Beta Kappa Chapter was founded at University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho on February 26, 1916.
2,195 initiates (as of June 2018)
The University of Idaho was established by territorial act in January, 1889, and there were six in the first class of 1892. Located in the heart of the Palouse hills in a setting of great beauty, the university has inspired thousands of Idahoans since that time. Colleges of Letters and Science, Agriculture, Engineering, Mines, Forestry, Education, Business, and Law are included in the complex. The graduate program dates from 1913, the doctoral from 1959.
Omega Pi, the nucleus of Beta Kappa chapter, was officially recognized by the University of Idaho faculty on February 10, 1911. Gamma Phi Beta and Delta Gamma were already established and Omega Pi soon decided on Kappa Kappa Gamma as its goal. The faculty adviser arranged for the purchase of property, a 125 foot lot with a comfortable house, and by fall the group had moved in to the house. Pictures of the living room from the 1916-1918 era revealed wicker and mission furniture, cushions in the window seat, the hanging flower baskets on either side, “Omega Pi” on an animal skin hanging over the mantel, college pennants, an upright piano, and the pure, familiar Galahad to keep company with the chapter composites. The deed to this property was held by the incorporated alumnae association of the old local.
A unique and excellent finance system, put in action by the faculty adviser, controlled the early fortunes of this chapter. Business was divided into four funds, each fund to be controlled by four members of the organization working under a chairman, so that each girl shared responsibility and was familiar with all sides of the financial situation. Reports were checked monthly by the faculty adviser. Within a few years this system became so efficient that other campus organizations patterned their accounting from it and in 1915 it was considered by Kappa’s Grand Council for use in all chapters. Considered, yes, but the budget system was selected. Two Kappas, Alice Ankeny Von Ende and Ann DeSellem Griffith, Iowa, were Omega Pi patronesses. They, with Mrs. S.E. Hutton, another patroness, were untiring in helping the girls to build a strong organization.
Not until March, 1915, did an official inspector, Mary Rodes Leaphart, Kentucky, then Grand Secretary, visited the chapter. She charmed the girls, who were convinced more than ever that a Kappa charter was their desire. The following summer Grand Council gave Omega Pi unanimous approval to establish a chapter at the University of Idaho, and November 15, 1815, brought the news of the granted charter. Installation was held, with Grand President Eva Powell, California, presiding, February 26, 1916. A large reception in the gymnasium followed. Next day initiation was held for those who had joined the group after the petition was signed, and that evening a banquet honored 48 new Kappas.
Just two years later Beta Kappa served as “mother chapter” for Gamma Gamma in Walla Walla, Washington; and again in 1919 helped install Gamma Eta in Pullman, Washington. Since 1920 Beta Kappa has been fortunate in having the strong alumnae group in Boise, Idaho, giving interest and support, financial and otherwise. An early gift was a fine baby grand piano. One member was Nellie Johnson Davis, Hillsdale, whose husband was Governor of Idaho from 1919 to 1923. In 1919 a Kappa Club and a Mothers Club were organized in Moscow. Clubs also existed in Idaho Falls and Twin Falls, and a Mothers Club in Lewiston. All have been of great value to Beta Kappa, and the alumnae association of Spokane has given scholarship awards and gifts.
Housing and Chapter Traditions
A new house, which utilized part of the old house on the old site, was erected in 1923. The Colonial style building accommodated 35 girls and a housemother.
In the spring of 1945 a special ceremony was held to burn the mortgage. Then plans were begun for enlarging the house. By February, 1955, the new wing was completed, and 60-65 girls could be accommodated. The basement was remodeled in 1965 magically changing a dark storage area into study rooms with wood paneling, carpeted stairs, desks and good lighting.
The Beta Kappa house is a three-story plus basement structure, a gracious and comfortable college home. The dining room is of such size and shape that one long table can seat the entire chapter. With housemother at one end and house president at the other of the table, mealtime fosters a spirit of special unity. A $1,000 gift, bequeathed by Charlotte Works, a loving charter member, was used to redecorate the ground floor television room in 1961.
Beta Kappa was hostess to Iota Province Meetings Conventions in 1927 and 1955, and to the Province Meeting in 1973.
The long-awaited 50th anniversary celebration in 1966 was attended by nearly 90 alumnae, some coming from as far away as Florida. Events included a fireside, a luncheon, and a formal banquet. The Golden Anniversary gift of nearly $1800 was presented to the university in the form of art for the student union building.
Early records of the chapter membership are vague, but top grades were noted in 1919, and there is mention of 15 years when Beta Kappa led the campus. (Between 1933 and 1948 there were yearly elections to Phi Beta Kappa, and one year six chapter members received this honor. For 27 of the years between 1933 and 1970 Beta Kappas made the freshman women’s honorary, Alpha Lambda Delta. The chapter often received national scholarship awards and awards from alumnae groups. Mortar Board membership was first noted in 1923 and for at least 30 years of chapter history Beta Kappas were tapped. Kappas have been members of Spurs (the sophomore women’s honorary) for at least 33 years since 1931, and Beta Kappas in many other honoraries were a source of pride to the chapter (Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Alpha Iota, Cardinal Key [not presently on this campus], Phi Upsilon Omicron, Pi Beta Lambda, I Club, Curtain Club, Orchesis, Helldivers, Vandalettes, Phi Sigma, and Sigma Xi.
In the seven years between 1960 and 1967 four chapter members served as president of Associated Women Students, and many were elected officers of campus and class organizations. Members were honored as queens, fraternity sweethearts, ROTC sponsors, Navy Corvettes, and in Angel Flight and various fraternity little sister organizations.
Beta Kappa had the good fortune to exist on a campus which always encouraged the Greek system, and the National Panhellenic Conference groups have yet to feel the lack of interest in Greek living that was noted in larger campuses, and in larger metropolitan areas.
The 15 buildings at the university of 1916 now number 65, and 92 faculty members are now 650, and the undergraduate body (including summer session) of 864 has grown to 7,110. Beta Kappa’s lifetime has seen many changes.
Chapter traditions are important in Beta Kappa life – the annual pledge dance, spring dance, Christmas fireside, Valentine fireside; the special dress dinner held each winter honoring Kappa sons and brothers on the Idaho campus; the diamond key worn by the member showing the greatest grade improvement; and, of course, the traditional “Mrs. Borgerg” who visits Beta Kappa Chapter every fall to meet the new pledges. A special dress dinner is held in her honor, (the actives come casually dressed while the pledges are in their best after a last minute cram session with pledge manuals). Mrs. B. produces laughter-provoking tidbits about each pledge – she is always played to perfection by the “hammiest” active. Mrs. B. is an intimate friend of Fraternity officers.
There are high points and firsts in chapter history to remember: 1916 when the university quartet was 100 percent Kappa, 1917 when Dorothy Forch was the first woman on the university debate team, and Frances Bailey (Jackson) the first Beta Kappa May Queen and highest honor student; 1919 when Beta Kappas had the presidency of every woman’s organization on campus (top grades besides); 1964 when Janice Rieman Gisler was the first woman to be graduated from the university with a 4.0 accumulative grade point average; and 1969 when Mary Thomas Peavey, Brooks was appointed Director of the United States Mint.
Among Fulbright Fellows are the names of Rosanna Chambers, Karen Lee Hurdstrom, and Karen Stedtfeld (Offen). Karen Longeteig is a Junior Foreign Service officer. Karen Dreizenbeck Archer has served as program chairman for the American Women’s Club in True des Primenerer Bel Air, Grand Duchy of Luxemborg.
In 1968 Carol Sternberg Lafferty received the Ballard (Seattle, Washington), Exchange Club “Book of Golden Deeds” for her long, successful and expanding business career; Sally Ann Mace Gallagher is the author of Aims (study guide), and producer of Aims films; Nina Louise Varian, under the professional name of Nina Jones, serves as director of the Rockefeller family public relations office; Helen Patten Miller has directed the American Cancer Society in San Luis Obispo County for a number of years.
There is a special place in Beta Kappa’s memory for singer Anne Elizabeth “Betty” Bollinger Nielson whose brilliant concert and operatic career in Europe and the United States was ended when she died of cancer in July, 1962.
Loyal Beta Kappa sisters, so many of them, have given generously of their talents while they were actives, and continue to support Kappa in various ways in the communities in which they live.
The previous information was excerpted from The History of Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity, 1870-1976. The information that follows has been gleaned from available resources including Chapter History Reports, chapter meeting minutes, letters and comments from chapter members and alumnae, the Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity Archives, and The Key. Each chapter is expected to update its history record annually. Contact Fraternity Headquarters at [email protected] with questions.
Beta Kappa was very strong during these years. They were known for winning songfests, Greek Olympics, Turtle Derby, Campus Chest, and several members were selected as Fraternity queens and sweethearts. Many members were little sisters of the fraternities on campus and also were selected to Mortar Board. The chapter was top in grades and pledge classes numbered approximately 26 each year.
Housing: The house was different in appearance with walls mostly covered in wallpaper, the house did not have shutters, and the foyer was about to be remodeled.
Philanthropy: The largest amount raised by philanthropy was $6,700 (marathon).
Convention Awards: 1970 Scholarship, with small Panhellenic – Honorable Mention' 1972 Scholarship, with small Panhellenic; 1972 Publication Awards, Best Printed Paper, newsletter, publications/public relations; 1974 Publication, Best Printed Paper, newsletter, publications/public relations
Throughout the 1980’s Beta Kappa excelled at Recruitment, scholarship and campus involvement. Members expressed their pride in membership with the term, “That Kappa Feeling.” Enthusiasm, a commitment to excellence and sisterhood were all definitions applied to the chapter.
Beta Kappa’s were involved with a variety of campus activities and organizations including U of I Dance Theater, Jazz Choir, Track, Blue Key, U of I Band, Society of Women Engineers and Student-Alumni Board. The chapter hosted students during Explore Idaho and were successful in Fraternity and Greek Week competitions. Beta Kappa also served as Big Sister Chapter to Zeta Pi at College of Idaho when the chapter was installed.
When the Lionel Hampton Jazz festival started at the University of Idaho in 1984, Beta Kappa’s immediately volunteered on a yearly basis for this great community event.
House Board worked quickly each summer to improve the chapter by adding new carpeting and wall paper throughout the house. The TV room and chapter room were remodeled as well.
Members trick-or-treated for UNICEF, helped with Special Olympics, cleaned downtown Moscow with other Greek groups and went Christmas caroling at a local care center.
Chapter Convention Awards:
1982 Greatest Improvement-Honorable Mention, Greatest Scholarship Improvement, with small Panhellenic, Woodman Award, Best Relations with Advisory Board-Honorable Mention, Helena Flynn Ege Award for Pledge Training-Honorable Mention, Personnel-Honorable Mention; 1984 Fraternity Appreciation-Honorable Mention, Gracious Living Award/Commendation-Honorable Mention
In April 1991, more than 300 Beta Kappa’s assembled in Moscow in celebrate the 75th anniversary of the chapter. Decade gatherings, house tours, commemorative t-shirts and a gala banquet all combined to make it a memorable event.
The chapter maintained top academic honors throughout the decade and that was a factor in top women selecting the chapter during Recruitment. Awards for Scholarship, Public Relations and Membership were received from campus Greek Life, Iota Province Meetings and the Fraternity Convention award for Efficiency in 1998.
Membership in campus organizations was a source of pride to the chapter with members in Blue Key, Panhellenic, Student Alumni Relations Board, Golden Key, Dance Team, International Student Association, ASUI Activities Board, Mortar Board, Order of Omega and U of I Honors Program.
New bunk beds, repapering the stairwell, remodeling the formal living-room, retiling the foyer and new plumbing were all improvements made to the chapter facility.
Adopting a troop from Operation Desert Storm, cleaning the streets of Moscow with other Greek living groups, serving as crossing guards one week a semester for the the Moscow School District and holding an annual Halloween party for Friends Unlimited were just a few of philanthropy projects of the chapter that reflected support of the university, community and country.
1998 Efficiency (Housed)
Beta Kappa's 90th anniversary was celebrated in March 2000. During the weekend Beta Kappa's toured the house reminiscing about when they lived in the "House on the Hill" and a ritual review was held for all Kappas. The banquet speaker was, Kerrie Quinn Murray, Idaho, President of the Kappa Foundation.
The chapter thrived in the tradition of high standards of Kappa Kappa Gamma in the first decade of the millennium. As a chapter, an emphasis was placed on academic excellence and positive community interactions. The strong chapter reputation was recognized by the University of Idaho Greek system. Awards for Chapter Excellence Scholarship, and Efficiency were bestowed on the chapter at the annual Greek Awards Banquet, Iota Province Meeting and Kappa Kappa Gamma Convention.
Members attended Leadership Academy and the chapter hosted a L.E.A.D.S. seminar with the Gamma Eta Chapter. The chapter kept a full social calender with the Kappa Krush dance, the Sapphire Ball, Fraternity exchanges and watching popular TV shows with other sororities.
The upstairs bathrooms were remodeled with new countertops, sinks, toilets, showers, and fleur- de-li tiles. New couches were installed in the TV room and new carpeting in the study room. Flooding of the chapter room during Inspiration Week resulted in moving the archives and carpet replacement. The house also underwent a remodel of the formal room, the foyer, and second floor.
The chapter held the annual Kappa Kappa Gamma/Alpha Kappa Lambda food drive as well as philanthropy projects for Reading is Fundamental, Relay of Life, Saturday of Service and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. The chapter teamed up with Kappa chapter at Washington State each year for the Kappa Fun Run during Mom’s Weekend, raising money for breast cancer research.
2000 Efficiency Award; 2004 Academic Excellence Award; 2006 Panhellenic Honorable Mention, Recruitment Honorable Mention, Academic Excellence Honorable Mention, Standards Honorable Mention
(Information from chapter’s History Reports: Scholarship, group honors/awards, traditions, special events, changes on campus or within chapter, overall nature of the chapter, chapter goals, challenges and how they were overcome, etc.)
The year of 2012 came and went as so many memories were created and shared. Beta Kappa opened January 10th as all the women came back up for another semester at the University of Idaho. To start off the year, we cleaned up our house on the 12th to keep it looking like the beautiful white house on the hill it is. With a clean house, and such a dry start to the new year, no snow falling in December or the beginning of January, snow fell a few days after returning and we were awarded with a snowday. Everyone did something different, some made snowmen, there were snowball fights and others just enjoyed watching it from the inside with a warm cup of hot coco. The following week, on the 21st, we had a sisterhood with pizza and games inside, as snow still covered campus.
February followed with the Valentine's date dinner on February 8th, where the house was decorated and all the women and dates dressed up. A couple weeks later we participated in the Lionel Hampton Festival, the 24th and 25th, and we were rewarded with Best Participation. The evening of the 25th we had Big Chill where we did not rent a venue, but large groups went out to dinner. That following Sunday all Beta Kappa's reminisced in the historical day of when Beta Kappa was founded, the 26th of February. The next day was the Scholarship Banquet, on the 27th, where Kappa's from the previous semester were honored for their academic excellence. We ended the month with a sisterhood on Leap Year, the 29th, with an ice cream social sisterhood.
Right out of the shoot for March we had midterms the 5th through the 9th, the house was quiet except for the flipping of pages in texts books. The following week everyone was rewarded with a week of relaxation, as it was Spring Break from the 12th through the 16th. The house opened back up for the last quarter of the year on the 18th. The week of the 26th through the 30th was Greek Week and the first Vandal Friday from the 29th-30th. On the 30th, all the freshman were presented with their badges and we won the Best of the Greeks Award for most members at the basketball game.
April poured onto us like a rain shower with Relay for Life on the 6th, and then the following week was Sigma Chi’s Derbys Days where we were the poster winners, which was announced on the 10th. Then that weekend followed with another Vandal Friday on the 13th-14th. Then we had a sisterhood with Pi Phi on the 17th and Mom’s Weekend was the weekend of the 20th. On Mom’s Weekend we also had the Fun Run, where we raised $2,500 dollars for Susan G. Koman. There was also Phi Delta Theta’s Turtle Derby philanthropy. Sadly, our turtle, Elvis, did not win but our dance did for the second year in a row. We also had the most donated to their philanthropy.
With all the excitement from a fun filled semester and the weather starting to warm up, we had to settle down and get nestled into our books with Dead Week from April 30th through the 4th and then finals the following week, May 7th through the 11th. Summer officially was in session May 12th, and it was also the commencement ceremony.
Summer flew by, and everyone found themselves filled with excitement heading back to the beautiful Palouse for another memorable year. Beta Kappa opened August 3rd and we came back to a new Kappa, with our old Elm trees taken down and a fresh landscape showing off our beautiful home. Work Week officially started on the 5th. After a week of diligent work, Recruitment began on the 10th and ended on the 14th, were we received 31 new freshman. On the 16th we did a sisterhood to Silverwood Amusement Park. Summer officially came to an end on the 20th for the first day of school. That night, all the new members were formally pledged.
September came quickly with Derby Days for Sigma Chi, and we won the banner competition again on the 29th. October came in a rush as it started out with Homecoming week the 1st through the 6th. Then the following week was midterms the 8th through the 12th and PIKE’s “Funds for Community” philanthropy from the 9th to the 14th, in which we won the Pike Spike volleyball tournament and were the overall winner. On October 13th was Kappa Krush at CJ’s in downtown Moscow. Following the house dance we also had a Founder’s Day sisterhood with Washington State Kappa’s on the the 14th. Our soccer team was the Intramural Soccer Champions on October 18th, where they played the season and the playoffs in the Kibbie Dome. October also was a very special month for the house for we held another successful Inspiration Week, where the freshman were officially initiated the 20th. We won Lambda Chi’s “Watermelon Bash” philanthropy. We carved pumpkins with the men of Delta Sigma Phi on the 23rd, in which we displayed the creativity of both houses on the front steps of Kappa. On the 24th we had a Just Dance sisterhood in the TV room where everyone got “jiggy with it.” The 27th we had the “Trick-or-Vote” philanthropy where about 30 girls participated and braved through the rain to encourage people to vote for the next president. October 30th highlighted Kappa’s athleticism again with winning the Swimming Intramural Championship.
After an activity filled October, November started with everyone getting to spend time with their dads as Dad’s weekend was November 2nd through the 4th. Then just a few short weeks after everyone went home for a much deserved Thanksgiving break from the 19th through the 23rd. The house reopened on the 25th for the last three weeks of school and the official transition of the new positions in the house.
The last month of the year started with a date dinner on 5th at Kappa; the house was beautifully decorated with lights and snowflakes scattered around on the ceilings and lights framing the house and shrubbery outside. The following week, the 3rd through the 7th was Dead week where everyone was getting ready for finals. That weekend we took a quick break from our studies for an evening to enjoy our annual dance, Sapphire Ball, on the 8th. At the dance our new Ice Man, Andrew Baldridge, was announced. Then finals were December 10th through the 14th. Beta Kappa finished off the year strong with getting first in grades and the house average GPA being a 3.34. As 2012 ended like a happy ending, it made all of us excited to come back and continue the story in 2013.
There have been a few changes on campus. Starting with greek life on campus, Delta Chi was revoked charter for two years and Phi Kappa Tau moved back into their house after not being allowed in it for several years. On campus, roads were repaved and the Admin building had some piping renovations, in which the road was torn up. The overall nature of our chapter is encouraging, not only for having high academic standards but maintaining a close sisterhood. We are also supportive; attending each other’s games, concerts, and other events. Lastly we are helpful, always giving assistant to a sister in need.
The year of 2013 started for Beta Kappa chapter on the 8th of January when all the the women came back to our beautiful home for a new semester of classes and sisterhood. The Chapter Council started off the year by setting goals and resolutions with our advisers to make our chapter even stronger on January 19th in Kappa's kitchen. On January 18th the chapter had a sisterhood in the TV room that was aca-awesome as we all ate candy and watched the movie Pitch Perfect together. Another sisterhood was held in honor of the Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. It was especially packed during the half-time show as Beyonce Knowles gave a fierce performance that blew everyone away. On February 12th the house had a date dinner for Valentine's Day, and everyone looked beautiful. On the 22nd we had our Big Chill dance before we buckled down for midterms on March 4th-8th. After that stressful week we all went on Spring Break for some much need relaxation from the effort that every Kappa put into her grades.
On March 17th we all came back to our home for the last push towards the end of the semester. The University of Idaho opened up for the first Vandal Friday of the year on March 21st through the 23rd, which was the first time we met some of our future new Kappas! The second Vandal Friday was held during April 4th -6th . Kappa was 3rd in 2013's Greek Week thanks to some serious practice for the human pyramid, which is something to be proud of. We can also be proud that during the Saturday of Service held on April 13th Kappas logged over 250 hours of giving back to the city of Moscow. 2013 was also a big year for our fun run philanthropy, “Key for the Cure” held during Mom's weekend on April 20th. We had over 200 participants from all over campus and the Palouse. Later that day was Phi Delta Theta's turtle derby in which Kappa won the skit portion, received second all around, and our member Caitlyn Nichols was announced Phi Delt's “sweetheart”. On April 22nd through the 26th we celebrated our wonderful seniors with a banner over the front entrance of Kappa. On the 27th Amanda Peterson was announced Theta Chi's “dream girl” while on their cruise. April 29th through May 3rd the house was quiet while everyone prepared for their finals during Dead Week. On May 2nd we had a photo shoot sisterhood to relax a little bit, and then got back to work May 6th through the 10th for finals week. Our chapter received first in grades for the second semester in a row! May 11th was the University of Idaho's commencement ceremony for our graduates. The Kappa house then emptied out as everyone went home for the summer.
On August 10th the active members moved back in and work week began as we prepared ourselves and our home for finding our new members! August 16th through 20th was the recruitment process and on bid day August 20th we finally got to meet our new freshmen! To get to know each other better and to start our bonds of sisterhood, the entire house went to a ropes course located just outside of Moscow. On August 26th the freshmen got to socialize after the stressful recruitment process during the university sanctioned “Saturday of Service”. Then we all put on our best outfits and packed our backpacks for the first day of classes on August 26th, and later that evening the freshmen officially became pledges and received their new member pins.
In September, Kappa continued to be an active presence on Greek Row by winning FIJI's fun run and placing second in Sigma Chi's Derby Days. On October 3rd we surprised our freshmen by having “big little find out”. On the 13th we celebrated founder's day, and then later celebrated it again with the WSU Kappas by having candy, snacks, and house tours at their Kappa house. On October 12th we had Kappa Krush, our informal dance, and on the 20th our powder puff team worked their buns off and won Beta Theta Pi's tournament.October 20th through the 26th was our Inspiration week, followed by our freshmen becoming members on the 26th! We were all so happy to welcome them into the Kappa bond, and it was so special to have so many alumnae come to help and experience it with us. We celebrated with a caramel apple sisterhood later in the afternoon.
Fall started off with Dad's Weekend November 1st through 3rd, and then we had a week break to be with our family for Thanksgiving from the 25th through the 29th. When we got back the house was decorated in lights and looked beautiful thanks to our senior members. On December 6th we had our Sapphire Ball, where Kevin Racime (a Sigma Chi) was announced Ice Man, and had our Christmas Date Dinner on the 11th. Dead Week began on the 9th and all the Kappa women focused on their studies for finals week that started on the 16th. The hard work paid off and Kappa was again first in grades, making us first in grades for an entire year! On the 21st Kappa Kappa Gamma closed for Christmas break and everyone went home for the holidays and to celebrate the coming of the new year with their family and friends.
Our chapter has really pulled it together in the last semesters after a scare when we placed 4th overall in grades. Since then our scholarship has been made a priority and we have been back on top, even without demanding that our members do study table. We count on each other to hold ourselves and our sisters accountable for our grades and for attending class. We remain the Klassy Kappas that we are known for. We received awards in Province for our outstanding advisory board, chapter relations, and excellence in standards, as well as receiving the Panhellenic Award: Chapter of the Year on Campus and the Richard D. Gibbs Chapter Excellence award. Our member Sarah Vetsmany was awarded Outstanding Sophomore of the Year in the Greek Awards and our member Sarah Jacobsen was elected Panhellenic President for the University of Idaho. We are continuing the long tradition of leadership and excellence that the Kappas before us have made possible. Describe the recent changes on your campus and describe the overall nature of your chapter. Changes on Campus: Pi Kappa Phi joined our Greek community in 2013 and moved into the old ATO house by the Student Union Building. The University of Idaho welcomed a new president and our Panhellenic Council had to step up when our Greek advisers moved to a new campus.
On January 14th everyone came excitedly back to the Beta Kappa chapter house just in time for the start of the new school year. After everyone was settled in and school was started we had chapter council leadership day where new goals and ideas were discussed for the upcoming year. To kick off February we started a month long photo challenge to encourage positive social media and to express how much we all love kappa #kappaphotochallenge. On the 12th we enjoyed a Valentines date dinner where everyone looked beautiful. For one of our philanthropies we made flower grams for Valentines Day and all the proceeds went towards our cook’s daughter. We also enjoyed volunteering for the Lionel Hamptons Jazz Festival here in Moscow. On February 28th we started a new tradition of going ice-skating. From March 10th- 14th we had midterms. Luckily, after the stressful week having spring break the following week was our reward. After returning from spring break we kicked off the second half of the semester with Greek Week and partnered with Sigma Chi. On March 26th we all invited our professors over for dinner to get to know them better and make new relations. On March 28th we had our first vandal Friday of the year. Greek games were the next day. The following weekend we were all so happy to have our moms in town for a fun filled weekend. Over moms weekend we had our key for the cure 5k run/walk where we raised $2200. On April 12th we participated in relay for life at the kibbie dome. We had our second vandal Friday on April 18th. To wrap up the school year on May 3rd Laurien Mavey was named Delta Tau Delta’s Tzena. The last day of school was May 16th and Kappa shut down for the summer.
On August 8th we all returned to the beautiful white house on the hill. After a busy workweek and oh so fun recruitment we welcomed 28 new members into our home. After just a couple days with all of our new members in the house we started school August 25th. On September 24th we welcomed all of our dads into town for the weekend and enjoyed some good old vandal football. On October 2nd we had our family find out. The following night we had kappa krush, a t-shirt date function hosted at our home, where we had panda express delivered! To celebrate founder’s day we traveled over to Washington State University for the afternoon and spent it with the Kappa’s there. We had inspiration week October 19-25 and our 28 new members finally became members. That weekend we also won Beta Theta Pi’s powder puff competition. The new members were given their badges by putting together a fake fireside on November 13th. We had a delicious caramel apple sisterhood on the 18th of November. We had fall break from the 22-30. After we returned to school there were only three weeks left in the semester. We celebrated our sapphire ball on December 5th and Ty Prince was named our new iceman. Alpha Phi was our sister house this semester so we hosted a cookie decorating sister hood with them in our dining room on December 5th. On December 13th we had our secret Santa sisterhood. To wrap up the year we had finals the 14-19 and we all left Kappa for winter break.
We welcomed a new Greek adviser to our campus who is young and beginning to implement some new ideas, such as restructuring Greek week. Additionally we welcomed an assistant Greek advisor, Megan Harre, a former Kappa. She was able to join us for aspects of our inspiration week. Because all of our pledge classes live in we are pretty cohesive. We have a very strong sisterhood, we spend a lot of time together, and mix and blend together well.
We hold our meetings in our chapter house in the formal or chapter room. Beta Kappa is a "housed" chapter. The House Board owns the land and the house. The Chapter leases the chapter house from Pi Omega Alumnae and the member’s rent from the Chapter.
The original Kappa house was built in the 1800s and was owned by a University of Idaho professor. A new addition was built onto the house in 1923 and another addition from 1954-1955. We have always had members live in the house. All the freshmen live in the house while sophomores, juniors, and seniors have the option to apply to live out of the house. Currently we have 73 members living in the house but it ranges from year to year, usually fluctuating between 68 and 75 members. The chapter members rent the house.
On January 13th the beautiful Beta Kappa Chapter House opened back up for everyone to return for spring 2015 semester. After taking the day to settle in classes started the very next day on January 14th. After getting used to the new routine of the semester we had leadership day on January 24th where new goals and ideas were discussed and created for the year. On the 11th of February we enjoyed a Valentines date dinner where everyone got have a tasty meal with someone special. Also for Valentines day we made flower grams to be delivered on the 14th of February all proceeds went to Alternatives to Violence on the Palouse.
February 15th-22nd Hanna Johnson, the leadership consultant, came to visit again. The previous fall semester we had received first in grades, we held our scholarship banquet on February 23th and Ellison Schultz was chosen to wear the scholarship key for the following year. We had our second annual big chill/skate date on February 27th. We volunteered for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival here in Moscow on February 28th.
From March 9th-13th we had midterms. Luckily after a week of tests we were rewarded with spring recess the following week from March 16th-20th. To kick off the second half of the semester we returned and had Greek week and partnered with Phi Delta Theta and Lambda Chi Alpha. On March 26th-27th we had our first Vandal Friday where Seniors in high school came to visit the university and enroll in classes.
The following weekend we hosted the second Vandal Friday on April 2nd-3rd. On April 4th we had a recruitment workshop to refresh ourselves and better prepare for recruitment in the fall. On April 11th we had Saturday of Service where we helped out in the Moscow community. On April 16th we had our second annual Junior Hoopla where the juniors little’s made paddles for them. We were so excited to have our moms in town from April 17th- 19th. On April 26th Patti Perry, a member of house board received her 50th pin. On April 28th Katelin Bartles was named Sigma Chi’s Sweetheart.
On April 27th-May 1st we gave recognition to our seniors by having senior week. We had an ice cream sisterhood with Kappa Delta on May 3rd. Dead week was May 4th-8th. On May 8th we had Symposium with Tri-Delta and Delta Gamma where we ate pizza at our house and Delta Gamma’s and had popsicles and played lawn games at Tri-Delta. Finals were May 11th- May 15th. The house closed for the summer on May 15th and Spring Commencement Ceremony was May 16th.
Everyone returned to the beautiful white house on the hill on August 7th. After a couple of day of getting settled in we were excited for recruitment and began workweek on August 9th. Recruitment was August 14th-17th. While it was a fun, exciting, and stressful four days we successfully welcomed 27 new members into our home on bid night August 17th. On August 19th we enjoyed our all house retreat at Silverwood theme park where we got some thrills from the rides and sun in the water park. Classes then began on August 24th and that evening the new members had their formal pledging ceremony.
On September 24th we had our Scholarship banquet to honor those who did well in the spring semester. We had big/little find out on September 24th. We welcomed our dads to campus for the weekend on September 25th-27th for some good old Vandal football.
We had Inspiration Week October 4th-10th and our 26 new members became members. We had a small founders day celebration in our dining room where we did a small ritual and enjoyed some cupcakes on October 13th. We had midterms October 12th- 16th. We had Kappa Krush on October 16th where we brought our dates over to have panda express and take some fun photos. Homecoming week was October 19th-24th. We had a fun sister hood on October 23rd where we went to the Haunted Palouse and went through 2 haunted houses and a haunted hayride which were frightening and fun. We had an etiquette dinner during formal dinner with the campus nutritionist on October 26th.
The leadership consultant, Carly Wooldridge, came to visit November 1st-6th and gave us great ideas. On November 2nd Andrea Bennett was pinned by Phi Delta Theta Chris Steinmetz, how wonderful to see true love. On November 4th we had a sisterhood and watched Magic Mike XXL and enjoyed tasty snack. We had an appreciation for our cook Katie, as it was her last day cooking on November 6th. We had a puppy philanthropy on November 7th where several of us went and volunteered at the humane society with Sigma Chi. Monmouth Duo was a blast with Pi Beta Phi on November 7th. Make a Difference Day was on November 14th where we went and helped local communities with projects. On November 15th Nicole Noble was elected to Panhellenic as the Secretary. Fall Recess was from November 23rd-27th.
We had a card making sisterhood with Gamma Phi Beta on December 2nd where we made cards for the local Gritman Medical Center to give to their patients for the holiday season. Dead week was from December 7th-11th. During this week we had a Christmas date dinner on the 9th where we got to show off our beautifully decorated home and have a nice meal we also had a Secret Santa Sisterhood to show appreciation for each other on the 10th. Finals week Began on December 14th.
Some recent changes to our campus were that we welcomed a new dean of students, Blaine Eckles and new assistant Greek advisor, Leyalle Harris. We also currently don’t have a Greek advisor.
What organization(s) has your chapter historically/traditionally raised money for, or donated hours to, in your community? We have traditionally raised money or donated time to Alternatives to Violence on the Palouse, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Make a Difference Day, The Children’s Center, and Saturday of Service.
Why did your chapter choose this organization(s) to support? We chose these organization because they have demonstrated need and we are more than willing to help them out.
After enjoying our Winter Recess with family and friends back home for the holidays, we returned to Kappa on January 12th, 2016. Excitement was in the air as everyone rushed around to hear stories from the holiday season and prepared for the upcoming semester. Spring semester began on January 13th. Shortly after classes began, we held our Leadership Day on January 23rd to train our new Chapter Council. At the end of January on the 29th we had our annual Sapphire Ball. Everyone was dressed to the nines and along with their handsome dates, we all danced the night away.
February rolled around and we had an all house clean on the 9th to prepare our beautiful home for the Valentine’s Day Date Dinner, which we held on the 10th. The following day, February 11th, we delivered all 1,150 flower grams to the students who ordered them for our Flower Gram philanthropy. We had spent the past few days assembling the flower grams as a sisterhood and ended up raising $1,915.90 for the Girls Academy. This was such a successful philanthropy and we always have a blast preparing for it. On the 17th we had a programming focusing on body positivity. February 26th is Beta Kappa’s founder’s day. This founder’s day was especially special to us, as it marked 100 years on the University of Idaho’s campus. This is such a significant achievement and we all couldn’t have been more proud to call each other Kappa sisters.
March 14th -18th was our Spring Break where we took a week off of school to recoup and returned rosy cheeked and ready to continue the semester on March 20th. On the 31st we had an all house clean to prepare our home for Beta Kappa’s Centennial Celebration, which was held April 1st – 3rd. We had over 500 alum come to celebrate with us. This was an exciting, event filled weekend full of stories, laughter, and love. It was special to bond over Kappa Kappa Gamma with members of many pledge classes. On April 9th we had many of our sisters participate in Saturday of Service. On the 14th we had an all house clean to tidy up before Mom’s Weekend, which was April 15th – 17th. On the 16th we had our annual Fun Run, where we collected money and books for Reading is Fundamental. This is always such a fun event to participate in with our mothers. Following the Fun Run, we had a brunch back at kappa. On the 23rd we had our Advising/House Board Appreciation Celebration. This is a time where we get to show our advising and house board how much we appreciate all of the hard work they do for us. April 25th – 29th was Senior Week. This is a week we take to show our seniors love and appreciation before they graduate. April was a busy, but fun month for Beta Kappa.
On may 1st we held our Spring Recruitment Workshop. This workshop helped to prepare us for fall formal recruitment. May 2nd – 6th marked Dead Week, a time we took to prepare for our finals. After a week of preparation, we had Tri-Ad on Friday the 6th with Delta Gamma and Delta Delta Delta. We had a barbeque all together, which was a nice time to get to know more members from these chapters. Finals week was the 9th – 13th, with the 13th being our last day of class, and for many of us, our last day in Moscow until August. We all said our goodbyes and wished everyone a summer filled with fun and adventure.
We were all reunited on August 5th, where we moved back into Kappa and prepared for work week and recruitment. Work week began the 6th and went until the 10th. During this time we practiced for formal recruitment, bonded with each other, and had a great time being back together after a long summer. Fall formal recruitment went from the 11th – 14th. August 14th was not only preference day, but also bid night where we got to welcome all 29 of our new members home. The following day, on the 15th, we had our bid day celebration. This day was filled with food and pictures galore. On the 17th we had our all house retreat at You-Pick, where we all picked beautiful bouquets of flowers, took many pictures, and had fun bonding as a house. The first day of classes began on August 22nd, a day in which we also had our Formal Pledging Ceremony. On the 30th we had our composite pictures taken. August was an exciting time for our members and we were ready to take on the rest of the semester.
On September 12th we had our scholarship banquet. We acknowledge members who have shown great academic achievement in the previous semester and get to celebrate everyone successes together over dinner. We held a programming to educate our members on the Kappa Foundation on the 19th. We had Big/Little Reveal on September 22nd. This day is always filled with such joy and happiness. September was a more relaxed month, which was much needed after a hectic August.
October 1st was the University of Idaho’s Homecoming football game. We all dressed up in our game day gear and headed to the Kibbie Dome to root on our Vandals. Our new members, along with the New Member Educator and chaperones, headed to Camp Sanders on October 7th for their New Member Retreat. They had an awesome time bonding, playing games, and getting to know and appreciate each other better. Midterms week was October 10th – 14th. On the following Saturday, the 15th, we had Kappa Krush. For this event we brought a date to Kappa for lunch and then headed over to the football game to cheer on our team. October 17th- 22nd was Inspiration Week, with the 22nd marking initiation followed by a banquet. This week is such a special time that we all love and cherish. On the 24th we had our Election Programming. October was a month full of sisterhood and ritual.
On November 3rd, we had our brand new philanthropy, “Nacho Average Kappa Philanthropy”. We set up tables, banners, and decorations in the front of our house and sold nachos from 8pm until midnight. This was such a fun event and the entire house helped out. It was a huge success and we can’t wait to continue it in the years to come. Fall recess was the 21st – 25th and we returned to Kappa with our bellies full from Thanksgiving dinner on the 27th. On November 28th we had election night and our new Chapter Council was elected. We are so excited to see this new team of leaders continue betting this organization.
December 2nd – 4th was Dad’s weekend. We had brunch with our dads on the 3rd and enjoyed getting to show them around Moscow. During the evening of the 4th, we had a white elephant gift exchange sisterhood, where we all gathered together in our Christmas pajamas and exchanged gifts. Dead week was the 5th – 9th, which we spent studying for our finals. To give us a break from the studying, we had our Christmas Date Dinner on the 7th, where we got to enjoy yummy food with our friends and dates. Finals week was the 12th – 16th, marking the end of our 2016 school year and the beginning of Winter Recess. 2016 was an amazing year for the Beta Kappa Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma and we cannot wait to see what 2017 has in store for us.
The University of Idaho's campus is undergoing some construction changes. New buildings are being built and new additions are being added to old buildings to continue advancing our campus to support growth and intellectual development.
The ladies of Beta Kappa look forward to choosing a local organization each year such as Alternative Violence on the Palouse or Girls Academy, to donate the money we raise from our successful annual flower gram fundraiser. In addition, we enjoy reading to a local Children’s Center on campus each spring and donating the books to the youth, which we receive from our annual Mom’s Day Fun Run benefiting RIF. As individuals, a chapter, and partnering with other chapters on campus we show our enthusiastic philanthropic attitudes by volunteering at Make a Difference Day, SYNC, Saturday of Service, the local Humane Society, and Jazz Festival, as well as opportunities for individuals.
As a chapter we choose organizations where we are able to make an impact, even on a small scale. We value respect, equality, and work to build young women into strong leaders, which is why we choose to donate time and money to Alternative Violence on the Palouse and Girls Academy.
January 7, 2018, our beautiful white home on the snowy University of Idaho campus reopened after Winter Recess. Refreshed and ready for another successful semester, we began our spring term by moving into new rooms. We held Leadership Day for incoming and outgoing members of Chapter Council. Numerous advisers joined us as we discussed new ideas and visions for each position and for the council as a whole. We left the day feeling motivated and excited for the upcoming semesters.
In February we had an "Alcohol Skills" training program. We had a scholarship banquet for the previous semester and awarded our girls who had made the Dean's list with tank tops. We had a social with FIGI and attended the Vandal men's basketball game and then teamed up for the dance marathon in the University Commons. We had a Valentine making sisterhood and handed out flower grams for our annual philanthropy. The money raised (nearly $1,800) went towards the Boise Burnout Fund. Part of the money went to an old adviser as her house was a victim of fire. This organization was at her side and helped her in her family's hour of need. We held a spring recruitment table in the Whitewater room of the Commons. Our last event of the month was our annual "Skate Date" at the ice rink.
In March we all gathered in the dining room for a competitive "Kahoot!" sisterhood after being apart a week for Spring Break. We welcomed back our Leadership Consultant for her second visit of the year. We hosted girls for our first successful UI bound of the year. In Greek Week we partnered with Kappa Sigma and participated in banner competition and a scavenger hunt across town. At the end of the week, we had won enough events and racked up enough points to win the whole thing. At the end of the month we had a sisterhood with Kappa Delta where we made Italian sodas together and then watched the comedian Adam Grabowski perform at Pitman Center.
In April we got dressed up for our annual Sapphire Call at Stubblefields. We also held our second weekend of UI bound, Mom's Weekend was fun and we held an auction with various baskets donated by our moms. The auction raised about $3,400. Afterward a brunch was held with scones and parfaits. Senior Week included yearly traditions including the graduating New Member class signing the dining room tables and getting together for one of their final sisterhoods. A Palouse Juice sisterhood was held as we went to a downtown store for a free smoothie. We studied hard during dead-week. Then on a Saturday we had numerous activities and shooting activities including a hike into Elk Creek Falls for our recruitment video. Mid May Kappa closed and we said our goodbyes for the summer.
Early August Kappa reopened and work week began as we prepared for recruitment. We welcomed the new member class of 2018 home on the Administration lawn decked out in our bright and fun "Found My Girl Gang" attire. We held an all house retreat and then went to the movie "Mama Mia" and ate snacks.
September we held Kappa Krush and we all went to support our Vandal football team. We had our scholarship dinner where we awarded 21 4.0s and 53 Dean's List for the previous semester. A major programming event was "Cop Talk". We also added to our families with an exciting Big Little reveal.
Mary October brought a "Gender Based Violence" program.There was a sisterhood event with a Halloween movie night. Founders Day was celebrated with dark and light blue cupcakes. The New Member class and others went to Camp Sanders for our annual freshman retreat. Initiation welcomed in the 2018 class to Kappa membership.
We held our first ever week long philanthropy called "Kappa Klassic", a Karaoke contest among the Greek community, sold nachos on the front doorsteps for Kappa Con Queso and finished the week with our Kappa Kickball tournament. We raised about $1,600, a portion towards the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation and $300 towards the African Literacy Initiative. Our dads were welcomed for brunch and then to a Vandal football game.
In late November we all gathered for the last chapter meeting of the year. We had a joint formal with Alpha Phi. We took a quick break for a holiday themed dinner put on by our chefs, followed by our annual white elephant gift exchange. We all cuddled up in our pajamas and blankets by the Christmas tree as we watched our sisters receive exciting little gifts. By mid December, we left our beautiful white home on the hill for winter recess.
After a long winter recess, Beta Kappa members were welcomed back to the Chapter House on Monday, January 9th. The spring semester began the following Wednesday on the 11th. While everyone settled into their new semester schedules, our chapter began to acclimate to a new chapter council. We held leadership day the first Saturday back to train and welcome the new governing body of Beta Kappa. With an eager and excited chapter, we held our first Girls Academy workshop on Saturday, January 21st. The following Friday, January 27th, we held our annual Sapphire Ball, at the Best Western in Moscow. After the last chapter meeting of January, we held a gender based violence programming.
To start February off right, we had our Flowergram sisterhood on the 12th, when we ate ice cream and put the flowers and notes together. Then, we delivered our lovely Flowergrams on Valentine’s day. Later that month, February 26th, we had a movie sisterhood at the local movie theater.
By the time March came around, it was the middle of spring semester. Everyone was hard at work studying for their midterm exams from March 6th - 10th. Following a rigorous week of exams, we had a very deserved spring break from the 13th - 18th. After returning to Kappa on March 19th refreshed and ready to take on the next half of the semester, we held an all house clean to prepare for the prospective students coming to Moscow. UIdaho Bound was held March 24th and 25th. Then, the week of March 27th - April 2nd we celebrated our amazing and unique Greek community during University of Idaho’s Greek Week.
The second and last weekend of UIdaho Bound was held over March 31st and April 1st, when we hosted and gave tours to more prospective students. Our mom's came up to visit as the mom’s weekend was the 21st - 23rd of April. We had our annual silent auction and ate brunch with our mom’s and showed them around Moscow. Senior week was the 24th - 28th of April, when we celebrated our senior members and their legacies. On April 26th, at the 2017 Greek Awards, we were recognized for Outstanding Chapter Collaboration, Community Service, Public Relations and Alumnae Relations. Also, we won the Richard D Gibbs award which is the highest honor any chapter can receive that recognizes scholarship, leadership, community involvement, membership, campus participation, new member education, alumna relations, international relations, and university relations. In addition to chapter awards, we had a 4th year member of Beta Kappa, Emma Daugharty, receive Greek Woman of the Year! With summer approaching, dead week was May 1st - 5th to prepare for finals week on May 8th-12th. After exams, girls said their goodbyes as Kappa closed for the summer on May 12th.
Kappa opened at noon on Friday, August 4th so girls could get settled in before work week. Work Week was August 5th - 10th to prepare for formal recruitment on August 11th - 14th. On August 14th, Bid Day, we welcomed home 24 fantastic women as new members of PC '17. On August 16th, we had our all house retreat at U-Pick, where girls picked beautiful bouquets to take home. Later that day, ladies got all dressed up for our sisterhood formal at a local restaurant and brewery, Hunga Dunga. Not only was August 21st the first day of the fall semester, there was also a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event that took place, as we were able to watch an eclipse. To conclude and exciting and eventful month, we took composite pictures on Thursday, August 31st.
On Friday, September 8th, Kristin Armstrong, a Beta Kappa Alumna, stopped by our Chapter house for lunch. Then, the following Saturday, we had our first date function, Kappa Krush. The next week we celebrated our academic achievements at the scholarship banquet on Monday, September 18th. Later that week we held a "cop talk" programming when members were welcomed to ask questions about their rights and proper police procedures. On September 22nd, composite picture retakes/make ups were held. At the end of September, we had a cute and fun sisterhood when we potted our own little succulents. On September 28th, the much anticipated Big/Little reveal was held and our families grew with the addition of PC ‘17. The next weekend, our new members went to Camp Sanders for their new member retreat.
University of Idaho homecoming football game was October 7th and we were able to celebrate Vandal football with the many Alumnae that came to visit. Friday, October 13th we commemorated our founders with pictures, posters and stories. We set up the dinning room with baloons, signs and a poster containing a picture and biography of each of our founders. Founders day is a great way to remind ourselves of the values that built Kappa. The next week, October 9th – 13th, was midterms week. The following week, the week of October 16th - 21st, we had both Inspiration week and a visit from our Leadership Consultant. We were so excited to initiate 23 new members on Saturday, October 21st. On the 26th, we participated in a Greek wide trick-or-treat for kids in the Moscow community. Then, we welcomed our dad’s to Moscow on the weekend of October 27th - 29th for dad's weekend. This weekend we showed our dad's the chapter house and ate brunch with them in our dinning room. After filling up on eggs and bacon, we headed over to the Kibbie Dome to watch the vandal football team play the Lousisianna-Monroe Warhawks with our fathers.
On Friday, November 3rd, we had our “Kappa Con Queso” philanthropy, when we sold nachos to support Reading Is Fundamental. Then, the next day we held our first annual "Kick it with Kappa" kickball tournament philanthropy. A week later on November 11th, we had a formal with Delta Gamma at Stubblefields in Pullman. The next Friday, November 17th, Kappa closed as everyone went home for fall break to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families. Then after the break on Sunday, November 26th, we welcomed members back to the Chapter House.
On January 7, 2019 we welcomed back our members. Then on January 9 our Spring Semester classes began. January 12th was Leadership Day for our outgoing and incoming officers. Then the new officers were installed during Formal Chapter on January 14. We had a ball at our Sapphire Ball on January 25. As January came to a close, Hannah K planned our scholarship banquet on February 11. On February 12 Delaney T. planned our Flowergram Philanthropy to raise money for the Lemhi County Animal Shelter. Kappa National provided a program called "Behind Happy Faces" on February 24. We celebrated Beta Kappa Founders Day on February 26 with cupcakes and taking fun pictures with each other.
February came and went and we studied hard the week of March 4 for our midterms. March 5th we had our Skate Date at the Palouse Ice Rink. We had spring break from March 11-15. March 22 and 23 were a busy few days with our UIdaho Bound weekend. March 25 through the 30th we hosted Leadership Consultant, Claire. We had another UIdaho Bound weekend on March 29 and 30. We started off April with our Mom's Weekend Brunch and Basket Auction on the 6th. On April 15th we had a "Sex Pops and Blow Pops" presentation. On April 17th we teamed up with Pi Beta Phi for a Spelling Bee Philanthropy. We had a fun-filled Greek Week, April 22-26. On the 28th we had a fun carnival themed SYRD. Dead week was April 29 through May 3 and we started studying hard for Finals week, which was May 6-10. Kappa closed for the summer on May 11.
August 9th was move in day and the first day of work week to prepare for Recruitment. Along with Recruitment starting, we also hosted our Leadership Consultant, Hannah Cho. We welcomed our new members on August 19th with a Blue and Blue Bid Day. Our first day of Fall Semester was August 26. With the Fall Semester in full swing, we had our Kappa Krush Date Dash before a football game on September 7th. September 12th through the 15th was our Kappa Klassic Philanthropy. We raised money for RIF. We had events all week, like Kappa Karaoke, Chips and Cheese with the KKGs, and Kappa Kickball. On September 26th, we had our Big Sister Little Sister reveal. We started October with our Inspiration Week on the 7th. We had our Initiation Ceremony and Banquet on the 12th. Homecoming and Mid-terms fell on the week of the 13th. On October 28th we had a LGBT+ program after our chapter meeting.
On November 9th we co-hosted our Anchor and Key Formal with the Delta Gammas at Stubblefields. We had Parent's Weekend the 15th-17th. Kappa closed November 25th-29th for Fall Break. We welcomed our members back on December 1st. December 2nd-December 6th was our December Duo Philanthropy that we teamed up with Fiji for. We will be doing a Gingerbread House competition between chapters along with Pancake and Hot Cocoa sales and a musical light show. December 9th-13th is Dead Week and we are studying hard for finals week. On December 10th we have a Cookie Decorating Sisterhood with our Sister Chapters, Kappa Alpha Theta and Lambda Theta Alpha. Finals Week follows Dead Week December 16th-20th. Kappa will close for Winter Break on December 20th.
On campus, ground was broken to start building our ICCU Basketball Arena. At our facility, several rooms were renovated and hardwood floors were put in on the second floor. Our front door was painted blue as well.
For Founders Day, our chapter set out posters of each founder and a small biography of each one. There were also blue and blue cupcakes provided. We all celebrated by learning more about the founders.
For the Sesquicentennial, we are creating an alumnae outreach spreadsheet in hopes that alumnaewill come to the house and celebrate with us. There are ideas of having a dessert bar and drinks available. We want to be able to have an open house for the alumnae in hopes of getting to know them better.
In the 2020 calendar year, Beta Kappa stuck together and embraced the difficult and unpredictable times. This year we got to experience the Minnie Stewart Van just weeks before our chapter house and University closed. We also were able to volunteer at the annual Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival with high school students who came to perform. After spring break, the chapter house closed due to COVID-19 and we moved all chapter council meetings as well as chapter meetings to Zoom. We were able to do virtual sisterhoods that had great turnouts! During the midst of all of the first semester chaos, Beta Kappa received the Richard D. Gibb Chapter Excellence Award.
As we got ready for second semester, we hoped that we would be able to participate in in-person recruitment; however the global pandemic pushed us to do everything virtually. We had a virtual work week, doing everything in Zoom and practicing to make sure we were prepared for any Zoom malfunctions. We then did a 4 day long virtual recruitment and were able to recruit 24 amazing women. Shortly after we did a hybrid version of Formal Pledging to accommodate for the ladies who were quarantining due to positive COVID test results. We were able to successfully pull off an all virtual Inspiration Week and an all-in-one virtual Initiation. We concluded our semester still using the Zoom platform in hopes of doing our part to limit the spread of the virus.
Beta Kappa chose to support four philanthropies this year: Reading is Fundamental, the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation, Girls Academy and a local non-profit. We chose Reading is Fundamental because Kappa women are passionate about children's literacy and making a difference in the lives of youth. We recently were able to donate children's books to a non-profit schooling organization out of Nampa, Idaho and got to see first hand how much of a difference that made. We also chose the Kappa Foundation because we know that the money we donate will be distributed to Kappa women. This may be in the form of a scholarship or in the form of a disaster fund. As a chapter, we were fortunate enough to be able to participate in Girls Academy! We are so excited about this opportunity and look forward to when we will be able to safely empower these young women. We chose to participate in this because these women are our future leaders and they should know they are capable of achieving greatness! For our Flowergrams sisterhood, we donated to a local organization. We change this every year and vote as a chapter where we would like to see these funds to. This is really special to us because we can see first hand how our donations can impact an organization so greatly.
This year we added a Diversity and Inclusion officer. They help promote different events going on on campus and make sure that Kappa remains a safe space for everyone. Our philanthropy chair also did an incredible job at incorporating multicultural fraternity and sorority philanthropies into our goals and objectives of the semester. We want to make sure we support our fellow UI students that are in chapters unaffiliated with Greek Life.
Unfortunately, we had a difficult time celebrating the Fraternity's Sesquicentennial due to the Coronavirus outbreak. However, we did have an EME trainer in Fall 2020 who spoke to us about the history and ritual of the Fraternity. We also got to experience the Minnie Stewart van. For Beta Kappa's 104th anniversary we were able to break out some of the archives and embrace the history of the women that walked as proud members before us.
Chapter History Report
The members of the Beta Kappa Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma returned from Winter Break on January 10th, 2022, to usher in the start of the Spring Semester on January 12th. The University of Idaho had reduced COVID-19 positivity rates coming out of the break, but continued to implement safety measures, including wearing masks in University buildings. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 17th provided a three-day-weekend and an opportunity for students to enjoy the several inches of snow that blanketed the hills of the Palouse.
February was an eventful month with the annual FlowerGrams philanthropy held on February 13th. Students across campus were able to buy a FlowerGram and have a carnation and note delivered to their special someone. The Valentines-themed philanthropy raised $1741, which Beta Kappa donated to the Latah Recovery Center, a local organization. On February 14th, Valentine’s Day, the chapter had a sisterhood where everyone gathered in the dining room with craft supplies to write Valentine’s notes to other members of the house. February 21st was President’s Day, granting another three-day-weekend for students to take a break from classes and homework. Next came Beta Kappa Founder’s Day on February 26th. The day was celebrated with cookies and cupcakes and scrapbooks full of chapter history adorning the formal room.
Beta Kappa Chapter kicked off the month of March with a visit from Leadership Consultant Alana Dean, who gave our chapter insight on leadership development and professional relations. Midterms took place March 7th to the 11th. After a busy week of exams, members were rewarded with going home for Spring Break from March 15th to the 18th. Members returned from the break on the 20th and to good news: with continued low COVID-19 positivity rates, the University lifted the mask requirements. However, professors were given the ability to require masks in their individual classrooms if they desired. The freshmen learned how to give house tours for the UIdaho Bound recruitment events on the 26th. March was wrapped up with a busy week including a “Focusing on Your Wellbeing” Workshop on the 29th and a Diversity Equity and Inclusivity Sisterhood with Delta Zeta on the 30th.
With April came warmer weather and Delta Gamma’s Anchorsplash philanthropy on the 2nd, which Kappa participated in a took first place! On the 3rd, House Board visited to check-in with some Chapter Council members and update house policies. April 8th to the 9th, parents of students flocked to campus for Parent’s Weekend to spend some quality time with their collegiate children. After an eventful time with parents, there was a Career Services Programming on April 12th to equip the members with resume, interview, and job application skills to aid them after graduating. April 14th brought a Green DOT Programming to teach members how to reduce the bystander effect in negative situations. On April 19th, Testing Services provided a Programming to help the members better prepare for test-taking. During the last week of April, the 25th to the 29th, Pledge Class 2018 was celebrated with their Senior Week, which included lots of tradition and activities for them, including the special Beta Kappa tradition of signing the dining room table. On the 27th, there was also a stress-ball making Sisterhood with Alpha Gamma Delta. On the 28th, Junior Hooplah provided some fun for the Juniors as well!
May rushed by with Dead Week, Finals, Formals, and Graduation! The first week of May, the 2nd to the 6th, was Dead Week and had Kappas studying relentlessly for their upcoming finals. The end of Dead Week was celebrated with the Sapphire Formal on May 7th. Members and their dates enjoyed a local Mexican restaurant venue and got to dance and have fun before starting Finals Week on May 9th. When all the exams had been taken, Spring Commencement was held on May 14th and the Kappa graduates got to receive their hard-earned diplomas. As the semester concluded, Beta Kappa members said their goodbyes and headed home for the summer.
Kappa came in fifth in grades among the sororities at the University of Idaho for the Spring of 2022.
The members of Beta Kappa Chapter moved back in for the Fall Semester on August 3rd. Work Week started the next day on the 4th and everyone got busy with preparations for Formal Recruitment. There were several presentations held throughout the week, including one on Diversity Equity and Inclusion, one on Ritual and History, and one on our Philanthropy Fleur-de-lis. Formal Recruitment started on August 10th. After an exciting five days, Kappa welcomed 20 new members on Bid Day, August 15th. The new members moved into the white house on the hill that day and started to get acquainted with their new home in Kappa! They had their first New Member Meeting on the 16th. Later that week on the 20th, the freshmen spent the day doing community service through UI SYNC (Serving Your New Community). Falls classes began on August 22nd, and that night the new members had their first Kappa ritual, the Formal Pledging Ceremony. The next day the new members had another meeting and learned how to take their Greek Life EDUs. August 28th there was a Trunk Show at the chapter house where members were able to buy their new Kappa gear.
September started with a three-day-weekend for Labor Day, giving students the opportunity to enjoy the last bit of summer sunshine with fall right around the corner. Beta Kappa participated in informal COB recruitment and gained two new members by the deadline on September 5th. On September 7th, all the Greek chapters gathered in the new ICCU Basketball Arena to listen to a hazing prevention speaker. On the 10th, House Board came to visit for their semester check-in. On September 13th, the new COB members had their Formal Pledging Ceremony. The very first event of the semester was Kappa Krush, held in conjunction with the first home Vandal football game of the season on September 17th. The rest of September flew by with Homecoming Week from the 26th to 30th. The Nomination Committee was also voted on September 26th.
October was an incredibly busy month for the Kappas! After a thrilling win for the Vandals in their homecoming game on October 1st, Beta Kappa kicked off their annual fall philanthropy called Kappa Klassic. The philanthropy events looked a little different this year to adjust to Kappa’s new national mental health philanthropy. There was a yoga pose competition, banner competition, social media posts, change bombing, and nacho bar sale for other chapter to participate in and support our cause. Overall, Kappa Klassic raised $4055, which went to Mental Health America (the organization that had been selected by the chapter) and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation. Following the successful philanthropy events from October 2nd to the 4th, a sisterhood speaker came to campus on October 5th. Officer applications were due the 6th and officer interviews began the 9th. Midterms week took place the week of October 10th to the 14th and kept members busy with studying and exams, as well as an Alcohol Programming on the 11th. Kappa Kappa Gamma’s Founders Day was on October 13th and was celebrated with cookies, balloons, and some scrapbooks with sweet Kappa memories. On October 15th, the freshmen went on their Freshmen Retreat, which involved lots of bonding games and a sleepover in the study room at the chapter house. Inspiration Week for Pledge Class ’22 began on October 17th and was filled with ritual and tradition, and gave the new members insight into the beautiful history of Kappa Kappa Gamma. The new officer slate was released on October 21st. On October 22nd, the new members became Initiated into the sisterhood. There was a celebratory brunch afterwards, which, with the presence of several Beta Kappa alumni, was a heartfelt end to a special week. October’s events finally wrapped up with a Sleep 101 Programming on the 26th and the end of Sigma Chi fraternity’s Derby Days philanthropy on the 29th, which Kappa took first place in with a passion for supporting cancer research and the Huntsman Foundation. October 31st, the chapter celebrated Halloween with spooky finger foods, and then gathered for the chapter meeting and officer election night. The chapter survey was also distributed that evening after voting on the officer slate.
November ushered in fall Parent’s Weekend from the 4th to the 6th. Students and their families cheered on the Vandals and enjoyed each other’s company. On November 8th, there was a Mental Health Programming. Members were soon able to recharge their mental health by going home for Fall Break on November 18th. After a week dedicated to family, friends, and thanksgiving, the members of Beta Kappa returned to campus on November 27th, just in time for classes and a Stress Management Programming on the 28th.
December began with lots of excitement and dancing at the fall formal Anchor & Key, which was cohosted with Delta Gamma. The event promoted close panhellenic ties and let members spent quality time with their friends in DG. The next day, December 4th, was Leadership Day. The outgoing and incoming officers and their advisors were able to get together and transition positions smoothly. Dead Week started December 5th, with Finals Week beginning on December 12th. The members of Beta Kappa studied tirelessly and finished their exams in confidence. Fall Commencement took place on December 10th. Kappa closed for the semester on December 16th and everyone headed home to enjoy their Winter Break.