KKG hosts egg-cellent event

Nash Johnson, Haley Johnson, and Ava Johnson look through their baskets to see what treats are inside. Kappa Kappa Gamma hosted an Easter egg hunt to thank professors and their families at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Founders Mall and over 500 faculty members and their families attended. This is the third year the event has been held. Photo credit: Liesje Powers

Kappa Kappa Gamma hosted its annual Easter egg hunt for the Baylor faculty and their families on Thursday

“We keep the event limited to the professors of Baylor so that it’s more of a special thank you for what they do,” said Emma Ferguson, Kappa Kappa Gamma university events chair. “It is so fun getting to see the professors interact with their kids, and it’s a chance for them to have their family interact with their Baylor family.”

Over 500 students and faculty attended this one-hour event held on Founders Mall. While it was required for active members of Kappa Kappa Gamma to attend, the Easter egg hunt serves as a good opportunity for members to meet with professors and build relationships with them outside of the classroom.

According to the Ferguson, “Kappa sends out invitations to each professor at Baylor letting them know the details of the event. We have a section for kids under the age of 3 and another section for kids above the age of 3.”

The two different age groups allow the younger kids to have the opportunity to actually find Easter eggs since they are hidden out in the open. Kappa Kappa Gamma hides the eggs for the older group throughout Founders Mall, including in trees and atop Judge Baylor so the older kids have a challenge.

“Being able to see professors having fun with their colleagues and seeing their kids interact with one another is something that’s really cool about the Easter egg hunt,” said Dallas senior and Kappa Kappa Gamma member Kelly Cochran. “No other organization hosts something that is just for professors and their families.”

In the past, the Easter egg hunt has been an event that has hosted over 2,000 Baylor professors and families throughout the years. In addition to having an easter egg hunt, Kappa Kappa Gamma provides snacks for participants and an Easter bunny for families to take pictures with.

“The Easter egg hunt is an event that we look forward to each year,” said Kappa Kappa Gamma member and Longview junior Payton Baker. “It’s really special to see your professors outside of the classroom and interact with them and their families. You can see how special it makes them feel, and that’s something that makes this one of our favorite events we do as Kappas.”

Other than the Easter egg hunt, Kappa Kappa Gamma hosts three other university events for the Baylor community. In the fall, they host Spaghetti-Not-So-Formal and Kappa Karnival. In the spring, they host Baylor Beauty, a charity fashion show. The fall events benefit their philanthropy “Reading is Fundamental.” All proceeds from their event, Baylor Beauty, go to Mission Waco.

“This was my first year participating in the Easter egg hunt and it was so special,” said Highland Park freshman Grace Gunnin. “My mom was a Kappa at Baylor, and she had always talked about the things that they used to do to thank professors. It was cool to kind of be able to do the same thing that she did 25 years ago.”