November 2020 Collegiate Chapter of the Month: Kappa Eta, Nicholls State University

This month, we feature our most outstanding collegiate chapter of the 2018-2020 biennium, Kappa Eta at Nicholls State University. This Carnation Cup-winning chapter continues to thrive, even during these uncertain times. You can read more about this outstanding chapter below and also in the fall 2020 issue of The Aglaia.

Chapter Name: Kappa Eta

School Name: Nicholls State University

Located: Thibodaux, La.

Date Chapter Founded: 1967

Number of Members: 130

Chapter GPA: 3.649

Chapter Philanthropy Event/Monies Raised for CMN Hospitals

  • In the spring, we host our annual Dodge-A-Paluza philanthropy event. It’s a huge dodgeball tournament that our families, Nicholls students and people in our community love to participate in. Due to COVID-19, Dodge was cancelled two days before it was supposed to happen this year but we were still able to raise $7,911.40 for the kids.
  • This fall, Grace Clement, our Philanthropy Chairwoman, transformed our annual fall BINGO event into our first ever all-virtual philanthropy event over Zoom. Grace, her Adviser Carly Clark, Kappa Iota (Northwestern State University of Louisiana), and the Philanthropy Committee lead the chapter in raising $13,873.67!

Fun Chapter Facts

  • Our chapter is ranked #1 on campus for the highest GPA among all sororities and fraternities on campus.
  • Our local philanthropy is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in honor of our late sister, Yvette Usey, who had Cystic Fibrosis. Yvette was a Phi when her health started to decline; she realized she would not make it to Initiation so our chapter received special permission from National Council and Yvette’s hospital to initiate Yvette before she passed away.
  • In 2019, Kappa Eta won first place in the Songfest Greek Week event on campus for the first time in 13 years.

Points of Pride

  • Our chapter received the Academic Excellence, Financial Excellence and Membership Excellence awards at the 2020 Phi Mu Officer Academy.
  • For excelling in all three of those areas, we also received the Three Star Chapter award at PMOA.
  • During Nicholls’ Greek Week this year, we received the Academic Excellence award for having the highest Greek GPA.
  • Our chapter received Phi Mu’s Nellie Hart Academic Programming Award, which recognizes the chapter with the most effective scholarship program.
  • We received honorable mention for the Lila Chapman Scholarship Award, which recognizes the chapter that had the greatest improvement in scholarship during the 2018-2020 biennium.
  • We were recognized as being one of the 31 chapters in the Philomathean Society, which means we were in the top 25% on the Commitment to Excellence.
  • The most exciting award we received was the Carnation Cup! This award recognizes the top chapter out of 137 Phi Mu collegiate chapters.
  • Our Membership Adviser, Kristen Anselmi, Kappa Eta (Nicholls State University), was given the Presidential Award for Professional Staff as part of the 2020 Employee Service Awards at Nicholls State University.

Interesting Facts about Our Members

  • Our sisters are very involved on campus as members and officers of many organizations including the Nicholls Association of Student Nurses, Nicholls Education Association of Teachers, Student Programming Association, Student Government Association, Pre-Professional Medical Association, Biology Society, Green Club, Pre-Dental Society, Psychology Club, Circle K, Student Dietetic Association, Pre-Veterinarian Club, National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association, Chemistry Club, Pre-Law Society, Society for Human Resource Management, Accounting and Finance Club, Allied Health Club, Student Culinary Association, Orientation Team and many more organizations!
  • Several of our members are also a part of numerous honor societies and in the Honors Program at Nicholls.
  • One of our members, Jade Williams, is the Editor-in-Chief of the Nicholls Worth Magazine.
  • Our sister Clare Ward started a business during the pandemic! While in quarantine, she used her culinary skills to create and deliver Italian meals for families to enjoy at home. She also created a newsletter to go along with the food that explained the origin and history of each dish.

Staying Connected During COVID-19

  • Kappa Eta wasted no time finding ways to stay connected and supportive during the pandemic. We moved our Chapter Development meetings online and had sisterhood events twice a month over Zoom. Luckily, our campus allowed some in-person events during the fall, so we held a socially-distanced sisterhood retreat at the beginning of the semester.
  • For our sisterhood events, our Sisterhood Chairwoman, Shelby Cheramie, creates grab-bags containing supplies to participate in the events that sisters safely picked up from her. For example, for our at-home spa event, the bags contained ingredients to make homemade face masks. Other fun things we did were making scrunchies, tie-dying shirts, painting canvases and clipboards, playing BINGO, having a Disney watch party and baking cookies, all over Zoom!