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The Eta Phi/Belmont chapter is proud to announce that we have the highest GPA for all of Greek life at Belmont! Our semester GPA for the Spring 2013 semester was a 3.47 and our overall GPA was a 3.43. Both of these GPA's exceed the all-Belmont student average and all averages between greek women and men, individually and combined. This is the third semester, of the four that we have been on campus, that we have received this honor. We could not be more excited to share this news with you!

Theta Spotlight

Mary Schlater Stumb

Mary SchlaterMary Schlater Stumb (Alpha Eta, 1954) has recently been named by the YWCA as one of 2012's Academy for Women of Achievement Honorees. The Academy honors women who, through excellence and leadership in their chosen fields, serve as role models for other women. This year's six honorees join only 118 other women who hold this distinctive honor. Mary was chosen to receive this honor for her outstanding work and accomplishments as a community volunteer. Mary has previously served on the Ensworth School Board, Vanderbilt Mental Health Center Board, Harpeth Hall Board, and the Children's Hospital Board, among others. She has served as the President of the Nashville Junior League, Vice-President of the Cumberland Valley Girl Scouts Council, and Chairman of the Regional Intervention Center Board. She is a member of the Canby Robinson Society at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Florence Crittendon Board, and continues to serve Harpeth Hall as an Emeritus Trustee.

Mary will be honored at the 21st Annual Academy for Women of Achievement celebration and induction dinner, which will be held Tuesday, October 30, at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.  If you are interested in attending the event to support Mary, please contact Irwin Fisher at

CONGRATULATIONS TO Nashville Theta Alumnae, Jessica Siegel and Jenney Keaty who have been named as two of Nashville's Top 30 Under 30 by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, for their professional and philanthropic achievements

Nashville Area Scholarship Winners

The Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation awarded scholarships to these Nashville area Thetas for the 2012-2013 school year.

Through our scholarship program, the Foundation is able to link members with resources to help them reach their full potential and make a difference in the world. Thanks to your commitment in supporting our members in pursuit of the highest scholarship, the Foundation proudly announces the following recipients of the 2012 Nashville Alumnae Chapter Scholarships:

Chelsea GibbonsMegan Lamb

Congratulations to Chelsea Gibbons (pictured left) and Megan Lamb (pictured right), both of the Eta Phi chapter at Belmont University for receiving the Ann Wright Hart Scholarships in the amounts of $1,575 and $1,000, respectively.

Alexandra BorowskiCongratulations to Alexandra Borowski (pictured left) of the Gamma Phi chapter at Texas Tech University for receiving the Melissa (Lissa) Luton Bradford Scholarship in the amount of $4,150. Alexa is a junior studying agricultural communications, and has earned a spot on the Dean's List every semester she has attended college. She serves as the Chief Panhellenic Officer of her chapter, and is extremely involved in several honor societies and on her campus.

Joanna AdkissonJoanna Adkisson (pictured right), a founding member and current CEO of the Eta Phi chapter at Belmont University, has been awarded the Bettie Locke Hamilton Founders Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $12,000. Originally from Oregon, JoAnna is majoring in biology and political science with minors in dance and chemistry. On campus, she is involved with Student Government, Bruin Recruiters, and the Executive Leadership Program.

For a listing of all the scholarships awarded by the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation, please CLICK HERE.

2012 Awards

As President, Jenney Keaty, representing the Nashville Alumnae Chapter is thrilled to report that the Nashville Thetas, both alumnae and collegians, have made a fantastic showing so far at this year's Grand Convention!!

Our alumnae chapter has been honored to win several awards, including:

  • The Gold Kite,
  • Top in Overall Giving per Dues Paying Member,
  • Top in Giving to a Named Endowed Fund, and
  • Runner Up for Top Overall Giving.

The Alpha Etas, represented here by Adair Cummings and Carolyn Fisher, have also won:

  • The Gold Kite, and
  • The Award for Excellence in Administration.

JoAnna Adkisson, the Belmont - Eta Phi Chapter's CEO, was elected to serve as our district's rep on the Nominating Committee.

And ... More good news: JoAnna was also chosen as a recipient of the Betty Locke Hamilton Foundation Scholarship!!!

Everyone has been very impressed with the Nashville area Thetas, which is certainly due in part to all the Thetas who are here: Lissa Bradford, Suzanne McLemore, Kim Looney, Amy Colton, Jill Barrett (Belmont), and Jaimee Hulsmey (Belmont).

Conference - Nashville - 2012
Pictured at the 2012 Grand Convention are Nashville Thetas (L to R): Amy Colton, Jill Barrett, Elizabeth McLemore, Suzanne McLemore, JoAnna Adkisson, Connie Gowen, Adair Cummings, Jaimee Hulsmey, Carolyn Fisher and Jenney Keaty.

2012 Alumni Luncheon

Our Kappa Alpha Theta alumnae are proud to support the Nashville Area Panhellenic Council and its scholarships! Through generous donations and silent auction bids the Nashville Panhellenic Council was able to raise over $4,000 - which will fund four $1,000 scholarships to local high school seniors attending a university with Greek life again next year.

2012 Luncheon
Attending the 2012 luncheon at Richland Country Club were left to right (top row): Jessica Siegel, Jenney Keaty, Jenna Kinsinger, Jennie Bowman, Lissa Bradford, Jane Delony, Jane Stone, Adria DeLaune. Names left to right (bottom row): Jamie Wellman, Stephanie Grant, Nancy Youssef, Eleanor Tilton, Katie Wilkerson.

Lissa Luton Bradford

Kappa Alpha Theta Announces the Retirement of Lissa Bradford

NPC chairman. Fraternity president. NPC delegate. 22 Grand Conventions attended. After more than 43 years of service to Kappa Alpha Theta, Lissa Luton Bradford will retire at the National Panhellenic Conference meeting in October.
Bradford’s retirement concludes a remarkable career of distinguished and dedicated service, not only to Kappa Alpha Theta but also to the entire Greek world. Her profound effect on the fraternity movement has been recognized on numerous occasions. She received the Order of the Star and Shield from Phi Delta Theta, only the third person to earn this highest honor to a non-Phi Delta Theta member; the Order of the Diamond from Kappa Delta, which is presented to “… outstanding women who have made extraordinary contributions to the Panhellenic world”; and the Distinguished Service Award from the Fraternity Executives Association, the second woman to be honored for her work toward the betterment of all college fraternal organizations. . . more


Service Trip

By: Callie Marie Healy

This summer I attended the Kappa Alpha Theta Service Week in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Like many events in our grand fraternity’s history, this trip marked another “first,” for the fraternity and for all Greek-letter organizations, the first international Greek service week. It also marked a new experience for me—a chance to leave the “Vandy bubble” and meet Thetas from across America (and Canada!) As I landed in Albuquerque, I still didn’t know what to expect. I was excited to meet new Thetas and devote time to service, but I was also nervous going into a situation where I didn’t know anyone. Once I got talking to some of the girls, however, it was clear that this would be a week of new friends and fun memories. . . . more

As featured on the home page of the national Kappa Alpha Theta Website
for the month of November
Theta Spotlight
Cornelia Clark
Cornelia Ann Clark
Alpha Eta/Vanderbilt

Earlier this fall, Justice Cornelia Ann Clark was sworn in as chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court. She became the second woman in state history to hold this position. Clark was elected by the court to serve a two-year term as chief justice.


Amy Grant Theta
Jennifer Kiersch,  entertainer Amy Grant

Flaming Festival Welcomes Amy Grant
It was told that if you mentioned aloud that Tamara Hermen was actually and truly a member of the Amy Grant Fan Club, Tamara would turn red. Tamara remained red-faced all day as Amy was the speaker/entertainer for Kappa Alpha Theta’s Flaming Festival, AND Tamara was honored as Theta of the Year. Fortunately, she looks good in red!

A crowd of some four hundred women attended the luncheon at OKC Golf and Country Club, during the Festival. Many came because they too were Amy Grant fans. No wonder! She was approachable, down-to-earth, extremely spiritual about her life, and just darling. Amy is married to Norman, OK native Vince Gill, who is in the Country Music Hall of Fame. . . . more


In the spring of 1969, Jeanie Nelson graduated from Vanderbilt University. She was a member of the Alpha Eta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta, and, as Theta sisters often do, Nelson and her friends formed a tight-knit bond, attending college events and participating in various activities together while living in the chapter facility.

Jeanie Nelson
Following commencement, Nelsonfound herself armed with an undergraduate degree in English and an opportunity to continue her adventures with four of her Theta sisters. They packed up to go to London, as two of them (including Nelson) had been selected to work for a year at a brokerage house in London. This opportunity had been extended to them by 1936 Vanderbilt alumnus Walter C. Wattles. (Wattles was the father of another Theta sister, Louise Wattles Moreland). . . . more


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