Badge History -Part 5

The fifth and final part celebrating NPC Badge History.  Part 1Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

>Theta Phi Alpha

1934

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“The badge is a gold letter “Theta” set with pearls, superimposed upon plain gold letters “Phi” and “Alpha.” The badge of Theta Phi Alpha is worn only by initiated members and is at once a means of identification and a source of pride to the wearer. The Fraternity badge is to be worn over the heart and is always placed above any other piece of jewelry.

The right to wear the Theta Phi Alpha badge is bestowed on each member at Initiation and each member is required to purchase a badge to wear throughout her life. However, should she in any way forfeit the right to wear the badge, it must be relinquished to the Fraternity’s archives.” -ThetaPhiAlpha.org

>Phi Sigma Sigma

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“Phi Sigma Sigma’s original badge was the sphinxhead, featuring sapphire eyes on a gold base bearing our Greek letters in blue enamel.  In 1951, the Fraternity introduced the sapphire badge, a sphinxhead superimposed on a gold pyramid and three sapphires in each corner.  Both badges remain in use today.

Prior to the late 1980s, purchasing badges was optional. Badges were not automatically included in the initiation fee, as they are today. The badges were crafted of 10k gold and often engraved on the back with sisters’ initials and class years. These clues, along with chapter letter guards, can help Phi Sigma Sigma identify who initially owned older badges and when.  Since the late 1980s, most badges are gold-plated and do not feature personalized engravings.” -Phisigmasigma,org

>Delta Phi Epsilon

1934

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“Equilateral triangle with black letters (black onix) and a border with 21 pearls. There is a gold ribbon at the bottom with the motto.” -Dphie.org

 

 

 

>Sigma Delta Tau

1943

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“The current badge is a jeweled gold torch. On the front of the torch are the Greek letters ΣΔΤ, with 6 pearls and a diamond. The badge is worn strictly as an emblem of membership and only by initiated members. New Members of Sigma Delta Tau wear a different badge, a gold torch enameled in old blue, representing the colors of the sorority, cafe au lait and old blue. The new member pin is only worn during the new member period.” -Sigma Delta Tau Wikipedia

Badge History- Part 4

Check here for Badge History Part 1Part 2, Part 3 if you missed them!

>Kappa Delta

Original Badge

Original Badge

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“The original badge was designed by Julia Tyler in 1897. She was dissatisfied by the design until 1898 when she completed the new design we still use today.” -Kappa Delta HQ

 

 

 

>Sigma Sigma Sigma

Vintage Badge

Vintage Badge

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“Adopted in 1903, the badge of the sorority is an equilateral gold triangle, with a small semi circular indentation on each side. On the gold triangle is a raised black enamel triangle bearing in each corner a gold sigma. In the center of the badge is the symbol of the sorority, the skull and crossed bones. On the outer edge of the badge is a border of pearls.”- Sigma Sigma Sigma on Wikipedia 

 

>Alpha Sigma Tau

Vintage Badge

Vintage Badge

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“The gold and pearl badges are worn by initiated members of Alpha Sigma Tau. The ruby badge is worn by Alpha Sigma Tau members who serve as Volunteer Personnel. The yellow topaz badge (not shown) is worn by the National Panhellenic Conference Delegation members. The emerald badge is worn by Alpha Sigma Tau National Council and National Officers. The diamond badge is worn by the Alpha Sigma Tau National President and Past National Presidents.”-AlphaSigmaTau.org

 

>Alpha Sigma Alpha

1945

1945

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“The badge emblem is a stylized representation of the Alpha Sigma Alpha badge and signifies the sorority’s four aims: intellectual, physical, social and spiritual development. The diamond-shaped badge is a well-known symbol for any Alpha Sigma Alpha sister and creates an instant bond with those women who have proudly worn it.” -Alphasigmaalpha.org

 

>Alpha Epsilon Phi

1950s

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“Α, Ε & Φ upon a thin gold bar with a

total of 27 pearls.

Α has 8 pearls
Ε has 9 pearls
Φ has 10 pearls” -Aephi.org

Badge History- Part 3

There are 26 National Panhellenic Sororities, and all of them have pride and history in their badge symbols. This is Part 3 of a series of NPC sorority badge history in honor of national badge day that is celebrated in the month of March. Check here for Part 1 and Part 2 if you missed them!

>Sigma Kappa

Original Badge

Original Badge

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“The earliest badge design was what is now used as our new member pin. In 1894, the triangle badge was chosen. Jeweled badges were approved at the 1915 convention when the pearl was adopted as our national jewel. Unjeweled badges have a scroll edge.” -Sigmakappa.org

 

>Alpha Omicron Pi

1947

1947

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“The badge of Alpha Omicron Pi is composed of the three initial letters of the three words of our Motto, superimposed one upon the next in order, which gives the Fraternity its name.”-Alphaomicronpi.org

 

 

>Zeta Tau Alpha

1953

1953

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” The badge of the Fraternity is a small, black, enameled shield super-imposed upon a gold shield, bearing a five pointed crown with the letters ZTA arranged around it, and below it the word “Themis” in Greek.” -Zetataualpha.org

 

 

>Alpha Gamma Delta

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Vintage Badge

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“In 1904 five organizational meetings were held in May during which the name and first Badge design were selected.

Official Founding: May 30. Badges worn for the first time; colors of red, buff and green chosen; first Fraternity song presented and sung. The Epsilon Pi motto, a pledge pin design and the present Badge design were adopted.” -AGD History

 

>Alpha Delta Pi

Original Badge

Original Badge

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“The first diamond-shaped badge was worn by the Adelpheans in 1852. Stars were not included on this first badge, but it did have a monogram of the Wesleyan pin attached to the badge by a link chain, thus forming a guard.

In 1854, the stars were added, but it was not until 1874 that the stars and the clasped hands were raised. This design remained with only slight modifications until 1906 when, at Alpha Delta Pi’s first convention, Nanaline King presented a new design for the pin. Her design was a smaller gold badge with a black enamel center which pictured the clasped hands, the two stars, and the greek letters, Alpha Delta Phi. This design was adopted by the convention and is the same pin we have today, with Alpha Delta Phi being changed to Alpha Delta Pi at the 1913 convention.” -Alphadeltapi.org

 

>Delta Zeta

1944

1944

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It shall be the Roman lamp in gold, resting upon an Ionic column and having upon each side three wings of Mercury. The official jeweling shall be a diamond in the flame, and four pearls at the base of the lamp. The lamp shall bear the Greek letters ΔΖ in black enamel. Article XVI, Section 1.

From our founding to the present, the design of our badge has changed very little. This is a direct tie to our Founders as they had the general idea for the badge but the design is credited to a Miami art student, Arthur Bairnsfather, who was a friend of Alfa Lloyd.” -Deltazeta.org

 

>Phi Mu

Vintage Badge

Vintage Badge

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“The Phi Mu Badge is a uniquely shaped shield of gold overlaid with a black shield bearing the two bonds, three stars, a hand clasping a heart and the Greek letters ‘Phi Mu.'” -Phimu.org

Mason Jar Madness

If you’re in a sorority, then you know that there are plenty of opportunities to craft. Whether you are making gifts for your little, decorating for parent’s weekend, or preparing for recruitment, there are plenty of adorable ways to use mason jars. Not only are they creative, but they are sold at a variety of stores and inexpensive, making them accessible for every college student crafting on a budget. Here are a few of my favorite ways to use mason jars!

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>Painted Vases: Add this idea to your to-do list! A painted mason jar vase can serve as table center pieces at your chapters’ recruitment party. Use them to brighten up the room. Need something to add to your little’s basket? Grab a bunch of your sorority’s flowers and paint the mason jar vase your sorority’s signature colors. This is a project for every crafter whether you can repaint the Mona Lisa or finger paint a star.

>Label with a hot glue gun: A hot glue gun is a staple in every sorority girl’s craft bag and who knew it could be used for more than just placing rhinestones on your pin box? This simple project only takes a few minutes to complete. Just use your glue gun to write words or create a design on your jar. Once it has dried, paint over the entire jar. Use these jars to hold pens and pencils or as drinking glasses at your formal!

>Picture frames: Replace the $1 dollar wooden picture frames for creative mason jar frames. All you need to do is modge podge your picture on the inside of the jar. Use paint to add a pretty boarder around your picture. It’s so unique and your little will love having it in her basket!

>Candle holders: Light up your room with adorable mason jar candle holders. You can leave the jar plain or use paint markers to draw sayings around the bottom. These make cute gifts for mother’s day and senior send off. They also look great as table centerpieces for an outdoor party. Looks like we’re moving Spring formal outside!

Here at Greek Streak, we have several mason jar designs on our website. Make sure to check them out along with our Pinterest to see more creative ways to use mason jars!

Badge History- Part 2

Check out Part 1 Here to see the badge history of other Panhellenic sororities.

>Gamma Phi Beta

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1923

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“The Gamma Phi Beta badge has not significantly changed since its design in 1874. It was designed by Tiffany & Co. It features a black crescent moon cradling the Greek letters, Gamma, Phi and Beta. Badges are currently produced by jeweler Herff Jones with options for gold or silver, jeweled or not.

The badges worn by International Council members are larger and feature white crescent moons instead of black. The international president’s badge is set with diamonds on the Greek letters; other international officer’s badges are set with pearls. In 1902, a badge for uninitiated members was approved (a triangular-shaped shield of dark brown on which rests a crescent of yellow).” -Gamma Phi Beta’s Wikipedia Page

 

>Alpha Chi Omega

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Alpha Chi Omega’s badge is the Grecian lyre, reflecting their musical heritage. “In the beginning, the badge was an item of personalization. The size was generally larger and the jewels used were of the owner’s choice. The strings of the lyre were plain and the scroll was flat with the letters “ΑΧΩ” in gold on a black background. Although many badges were similar in style, the standardization of the badge did not begin until 1897. The first standard passed: all badges were required to have three jewels.”

Fun Facts: “There are 22 different badges a member can choose from, including the most recent addition—a 1934 vintage replica badge” and “Pre-1950s badges are engraved with the member’s name, chapter and year of initiation on the back. Badges from the 1960s and 1970s have a number (such as AB203) on the base—these badges are traceable. After the 1970s, badges were engraved with only the member’s initials, making it very difficult, if not impossible to trace.” – Alphachiomega.org

 

>Delta Delta Delta

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Founder’s Badge

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“The official badge of the Fraternity consists of three golden stars, crown set with pearls, within a gold crescent of three hundred degrees bearing three deltas in black enamel. Tri Delta initiates receive a Stars and Crescent badge with the member’s initials, the Greek letters of her chapter, and her Initiation number engraved on the back. Each badge remains the property of the Fraternity but is lent to the member during her lifetime or as long as she remains a member.”-Tridelta.org

 

>Alpha Xi Delta

1918

1918

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“The Quill, which is worn by initiated members of Alpha Xi Delta, represents our open motto “The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword.” The Fraternity has a recognition Quill, which is a miniature Quill that may be worn on coats, suits or other appropriate outer clothing where the badge may not be appropriate.” – Alphaxidelta.org

 

>Chi Omega

First Chi O Badge Made

First Chi O Badge Made

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“One of Chi Omega’s five founders, Dr. Charles Richardson, designed the first badge, which was made with scraps of hammered dental gold. At Convention in 1906, the Chi Omega badge was standardized and the types of stones allowed were limited to only pearls or diamonds.”

“Our badge represents the pride and honor that members feel as representatives of our Fraternity.” ~Lyn Harris, National Archivist (Chiomega.com)

 

Great Greek Spotlight- Carrie Underwood

This week’s Great Greek Spotlight honors southern belle and Sigma Sigma Sigma sister, Carrie Underwood.

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Carrie was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma on March 10th, 1983. Growing up, she enjoyed living on a farm and spending plenty of time outside with nature. Carrie also loved to sing for her friends and family. However, after graduating high school, Carrie decided she wanted to earn a degree in broadcast journalism. She enrolled at Northeastern State University and rushed Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority.

Deciding to finally pursue her singing dreams, Carrie auditioned for American Idol during her senior year in 2004. During her audition, the judges loved her strong unique singing voice so much that they invited her to Hollywood. Carrie went on to become the winner of American Idol’s fourth season.

In 2005, she released her first album, Some Hearts, which included her first single “Inside Your Heaven. The song hit the top of the Billboard charts almost immediately. Carries next biggest hit was “Jesus take the wheel”. The song lead Carrie down a path to success. She won the Academy of Country Music Award for single of the year and two Grammy Awards for best female country vocal performance and best new artist, in 2006.

After her first two hits, Carrie decided to switch up her music. She began recording harder-sounding songs including hit “Before He Cheats” and album carnival ride. At 26 years old, Carrie was inducted as the youngest member of the Grand Ole Opry on May 10th, 2008. She was inducted by another country star, Garth Brooks. Since then, Carrie has won the CMA Award for female vocalist of the year three years in a row and also has hosted the award ceremony with friend and country singer Brad Paisley.

Carrie spent the next few years writing, recording, and performing her music, releasing more hits including “Blown Away”, “Good Girl” and “Cowboy Casanova”. In the fall of 2014, Carrie released her newest album Greatest Hits: Decade #1. The album celebrates her previous success and also includes new hits for the nation to fall in love with.

We love listening to Carrie Underwood’s music here at Greek Streak. Sigma Sigma Sigma’s should check out our custom designs for your chapter! In addition, don’t forget to check out more fabulous Sigma Sigma Sigma Pride on our Pinterest.

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Badge History: Part 1

A couple of weeks ago was National Badge day, but that doesn’t mean you should just put your badge back in the box and not open your box until next year. Sorority badges show so much history in them and represent each unique part of each chapter. We might as well celebrate National Badge Month!

>Pi Beta Phi

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1932

 

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“The badge of I.C. Sorosis, which was chosen by the founders in 1867, consisted of a golden arrow with the letters “IC” on its wings. When the name of the Fraternity was changed to Pi Beta Phi, the Greek letters replaced the “IC” on the wings. At the 1934 Yellowstone Convention, the convention body voted to limit the links in the chain of the badge to 12 — one for each founder.

Upon initiation, a member is given a gold-filled arrow badge. If she wishes, she may order a replacement 10k gold badge at our Headquarters’ store, Pi Phi Express. Only initiated members of Pi Beta Phi wear the golden arrow badge. It is worn over the heart with the tip of the arrow pointed up.” -Pibetaphi.org

>Kappa Alpha Theta

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“Since March 14, 1870 when Bettie Locke, Alice Allen, Bettie Tipton, and Hannah Fitch first wore their new badges to chapel at Indiana Asbury, the kite-shaped pin has been a symbol of membership in Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity.” Fun Fact: When a member passes away they must bury the badge with with the member, passed along badge to a Theta family member, or returned to Fraternity headquarters. -Kappaalphatheta.org

 

 

>Kappa Kappa Gamma

1916

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“The golden key was selected by the Founders as the badge of Kappa Kappa Gamma. The badge is strictly worn as an emblem of membership and only by initiated members. Members may not lend their badges to anyone except for other Kappas.” -usckkg.com/kappa-history

 

 

>Alpha Phi

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Alpha Phi was the first women’s organization to use Greek letters as an emblem. Originally there was no standard badge. Until 1906 when the current badge was adopted, each member went to the jeweler of her choice to have her pin designed. Most chose similar designs using the “lazy Phi,” a Phi symbol turned on its side.” -alphaphi.org

>Delta Gamma

Original Badge Design

Original Badge Design

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“Originally, the badge was an “H” signifying hope. In 1877, the Delta Gamma badge was changed to the age-old symbol of hope, the anchor.” -Deltagamma.org

 

 

Greek Paddles

Once a form on hazing, Greek paddles have become a tradition for some Greek life organizations. Depending on the chapter, the new members of the sorority are asked to decorate a paddle for their big sisters in exchange for baskets of crafts, bigs give their littles paddles for initiation, or they make them for each other. The paddle has become more than just a symbol of hazing for Greek life, it represents sisterhood, and the relationship between big and little.

There are many different ways to decorate paddles! There are many different themes and ways that you can use to craft your paddle to make it look awesome! Here is a giant list of themes and ideas to help you decorate your paddle:

>Tiffany Co. Inspired

>Tribal Print

>Disney Themed- Frozen, Lion King, Little Mermaid, Up!, Tangled

>Flower Power

>Nautical

>Pictures of Big and Little

>Lily Print (Paint or Modge Podge)

>Dream Catcher

>Chevron

>Beach Theme

>Have a Twin? Decorate matching paddles for your big!

>”Merica- Red White and Blue

>Sorority Symbols- Use sorority colors, symbols, mascots, flower and etc.

>Rhinestones- Lots and lots of rhinestones!

>Broken Mirror

>Write a note to big/little on the back of the paddle

>Big/Little Monograms

>Mean Girls

>Quotes

>Cheetah Print

>Glitter

>Rustic

>Starbucks

>Sugar Skulls

>Mosaic

>State Pride

>Vineyard Vine Whale

>Crayon Art

>Despicable Me

>Burberry Pattern

>Audrey Hepburn- Breakfast at Tiffany’s

>Bows

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There are also many different occasions to give someone a paddle too.

>21st Birthday

>Asking sister to be a Maid of Honor/Bridesmaid

>Little/Big is studying abroad

>Graduation

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Check out our Paddle Perfection Pinterest board for other cool ideas for paddle crafting!

Studying Abroad

College is the time to explore. It is where you are able to experience many different things that you would never do unless you were going to school. Some people choose to join a club sports team, some join Greek life, and some choose to study abroad.

Studying abroad is an experience that not everyone takes advantage of when they go to college. Students think the cost might be too high, or they might not graduate in time, or they just wouldn’t know where to go. Some of these obstacles might hold a little true for you but these factors shouldn’t hold you back from taking the opportunity to study in another country. A study abroad advisor can help you figure all of that out, so it doesn’t hold you back from going to another country.  d9df21534ce40fbaacd0aa80d309faab

Spending extra money while in college is a main concern for most students. Even if you are out of state, in state, or if you are paying your way through college, costs can add up while you are dealing with your tuition. Choosing a program for study abroad can dependent on cost. Some programs will include cost for meals, and living, while other may not. Also the decision to go to Europe might be cheaper than going to Australia. Scholarships are a great way to get money to lower your costs as well. Apply for as many scholarships that you can, you never know how much you can get for a reference from a professor and an essay!

Do you want to study abroad but don’t know where to go? There are many questions you can answer to narrow down your search. Do you want to study in a country where they speak English or do you want to go to a country where they speak another language? Do you want to go somewhere with nice weather? Do you want to go to a place where your family is from? You can also consider your major when looking for a place to study abroad. For communications majors it might better to go to England. For business majors China, Barcelona, or London. And social science majors should try to study abroad in Dublin, Ireland or New Zealand.

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Picking a destination for studying abroad by your major can also be a great way to graduate on time. Going to these countries that are good for your major will increase your chances in gaining credit for the classes you plan to take while abroad. Depending on your school getting credits to transfer seems like a hassle of studying abroad. It is important to plan out what you are looking to get credit for and how many credits you want to earn while you are studying abroad.  Another way to avoid graduating late is looking into summer or minimester abroad trips. This option might be better for you if you decided you only want to take a few credits or don’t want to be abroad for a whole semester.

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Once you have decided on where you are going to study abroad you probably want to know a little bit more about where you will be going! Pinterest has tons of studying abroad tips no matter where you plan on going. From packing advise, to the non-touristy attractions and restaurants to eat at, Pinterest has it all.

One of the hardest things to do while studying abroad is staying in touch with sorority life for the Greek girl. Blogging is a highly suggested must do while studying abroad. Blogging about your study abroad adventures on a blog is more in depth then writing a Facebook status. Wearing your sorority apparel  can also make you feel more connected with your sisters from abroad. Take as many pictures “throwing what you know” or in your spirit football jersey while you are exploring and having fun. These pictures will be cute and perfect for your sorority’s next recruitment video!

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The Great Greek Spotlight- Kristen Chenoweth

Today, we are honoring famous actress and Gamma Phi Beta sister, Kristen Chenoweth!

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Kristen Chenoweth was born on July 24, 1968 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Starting at an early age, Kristen began to show interest in singing and acting. She acted in her school’s plays and would always sing gospel songs at church. During high school, she developed her talents through doing ballet, opera, acting, and singing.

Once she graduated high school, Kristen was determined to peruse a career in performance. She decided the first step in achieving her dreams was to attend Oklahoma City University, where she joined the Beta Omicron chapter of Gamma Phi Beta. At OCU, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in musical theater and a master’s degree in opera performance.

After finishing up her studies, Kristen headed to New York City in 1993. While supporting a friend who was auditioning for an off-Broadway musical, Animal Crackers, she ultimately decided to audition as well. The directors were blown away by her amazing ability to sing and act that they offered her a supporting role.

Kristen continued to perform in off-Broadway shows before landing the role of Precious McGuire in Steel Pier. Following her spectacular performance as Precious McGuire, she landed several roles on Broadway in the musicals Strike Up the Band and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. Her performances on Broadway helped pave the way to success.

In 2001, Kristen appeared on the big screen. She was seen on ABC and NBC. Wanting to focus more on her singing, she released her first solo album, Let Yourself Go. Her strong powerful voice caught the attention of various producers. In 2003, Kristen was offered a starring role as Glinda in the Broadway hit Wicked. The Musical was a hit, which put Kristen in the spotlight. According to CNBC, Wicked’s sales are over 467.6 million dollars.

Kristen as Glinda in Wicked

Kristen as Glinda in Wicked

After a year performing as Glinda, Kristen went back to acting in front of the camera. She landed role in the television series The West Wing. By 2006, Kristen had appeared in six movies and two television shows, while acting in another Broadway musical. She continues to impress us with her talented acting skills and singing voice.

We love how Kristen Chenoweth has performed both on screen and off screen! Gamma Phi Beta’s should check out our Custom Designs just for you! Also, check out more amazing Gamma Phi Beta Pride on our Pinterest!