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Sisters come together in faith

Sara Jane Sheehan February 6, 2014 News No Comments
(Left to right) Kappa Phi adviser Helen Stricklin ‘13, Jenn Soleman ‘13 junior Marissa Witkovsky and sophomore Megan Keppler hold the Kappa Phi letters. Photo from Facebook

(Left to right) Kappa Phi adviser Helen Stricklin ‘13, Jenn Soleman ‘13 junior Marissa Witkovsky and sophomore Megan Keppler hold the Kappa Phi letters.
Photo from Facebook

While Ohio Wesleyan has many Greek organizations, Kappa Phi is much lesser-known on campus.

“We are a Christian women’s service sisterhood that is present on campuses across the country,” said junior Marissa Witkovsky, president of Kappa Phi.  “In total there are approximately 30 chapters at different universities.”

“We focus on four areas: service, study, worship, and sisterhood,” she said.

Witkovsky said she has been involved with Kappa Phi for the past three years and has been president for the last two.

Sophomore Rebekah Mahoney, Kappa Phi’s pledge coordinator, said she joined the organization the fall of her freshman year and instantly fell in love with it.

“Kappa Phi is literally open to all Christian denominations or those who want to recapture their faith with God,” she said.

Freshman Courtney Cox recently joined this past fall and said she has gained many friendships and a closer connection to her faith.

Ohio Wesleyan’s Beta Gamma chapter of Kappa Phi currently has 20 members with different backgrounds, interests and majors.

Witkovsky, a zoology and botany double major, is also president-elect of the botany/microbiology student board and works three jobs.

Junior Makenna Huff, Kappa Phi chaplain, is a mathematics and religion double major and member of the Outdoor Ministry Team and mathematics student board.

Junior Katie Powell holds dual Greek membership, as she is Kappa Phi’s social chair and a member of Delta Zeta.

All five expressed how they want Kappa Phi to be displayed positively across campus.

“I think it would be beneficial for students to know it’s a welcoming space for women who just want to share their stories with a close group of varied, loving sisters,” Huff said.

During group meetings, which are held every Tuesday and Thursday, Kappa Phi work on service projects, volunteer locally and help with the fall’s Make a Difference Day.

On Jan. 28, the organization held Rose Tea, an event to get others interested.

Witkovsky said the Rose Tea helps to introduce possible members with “different Kappa Phi pillars.”

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