Chief Executive Officer
A Letter From the President: Hello and welcome to the Alpha Rho Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta at the University of South Dakota. My name is Taylor Gubbrud and I am thrilled to be the Chief Executive Officer in this chapter of brilliant, talented and driven leading women. The Alpha Rho chapter has thrived on USD’s campus for more than one hundred years and I am proud to be part of such a remarkable legacy. Here at Kappa Alpha Theta, we are guided by our Fraternity’s four points of the kite—personal excellence, leadership potential, commitment to service, and intellectual curiosity. We pride ourselves on our high academic performance at the University and have achieved the top GPA on campus for 46 of the last 49 semesters. You may find Alpha Rho Thetas serving on Student Government, planning the University’s next Dance Marathon, cheering on our athletic teams, or reporting for Coyote News. We have traveled the world through study abroad programs and mission trips, expanded our knowledge through research opportunities, and created meaningful connections with business leaders through internships across the nation. Finally, our chapter demonstrates a strong commitment to service by supporting our national philanthropy Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), an organization that provides support for children in the court system through no fault of their own, in fundraising events each semester. Aside from this, we work to better our surrounding community through organizations like Big Pal, Little Pal and Adopt-A-Grandparent. Kappa Alpha Theta has brightened my life so much in such a short amount of time and has helped shape me into the woman I am today. I am humbled and honored to be given the opportunity to lead such an exceptional group of women as President in 2017. Beyond my college years, I am certain that the friendships I have made will endure. After all, Theta is for a lifetime. Loyally, Taylor Gubbrud
Chief Operating Officer
Jenny runs the Membership Development Committee, oversees sisterhood events and risk management for date parties and formals, as well as keeping up the chapter morale. This position is mainly focused on making sure Alpha Rho has a fun, positive atmosphere that is physically and emotionally safe for every member.Jenny is a senior from Canistota, South Dakota and is a kinesiology major. She is also a Morale Captain in Dakotathon, the showcase coordinator for Campus Activities Board, and is involved in SERVE’s big pal/little pal program and the Health Science Club.
Chief Administrative Officer
Natalie serves as Alpha Rho’s Chief Administrative Officer. As CAO, she is in charge of a lot of the behind-the-scenes work in the chapter. She leads the Bylaw committee, organizes the semester calendar and creates the Golden Kite Plan, which is a set of goals for the chapter to work toward throughout the year. Natalie also plans the visit for the Educational Leadership Consultant from Kappa Alpha Theta’s national headquarters, controls the point system and manages the elections within the chapter. Along with being the Chief Administrative Officer, Natalie is a morale captain in Dakotathon and a member of the USD Mock Trial team! She is also a senior majoring in Business Accounting with a minor in Criminal Justice. Natalie is from Winner, South Dakota.
Chief Finance Officer
Megan supervises all financial aspects of our chapter. This includes ensuring accurate and timely financial reporting, reviewing policies, and preparing the chapter's budget. She also works with the Facility Management Director on the finances involving the house! Megan is a senior Medical Biology major from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with aspirations to attend medical school.
Chief Education Officer
Kiera's main responsibility is welcoming new members into our chapter. With the New Member Director, she works to plan bid day, big and little reveal, and educate new members about Kappa Alpha Theta's values and traditions- what it means to be a part of this sisterhood. She is looking forward to giving insight to the new members about what being a Theta is all about. Kiera is a junior from Vermont and is a nursing major.
Chief Recruiting Officer
Jenna's job as Chief Recruitment Officer is to supervise and coordinate all aspects of recruitment events along with the Recruitment Director. Jenna is a senior from Miller, South Dakota, majoring in Marketing. She is also on the executive team for USD's Dakotathon.
Chief Marketing Officer
As the Chief Marketing Officer, Gamma Chi is in charge of planning both Guest Dinners and VIP dinners, and organizing the Parents Weekend Luncheon and Silent Auction. She also watches over Alpha Rho's social media accounts, making sure accounts are up-to-date! Madisyn gets to coordinate the preparation of Alpha Rho's parade float during the annual Dakota Days celebration as well. Outside of Kappa Alpha Theta, Gamma Chi is a junior from Aberdeen, South Dakota, majoring in Medical Biology. She enjoys being the Colleges Against Cancer Missions Co-chair, Pre-Physician's Assistant Club Secretary, Dakotathon Dancer, and participating in SERVE's Adopt-a-grandparent program.
Chief Panhellenic Officer
As the Chief Panhellenic Officer, Katie attends all the Panhellenic meetings with representatives from each sorority at USD to discuss upcoming activities such as philanthropic events or the social calendar. After meetings, she reports back to the chapter with information about events around campus! Katie is a senior majoring in Health Science with hopes of becoming a Physician's Assistant.