May 2, 2012
Photo left to right: Alisha Gould, Kappa Delta Phi NAS president;Liz McCabe Park, Executive Director of Maine Campus Compact; andHeather Young, Kappa Delta Phi NAS vice president
The Kappa Delta Phi National Affiliated Sorority of University of Maine at Fort Kent was awarded the President's Leadership Award at the 11th Annual Maine Campus Compact (MCC) Awards Ceremony held at Bates College on April 20.
The awards ceremony focuses on honoring faculty and students, who have made outstanding contributions to their campuses and communities through campus civic engagement.
Kappa Delta Phi NAS (Kappa Rho Chapter) is an active philanthropic presence on the UMFK campus. In the past year, twelve members of Kappa Rho have exemplified community service by contributing over 1,500 hours of their own time to the University and local organizations.
Unique examples include coordination of a fundraising bazaar, with local vendors, to benefit Holden Bernier, a local first grader with Type 1 diabetes. Holden was in desperate need of a dog that is trained to sense his condition, throughout the night, to prevent a diabetic coma. The ladies also served as veterinarian assistants for the 250 mile Can-Am Sled Dog Races.
MCC is a coalition of 18-member campuses, whose purpose is to catalyze and lead a movement to reinvigorate the public purposes and civic mission of higher education. It seeks to transform campuses in ways that develop better informed, active citizen problem-solvers, stronger communities, and a more just democratic society. MCC believes that their campuses must be vital agents and architects of a flourishing democracy.
As Kappa Rho celebrates its 40th Anniversary on the UMFK campus, their membership numbers are thriving and the sorority was awarded top honors at its recent national convention.
On campus, the administrative offices, clubs, and organizations turn to the sisters of Kappa Rho for assistance with projects, because of their leadership qualities and determination. It is not difficult to find someone who has been assisted by the sisters of Kappa Rho, as they are constantly and selflessly volunteering their time to help others.