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In Remembrance

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At the Memorial Service held on Saturday, June 28, 2014, Kappas gathered to remember those sisters who have passed in the last biennium. Join us in remembering those no longer with us.





Names of deceased Kappas received after May 1, 2014, will be listed in the 2016 Memorial Booklet.




The Big BANGS Theory

(Leadership, Philanthropy) Permanent link

For many, a trip to China is a chance to experience a new culture and broaden horizons. For Hannah Davis, Clemson, a trip to the Jiangsu Province of Eastern China in 2009 turned out to be a life-changer. At 26 years old, Hannah is now the founder and president of BANGS Shoes, a social enterprise that connects ideology to shoes. “Founding and operating a business was never on my list of things to do,” says Hannah. “I have a degree in political science with a minor in Mandarin, but my passion resides with the potential for individual action to positively impact society. Running BANGS fits my passion perfectly.”


After spending time in China, Hannah began to see life differently. “I felt so lucky to be born in the United States,” says Hannah. “I had access to plumbing and heating–things that most Americans consider basic necessities. Seeing how people were living in other countries was eye-opening.” Not wanting to forget that important lesson, Hannah got to work on BANGS.

Development for BANGS began around the same time that brands like Livestrong and TOMS were connecting positivity to consumer products. The name BANGS comes from the Chinese character for help, spelled b-a-n-g, which represents BANGS’ business model: 20 percent of net profits are given to people through BANGS’ nonprofit partner, Kiva, to help start businesses.

“I noticed there were two schools of thought when it came to nonprofits … organizations that focus on immediate relief and ones that focus on sustainable methods of development,” says Hannah. She chose to focus on sustainable development and created a business plan to support it. A year later, BANGS hit the market.


Now, Hannah is making strides to change the world. At the core, BANGS works to continue inspiring a generation of leaders to take action with a focus on eliminating poverty, such as building a well to provide fresh water. In the short term, Hannah is looking to the stars. “A goal of mine is to be on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Of course, being on a ‘Top 30 under 30’ list wouldn’t be bad either.”

“BANGS provides tools that help people pull themselves out of poverty,” says Hannah. “The goal is to have a long-term impact and help communities stand on their own two feet.” The only question from Hannah is: “Will you stand with us?”

For more information on BANGS, visit www.bangsshoes.com.
Interested in becoming a BANGS Campus Ambassador? Apply here.

Get Social in Houston!

(Friendship, Leadership, Sisterhood) Permanent link

By: Fraternity Public Relations Chairman Kelly Matyas Magyarics, Pittsburgh

The 2014 General Convention is only a few short weeks away, when more than 1,000 excited Kappas will be convening in Houston, Texas, for a few days of sisterhood, leadership, service and fun. We hope you will share your Convention experience on social media, and as always, we want to remind you that posts and photos should be appropriate and reflect Kappa Kappa Gamma and its members in a positive light.

Here are some tips and best practices for using social media during our time in Houston. We look forward to checking out your fabulous Facebook status updates, tweets and photos! See you there!

  • If you haven’t already, download the Guidebook app from the Apple store or Android Marketplace, and search for Kappa Kappa Gamma. You will be able to see the entire Convention itinerary, set your own personalized agenda for the events you want to attend, and even set reminders for yourself so you don’t miss anything! The app also links directly to Kappa’s Facebook page and Twitter and Instagram feeds. The most interactive part of Guidebook is the photo album, which allows any Convention attendee to take photos and add them to the album for others to see.

  • The official Convention hashtag is #KKGHouston. You can use it to search for the latest Convention news in Twitter, or tag your Convention tweets and Instagram posts. Remember, Kappa Kappa Gamma’s official Twitter feed can be found at www.twitter.com/kappakappagamma, and our Instagram account is www.instagram.com/kappakappagamma.

  • Remember that at Convention, as always, you are wearing your letters 24/7. Be sure to act appropriately at all times, and be courteous and kind to the hotel staff and the other guests to give them the best impression of Kappa. Though we will be more than 1,000 strong in Houston, we will not be the only guests at the hotel.

  • Do not use the hashtag #GKODB at Convention—or ever, for that matter. The Fraternity is aware of this hashtag, and though its intent is often to show Kappa pride, it comes across as mean-spirited and exclusionary in nature.

  • Do post Facebook status updates, tweet and post pictures on Instagram about the great stuff you are doing at Convention! Some examples:
    • Photos: Interactive activities during workshops (but please be aware of keeping your phone out of site when presenters are talking); pretty centerpieces at dinners and banquets; great things you bought at the Blue Owl Boutique; sisters singing Oh, Pat; the Parade of Flags on opening night; everyone’s cowboy attire during the Wednesday evening’s Regional Dinner; new friends you’ve made; attendees doing the Foundation Walk on Saturday morning; Habiteers Luncheon (for those who have attended 5 or more Conventions.)
    • Facebook statuses / tweets: Tidbits or great information gleaned from workshops and education sessions; inspiring quotes you hear from key note speakers at lunches; observations about the big picture of Kappa, and what Convention means to you; new ideas for your association or chapter.

  • Do not, however, take or post photos during the Opening or Closing Business Meeting, Memorial Service or Ritual workshop.

  • Please keep your phone out of site during workshops and business meetings, and turn the ringer to off or vibrate.

  • Above all, have fun, and share your great experiences of sisterhood, leadership and friendship with your followers and friends!
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