Delta Iota Chapter was founded at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on December 6, 1935.
3,912 initiates (as of June 2018)
The opening words of the chapter history, as written by one of the first pledges, describe the joy felt on September 26, 1934, when from the simple, twilight pledging ceremony at the home of a local alumna, a member of Mu—Butler, there grew Delta Iota Chapter, from the original three pledges.
Working through 1934 and 1935, and meeting around the Louisiana State University campus, including the directors’ board room, the pledge group grew to six. In the fall of 1935, six more pledges were added. With the help of four co-organizers: one each from BN—Ohio State; Delta Zeta—Colorado College; Delta Beta—Duke; and Gamma Beta—New Mexico, these charter-members-to-be felt themselves ready for Installation.
On December 7, 1935, Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity officers came south for a Panhellenic Council meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi, and, at this time, they initiated the six charter members as the proud alumnae and co-organizers watched. At this same time a young woman from Jackson, Mississippi, was initiated by proxy for Delta Theta—Goucher College.
A cozy chapter room was furnished with a $500 gift from the Fraternity. Purchased for this sum were maple furniture, rugs, china and silverware. The room was in the basement of Smith Hall, a women’s dormitory. Its low ceilings, overhead pipes, cement floors and barred windows were left behind when the chapter moved to a large upstairs room in the Panhellenic Building, built in 1938.
Minutes of 1940 mention “throwing prudence to the wind” in decorating. Much to the chapter’s horror, the décor was all in Pi Beta Phi colors, (wine red and silver blue). During the following years, “shades of blue” atoned for this lapse. With the university’s surprise 1958 announcement allowing sorority houses, the chapter planned for a house. Ground was broken March 14, 1965, “in the name of the alumnae who have striven so hard through the years to make this day possible … . The actives promise to do their Kappa best to make this house an abode of beauty.”
A chapter newsletter shares these words from the groundbreaking ceremony of the current chapter house on Sorority Row in March 1965: “We are assembled here today to break ground for a house that will be a haven and a home for many in the years to come. As this act of beginning is performed, let us remember those who have gone before us, whose diligence and foresight have made this day possible. Let us be mindful of those who will come after us that what has begun on this day may be completed with generous spirit and love,” said the immediate past chapter President.
The first spade of dirt was turned by the President of the Baton Rouge Alumnae Association who said, “In the name of the alumnae who have striven through the years to make this day possible.” The second spade was turned by the chapter President who said, “In the name of the Delta Iota active chapter and those who are yet to come pledging to do our Kappa best to make this house an abode of beauty both physically and spiritually.”
Nine months later, the Kappas began moving into their new home. Twelve sorority houses were constructed along University Lake, representing an investment of more than $4,000,000 of private funds in university housing. It was 1956 when the Board of Supervisors authorized the president of the university to provide, in any future development of the university, land for the building of sorority houses. It was not until 1963 that the Board of Supervisors requested financial data indicating our ability and desire to build houses—and pay off the loans. Twelve sororities had their requests approved.
The most exciting day came in March 1964 when the Delta Iota President and House Board President met with the Board of Supervisors and representatives of the other sororities to draw for the lots on which they would build. The House Board President said, “We were happy we drew lot number five—the best lot! It was a year later that the house was under construction. The rest is history!”
On Dedication Day, March 20, 1966, the dream founded on goals of “elegance, practicality and permanence” had, through great effort and generosity, become a reality.
Sororities had shared the Panhellenic Building for 25 years. Camaraderie and friendly competition were well established. In 1936–37, Kappa helped inaugurate an annual scholarship banquet sponsored by Panhellenic. Two important events are the Kappa–Delta Kappa Epsilon Christmas party for underprivileged children, a 30-year-old tradition; and the Monmouth Duo, begun in 1961, and shared by Kappa and Pi Beta Phi. Every spring, the Greek chapters participate in Jambalaya Jambilee, an elaborate carnival; and Sigma Chi annually sponsors an all-sorority field day.
Honors and Traditions
Scholarship in Delta Iota has had highs and lows, with averages fluctuating from first to twelfth place among 16 sororities. However, the chapter has always rallied when it needs to improve. In the late 1960’s, the chapter received a campus Panhellenic Award for the greatest improvement during two consecutive terms, and the Province Award in 1969. The pledge class has been first in scholarship at least five times.
Chapter honors include the Gracious Living Award for unhoused chapters, 1960; first in scholarship for the second semester of 1972–73; and three awards for its newsletter.
Delta Iota has always campaigned actively in campus elections. It is an unusual year when campus or dormitory council positions do not include a number of Delta Iotas. The chapter has provided the university with campus favorites, and with members in beauty courts. The chapter is also well represented in scholastic organizations, averaging two members a year in Alpha Lambda Delta, freshmen honorary, and several Phi Kappa Phis. Four members were recognized by Mortar Board in one year, and since founding, about 30 Kappas have become members. The Delta Iota bookshelves in the Kappa lounge are lined with trophies won by the chapter in such events as campus field day, homecoming decorations, songfests and skit programs.
In sports, Delta Iota swimmers have added four first-place trophies to the house collection, and awards have been won for tennis and volleyball.
In 1962, Delta Iota won the Women’s Recreation Association’s second place for overall sports achievement. During 1946–47, Delta Iota sponsored the newly formed Delta Rho, Mississippi, chapter, helped during rush week and attended the installation ceremonies, just as Beta Omicron at Newcomb (Tulane) had assisted in Baton Rouge some 11 years earlier.
Delta Iota has produced many loyal and tireless alumnae, but grateful acknowledgment should be made, also, to advisers from other chapters. Foremost are the three who worked as organizers and who were advisers during the first 10 years. Joan Chaffee Miller Hall, a dormitory for women, was dedicated in this adviser’s memory in 1969. Her key was given to the chapter and is worn by the chapter President. Other cherished possessions include the gavel presented by the four co-organizers, and the key of a deceased member with the initials C.B., awarded to the outstanding pledge. Two other annual awards are given in memory of deceased members. Delta Iotas who have given special service to the Fraternity are Field Secretaries Janet Mahaffey (Postell), 1964–65, and Amelia Bean (Prevost), 1955–57. Lynn Latham (Chaney) was Graduate Counselor at the University of Georgia in 1948.
Other notable alumnae include Dr. Rowena Spencer, a clinical association professor of surgery at Tulane. Dr. Fay Murray Norton is a psychologist, adjunct professor at Mershon Center, Ohio State University and consultant for Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus. Kathryn Hall Proby is former editor and publisher of the Village Post and author of Audubon in Florida. Sue Wilbert Turner is a member of the National Steering Committee of the Trustees Committee of the American Association of Museums, Beta Sigma Phi Woman of the Year, 1970 Mad Hatters Distinguished Lady of 1974 (both awards for outstanding community service, Baton Rouge). Margaret Taylor Lane, LL.B and M.S. in library science, is recorder of documents for the state of Louisiana. Charlie Holcombe Pitcher, LL.B. was third assistant district attorney in charge of family court division, 1961–72, in Baton Rouge. Elizabeth Claire deGravelles Cloninger, founder of the Acadiana Opera Society and Vermillion River Theatrical Company starred in many musical productions in Lafayette, Indiana. Mary Sue Berry Hauck had roles in Broadway musicals and recorded children’s and educational music in New York. She had been the recipient of a Kappa Fellowship, 1955–56. Frances Holcombe was director of the West Baton Rouge Parish Welfare Department, 1957–68, and the State Welfare Department, Quality Control Division 1968–73, in Baton Rouge. Linwood Gisclard (Findley) was Maid of Cotton in 1944, and 14 years later became Mrs. America.
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.
In 1979, Kappa Kappa Gamma participated in LSU’s annual Muscular Dystrophy Football Marathon. At the Province Meeting, Delta Iota won an award for the best active–alumna relations.
Several members attended the Theta Province Meeting in San Antonio in March where they were honored to accept on behalf of the chapter the Richardson Alumnae Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Delta Iota celebrated its 50th anniversary during October 11–13and was honored by the presence of three Fraternity officers: Marian Williams, Theta—Missouri, Fraternity President; Jean Wells, Delta Upsilon, Georgia; and Becky Arbour, Delta Iota—LSU, Fraternity Treasurer. Attendance surpassed all expectations of the steering committee—so many people registered that plans for a Friday evening cocktail party had to be moved from a private home to the Baton Rouge Country Club with more than 500 in attendance! A 15-member steering committee led by the House Board Presdient worked for a full year planning the weekend. More than 75 alumnae served on local committees. A Saturday morning reception at the Kappa House and an evening banquet at the LSU Union were also attended by 500. On Saturday afternoon, alumnae met for “decade parties” at neaby homes of alumnae to gather with sisters who pledged in the same decade. Continental breakfast was served at the Kappa House on Sunday where there was talk of the 75th anniversary to be held in 2015! A Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in honor of the 50th anniversary for Delta Iota Chapter.
At this time, LSU had around 30,000 students and Delta Iota had 115 actives, 42 new initiates and 17 new members awaiting Initiation. During fall Recruitment, 65 new members were pledged. The chapter ranked 3rd out of 14 sororities in GPA. Five members had a GPA of 4.0 and 17 made the Dean’s List.
A chapter goal was increased participation in campus activities. A new participation system encouraged members to commit to attending at least one major activity per semester, which resulted in increased attendance and enthusiasm.
The chapter participates in the Muscular Dystrophy Marathon, Homecoming, Sigma Chi Derby Day and the Jambalaya Jamboree at which the chapter and its partner, Sigma Nu, received the Governor’s Sweepstakes Trophy. Chapter members also spend time with children of the Louisiana State School of the Deaf. Numerous members belonged to various honor societies and clubs and were leaders in student government. The chapter began serving as a hostess chapter for the Southeastern Panhellenic Confernce held in the spring.
On April 4, 1987, several Delta Iotas left for an exciting weekend at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, for Theta Province Meeting. A mock initiation was held at the Kappa House there and those in attendance said it was very special to perform the ritual with actives and alumnae from all over Theta Province. Delta Iota received the Most Improved Scholarship Award, a lovely silver bowl.
During the summer, a new House Director was hired and everyone loves her! She is overseeing a new electronic lock system for the house with a key card. On the third floor, the chapter room was divided into a TV lounge and an extra bedroom. On August 24, 1987, Delta Iota welcomed 62 new members, including 15 legacies. On October 7, Founders Day was celebrated with area alumnae at the Faculty Club on campus. During October 22–24, actives and alumnae joined forces to man a booth at the Junior League’s Christmas Bazaar, raising $1,000 for charity.
Traditional events were enjoyed by the chapter, including Monmouth Duo with Pi Beta Phi and the end-of-school crawfish boil. Chapter members continue to be leaders on campus, including a junior varsity cheerleader, and LSU Golden Girl, and a member of the women’s basketball team. At the Theta Province Meeting, Delta Iota took home the Most Improved Chapter Award and was the co-recipient of the Communication Award. A new philanthropy project, The Kappa Kookbook, raised $1,000 for Kappa Kappa Gamma’s Rose McGill Confidential Aid Fund for Kappas. The chapter goal for the school year was Unity Is Key with an emphasis on increasing participation in chapter and campus activities. Members were active in many campus activities, sports and clubs including ski team, Alpha Lambda Delta, Gamma Beta Phi, Mu Sigma Rho, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Phi Eta Sigma, student government, Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa, Scotch Guard, Golden Girls dance team and more. Delta Iota’s chapter President was named Outstanding Sorority President of 1988, and another active served as the student body president.
Delta Iota welcomed 67 new members (including 14 legacies) making it the largest Kappa chapter. Of the 14 legacies, 8 were sisters of current chapter members. Members enjoyed Homecoming activities and contributed to the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation through Greek Week fundraising efforts. Prior to the Homecoming football game, Kappa new members received the Most Spirited Award at the Tiger Pep Rally and were broadcast live on KLSU performing a chant. One active participated in the Miss LSU Pageant and received the Spirit of LSU Award. The chapter increased the chapter GPA from 2.669 to 2.759, exceeding the all-women’s average on campus. Improved GPA was a continuing goal.
House renovations included new paint upstairs and the addition of a bedroom and president’s office in the chapter room area. The dining room was painted and new shutters, molding and light fixtures were installed. Landscaping was spruced up and next on the list was recovering for the formal living room.
Spring philanthropy events included Easter baskets filled with candy for a children’s home and a brick campaign supporting construction of the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans. The Kappa Cookbook orders continue to raise money for the Rose McGill Fund of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation.
When members returned to the Kappa House after summer break, they discovered beautifully reupholstered furniture and new carpet, paint and curtains. The chapter and House Board also celebrated the burning of the house mortgage this year—while reflecting on the words spoken in 1965 at the groundbreaking ceremony!
Recruitment resulted in 45 new members from across the United States. The new member retreat included the new member officer election, fireside chat, movies and games. In October, they traveled to the New Member Chairman’s home in the country for a cook-out and bonfire. New members were surprised by the baby pictures sent in by their parents and they enjoyed an activity where they were asked to create a commercial supporting KKG.
During Greek Week, Delta Iota was victorious in the pool tournament and other games. An open house for parents and guests was held on Homecoming and a Delta Iota member was presented with the Spirit of LSU Award at the pregame ceremony for the second time. During the Founders Day celebration with the Baton Rouge Alumnae Association, 50-year pins and scholarship were presented. The chapter formal traditionally held in the spring included the presentation of new members. Each one received an iris and was presented by her father. The formal was held after a reception for family members at the house.
At this time, LSU had approximately 35,000 students. Delta Iota members continue to be very involved on campus. The chapter was involved in intramural athletics, making the semi-final in football and winning the volleyball tournament. The chapter’s hard work and emphasis on academics resulted in a ranking of third place among sororities for highest GPA.
During the Theta Province Meeting, Delta Iota received the Campus Involvement Award in part due to the chapter’s efforts in presenting Kappa Kappa Gamma’s KEEP SAFE program to the entire campus. Also during Province Meeting, which the chapter co-hosted with the Houston Alumnae Association, Delta Iota took home the award for the best overall chapter in Theta Province. The new members worked diligently with the actives during Homecoming Week, Thanksgiving and Christmas food drives, LSU Rodeo and MD Week. The new members also organized a weekly reading program for an elementary school, sang Christmas carols and played Bingo at a nursing home and continued a recycling program at the house.
Something new in 1991 was Delta Iota’s first-ever Kappa Classic Golf Tournament to raise money for Kappa Kappa Gamma’s Rose McGill Fund and a few local charities. With participation from university alumni and parents, the chapter raised $3,000 for charity.
Another chapter community service effort took place after a Delta Iota alumna was diagnosed with chronic myleogenous leukemia, for which the only known cure is a bone marrow transplant. The chapter, with help from alumnae and Panhellenic representatives, organized a Bone Marrow Compatibility Testing Drive at the house.
Forty new members, chapter retreat at the home of a local alumna complete with swimming and a luncheon prepared by alumnae. The chapter enjoyed Homecoming Week and Taste of the Tiger paired with Sigma Chi, which involved cooking food for nearly 1,000 people who bought tickets and came to the show to sample food from each group.
At the end of September, the Big Sis–Lil’ Sis program was held at the house followed by a pizza party. The annual Founders Day Banquet was enjoyed by actives and alumnae. Chapter members participated in many community service activities including the Big Buddy Adopt-a-School program. New members were initiated in January and the chapter celebrated with a crawfish boil afterward. Formal included the traditional presentation of new initiates wearing white dresses. In April, the chapter received the first-ever Sisterhood Award from LSU. Members continued to be active on campus from the Miss LSU Pageant to student government. One member served as the LSU cheerleading captain and another was Panhellenic Vice President.
Approximately 40,000 students attend LSU and Kappa is the largest sorority on campus. One member is the vice president of the student government and members are involved in practically every campus organization and honor society. Increasing our scholarship ranking and participation on campus are continuing goals.
Recruitment went well, and after Bid Day, the chapter enjoyed a swimming party and barbeque at a member’s home. Later in the semester the chapter was paired with Delta Kappa Epsilon for Homecoming Week and Taste of the Tiger. In October, big and little sisters enjoyed getting to know each other better and actives and alumnae celebrated Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity’s 125th anniversary and Delta Iota’s 60th. The chapter’s fourth annual Kappa Klassic golf tournament was a success once again and benefited the KKG Rose McGill Fund and the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center. Delta Iota participated in Sigma Chi Derby Days and annual blood drive as well as many other campus activities and service projects. Many chapter members made the dean’s list and served in leadership roles on campus.
During spring Recruitment, three new members were pledged. In February, the chapter held the annual Spring Grub with Pi Beta Phi. In Greek Week, Kappas were teamed with FIJI and Kappa Zeta, placing second.
Fall Recruitment was held at the beginning of the school year instead of before the start of school, which was not well received by the sororities. Still, 45 new members were welcomed into Delta Iota from all across the U.S. Bid Day was celebrated at the Baton Rouge Country Club with dinner and a dip in the pool. Kappa Kappa Gamma’s Keep Safe program was presented on campus to all interested students. Fall Grub was held in September and Parents Weekend in November.
Chapter members participated in On Campus Service Day by helping to clean up the campus. At the last meeting of the year, officers were elected and the annual Christmas party was held. LSU decided to become a dry campus after the drinking age was changed to 21, although this did not apply to football games. Recruitment was changed back to the previous schedule.
Shortly after officer installation, Delta Iota held Inspiration Week and Initiation for 46 new members. Spring Recruitment began that same day, and two new members were extended invitations to membership. In mid-February, the annual Monmouth Grub was held with Pi Beta Phi. Then Greek Week, Sigma Chi Derby Days and Sig Ep’s softball tournament kept members busy. Delta Iota came in second place in the softball tournament. The school year ended with the traditional Formal Presentation at Boudreaux’s with new initiates escorted by their fathers as the New Member Chairman spoke about their activities and interests. The remainder of the evening was held at Glenwood.
The annual spring philanthropy event was changed from Kappa Klassic to Kappa Kookout for Kids, which consisted of a jambalaya dinner and local band for entertainment. The chapter raised $9,000 for Kappa Kappa Gamma’s Rose McGill Fund through the Kappa Foundation and the Dream Day Foundation benefiting St. Jude’s.
During the Spring Recruitment philanthropy round, members and rushees decorated IV bag hangers for hospitalized children. The chapter also donated $100 to the local Shriners philanthropy. Delta Iota participated in the campus all-Greek Carnival for Kids with different games at each sorority house for local children. Other spring events included Adopt-A-School, the KKG Keep Safe program, and a Christmas toy collection.
The spring semester ended with the chapter placing second among sororities for highest GPA—a great source of pride for Delta Iota!
Fall semester began with Recruitment, which resulted in 62 new members. August 18 was Bid Day followed by a swim party at an alumna’s home. In September, the chapter teamed with Sigma Nu to “pomp” 3-D tigers for yard decorations in tune with the Homecoming theme of “The Year of the Tiger.” Fall Grub took place at Richoux’s. Parents enjoyed visiting the house for Parents Weekend and a jambalaya dinner. Many stayed for the football game the next day. Swing, the semi-formal, was held at Bourdreaux’s. The semester ended with the officer election. Challenges the chapter faced during the year included adjusting to the six-week new member program Kore groups instead of “Big and Little Sis” pairings.
New on campus this year was a technology fee to fund computer system upgrades. Another change was Bid Night “Lock-In” for all new sorority and fraternity members complete with a band and a hypnotist for entertainment. George Bush visited the campus in the fall to dedicate the new American War Memorial.
For the spring philanthropy, the chapter brought back the Kappa Klassic golf tournament at the LSU Golf Course and raised $15,000 for the KKG Rose McGill Fund for needy Kappas and the St. Jude’s Dream Day Foundation for children. Chapter members also participated in the Leukemia Walk and Alzheimer’s Walk as well as Adopt-A-School and Coats for Kids.
A highlight of 1999 was the pledging of 72 new members in August, and the initiation of every one of them in October—100 percent initiation! At LSU, the Kappas are commonly known as the Red Hot Mamas, a nickname that originated when Mr. McIlhenney of the Tabasco company sent an initiation package addressed to the “Red Hot Mamas” to his two Kappa daughters. The name stuck. For years, Delta Iota has given an award known as the Red Hot Mama during Initiation time. The chapter votes on the girl who has shown the most enthusiasm and leadership and she is given a key pin with red stones to wear beneath her Kappa badge.
Other highlights of 1999 included a new chancellor, Mark Emmert, and the partnership between LSU and the Blood Center to allow students to give blood on campus. Kappas participated in blood donation, especially during Homecoming Week. Delta Iota was proud to rise to first place in GPA among all Greek chapters. The chapter also focused on incorporating upperclassmen into Kore groups through chapter unity events. Chapter participation was increased through the use of a “Focus Event of the Week through which Chapter Council would select an event that would be the focus of the chapter for that week to encourage participation and enthusiasm. The year concluded with the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on campus.
The Delta Iota Mothers Club continues to actively support the chapter with two main programs each year—the Senior Mother–Daughter Luncheon and study treats. During the Mother–Daughter Luncheon, seniors are presented with a gift from the Mothers Club. During final exams, the chapter is supplied with study snacks at the house. The Mothers Club also gives a gift to the chapter at the end of the school year—most recently, new computers for the house.
On September 11, 2001, after the terrorist attacks, the house mom hung the flag at half-mast outside of the house. The chapter made a banner that said “God bless America” and hung it from the front porch. LSU held a memorial ceremony for the victims of September 11 on September 14, 2001. The Chancellor made a speech about the tragedies and the ceremony ended with a flag ceremony, and a prayer for all of the lives lost. Several members of Kappa Kappa Gamma attended the ceremony. Later that day, members from all of the sororities on the campus lined sorority row with lit candles. Each sorority said prayers and sang songs until dark. Since 2001, each year, LSU has been having ceremonies to remember the tragedy.
After a long and exciting holiday, we began the spring semester on January 20, 2004. The first event for all members to reunite was the ritual review for the entire chapter. We spent time reviewing songs and other important information.
The next exciting event took place at our formal, the Sapphire Ball, on February 14th, where all of the new initiates were presented. Each girl wore a white formal dress and was escorted by their father. For our first sister-only event of the semester, we decided to be creative and invite a kickboxing instructor to come to the Kappa house and teach a class. The trainer came from one of the local fitness center here in Baton Rouge called Goudeau’s. It was held on February 17th, and we used the chapter room so that we would have plenty of space to spread out. We had fun exercising and spending time with friends. At the end of February, we celebrated our annual Monmouth Duo with Pi Beta Phi. On March 7th we teamed up with Kappa Alpha Theta for the annual Kite & Key. This is an event where we clean up around the university lakes and then end with a pizza party.
On March 12-14, Greek Affairs held a Weekend of Dialogue, a weekend experience where the sororities and fraternities could discuss important topics like drinking, responsibility and risk management. Each sorority met with a National representative from their headquarters and had a major discussion about what risk management is and how we needed to change and improve our policies. Each year Kappa participates in Greek Week along with all of the other Sororities and Fraternities on campus. This year it was held from March 15th – 19th and included a food drive, blood drive, a game night, and finally Songfest. For Songfest we were paired with Theta Xi and Pike and received third place in the dance/skit, which was themed “Hitchin-a-Ride." Songs included in the dance were Magic Carpet Ride by Steppin Wolf and Billy Ocean’s “Get out of my dreams and into my car.”
Our next sister-only event was on March 22 and was creative as well. We invited a local square dancing group to come to the house and give us square dancing lessons. We used the chapter room again to allow a lot of space for dancing. On March 26, we participated in a spring testing party for girls who were contemplating on going through rush in the fall. Each sorority had a party with their own theme. Ours was a tea and it was very nice with a good turnout. At the end of the month, on March 27, we went to the Kappa Alumnae Easter Egg hunt. There we played with the alumnae’s children and even had one of our actives dress up in an Easter bunny costume. The children could have their picture taken with the bunny if they wanted and we gave them a copy of the picture afterwards.
Our annual chapter retreat was held on April 18 at a local park where we boiled crawfish and played several games, including kickball. We held our annual senior night on April 27. We said goodbye to all of the seniors, watched a slideshow for them, and listened to funny stories. On May 1, several members of our chapter traveled to Clinton, LA to present the $40,000 check that we had raised with the 2003 Kappa Klassic to the St. Jude's Dream Day Foundation. Although it rained and all of the activities were moved inside, everyone had a great time with the kids and each other.
During the spring semester we also participated and made donations to several fraternity philanthropies. One example was the Sigma Phi Epsilon softball tournament in which we gave a donation. We also participated in Sigma Chi’s Derby Days, which was week of fun events. We also took first place in the Pike “Spike It” volleyball tournament. The last event of the semester was Spring Grub, which was a bus trip to Lafayette, LA. It was held on May 15, which was the last day of school for the spring semester at LSU.
The fall semester started with recruitment workshop and Formal Recruitment. It was a great two weeks, and we were lucky to have extra help from two fraternity visitors, Beth Black and KT Moynihan. They gave us great ideas and tips for recruitment, which helped us add 80 new members to our chapter. At the first meeting of the year, the new members had their formal pledging where they received their new member pins. The new members attended a retreat on September 10, put together by the new member educator and her committee. It was held at our chapter council advisor's home. The new members ate a catered meal, made craft projects, and got to know each other better. The next week was Key Sis revealing. On September 17, all of the new members gathered at the house to find out who their Key Sis was, and enjoy a pizza party.
Our next function, Grub, was held on September 24th and was a bus trip. It was held in New Orleans at the Southport Music Hall. We had a really great band, and it was lots of fun. We selected one member from our chapter, Beth Washington, to represent our chapter at the Kappa Leadership Academy from October 1-3. She brought back fun stories and good ideas from other chapters and also from Fraternity Headquarters. We kicked off Inspiration Week on October 11, and the new members were initiated on October 16. After Initiation, all of the new initiates and their mothers attended a brunch at the Kappa house to celebrate their initiation and to present various awards.
This year Founder’s Day was held at the Kappa house on October 17th. It was a very nice event where alumnae and active members enjoyed coffee, tea, and a large assortment of desserts. Several alumnae received their 50 and 65 year pins and to see their excitement and love for Kappa was a neat experience.
Homecoming week was held from October 18-22. The theme for Homecoming was “We’ve got Game” and as a play on that theme, Kappa chose a hunting theme. We were paired with Pi Kappa Phi, and they helped us decorate our yard with props, including several that moved. We also received an award for creativity of the homecoming parade float that we put together.
On October 27, we participated in the Pan-Hellenic Halloween carnival, where LSU faculty and alumni, as well as Kappa alumnae could bring their children for trick-or-treating down the row. To make the event more fun, some members dressed up in costumes. On the same night, we also had a pumpkin carving party inside where we carved pumpkins that were to be put on the front porch as decorations. On October 29, several girls traveled to the Myrtle's Plantation, a haunted house in St. Francisville, LA.
Our next function was our semi-formal party, which we call Swing. It was held on November 12 in a neighboring town of St. Francisville at a plantation home, Hemingbough. The slating committee presented the slate on November 15, and elections were held on November 22, at our last meeting of the year. Our last event of the semester was the Kappa Christmas party which was held on November 29th. Each Kappa who chose to participate was required to bring a small gift, and we played "Dirty Santa". During the semester, we also participated in several fraternity philanthropies including Lambda Chi Alpha’s watermelon bust and Kappa Sigma’s “Kickoff” football tournament.
The new year opened with lots of excitement. Our LSU football team was invited to the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, and won the BCS National Championship. Not long after their victory, construction began on the stadium. LSU plans to renovate the West side of the stadium to make it identical to the east side. Many other construction projects occurred during the year such as adding new sidewalks and more handicap accessible ramps. The president, George W. Bush, spoke at the spring Graduation of 2004 on May 21. LSU also continues to pursue the National Flagship Agenda. In December, Sean O’Keefe, former administrator of NASA, became the seventh chancellor of the university, and football coach, Nick Saban, left the head coaching position of the LSU Tigers for the head coaching position of the Miami Dolphins
Our chapter placed a high importance on becoming more involved and recognized in the LSU community. We were involved in all kinds of different events, and we tried to participate at our utmost ability in everything that would help LSU and other people or organizations. We really tried to concentrate on our Letter of Concern. We strived to build a stronger and more connected chapter, not only with our current members, but also with our alumni, and the organization as a whole. We feel like we have made tremendous improvements as a chapter, and only look forward to the vast challenges ahead.
One of the goals set forth for the Delta Iota chapter this past year was to become more educated in risk management, chapter history, and ritual. Because some risk management procedures and rules were not being followed properly, we thought it was important to review the risk management rules and the consequences that would follow should a rule be broken or even worse an accident occur. The chapter is now more aware and careful about risk management policies. For example, to try to ensure that all members are riding the buses to and from social events, we are stamping their hands when they get on the bus, and if they do not have a stamp, they cannot get into the event. We also are trying to compile a 21 and older list so that the use of fake identification cards will be invalid.
By becoming more educated with the history and ritual of Kappa Kappa Gamma, we remembered why we joined the fraternity, and what it really means to be part of such an organization. We tried to plan more sister-only non-alcoholic events throughout the year, such as kickboxing, square dancing and a trip to the Myrtles Plantation, a haunted house. These events helped to unite the entire chapter. We also tried to become more in touch with our alumnae. Besides our Easter egg hunt with the alumnae and their kids, we held "card nights" monthly at the house, where the alumnae and the members could play card games together.
Chapter Council has also tried to get everyone more excited and involved about upcoming events. Although we are still trying to improve attendance, we have had an increase in participation. However, we would like to get the whole chapter more involved in all kinds of events.
We returned on January 18, 2005, for spring semester and held our first formal meeting on January 24. Later that week, we participated in the Kappa Sigma Mardi Gras Pageant and Ball. For the talent show portion, our representative played water glasses like Sandra Bullock in the movie “Miss Congeniality.” For our sister-only event, we had a Valentine’s Day Chocoholic Party at the house on February 14, and we ate chocolate covered strawberries and drank Kappa Kappachinos. During the weekend of Febraury18–20, six members of our chapter traveled to Opelika, Alabama, for our Province Meeting. Our chapter received two awards: Outstanding Philanthropy and Most Improved Chapter, and the Baton Rouge Alumna Association received an Outstanding Chapter Support award.
On March 5, we participated in Songfest where sororities and fraternities are paired and perform a song and dance. We were paired with Phi Gamma Delta, Sigma Alpha Mu, and Tau Kappa Epsilon. Our theme was “We’re in the Money,” and the routine included songs titled “She works hard for the Money,” “I wanna be Rich,” “If I were a Rich girl,” and “Can’t Buy Me Love.” Two members of our chapter also sang a duet and placed first in the solo/duet competition. Later that same day, we held our annual Sapphire Ball. Our new initiates were presented by their fathers, and then were served dinner at Lyceum Dean in downtown Baton Rouge. After dinner, the rest of the chapter arrived for the fun. On the next day, the new members gathered in the chapter room for a ritual and Recruitment workshop. On March 13, the entire chapter reviewed ritual and Recruitment. On March 14, we had a special visitor at our formal meeting. In preparation for our annual Kappa Klassic golf tournament, a young girl named Halley came to tell our chapter about St. Jude’s Children's Hospital where she had stayed for an extended period while being treated for cancer. We were all touched by her story.
On April 1 and 2, our parents came for our annual Parents Weekend. On April 1, we enjoyed fajitas, a band and a silent auction at Serrano’s Salsa Co. On April 2, we invited our parents to the house for a crawfish boil and scholarship banquet. We awarded several members who had outstanding grade point averages. As always, our Parents Weekend ended with our golf tournament Kappa Klassic, which was held at the LSU golf course. We raised approximately $50,000 and we donated approximately $45,000 to St. Jude’s Dream Day Foundation and about $5,000 to Reading Is Fundamental. Many local citizens and companies sponsored our golf tournament, along with the approximately 200 participants.
This year for Greek Week, the Greek Affairs staff decided we would dedicate the whole week to Habitat for Humanity. Each sorority and fraternity would have three four-hour slots that 30–40 people would participate in. Members of the sorority were bused to the building site, and at the end of the week, our Greek community had built a house for a community member. One of our members was the president of our campus Habitat for Humanity club, and she put countless hours into the partnership between Greek community and Habitat for Humanity.
On April 12, we paired with Pi Beat Phi for our annual Monmouth Duo Crush Party. On April 17, we had our chapter retreat. Our theme was “Minerva’s Birthday Party” because 2005 was Delta Iota’s 70th anniversary. We had boiled crawfish and birthday cake, and we enjoyed playing kickball and Hula-hooping.
On April 22, we had our Spring Grub and the theme was “Game On.” On April 23, several members of our chapter woke up early to play in the Sig Ep Softball Tournament. Our team placed first in the tournament and later went on to win the sorority intramural championship. Sandie, a Kappa Trainer, visited our chapter all the way from Canada on April 24. She gave us insight on leadership and teamwork. On April 25, we attended Greek Awards and our chapter was recognized as having the outstanding fundraiser and was chosen as one of the outstanding chapters at LSU. Many members of our chapter were also recognized for being part of Rho Alpha and Order of Omega, Greek honor societies.
On May 2, we celebrated Senior Night, and we recognized all of the wonderful members who were graduating. On May 5, we teamed up with Delta Delta Delta for a festive Cinco-de-Mayo party at the Delta Delta Delta house. On May 7, several members took a bus to Clinton, La., for St. Jude’s Dream Day. We had lots of fun presenting the check and playing with the kids. During the semester, we had exchanges with several fraternities including Kappa Sigma, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and Lambda Chi Alpha before it became time to study for final exams.
One of the biggest challenges that our chapter was facing at the beginning of the year was that we were still on Letter of Concern. The new Chapter Council tried very hard to improve the chapter morale and standards. We tried to create a chapter that was more informed about risk management and ritual. We held the members more accountable for their actions, and we had a risk management workshop in order to promote the knowledge of procedures and rules. We also spent more time as a chapter reviewing and understanding the ritual. We had several ritual workshops, and we became more educated with the meaning behind the ritual.
During the summer, we chose a new House Director who has made our house a home away from home. The fall semester began with a Recruitment workshop on August 6. We worked hard all week, and Recruitment began on August 14, 2005. Also on August 14, we were surprised with a letter from Headquarters removing us from our Letter of Concern—an accomplishment we were all proud of! Bid Day was held on August 20, 2005, and we accepted 65 new members. After a night of swimming and dancing, we prepared for the start of school.
On August 22, school began, but sadly on August 29, Hurricane Katrina made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane. Many members were stranded at the chapter house, unable to leave because of bad weather. Many members of our chapter were also from New Orleans and surrounding areas. Our entire chapter was strongly affected by the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. After watching the aftermath, we returned to school still in shock on September 6, 2005. We held Key Sis on September 9, earlier than usual because we thought it would be easier for new members if they had an older girl to talk to from the beginning of their college experience. On September 12, we held formal pledging and on September 16, we participated in Kappa Sigma Kickoff, a flag football tournament, and that night we held our Fall Grub at Nitetown in Lafayette, La. On September 24, another hurricane made landfall on the Louisiana coast near Lake Charles, La. Hurricane Rita was a Category 3 hurricane, and although not as strong as Katrina, Rita devastated the western coast of Louisiana. Several members were from Lake Charles and surrounding areas.
After returning to school from the second hurricane interruption, things began to settle down. On October 2, we had our new member retreat at Mockler Beverage Company. The new members had fun getting acquainted with each other and learning more about Kappa Kappa Gamma. On October 16, we held a Founders Day celebration at the house. We took out many scrapbooks for the pleasure of our guests, and we had sandwiches and sweet snacks.
On October 23, we had a Risk Management Workshop to remind all members how important the rules are and the reasons we have certain rules. Also, a Leadership Consultant arrived to help our chapter with Initiation preparation. She gave us helpful information about ritual, and she spoke with each officer to help them to do their job better. On October 24, Inspiration Week began. On October 26, our chapter participated in the annual Trick-or-Treat on the Row, an event where alumni and LSU faculty, staff, and students can bring their children to trick-or-treat at the sorority houses. Besides handing out candy, we carved pumpkins and dressed in costumes. On October 27, we held Blue and Blue, and on October 28, we held Fireside. Initiation occurred on October 29, and we were happy to have several alumnae participate. On October 30, we held a Mother/Daughter Dinner for the new members and their mothers. The Red Hot New Member and the Spirit of Kappa Awards were given.
On November 5, our Homecoming pomping decorations were judged. We spent a week pomping a scene of “Shrek” for the Homecoming theme of “Hollywood.” Many of the kids enjoyed our theme, and some of them took pictures with Donkey. We started the day with a parade and finished with a victory in Tiger Stadium. On November 14, we had three affiliates from different universities who decided that Delta Iota was right for them. We held an affiliation ceremony and greeted each girl with a bouquet to welcome her into our chapter.
On December 5, we had our last sister-only event of the year, a Christmas Party. We exchanged gifts and sang Christmas carols in front of our beautifully decorated tree. During the semester, we had exchanges with Sigma Chi, Kappa Sigma, and Phi Gamma Delta.
Our campus endured many changes over the past year. We had many renovations to the stadium and sidewalks. And we have worked with a new chancellor and a new football coach, but the biggest change has been the influx of people since Hurricane Katrina. Because Baton Rouge is the nearest big city to New Orleans, many people evacuated here. For a few months our assembly center was used as a special-needs shelter, and our agriculture coliseum was used as an animal shelter. Many members of our chapter volunteered numerous hours at the shelters. LSU accepted many new students for the semester from the University of New Orleans, Tulane University and Loyola University. Class sizes became bigger and it became harder to get around campus, and the city, but it has strengthened our campus community to endure tragedy and help so many people. We have tried to incorporate members of the Tulane chapter into our chapter events until they are able to return to New Orleans. This tragedy has made our chapter stronger and more appreciative of our family, friends and blessings.
We returned for Christmas break in January with high hopes for the New Year. On February 10, a chapter member represented us in the Kappa Sigma Mardi Gras Ball. At the same, the new members eagerly awaited March 3—our annual Formal. Each new member was presented to the chapter and family members. One new member also participated in the Miss LSU Pageant, which was a philanthropy event for the Delta Zeta Sorority.
During Greek Week, Kappa’s helped build a house for Habitat for Humanity. The first weekend of April started with a bang due to Parent’s Weekend and Kappa Klassic, Delta Iota’s philanthropy golf tournament. Kappas and their family members enjoyed a night out together, a crawfish boil with silent auction and ended the weekend with the tournament. We raised more than $50,000. Greek awards were hosted in April and our chapter received “Most Outstanding Chapter” and “Best Philanthropy.” The month of April closed out with “Monmouth Duo,” our annual party with Pi Beta Phi, followed by our chapter retreat. In addition, the senior members enjoyed Senior Mother /Daughter Tea. May brought extra studying and finals with anticipation for summer break.
Members returned in mid-August for Recruitment. The girls celebrated their hard work during Chapter Night Out on the 18th. Bid Day and pledging were a success as usual. On September 10, the new members and their key sisters enjoyed a day at member’s camp with barbeque and Slip-n-Slides. The chapter participated in Kappa Sig Kick Off, a flag-football tournament. Lambda Chi Alpha hosted Watermelon Bust, which included a day on LSU’s Parade Grounds filled with field games. Homecoming Week was celebrated with various events to raise money. Kappa was paired with Fraternity Sigma Chi and won first place in the coveted Songfest, along with placing in the Purple and Gold Games and Coin Wars. The last weekend of September included our Fall Grub in Madisonville, La.
We welcomed 59 new initiates in October. Traveling Consultant Jessica Myers stayed at our house during Inspiration Week and helped with every aspect. Sunday following Initiation, mothers of the new members came to our house for Mother/Daughter Tea.
On October 18th, we held our first fall philanthropy on behalf of RIF (Reading Is Fundamental). We opened our house to all other Greeks for a book drive. Many enjoyed our famous Kappa Kappa-Chinos in exchange for books to be given to those less fortunate. A Founders Day banquet place on Sunday October 22 with local alumnae including two 50-year pin and one 65-year pin recipients. This day was particularly special for two active members and biological sisters because they were able to see their grandmother receive her pin. October 25 was the Greek Trick-or-Treat.
Campus news: Protests were assembled throughout football season by African-American students against the LSU flag because of its resemblance to the confederate flag. The LSU football team earned the right to play in the 2006 Sugar Bowl. Our men’s basketball team made it to the Final Four. “LSU FOREVER” marked the biggest attempt to secure private funds in the history of the university.
The first event in 2007 for our members was Formal held in early March during which all of the new initiates were presented by their fathers or a father figure in their life. New initiates wore long white dresses. Among the traditional spring activities, the chapter enjoyed Songfest. Partnered with Phi Kappa Psi, we won the Songfest competition held during LSU's Spring Testing for the incoming freshmen to get a taste of Greek life on campus.
Throughout the fall and beginning of the Spring semester each Greek organization hosts letter- writing parties to raise money for a Habitat for Humanity project. After our letter-writing parties raised $115,000 to sponsor a Habitat for Humanity House, the Greek community began its work. From March 17–23, the Kappas and other Greek organizations participated in the annula Greek Week Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build, this year building two houses. Sorority and fraternity members signed up for three-hour shifts.
Parents weekend began on April 13 with a catered dinner by Semolina's at the Kappa House. After dinner, the festivities continued at Bogie’s Bar and Grill with live entertainment. On Saturday, the Kappa House hosted a Louisiana classic crawfish boil, catered by Mudbug’s Cajun Cartering, Inc. Sunday was the 15th Annual Kappa Klassic Golf Tournament at the LSU golf course. We raised over $50,000, divided among our selected charities: the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation, Dream Day (benefiting St. Jude’s), and the Katherine Kain fund for Cystic Fibrosis awareness.
Senior Week included a slideshow featuring every senior’s baby pictures and pictures from more recent times, as well as a senior party held at Reggie’s. The week ended with a mother/daughter brunch.
After a successful Recruitment, Big-Sis/Lil-Sis was held the week of September 18, beginning on Tuesday with surprise delivery of gifts until Friday, the unveiling of the big sisters on Sunday followed by a catered lunch, family style. October 7 was the Founders Day celebration at the Kappa House. We had alumna speakers and recognition for the 50+ alumnae. With a reception before and after the ceremony, younger Kappas got to meet and talk to older alumnae, hearing stories and seeing pictures from the past, realizing that not much has changed with regard to Kappa spirit.
Soon after Initiation was RIF book drive. Now, after just a few years, our fall RIF book drive has grown. We welcome everyone on campus into our house with donations of children’s books, in exchange for a Kappa Kappachino, our delicious coffee/ice cream drink.
Semi-Formal was held in October at Vintage Courts in Covington. At the spring Province meeting held in Baton Rouge in early March, Delta Iota chapter received both the Outstanding Fundraiser and Outstanding Chapter Awards from the Fraternity.
Soon after our LSU football team won the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, we returned to school, the campus buzzing with excitement. Recently LSU had converted campus to a walking campus, having baracades preventing cars from driving on campus without specialized access cards. This forced more mass transportation on our Greek bus system, as well as walking or riding bikes to class, a much-needed improvement for our campus to lessen the congestion. Many renovations were underway on old dorms and on-campus cafeterias.
One of our chapter’s challenges over the past year was that our attendance was poor for meetings and various events. Throughout 2007 we made strides to encourage more attendance. One way we raised our attendance was for the Chapter Council member whose turn it was to give a presentation at the meeting to give prizes for correct answers to a question regarding their presentation. This not only increased attendance at meetings, but also increased morale.
Another of our challenges was grades. We have been providing tutoring options to those in need and have been encouraging study hours for those having not met the required GPA. We have also been rewarding our academically successful members, giving those who are lagging behind a goal to meet and leaders to follow.
We enjoyed a number of exchanges with themes including the wilderness, the letter H and disco bowling. We honored our freshmen during our formal at de la Ronde Hall on February 23, and celebrated our founding with the Pi Beta Phi's at Monmouth Duo on March 13. We said good bye to our seniors with a senior luncheon on April 13,
We began Recruitment training August 10. We had a successful Recruitment during the week of August 17, and welcomed new members on Bid Day on August 23. Some of our fall semester exchange themes included Olympics and hometown. Baton Rouge was affected by Hurricane Gustav on September 1 and LSU was out of school from September 2–5. Once we got back from our hurricane break, we had formal pledging on September 9. We had Fall Grub on October 3 at Splash and began Inspiration Week on October 16 with our Blue and Blue Banquet, followed by Fireside and Initiation. We followed up the weekend with our Founders Day celebration on October 19.
The Delta Iota intramural soccer team faced Phi Mu in the finals and came out with a win. The sign-up lists were always full for the fraternities’ philanthropic events and the girls had a great time. The chapter participated in Lambda Chi Watermelon Bust, Sammy Dodgeball, SAE splashdown, Sigma Chi Derby Days, and more. Our chapter won both Sammy Dodgeball and SAE Splashdown. Through Kappa Klassic, the chapter raised $42,000 for the Dream Day Foundation and also went to Clinton, La., for the Dream Day celebration. We also donated $9,000 to the Kappa Foundation. We were proud that this was the most money raised for the Foundation out of all of the Kappa Kappa Gamma chapters across the continent. Another philanthropic event involved participating in Reading Is Fundamental. Books were donated to two local schools, Buchanon Elementary and Highland Elementary, and the Kappa members read to the children. The Kappa Klassic golf tournament was also memorable this year for the chapter because it was dedicated to the memory of an alumna of Delta Iota chapter who had recently passed away. Founders Day was also a special day because courtyard was redone and a presentation and dedication ceremony was held in honor of this dedicated member.
The all-girls freshmen dorm, Miller Hall (named after Kappa), was renovated with all new movable furniture and updated bathrooms. The study rooms were improved for a more study-friendly environment. The downstairs common area was renovated to encourage girls to use the computer lab, study and socialize with friends in the downstairs area.
The university got all new buses and made new routes for more efficient ways to get to classes. The buses have numerous routes starting from Sorority Row, Tigerland, the Garden District, and other locations. This allows students who live further away equal opportunity to use the bus system and avoid campus traffic. The buses are also more efficient because students can track the buses online. The online system allows students to see where the buses are and what there next stop will be.
The student Union is under renovation—This year the downstairs area opened to students. The new area has a large sitting area where students can eat, chat and study. The area is surrounded by a bagel shop and a McDonald’s. The new area also has pool tables that students can rent while on a break from class. Another convenience in the new area of the student union is the wide variety of ATMs available.
The LSU baseball stadium was re-done and relocated to down the street from the old Alex Box stadium. The new Alex Box stadium has extra locker room and meeting space. This location has new batting cages and other improvements. The new stadium can seat 9,200 people and has three seating levels.
Homecoming Week was as busy as ever. Our chapter was thrilled to show support of the NPHC groups by attending a step show with the NPHC group we were paired with. At the event, Kappa won the spirit competition. We also participated in songfest with the theme of “Candyshop” and all of the girls dressed in shirts that represented candy canes, and had props such as lollipops incorporated into the dance routine. Chapter members attended to show their support.
Two members of Delta Iota participated in the Miss LSU Pageant, a charity fundraiser, and other members attended to show their support.
Over the course of the past year, the Delta Iota chapter of LSU participated in many campus and greek events. Such events included: Sigma Alpha Epsilon Splashdown, Kappa Sigma Kick-off, Delta Kappa Epsilon Pedal for the Poor, Pi Kappa Alpha's Capture the Flag,and countless others. Our chapter has also supported and aided the philanthropies of all Greeks on campus, such as Kappa Delta's Blood Drive, and Tri Delt's Delta Desserts. Kappa competed successfully in Greek athletic events. Kappa placed first in Capture the Flag, and the freshmen class placed first in KappaSigma Kick-off.
Many of our members also participated in Intramural sports on behalf of KKG. The KKG soccer team was very successful this year placing first by defeating Phi Mu in the final. The volleyball team took second after a tough loss against the Tri Delts. Besides numerous campus involvements, the Delta Iota chapter has continued its tradition on emphasizing the importance of philanthropy. Kappa hosted the Kappa Klassic once again and raised over $30,000 dollars for St. Jude's Children's Hospital. We also hosted the first annual Kappa Krawfish,an event aimed to raise money for RIF (Reading is Fundamental). Our members are also required to be involved in charitable work and organizations outside of campus. Some members volunteer at hospitals, work at soup kitchens, or visit the local Humane Society. This past year our actives have placed fifth amongst the sororities in overall GPA.We also hosted another successful Founder's Day at our house, in which we invited several alumnae to be recognized for their years as a Kappa. The alumnae read letters of their fond memories of Kappa. Our chapter also received awards from Greek Life such as Outstanding Chapter and the Xi Province award for Sisterhood.
Campus: Louisiana State University has persevered in their goal to become nationally recognized. LSU has the highest graduation rate of any public university in Louisiana, and US News and World Report ranked them in the top tier of national universities. It is also ranked in the top 16 of most popular universities. Despite the current economy, LSU has continued to improve its campus. The University made long term capital investments in enhancement including expansion to the Business Education Complex, Choppin Hall Annex, a new band hall, construction and betterment of new and existing dorms, and amplification of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. LSU also continued to receive awards for its academic excellence. Many faculty members have earned national awards such as LSU AgCenter Professor, Donald L. Thompson, who was given the Equine Science Award for his research.
Chapter: Overall the Delta Iota Chapter has developed into a more responsible and scrupulous refelction of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Regretfully, we were given a warning of probation with review in January 2012, but due to adjustments within our members and the leadership of our chapter council, we improved significantly. Proper risk management techniques were utilized and followed at every social function, and every social function proved to be a success with no gimmicks. Our chapter has truly changed for the better and the future looks very promising for our Delta Iota Chapter. As well as improving risk management, Kappa continued to be involved in many aspects of campus and community life. Our chapter initiated its first ever Kappa Krawfish, a crawfish boil which raises money for Reading is Fundamental. Members of the chapter also organized groups to read to local children at their schools. Campus involvment also augmented over the past year. Our members took part in many Panhellenic events and represented Kappa to the best of their ability.
Within our chapter, involvement skyrocketed as well. More and more members participated in Kappa functions and were eager to help the chapter in anyway. Our use of commitees , such as academic, helped to better chapter engagment also. The Delta Iota Chapter placed more emphasis on academics and the importance of being phenomenal students throughout the past year. Our new members placed second on the row in GPA, and Kappa continued to offer more help and study aids to its members. Overall, the past year of Delta Iota was one of improvement.
The Delta Iota Chapter has been struggling with overall GPA, sisterhood and unity. To overcome these obstacles, our Vice President of Academics implemented and continued many programs and resources for our chapter members. Members of the Academic Committee are each assigned a group of members to periodically check on their current grades. The Committee offered help to the members and made them aware of the many assets that the University offers, such as tutors. Besides help, the committee presented a type of incentive for good study habits. Each week active members entered the amount of hours they studied. At the next meeting, a study girl of the week was chosen and would receive some type of gift card to a local business. Also any girls that had unfortunately placed below our required GPA were required to study at the house for certain amounts of time. In order to promote unity and sisterhood our chapter hosted several "sisterhood events". Besides bid day, for which our 92 new members enjoyed a classy pool party, events included going to the movie theater, attending a haunted house together, participating in a yogalates class, and battling it out in a friendly game of laser tag. Over the past year, the Delta Iota chapter has grown in unity and has become a refuge and sanctuary of some sort for our members.
Over the course of this past year, the Delta Iota chapter of Kappa at LSU has participated in many campus wide and greek events. Such events included: Lambda Chi Beach Bash, Kappa Sigma Kick-off, Delta Kappa Epsilon Pedal for the Poor, Pi Kappa Alpha's Capture the Flag, LSU Greekwide Songfest, Step Up or Step Aside, and many others. Kappa has also supported the philanthropies of other chapters on campus, for example Tri Delta's Desserts to benefit St. Judes, and Theta Xi's blood drive.
We also competed in many athletic events, such as intramural greek sports, both sand volleyball and soccer, and were very successful in both. Besides all of our campus involvements, the Delta Iota chapter has continued its tradition on emphasizing the importance of philanthropy. Kappa hosted the Kappa Klassic once again this past Spring and raised $32,000 for St. Jude's Children's Hospital Dream Day Foundation. Members of our chapter attended the dream day event, where patients get to have a fun-filled carnival day and it was a joy to see how our hard work paid off. We also put on a silent aunction and raised around $5,000 for the Kappa Foundation.
Delta Iota hosted our second annual Kappa Krawfish panhellenic event, where we had lots of crawfish and a band to raise money for our other philanthropy, Reading is Fundamental. With around 300 members total as of our Fall 2012 recruitment, Delta Iota has been growing and excelling at LSU. Our members are required to be involved in other organizations and/or volunteer work. Some members volunteer at hospitals or the animal shelter, while others are involved in the Tiger Athletic Foundation or spend their time tutoring.
This past year, our actives placed 2nd on sorority row for cumulative GPA, which was a huge achievement for our chapter making it from 5th place last year. Delta Iota also won 1st place for Greek Week at LSU, which is a week dedicated to Habitat for Humanity, where every chapter raises money and then comes together to build two houses for the less fortunate in Baton Rouge. Kappa also received numerous awards from Greek Life including Honorable mention for most improved chapter, honorable mention outstanding recruitment, and honorable mention outstanding risk management. Delta Iota also received 2nd place for most money raised for the Kappa foundation from chapters with 120+ members.
Louisiana State University has reached their goal of becoming nationally recognized; It has been ranked as a top tier university on the national rank. The University has made long term investments in enhancement including expansion to the Business Education Complex, a new band hall, construction and betterment of new and existing dorms, amplification of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, and the most exciting, a brand new Barnes and Noble bookstore on campus with a large parking garage. Down Sorority Row, we are very busy welcoming the addition of a new chapter, Alpha Phi, to greek life in Fall 2013. They will be a part of Fall 2013 recruitment, and make the size of the pledge classes more manageable for each chapter, we are very excited about having them!
Overall, the Delta Iota Chapter has developed into a more responsible and involved chapter. In the past year, we were taken off warning of probation, for all of the achievements and progress that we have made. Our members took part in many Panhellenic events and represented Kappa to the best of their ability. Within our chapter, involvement has increased greatly. We have implemented a "Kappa Kash" system to advertise and emphasize involvement in different Kappa and campus wide events with prizes and other incentives. As a chapter, we are looking forward to the future, putting the past behind us, and making the Delta Iota chapter of Kappa a highly respected and responsible chapter, both nationally and locally.
Information about the previous calendar year, scholarship, group honors/awards, Province awards, traditions, special events, philanthropic involvement, chapter goals, challenges and how they were overcome, world/local events that you participated in or helped with – Presidential campaigns, natural disasters, etc. The Delta Iota chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma at LSU has participated in many campus wide and greek events. Some of these events included Lambda Chi Beach Bash, Sigma CaNU, Sigma Phi Epsilon Schoolyard Scramble, Pi Kappa Alpha’s Capture the Flag, LSU Greekwide Songfest, and Stepshow. Delta Iota also supported the philanthropies of other chapters on campus including Tri Delta’s Desserts to benefit St. Jude’s Children Hospital, and Theta Xi’s blood drive. We also put on our own blood drive with Sigma Nu.
We also competed in many athletic events, such as intramural sand volleyball and soccer, and were very successful in both. Besides all of our campus involvements, the Delta Iota chapter has continued its tradition on emphasizing the importance of philanthropy. Kappa hosted the Kappa Klassic once again this past Spring and raised $44,000 for St. Jude's Children's Hospital Dream Day Foundation. Members of our chapter got to see how our hard work paid off by attending the dream day event, where patients spent a fun-filled, carnival-themed day in Baton Rouge. We also put on a silent auction for the Kappa Foundation. Delta Iota hosted our third annual Kappa Krawfish panhellenic event, where we raised money for our other philanthropy, Reading is Fundamental, by providing crawfish and live music.
With around 300 members total as of our Fall 2013 recruitment, Delta Iota has been growing and excelling at LSU. Our members are required to be involved in other organizations and/or volunteer work. Some members volunteer at hospitals or the animal shelter, while others are involved in the Tiger Athletic Foundation or spend their time tutoring. Delta Iota also participated in Greek Week at LSU, which is a week dedicated to Habitat for Humanity, where every chapter raises money and then comes together to build two houses for the less fortunate in Baton Rouge. Kappa also received numerous awards from Greek Life, one of which was Best House Mom. She helps coordinate our sisterhood events at the house by setting up the living room and providing food for the Chapter. One of our sisters Emma Arceneaux won homecoming queen in fall of 2013. Also, two of our members are a part of the Greek Board of Directors and another member is on Panhellenic Exec. This past year has been an exciting year for the Delta Iota chapter and we look forward to another fantastic year.
Louisiana State University has reached their goal of becoming nationally recognized; It has been ranked as a top tier university on the national rank. The University has made long term investments in enhancement including expansion to the Business Education Complex, a new band hall, construction and betterment of new and existing dorms, amplification of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, and the most exciting, a brand new Barnes and Noble bookstore on campus with a large parking garage. Down Sorority Row, we are very busy welcoming the addition of a new chapter, Alpha Phi, to greek life in Fall 2013. They participated in Fall 2013 recruitment and made the size of the pledge classes more manageable for all of the other sororities on campus. We are very excited about having them! Overall, the Delta Iota Chapter has developed into a more responsible and involved chapter. Our members took part in many Panhellenic events and represented Kappa to the best of their ability. Within our chapter, involvement has increased greatly. We have implemented a "Kappa Kash" system to advertise and emphasize involvement in different Kappa and campus wide events with prizes and other incentives. As a chapter, we are looking forward to the future, learning from our past, and making the Delta Iota chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma a highly respected and responsible chapter, both nationally and locally.
The Delta Iota chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma at LSU has participated in many campus wide and Greek events. Some of these events included Lambda Chi Beach Bash, Sigma CaNU, Sigma Phi Epsilon Schoolyard Scramble, Pi Kappa Alpha’s Capture the Flag, LSU Greekwide Songfest, and Stepshow. Delta Iota also supported the philanthropies of other chapters on campus including Tri Delta’s Desserts to benefit St. Jude’s Children Hospital, and Theta Xi’s blood drive. We also put on our own blood drive with Sigma Nu.
We also competed in many athletic events, such as intramural sand volleyball and soccer, and were very successful in both. Besides all of our campus involvements, the Delta Iota chapter has continued its tradition on emphasizing the importance of philanthropy. Kappa hosted the Kappa Klassic this past Spring of 2014 raising around $54,000 and also had it in the Fall of 2014, and raised about $60,000 for St. Jude's Children's Hospital Dream Day Foundation. Members of our chapter got to see how our hard work paid off by attending the dream day event, where patients spent a fun-filled, carnival-themed day in Baton Rouge.
We also put on a silent auction for the Kappa Foundation in the spring of 2014 while raising $4,545 and in the fall of 2014 we raised around $4,000. Delta Iota hosted our fourth annual Kappa Krawfish panhellenic event, where we raised money for our other philanthropy, Reading is Fundamental, by providing crawfish and live music.
With around 300 members total as of our Fall 2014 recruitment, Delta Iota has been growing and excelling at LSU. Our members are required to be involved in other organizations and/or volunteer work. Some members volunteer at hospitals or the animal shelter, while others are involved in the Tiger Athletic Foundation or spend their time tutoring. Delta Iota also participated in Greek Week at LSU, which is a week dedicated to Habitat for Humanity, where every chapter raises money and then comes together to build two houses for the less fortunate in Baton Rouge. One of our members Caroline Broussard was also a part of the Panhellenic Executive Board as the Vice President of Administration. Kappa won numerous awards including Outstanding Chapter for Order of Omega and our house director, Nancy Bogan, also won an award. This past year has been an exciting year for the Delta Iota chapter and we look forward to another fantastic year.
Louisiana State University has reached their goal of becoming nationally recognized; It has been ranked as a top tier university on the national rank. The University has made long term investments in enhancement including expansion to the Business Education Complex, a new band hall, construction and betterment of new and existing dorms, amplification of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, and the most exciting, a brand new Barnes and Noble bookstore on campus with a large parking garage. Down Sorority Row, we are very busy welcoming the addition of a new chapter, Alpha Phi, to greek life in Fall 2013. They participated in Fall 2013 recruitment and made the size of the pledge classes more manageable for all of the other sororities on campus. Alpha Phi will also be moving into their very own house in Fall 2015. We are very excited about having them on the row! Overall, the Delta Iota Chapter has developed into a more responsible and involved chapter. Our members took part in many Panhellenic events and represented Kappa to the best of their ability. Within our chapter, involvement has increased greatly. We have implemented a "Kappa Kash" system to advertise and emphasize involvement in different Kappa and campus wide events with prizes and other incentives. As a chapter, we are looking forward to the future, learning from our past, and making the Delta Iota chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma a highly respected and responsible chapter, both nationally and locally.
Our 2013 chapter president, Maggie Stewart wears her grandmother, Patricia Crane Mason's badge. She pledged Kappa Kappa Gamma at LSU on March 3rd, 1956. Her badge is stunning, adorned with sapphires and pearls. On the back, her name is engraved along with the Delta Iota Greek symbols and 3-3-56. Her two older sisters, Elaine and Sarah Stewart both wore the pin before her. In 1957, her grandmother wore her pin when she was elected and installed as the chapter president as a mere sophomore. Maggie feels so lucky to not only share the Kappa experience and badge with her grandmother, but they also share the honor of being a Delta Iota president. Maggie’s grandmother was the very first person Maggie told when she was elected, and her grandmother could not be prouder!
The Delta Iota chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma at LSU has participated in many campus wide and Greek events. Some of these events included Lambda Chi Beach Bash, Sigma CaNU, Sigma Phi Epsilon Schoolyard Scramble, Pi Kappa Alpha’s Capture the Flag, LSU Greekwide Songfest, and Stepshow. Delta Iota also supported the philanthropies of other chapters on campus including Tri Delta’s Desserts to benefit St. Jude’s Children Hospital, and Theta Xi’s blood drive. We also put on our own blood drive with Sigma Nu.
We also competed in many athletic events, such as intramural kickball and soccer, and were very successful in both. Besides all of our campus involvements, the Delta Iota chapter has continued its tradition on emphasizing the importance of philanthropy. Kappa hosted Kappa Klassic this past Fall of 2015, raising around $66,000, and $70,000 for St. Jude's Children's Hospital Dream Day Foundation. Members of our chapter will get to see our hard work paid off by attending the dream day event in the spring, where patients spent a fun-filled, carnival-themed day in Baton Rouge. We also put on a silent auction for the Kappa Foundation in the Fall of 2015 while raising $14,000. Delta Iota hosted our fifth annual Kappa Krawfish Panhellenic event, where we raised $21,000 for our other philanthropy, Reading is Fundamental, by providing crawfish and live music.
With around 300 members total as of our Fall 2015 recruitment, Delta Iota has been growing and excelling at LSU. Our members are required to be involved in other organizations and/or volunteer work. Some members volunteer at hospitals or the animal shelter, while others are involved in the Tiger Athletic Foundation or spend their time tutoring. Delta Iota also participated in Greek Week at LSU, which is a week dedicated to Habitat for Humanity, where every chapter raises money and then comes together to build two houses for the less fortunate in Baton Rouge. Kappa won numerous awards including Outstanding Chapter for Order of Omega and 2015 Volunteer of the Year along with one of our members, Nicole De la Fuente, was recognized as the PHC Philanthropist of the Year. This past year has been an exciting year for the Delta Iota chapter and we look forward to another fantastic year.
Louisiana State University has reached their goal of becoming nationally recognized; it has been ranked as a top tier university on the national rank. The University has made long term investments in enhancement including expansion to the Business Education Complex, a new band hall, construction and betterment of new and existing dorms, amplification of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, and the most exciting, a brand new Barnes and Noble bookstore on campus with a large parking garage.
Down Sorority Row, we are very busy getting ready to welcome the addition of a new chapter, Alpha Delta Pi, to Greek life in Fall 2016. They will participate in recruit during Fall 2016. We are very excited about having them on the row! Alpha Phi will also be moving into a brand new house in Fall 2016. Overall, the Delta Iota Chapter has developed into a more responsible and involved chapter. Our members took part in many Panhellenic events and represented Kappa to the best of their ability. Within our chapter, involvement has increased greatly. As a chapter, we are looking forward to the future, learning from our past, and making the Delta Iota chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma a highly respected and responsible chapter, both nationally and locally.
One of our members in the 2014 pledge class, Virginia Stewart wears her grandmother, Patricia Crane Mason's badge. She pledged Kappa Kappa Gamma at LSU on March 3rd, 1956. Her badge is stunning, adorned with sapphires and pearls. On the back, her name is engraved along with the Delta Iota Greek symbols and 3-3-56. Her three older sisters, Elaine, Sarah, and Maggie Stewart all wore the pin before her. In 1957, her grandmother wore her pin when she was elected and installed as the chapter president as a mere sophomore. Virginia feels so lucky to not only share the Kappa experience and badge with her grandmother, but they also share the honor of being apart of the Delta Iota Chapter Council.