The Art Department at Truman now has the newest chapter of Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity. Truman's chapter–the Theta Eta Chapter of Kappa Pi–will be officially installed at some point during the Spring 2012 Semester when the President of Kappa Pi will visit Truman's campus to conduct the Chapter installation and Charter Member induction (specific date and further information forthcoming). Truman's chapter of Kappa Pi is the direct result of a student initiative and petition effort lead by current art majors Emily VanGelder, Andy Doering, and Andrea Linskey.
Kappa Pi is a 100-year old honorary art fraternity that through the "artistic interests and influence of its members, upholds the highest ideals of a liberal education; [and] provides a means whereby students with artistic commitment meet for the purpose of informal study and communication…to raise the standards of productive artistic work among students…" (from the Kappa Pi Constitution). Among the goals of Theta Eta chapter will be the promotion of the visual arts on the Truman campus and within the broader community and the enrichment of the creative environment within the Art Department. Membership in Kappa Pi is a recognition of excellence in and dedication to the visual arts. All art majors — studio, visual communications and art history — will be eligible for membership once the chapter is officially installed.