Orleans, and has been a guest  speaker at their Healthcare Symposium for the last several years.

She is a committee member of the New Orleans Women of Fashion organization and a recipient of
the 2011 Prix d 'Elegance Award.

As a member of the Junior League of New Orleans, Kelly serves on the Mentoring Committee and
the Hospitality and Outreach Committee. She has also served as a volunteer at the Ronald
McDonald House.

St. Dominic's Catholic School also enjoys Kelly's volunteerism as a member of the Mother's Club,
where she has served as a Room Mother and currently serves on the Board as Parliamentarian.
Since 2005, Kelly has also been a member of the Bayou Junior Woman's Club and past chairman of
the Bayou Region's Mad Hatters event, to benefit scholarships for non-traditional university students
and displaced homemakers in the Bayou and New Orleans regions.

She is a member of BRAVO, Cancer Crusaders, Louisiana Society Children of the American
Revolution, the Republican Women of Jefferson Parish and the Bayou Alumnae Chapter of Delta Zeta

In her professional life, Kelly is an attorney with the Louisiana Department of Justice, the Office of
the Attorney General, where she specializes in medical malpractice defense work. Kelly also serves
as a hearing officer with the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board and volunteers much of her time
mentoring young lawyers and law students in the areas of professionalism and ethics.

Brooke Pregeant, Kappa Alpha collegiate member and nursing student, serves on medical mission trip in Jamaica

Kappa Alpha Chapter collegiate member Brooke Pregeant traveled to Jamaica with International Service Learning (ISL) for a volunteer medical mission trip.

International Service Learning, a non-profit organization, provides educational opportunities for students by partnering student and professional teams with service opportunities in developing countries. ISL provides health care that would otherwise be unavailable to tens of thousands of the underserved each year.

Brooke,who is majoring in nursing, traveled to Jamaica to provide health services and medications to those in need in the Canaan Heights neighborhood, which is a community where the majority of housing structures are made of tin and other scrap materials.

Brooke said, "One day we went door to door making appointments for people who needed medical attention. The following days we worked in a clinic. Some team members worked in our make-shift pharmacy while others took vitals and got the patients ready for the doctor. It's been an amazing experience, working in such a different environment!"