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Kappa Delta Sorority Recognizes Outstanding Members

MEMPHIS, Tennessee — With the theme “Inspire,” Kappa Delta Sorority’s 63rd Biennial National Convention opened Thursday, June 27, 2019, at the Sheraton Dallas, in Dallas. Throughout the four-day event, nearly 1,100 Kappa Deltas and guests will experience the sorority’s rich traditions and pageantry, inspiring speakers and national sisterhood. The festivities began with the Diamond Dinner where Kappa Delta awarded individual honors to the outstanding alumnae named biennially to the Order of the Emerald and Order of the Pearl and the collegiate recipients of the annual Corre Anding Stegall Collegiate Leadership Awards. The night closed with the debut of the “Discover Kappa Delta” national marketing campaign featuring 12 Kappa Delta collegians from 12 chapters and a variety backgrounds, interests and abilities. Watch the video here. 

Kappa Delta’s Order of the Emerald recognizes alumnae who have displayed extraordinary service to an alumnae chapter, chapter advisory board, house corporation, Panhellenic and/or state or national Kappa Delta. Recipients are nominated by Kappa Delta members and/or chapters and selected by a national committee. The 2019 Order of the Emerald recipients are: 

  • Peggy Arvidson, Gamma Gamma-High Point 
  • Jennifer Priebe Booher-Wood, Zeta Gamma-Arkansas 
  • Bonita Storey Cassutt, Beta Rho-San Diego State 
  • Debbie Browne Conway, Sigma Upsilon-Indiana 
  • Emilie Burdett Friese, Sigma Phi-Georgia 
  • Melinda Howard Goode, Delta Delta-Troy 
  • DeDe Parsons Guest, Sigma Phi-Georgia 
  • Sue Mihelick Hicks, Epsilon Tau-Clemson 
  • Pat Todoran Katz, Beta Theta-Pennsylvania State 
  • Jeanne Anne Jones Marsh, Delta Lambda-Georgia Southern 
  • Elizabeth Koegler Moles, Xi-Pittsburgh 
  • Tara Tramonte Osborn, Gamma Rho-Sam Houston State 
  • Joan Quine Pate, Alpha Alpha-Michigan State 
  • Linda Powers Routenberg, Epsilon Omega-Kentucky 
  • Peri Andrus Sexton, Epsilon Phi-California/Santa Barbara 
  • Pattie Roberts Smith, Gamma Zeta-Texas Christian 
  • Anne Elizabeth Brown Wilson, Sigma Lambda-Auburn 

Order of the Pearl is given to alumnae who have made outstanding contributions at the national, state or local level in areas other than service to Kappa Delta. Nominated by her Kappa Delta sisters and selected by a committee, each recipient has exemplified in every way the ideals of the sorority through service to the community. The 2019 Order of the Pearl recipients are: 

  • Helen Horlacher Evans, Epsilon Omega-Kentucky 
  • Patricia Scherer Florestano, Alpha Rho-Maryland 
  • Tracy Dean Garrett, Sigma Iota-Washington 
  • Debra Moebius Handy, Gamma Theta-Oklahoma 
  • Karen Adcock Hasty, Alpha Epsilon-Tennessee 
  • Joy McVey Hugick, Delta Eta-South Florida 
  • Susan Murphy, Beta Tau-Vanderbilt 
  • Edith (Dee Dee) Shrum Wacksman, Sigma Kappa-Ohio State 

The Corre Anding Stegall Collegiate Leadership Award is named for former National President Corre Anding Stegall and presented each year to the top echelon of Kappa Delta student leaders. Awards are based on high academic performance, exemplary leadership within the chapter, on campus and in the community. Each of tonight’s collegiate leadership award winners received a $3,000 scholarship from the Kappa Delta Foundation. The 2019 Corre Award recipients are: 

  • Corinne Baldwin, Zeta Omega-Memphis 
  • Madison Brewton, Alpha Chi-Louisiana Tech 
  • Wynn BurrusBeta Chi-North Carolina/Chapel Hill 
  • Carly ConeAlpha Delta-Rhodes 
  • Ellen DoerrEpsilon Tau-Clemson 
  • Amelia Dowling, Gamma Chi-Lenoir-Rhyne 
  • Hannah Edelen, Eta Eta-Northern Kentucky 
  • Megan FrankenbergerEta Gamma-John Carroll 
  • Kaitlyn Goode, Alpha Xi-Louisville 
  • Cassandra Holdcroft, Gamma Tau-Ripon 
  • Claudia Kemper, Alpha Chi-Louisiana Tech 
  • Madison Kim, Epsilon Iota-Missouri 
  • Laura KingDelta Gamma-Western Kentucky 
  • Kyle KingstonTheta Gamma-Brown 
  • Emily MadleGamma Beta-North Texas 
  • Taylor Perkins, Alpha Psi-Drury 
  • Maureen ReillySigma Upsilon-Indiana 
  • Kendall Runyan, Beta Pi-Florida 
  • Amanda RuvoloEta Chi-Elon 
  • Madison Seymour, Beta Sigma-Southern Mississippi 
  • Jordana Terrell, Alpha Delta-Rhodes 
  • Shaelynn Wolfe, Gamma Beta-North Texas 

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Kappa Delta Sorority is a national organization for women with more than 271,000 members, 168 active collegiate chapters and 224 active alumnae chapters nationwide. Kappa Delta is active in a number of philanthropic endeavors, including the prevention of child abuse and confidence-building programming with Girl Scouts of the USA. In 2009, the sorority created the Confidence Coalition, an international movement to promote confidence in women and girls. In 2010, Kappa Delta established International Girls Day to empower girls to reach their potential. It also created International Women’s Friendship Month for women everywhere. Kappa Delta’s national headquarters is in Memphis, Tennessee. For more information, visit www.kappadelta.org.