Gamma Delta Chapter was founded at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana on January 24, 1919.
2,787 initiates (as of June 2018)
Purdue University, the Land Grant College of Indiana, was established by the legislature in 1865 following the signing of the Morrill Act in 1862 by President Lincoln. Not until 1869, when the Board of Trustees accepted a gift of land and money from John Purdue and Tippecanoe County, was the site of the university permanently chosen and the building program begun.
Classes began September 16, 1874, with six instructors and 39 students. At the time of the chapter's founding in 1919 there were approximately 300 faculty and 1,600 students. In 1973 this number had multiplied to 2,200 faculty and 28,000 students, with regional campuses making a total of 37,000. In 1875 the university admitted women but enrollment did not grow rapidly.
An anti-fraternity rule was adopted in 1877 which prohibited students connecting themselves with or organizing societies not approved by the faculty. This caused trouble which was not adjusted until after 1883. Friends of the fraternities had been working through the legislature and a "rider" attached to the Appropriation Bill was intended to prevent payment of the appropriation to Purdue unless the rule against secret societies was rescinded. When the bill was finally passed, university President Emerson E. White resigned. Later the House reconsidered its vote and the session expired without an appropriation bill being passed. Purdue was thus left without a president, without an appropriation, and with a burden of ill-will that required years to overcome. Although fraternities were finally admitted, the question of university control over them was definitely settled in the affirmative, a control that removed many of the objections formerly urged against them.
A Kappa key first appeared on the campus in 1885, worn by Rose Wagner, who previously had been enrolled at the University of Kansas. Two Purdue girls visited Butler and were initiated into Kappa Alpha Theta, but a local fostered by girls of Ladies' Hall was rejected. Two locals eventually were successfully established. One became Kappa Alpha Theta and the other, made up of the girls living in the Marsteller street Annex, became Mu Sigma Alpha, and finally Kappa.
In 1914 sorority houses were unknown at Purdue, but Mu Sigma Alpha gained President Stone's consent to try such a project. The house which was rented on Russell Street was managed so well that the way was paved for other sororities to acquire houses.
In January of 1919, Mu Sigma Alpha's petition to the Grand Council of Kappa was accepted, and Gamma Delta chapter was installed. Twenty charter members were initiated on January 24. Mu chapter from Butler was the installing group and three national officers were present.
A highlight of Gamma Delta's early years was the initiation of Dean of Women Caroline E. Shoemaker. At first she had felt she was needed as dean to give advice and support to all the fledgling national organizations, but a few years later when sororities were on more substantial footing, she accepted Gamma Delta's invitation. She was pledge on June 3 and initiated June 6, 1921. A loyal and tireless worker for Purdue, she had been instrumental in gaining the consent of the president and faculty for the admission of national sororities.
The site of the present chapter house was obtained in 1929. The minutes of May 20, 1928, read, "It was passed we buy the lot back of the ATO House." ...No mention of the street, the size of the lot, or boundaries- just "back of the ATO hosue." The house on Waldron Street became a reality in 1936-37. In the 1940s the mortgage was burned with appropriate but wartime-curtailed activities.
In the mid-1950s the Kappas and the Delta Gammas purchased the lot between them and made plans to enlarge their houses. The Gamma Deltas moved into their addition in the fall of 1958. However, since the kitchen was not finished by the opening of school, the were forced (!) to eat at the various fraternities. The new chapter room was dedicated to Inez Richardson Canan, who had been both province president and vice president and who was the author of the Gamma Delta history which appeared in the 1930 History of Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity.
At about the time of the opening of the Waldron Street house, Mother Mac, Mrs. Lena McDougle, became housemother, a position she held 23 years. She contributed so much, not only to Gamma Delta, but to all the other sororities, sharing her knowledge of management, delegating responsibilities, teaching the art of living graciously. Gamma Delta alumnae and other friends established the Mother Mac Fund in her honor to help actives in financial trouble.
Social functions have always been of importance in chapter life; and members, entertaining at faculty teas, Homecoming and Gala Week affairs, trade dinners, wartime servicemen's teas, and post football game coffees, made the phrase "gracious living" synonymous with Gamma Delta. The minutes of April 22, 1920, casually mention what must have been an important function: "Decided to entertain Jane Addams (the renowned social worker of Hull House in Chicago) for tea on May 2." The Gamma Ball with neighbor Delta Gamma has been a highlight social affair, as well as the Monmouth with Pi Beta Phi, and a slumber party with the Kappa Alpha Thetas. Each fall for many years the fraternities and sororities bordering the common alley opened the Purdue social season with an all-campus Alley Party, bringing Greeks and non-Greeks together.
Gamma Delta celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1960 with a weekend of festivities. From contributions of alumnae all over the country a silver coffee urn was purchased and presented to the house, and plans made for an outdoor courtyard to be built in 1973.
From the very beginning Kappas at Purdue have been leaders on campus. In 1916 when women were first admitted to the student council, Ada Decker (Malott), a Mu Sigma Alpha, and later a Kappa, was the first woman to be granted voting power. In the 1950s Kappas were leaders in mock political conventions. All campus plays, musicals, and variety shows have had Kappa participation, and any activity requiring dramatic ability has found Kappas taking part. Skits were given such names as "Rumpus on Olympus", "Down the Mississippi in Song", and "How're Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm After They've Seen Purdue."
Gamma Delta has had three Olympic swimming contenders: Jeanne Wilson (Vaughan), Upsilon-Northwestern, who affiliated with the chapter in 1948; Joan Rosazza; and Edith Elizabeth "Beth" Whittall (Couvrette), who was also voted Canada's most outstanding athlete of 1955.
End of school year activities have been highlighted by the May Day pageants of the 1920s and the University Sing for the last 30 years. Grand Prix weekend, to raise money for scholarships, has ended the school year in the 1960s and 1970s.
Gamma Delta has often been first in scholarship among the Panhellenic groups. The Dean Shoemaker Scholarship Cup was permanently awarded to the chapter in 1936, and in 1958 and 1964 the Kappa Scholarship Trophy was won by Gamma Delta, with an honorable mention in 1962. A fourth consecutive year of first in campus scholarship was recognized in 1961. (The active chapter average was a "B" in 1960.) Five Mortar Boards that year and again in 1967, with at least one girl tapped nearly every year, attest to Gamma Delta's pursuit of excellence.
Gamma Delta won the Fraternity Efficiency Cup in 1952 and the Gracious Living Award in 1954.
The chapter is proud of its contribution of Fraternity officers and personnel. Katheryn Bourne Pearse was director of membership 1948-50. Marjorie Matson (Converse) was a graduate counselor to Delta Alpha, 1945-46, and a field secretary, 1946-47. Mrs. Converse served as director of field representatives, 1970-72, and was chosen Fraternity vice president in 1972 and 1974. Eloise Ryder Pingry was elected director of philanthropies, 1972 and 1974.
The administration and faculty at Purdue University have always looked to the Kappas of Gamma Delta for outstanding scholarship and leadership in campus affairs. Students regard Gamma Delta as an outstanding chapter and throughout its history the members have consistently maintained the standards expressed in the ideals of the Fraternity.
The 1980’s found Gamma Delta with outstanding pledge classes. In 1987 we participated in the Grand Prix Queen completion. Lisa Smith won 2nd place and Andrea Ingrilli(new pledge) won Queen. Our housemother was awarded the Mortar Board Rose Award for unselfish service to Purdue University. We continue to work very hard on Special Olympics. Together with other Greeks we participated in campus activities like U-Sing, Grand Prix plus we had two chapter events….Christmas Party for the underprivileged and Cancer Fund raiser. At Delta Province Meeting we won the Achievement Award for Superior Chapter Programming and Chapter Advisory/House Board Relations. Renovations began to add and addition so that 90 women can live in the House. We should be in the house by Fall 1991.
After looking over artifacts and being in contact from alumni of the years 1980-1984, I have found that many things within the Gamma Delta chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma have both changed significantly and, surprisingly, stayed the same. Throughout these years, Mrs. Kaiser was the house mom. Formal dinners were held every Monday night, in which a blessing would be sung before sitting down. Some of the girls’ favorite memories of the food of Kappa Kappa Gamma were the "monster cookies" and the cinnamon butter offered during breakfast every morning. For Recruitment, Kappa always went "all-out" in decorations for the last days. Kappa decorated the entrance to the house as a big windmill, in which the potential new members would play mini golf inside of the Kappa house with the members to get to know each other. Also, during recruitment, the favorite snack offered of all of the members was the dirt pudding. Throughout the years from 1980-1984, the ladies of Kappa participated eagerly in Football events, U Sing, and Grand Prix. Kappa was commonly paired with the men of Sigma Chi fraternity for these events. The ladies and men used to hang out before the events, wearing matching shirts, and then attend the event, sitting together to show their support. For U Sing, the paired women and men would make up dances, practice them for months, and compete to win against other houses. During this time, using songs from the Beach Boys with a preppy theme was very popular. MTV, or the music television station, was a new channel and the girls from Gamma Delta would sit in front of the tv for hours at night watching the newest videos, usually from various artists such as the GoGos, Men at Work, and Michael Jackson. Also, many girls were huge fans of the soap opera, General Hospital. During this time, computers were not invented yet, so the room that is currently a computer/desk room was used for sewing machines and used by women who needed to finish some of their sewing. Also, whenever the girls would use the restrooms, they yelled "Flushing!" otherwise the person in the shower would be scalded by the water! Also, near the end of 1984 and the beginning of 1985, house expansion details were beginning to become more realistic and a plan was beginning to be made for the Gamma Delta chapter. At one point, there was a new member who was involved in the practicing of Rastafarian beliefs, or "cult-like" beliefs. After many encounters with Standards and with the New Member chairman, the house decided it was best to ask the new member to leave and declare her inactive. The decision to ask this new member to leave was not easy because she was a legacy who was able to offer the house lump monetary donations. After many private meetings and a house vote, the decision was much easier. Other challenges include those which we still face today, such as trying to get members to pay dues on time. In 1984, the Purdue Football team, under the instruction of Leon Burtnett finished 7-5 and played in the Peach Bowl. The defeated Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Michigan. This was the only time that Purdue had won against all three of these teams in one season. The Kappas participated in this event by attending various football games and showing support by wearing matching shirts. Also, throughout this time period, technology was beginning to become more common. Although the women still had sewing machines instead of a computer room, they began watching tv and listening to music on CDs.
The 90’s found us with excellent pledge classes and we were #1 in scholarship for two semesters. Pris Gerde, ’69 was elected to KKG Chapter Council as Director of Standards at 1998 Convention. Not only did we help of Greeks with philanthropies but we held a Meet of Champions for Special Olympics. We also joined the Sigma Chi’s in Derby days and won 1st place. Megan Kennedy, our president, was selected Homecoming Queen in 1999.
The Gamma Delta chapter has had a very exciting year in 2006. All of our achievements this year are competed for campus wide. A few of our highlights include having Rachel Feldman and Amanda Brothers serving as Old Masters Hostesses. Our chapter also has many women participating in Purdue Student Government. These women are Amanda Brothers and Kendall Hoffman who served on the Marketing Team, Lelia Naizi who was on the International Relations team, Katie Ittenbach who is a part of Board of Directors and Brooke McKinney who is on the Executive Board. We also have women who are apart of the Panhellenic Board of Directors, including Ashley Eiler who is Director of Risk Management. This year we are also very excited because Dance Marathon benefiting Riley Childrens Hospital is coming back for a second year. Abby Dunning is the Greek Promotions Chair for all of Purdue University Dance Marathon, she is philanthropy chair for Kappas and is getting us all involved. In addition to Abby, we have thirteen women who are involved in Purdue University Dance Marathon serving on the Entertainment Committee, Greek Promotions Committee, Event Committee, Morale Committee, Marketing Committee and the Residence Hall Promotions Committee. In addition to Dance Marathon we have twelve women who volunteer with Big Brothers, Big Sister, and many women involved in the different intramural sports we have on campus, including Brett Parker on the Varsity Spirit Squad and Hannah Adams who is a part of the Purdue Dance Team. We have remained in the top five for grades among the other sororities on campus for many years. The Kappas here at Purdue University have a long standing record of excellence and work hard to keep it that way by staying involved on campus and achieving high marks in our studies. We take pride in our successes and encourage others to do so as well. The Gamma Delta Chapter had a very exciting year in 2006. We were very pleased to be able to initiate 34 new members to become apart of our house. Recruitment went very well with our activities such as making bookmarks to support Reading is Fundamental, our slideshow that displayed the many personalities of our house and a skit that created a lot of laughs. We are also glad to say that for a third year in a row we have not had any infractions throughout the recruitment process. In 2006 we held our very first Relay for Reading philanthropy. It was put on in March and we invited many members of the Greek community to participate in it. The turn out was high and we had many skillful participants from other houses involved in the various athletic events. Our chapter also participated in the Alpha Phi Alpha step show, which is always a favorite, Alpha Phi golf outing and Lambda Chi Watermelon Bust. In the spring we had our moms come and visit for Mom Day where we were able to have the seniors recognize their moms for everything they have done for them. In the fall we invited our dads to come up for Dad day. We had a tailgate for them and then we had the house open for everyone to watch the football game. We also had many of our sisters this year study abroad and take internships around the country. We had a very busy and fun year in 2006. In 2006 the Gamma Delta chapter concentrated on three main goals for improvement: 1. We are trying to increase our house participation in the philanthropies of other fraternities and sororities. 2. We have also focused on increasing our attendance at Kappa events including chapter and sister functions. 3. As a house we are also trying to always improve our grade point average as a whole. Through out the year we have had a steady improvement at all of these goals. One example is our attendance at Lambda Chi Watermelon Bust this past fall, not only did we have many women wanting to participate, we had many women come to watch and support our team. The Alpha Phi Alpha step show was also an event that the whole house wanted to participate in and go and support our team in. The second goal is something that we have been working on improving. One very important way we have gained more attendance is by continuing our "senior spotlight" and "skippy jar" at chapter to recognize the increase attendance and reward for coming to house events. As for our third goal, we took a big step this past year by passing study tables for the house. We voted and come to a decision that study tables would greatly increase our grade point average and would benefit us individually and as a chapter. Overall, as a chapter we feel we have succeeded in improving ourselves and our chapter and are glad to report our continuing success.
The Gamma Delta chapter had another successful and exciting year this past year. We moved up to 2nd in grades from 4th place. Our new member pledge class also had the best GPA of all the new members classes. We moved up from 10th place to 4th place in intramural, and we got 1st place in volleyball. We also changed our RIF philanthropy event this year. Instead of doing a relay race and balloon toss we are doing a wallyball tournament and having a date auction. Our new philanthropy name is "Off the Wall." We are very excited about the new activities, and we have already gotten a lot of interest from the rest of the Purdue Greek system. Community service is also something we tried to improve this past year. Several women of our chapter went to Gulfport, Mississippi over winter break to help rebuild homes on the Gulf coast for the Katrina victims. A few of the girls served as Old Masters Hostesses as well. In addition to all of our activities on campus, we had a successful Recruitment during which we received no infractions. I believe this shows how well-rounded and involved Kappas are at Purdue University.
Purdue University has a community of nearly 400,000 students. With such a sizable population, Purdue has an abundant amount of organizations and many ways for students to become involved. The Greek community is very large here on campus with a number of sororities and fraternities. Purdue University is part of the BigTen, therefore, athletics are very fun to watch and participate in. With all of these opportunities to get involved, our campus is very active and still very welcoming to all students, providing something for everyone.
Our chapter had a wonderful year in 2006. Recruitment went very well. We had extremely high return rates and no infractions. We are very excited about the new pledge class, and we think they will continue to make Kappa a place of excellence. In spring we had our Mom's day, and several of the mothers came for a weekend of fun activities and bonding. In the fall, the men got their turn on Dads day. We were all able to tailgate and go to one of the football games with our dads. We were also moved up to 2nd in grades among the sororities and 4th in intramurals. In addition, a few of our sisters took on internships and studied abroad during the past year. This proves that Kappas are very involved and motivated.
We did not face any major challenges this past year. There are a few goals that we set for ourselves and tried to work on. Our chapter organization was not as good as it could have been. The new VPO has come up with several good ideas for improving that, and we have already seen a change for the better. We were also not happy about being 4th in grades, so we set a goal to get back into the top 3. We were able to accomplish this, and we are currently 2nd. Another thing we really tried to work on is increasing our attendance at campus and chapter events. Overall, I think we accomplished our goal, but there is still room for improvement. We have been doing fun things such as "skippy jar", "senior spotlight", and "supportive sister" at chapter to try and encourage better attendance. We also awarded points for those who came to sister functions.
The previous calendar year was one to be remembered. Our chapter received the Recruitment award during the Kappa convention, and we also received two honorable mentioned awards. We had a successful recruitment in the fall and received a great new pledge class. We were also very thrilled to be number one in grades for the semester. We participated in many philanthropies as well as hosted our own in the spring to benefit Reading is Fundamental. Finally, our Chapter at Purdue just celebrated its 90th anniversary.
Purdue University is one of the largest university systems in the U.S. and ranks 66th among America's Best 100 Colleges. We are best known for our competitive engineering curriculum and aviation program. Purdue has very diverse students and classes. We have a beautiful campus with several architecturally known buildings and fountains. Kappa Kappa Gamma was the fourth sorority at Purdue. We were founded on January 25, 1919 and we currently have the most members on campus. We currently have ninety girls living inside our house. Our house is just a short walk to campus and is one of the largest sorority houses on our campus. We currently have the highest GPA of any sorority. One of our members was the first female to hold voting power in Purdue's Student Government. Transition period between new Chapter Council officers and old: Our Chapter typically struggles during the transition period between new officers and previous ones. This year, we brought in one of our advisors to help us out. She explained the importance of using our Leadership Guides as well as the many resources of help we have. She did a transition seminar for us which really helped make the transition smooth. Our new Chapter Council members feel much more comfortable in their positions and our goal is to meet all deadlines for the next calendar year.
During the 41st Delta Province Meeting on April 4, 2009 the Gamma Delta Chapter received two awards. The Gamma Delta Chapter was recognized for House Board Award and for Scholarship award. The Gamma delta chapter also has kept scholarship at the forefront of our chapter. During the spring semester the Gamma Delta chapter finished second in grades out of the 20 sororities that are present on Purdue campus. During the fall semester the chapter finished third in grades out of the 20 sororities. Academics are very important to our chapter. In the fall semester President Cordova, the president of Purdue, attended dinner at our house in which she was able to see our members get rewarded for their academic excellence.
- boys basketball team advanced all the way to the sweet sixteen - Bill Ayers visited Purdue’s campus and a large number of students and community members protested his visit -NAACP President came to speak at Purdue - Purdue added “Stealing Buddha’s Dinner” into the curriculum for incoming students -Jason Mraz visited Purdue campus and performed a concert in the Elliot Hall of Music -Robin Williams comedy tour came to Purdue and he performed in Elliot Hall of Music
-our chapter consists of 140 members - we are very involved in other philanthropies while making sure we pay attention in great detail to our own philanthropy -We have participated in activities with the local Head Start, a preschool for low income families, such as an Easter egg hunt and carving pumpkins around Halloween. Children from Head start also came to our campus house in which we read to the children and they left with a bad full of books. -in order to raise money for Reading is Fundamental we hold a volleyball tournament which other fraternities and sororities participate in, along with a date auction to raise money -over the summer we have a few renovations done to our chapter house; we had our old roof completely replaced along with redoing our old kitchenette.
The Gamma Delta Chapter was put on probation by Purdue University. Our chapter was also given a focus letter from nations to follow in order to be in good standings with Kappa Kappa Gamma. Our chapter wanted to make sure that we did everything we could to get off probation, which we applied for after the fall semester. As a whole chapter we attended Something of Value and created an anti-hazing program with the fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha. Not only did we make sure to complete the items that were necessary of our chapter to get off probation but we made sure to keep up with our scholastic and community service. As a chapter we continued through the rest of the year to make sure that we followed the rules and looked at our choices closer to make sure we had made the right decision. Anti-hazing is now part of our house and new member programing along with fraternity and sorority community relations.
This past year has been very successful for the Gamma Delta chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma. During the spring semester of 2010, our chapter improved academic excellence by moving up from 3rd place among all of Purdue sororities in grades to being tied for 2nd place. This past semester, the fall semester of 2010, we continued to raise our academic excellence and ranked 1st overall. Also, this year, we were privileged enough to have 4 girls attend Convention held in Phoenix, Arizona. Upon the arrival back to Purdue, these 4 women were able to share with the Chapter council and the chapter different ideas and possibilities in areas that our chapter could work on to improve. Since these suggestions have been made, the current Chapter Council has made many changes, such as those made to risk management policies, dance/social procedures, and the New Member program. In the fall 37 new Kappa sisters were initiated and welcomed into our fraternity. We continue to help these young women strive to be leaders to the Greek community as their success showed when ranking 1st in grades when compared to the other sorority new member pledge classes. We have found that our house continues to move in a positive direction. Also this past year, the Gamma Delta chapter has been working to improve our participation in philanthropies and community service throughout campus. This past year, Kappa received 2nd place in the Greek Cup held at Purdue Dance Marathon. The places were determined by the number of people from the chapter who participated, how much money was donated, various competitions throughout the night, and if any participants held positions in the planning of the marathon. This was the first time that Kappa Kappa Gamma had been recognized at Purdue Dance Marathon. We have many members who are striving to hold leadership positions not only in Kappa, but on the campus as well, whether through Panhellenic Association, Boiler Gold Rush, or by being a student athlete. We are extremely pleased in the positive direction that our chapter is heading and hope to continue improving our chapter morale throughout 2011. Purdue University is located in West Lafayette, Indiana Purdue offers about 200 undergraduate majors, over 70 master and doctoral programs, 18 intercollegiate sports, and over 850 student organizations. Approximately 45,000 students attend Purdue yearly. Purdue has the third largest Greek community with 46 men fraternities and 29 women sororities Purdue is in the Big Ten conference Some of Purdue greatest traditions include Purdue Pete, the Old Oaken Bucket, Grand Prix, Breakfast Club, , "Hail Purdue", and the saying "Boiler Up!" The Gamma Delta chapter was founded on January 25, 1919. Kappa Kappa Gamma was the 4th sorority established at Purdue University Total number of members: 136
Gamma Delta Philanthropy that helps support Reading is Fundamental: Off the Wall- wallyball tournament and date auction.
This past year we had a couple of issues, but thankfully, managed to overcome all of them. One of the problems that occurred within the chapter was the Chapter Council budget. Recently, the opportunity to study abroad has become a more popular choice for Purdue students. The spring of 2010 we had between 5-10 girls study abroad. We were all excited for them to have the opportunity, but found that these were girls that we would not be receiving house and board payments from. We were forced to increase the payments for the other girls living in, and the Chapter Council position budgets were cut drastically. Due to this, we were forced to be very careful with our spending money, and even unable to participate in many events that we had originally planned on being a part of. Because of this event, we have now added it to the standing rules that if a person decides to study abroad, they are required to still pay the live out fee. This live-out fee is a fee that girls who live outside of Kappa, or go home to student teach must pay. It is for this reason that it seems appropriate to require girls who study abroad to pay a small fee to prevent Chapter Council budget from plummeting and raising other girls’ fees. Also, this past year, we had an issue with various items "disappearing". After much concern from the standards committee and Chapter Council, it was found that a girl living in the house had been stealing sisters clothing, accessories, etc. She did not sell any of the items and reluctantly decided to give them back to their owners. Because of this issue, she was pulled out from Purdue University and now is taking school out of her home and a Community College. She is currently associate status because she is living at home, is not posing a current problem, and has admitted that her act of stealing is a serious problem. She is currently receiving therapy and is supported by her sisters to try and help her get through this hard time.
This past calendar year has not only flown by but has been filled with many significant events regarding our community and chapter as well as our nation as a whole. Referring to our chapter we have had an accomplishing year both academically and philanthropically. We were honored with being first in grades among all the sororities, second in community service, and first in study abroad.
We have become more involved in other chapter's philanthropies as well as our own and have continued to strive to maintain our outstanding academic performance. With a fabulous performance by Caroline Ladue (Junior) and many other members of our chapter as well as our chapters involvement in the various activities and events we were able to win the new and upcoming philanthropic event Greek Goddess. The fall semester started off with a huge success with recruitment landing us with forty amazing new members we can now call sisters. Our chapter was also successful in bringing an end to our probation sentence while building our sisterhood and fundamentals in the process. Kaylee Waltz, a current senior was honored by being voted and winning the title of Purdue's homecoming queen. On the athletic field Kappa made it to the championship game in both soccer and flag football and were barely beat; still giving the team a second place title. Globally, a few significant events occurred that should and will be remembered.
A few of these events include: the 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan, the Royal Wedding, the assassination of Osama Bin Laden, the last launch of the NASA space shuttle, the 10th anniversary of 911, and the passing away of Apple's founder, Steve Jobs. In the media and celebrity world we witnessed Charlie Sheen's meltdown and being fired from the show Two and a Half Men "winning", and Kim Kardashian finally got married, and then divorced.
Campus: Our campus, more specifically the greek community saw a big change this past calendar year. In the fall semester of 2010 our greek community faced a moratorium after the death of a Purdue student. Because of these events new rules and regulations were set in place in attempt to help eliminate drinking related accidents within the community. This past year required all members of the greek, and nongreek communities to adjust to the new regulations and become aware of the consequences if they are not followed. The greek community grew stronger and and decided to stick together and help each other follow the rules and stay on track.
Kyle Pendleton, who was in charge of IFC, left Purdue's campus leaving the greek community in search of some one to take on the position. This past semester (Fall 2011) the greek community recived the request of two sororities that wished to start a chapter here at Purdue. After discussion, Alpha Omicron Pi was voted to become a new part of Purdue's greek community.
Chapter: Overall, our chapter contains a very upbeat and positive attidue towards each event and activity with which we are involved. There is never a dull moment inside the walls of Kappa as there is always something to be excited about whether it be seeing one of your sisters after a long day, getting pumped for the big game (Boiler Up!), taking pictures before a night on the town, gathering together before heading out to campus events, or sisterhood functions. There is always someone willing to excite other members, listen to your troubles and offer advice, and pick you up when you are feeling down. We truly have a bond that will never be broken and only grows stronger with each passing day. The closeness between girls of the same pledge class is obvious, but the closeness between girls of different pledge classes is something we pride ourselves for. Age certainly does not matter and, speaking on behalf of every girl within the house, we can truly call each other sisters. As a chapter we are very involved both on and off campus. We are constantly participating in philanthropies, completing community service hours, and are involved in many clubs and organizations around campus.
Overall, there were few challenges that our chapter had to overcome. The major challenge we faced and had been facing the previous year as well was being on probation. While many see this as a bad thing, it gave our chapter time to reflect and reevaluate certain things we had been doing and allowing and think about what we could do to make the chapter better as a whole and to prevent this situation from reoccuring. After taking the time to make the chapter better we were taken off probation and placed on a period of concern. We, as a chapter, continued to promote sisterhood and improve the house and this past semester (Fall 2011) we were finally taken off the period of concern and having learned our lesson we ensure it will not happen again. Along with being on probation we were required to plan sisterhood functions in order to promote and encourage sisterhood. This came as a challenge in the fact that it was difficult to plan an event that each and every member would find enjoyable. To overcome this we tried a variety of events and in the end, as a chapter, made of list of activities that the majority thought would be fun. In addition to these challenges, we have faced daily "mini" challenges. These include keeping the house clean and picking up after yourself, remembering to complete an hour of phone duty each week (sophomores), respecting quiet hours as well as other chapter members, alcohol in the house, and only bringing one guest per week to meals.
This past year was full of many exciting events for the Kappa Kappa Gamma Gamma Delta chapter at Purdue University. We are honored to have received the Dean Barbara Elsbury award, naming us the “Most Outstanding Chapter” on Purdue’s campus. We also obtained first in grades for six consecutive semesters in a row. Academics is something that the Gamma Delta chapter takes very seriously. We always set a chapter wide GPA goal, as well as personal GPA goals. Our most recent semester GPA goal was a 3.1, and we received a 3.35 GPA. Our chapter reached this goal by putting grades first, and attending optional study tables.
This year, we raised money to support Reading is Fundamental through the soccer tournament and the Buddy Buffet Philanthropy. The RIF event was held at Eisenhower Elementary school in Lafayette. We were able to spend time with Head Start Kindergarteners by reading to them and making bookmarks and other crafts. The 3 v 3 soccer tournament was a success as we were able to donate all of the proceeds to RIF and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation which supports scholarship, leadership opportunities, Kappa’s in need, and more. We also were very involved in other fraternity and sorority philanthropies, such as BMOC and Greek Goddess. BMOC, a fraternity talent show, put on by Zeta Tau Alpha, raised money for breast cancer awareness. Many members from our chapter attended this event in order to support breast cancer awareness. Greek Goddess, a sorority talent show, put on by FarmHouse Fraternity, was a great success as a lot of money was raised for their philanthropy. The Gamma Delta chapter was very involved in this philanthropy and we were ecstatic when one of our members won the talent show! Our chapter council, and three members from the freshman pledge class, attended Kappa Province where we focused on the ideals of Kappa and how we could better our chapter overall. It was an amazing experience being with other Kappa chapters from Indiana and being able to learn ways make the Gamma Delta chapter the best it can be.
Some of our favorite sisterhood functions included ice skating, pottery painting, ice cream socials, scavenger hunts, and Zumba work out classes. We always enjoy spending time together while doing a fun event! We had many fun social events as well such as Kappa Kabana, two spontaneous dances, and our spring formal, Sapphire Ball.
There were many big changes that were made to Purdue’s campus this past year. President Mitch Daniels took over office as Purdue's President as President Cordova retired. We are currently planning a dinner with the President in order to get to know him better, and welcome him into our home. We also just received a new football coach, Darrell Hazell. We are very excited for alumnae to come visit during football season! We also have a very nice and new recreational center, which is where some of our sport intramurals are played. Our home had some new additions put in, such as new flooring in our front foyer, new front steps, bathroom renovation, computer room renovation, and our chapter room is currently getting repainted.