60 total initiates (as of January 2020)
From 1921 to 1951, Hillwood was the home of Post Cereal Company heiress and socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post. The estate’s lavish Tudor-revival mansion was a symbol of wealth and social prominence that embraced Long Island’s Gold Coast in the early 20th century. In 1947, Marjorie Post put her estate up for sale and Long Island University became interested in purchasing the property and transforming it into a small liberal arts college. In 1951, Long Island University purchased the 177-acre estate for $200,000. The university's Board of Trustees named the college for the great American breakfast cereal inventor Charles William Post. The Post campus now covers 307 acres and comprises 47 buildings, 10 residence halls, and three historic mansions. With a wonderful history also comes rumors. “‘There is one rumor that I have tried to change for years and it never seems to really go away. It’s about the former rose arbor. [The brick arches south of the formal gardens] have for years been called The Seven Gates of Hell by more students that I can count.”’ Some students were told that the rose arbor, haunted the school with ghosts at night, but of course those were just rumors to try and scare new classes. Other rumors include Marjorie Post haunting The Seven Gates of Hell every night at midnight, and the Fine Arts building as well.
Beginning in fall 2014, athletes and students began to gather at the new Bethpage Stadium, the most modern building on campus. Which will, as of Fall 2019, house outdoor Division one sports.
In the Spring Semester of 2018 the Greek Community already established at LIU Post voted on allowing Kappa Kappa Gamma create a chapter at LIU Post in the following Fall semester. Leadership consultants visited LIU Post in the Fall to inform, interview and recruit eligible women to be charter members of Theta Gamma chapter at LIU Post.
On December 2, 2018 Theta Gamma was officially chartered at our first initiation. The initiation was conducted by Kappa President Gail Owens, Fraternity Vice President Mary Pat Brennan, and assisted by Denise Rugani, Ritual and History Director. The initiation was attended by active sisters at Yale and New York University, as well as various alumnae, consultants and specialists from the Alpha District. Based consultants Erin Cerutti and Becca Stevenson presented the 43 new members to be initiated and installed as a chapter. Theta Gamma chapter was formally installed by Fraternity president Gail Owen during our first initiation ceremony.
The founding officers were installed into their positions: President: Katie Ginty Vice President of Finance: Jackie Ginty Vice President of Membership: Morgan Taboada Continuous Open Bidding Director: Brianna Saverino Vice President of Operations: Maddy Porteous-Nye Risk Management Director: DeAnna Aguinaldo Vice President of Internal Affairs: Taylor LaPorta Member Experience Director: Angeline Carlo Vice President of External Affairs: Bailey Lubrano Philanthropy Director: Beth Hillman Events Director: Holly Reddy Public Relations Director: Courtney Scanapico Vice President of Member Development: Briana Frandina Member Education Director: Alex Holdridge Standards Chairman: Julie Caputo
Fall Semester 2018 was an exciting semester for Theta Gamma, as it was the semester we were founded! Our sisters had fun getting to know each other better and learning about Kappa as we navigated the new-member experience together.
On Friday October 12th, we had our bid day. Sisters arrived in formal attire and accepted their bids before changing into bid-day shirts and casual attire for pictures and a bid-day party! The event took place in the Gold Coast Room of Winnick Student Center, and included food, music, icebreakers and a photo-booth! Members of the campus Panhellenic community, as well as Kappa Leadership Consultants and HQ Staff, attended to welcome our sisters. We had a great time getting to know Kappa and meeting everyone!
On Saturday October 13th, Formal Pledging was held with Patty Gesell, NPC Representative for KKG, presiding.
On October 25th, we had our first sisterhood event, arranged and hosted by our Based Consultants, Erin Cerutti and Becca Stevenson, where we met to paint boxes for our pins! We all got to know each other better through crafting, listening to music, and snacking!
On October 30th, we had our Panhellenic Big/Little reveal in the Tilles Center Patron’s Lounge! Sisters from the other chapters on campus volunteered to be our Panhellenic Bigs, since we did not have the opportunity to have them within the sorority! A great time was had by all, and we were so grateful to the other sisters on campus for being so welcoming to us!
From November 5th -9thth, we participated in the campus’ preliminary Greek week events, which were held in preparation for the full Greek Week in Spring Semester! On Wednesday November 7th, we joined the other Greek organizations in campus in a Peanut Butter and Jelly making contest to support local food shelters. We all had the opportunity to bond as we rushed to make as many Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches as possible, and were so happy to be able to give ou time to help the less fortunate.
On November 9th, members participated in the Medal of Honor obstacle course to support veterans. The girls had fun and others sisters enjoyed cheering them on!
On November 8th, we had our next sisterhood event, a pajama pizza party paired with the reveal of our chapter founding families! We all had fun hanging out and enjoying pizza, and tears were all around as we found out who would be in our families!
On Sunday November 18th, the brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon hosted a brunch to welcome us to the Greek community on campus! We were all so grateful to TKE for being so welcoming, and had a great time bonding with and getting to know the brothers!
November 26th began our chapter’s first Inspiration week and we were all so excited as we prepared for our initiation!
On Tuesday, November 27th we enjoyed some sweets at a “blue and blue” dessert bar. Sisters dressed in blue and blue and enjoyed deserts together! It was certainly a sweet beginning to what would be an amazing week!
On November 28th, we had “wishful Wednesday”. We wrote letters to ourselves to be opened in a year. It was a fun, relaxing opportunity to hang-out, chat and get to know each other better! We also got to snack on some delicious cupcakes!
On Thursday, November 29th, we got together for a game night! We all bonded and had a lot of laughs playing games such as Family Feud and Cards Against Humanity! Friday, November 30th wrapped up I-Week with a movie night in the Gold Coast Cinema! We all got cozy with blankets and pillows and kicked off the holiday season by watching “Love Actually.” It was an exciting send-off for our initiation weekend, which we were all so excited for!
Spring Semester 2019 has been our first full semester together as a chapter, and we’ve been incredibly excited to establish not only our chapter’s place in Kappa, but also Kappa’s place on campus! We’ve had many successful sisterhood events that have strengthened our bond as sisters and made us proud to be Kappas!
We kicked off the semester on Saturday, January 26th, when we went to Round 1 at the Broadway Mall with the brothers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. It was a wonderful opportunity to get to know the brothers while enjoying all that Round 1 had to offer, including bowling, arcade games and fried food!
On Tuesday, February 5th, we had our major event for Spring Recruitment, “Kappa Kandyland”. It was a “sweet” way to meet all of our PNMs, and the candy-especially the Trolli sour worms.
On Friday, February 9th, we had bid-day for our new members! The theme was “Kappa Blue Looks Good On You”. Clad in blue tutus, antennae, wigs and tattoos, we had a great time showing our Kappa spirit and welcoming our new sisters!
Our first sisterhood event of the semester took place on Wednesday, February 13th, when Member Engagement Director Angeline Carlo, as well as VP Internal Affairs Taylor LaPorta, planned and hosted a Kappa “Galentine’s Day”. The event was a great way to celebrate our love for our sisters, and we had a great time decorating cookies, playing with fortune tellers, taking pictures in the photo booth and drinking pink drinks.
On Wednesday March 6th, we collaborated with the brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon and hosted a Dr. Seuss party! The event was open to all students on campus, as well as members of the community. The event was a huge success, including a book drive to support the Boys and Girls club, Dr. Seuss themed treats, cotton candy, and lots of dancing! The week of March 17th- 23rd was our second inspiration week! We were so excited to prepare our new members for their initiation!
On Wednesday, March 20th, Member Engagement Director Angeline Carlo worked with the brothers of Theta Chi to plan and host “Kappa Coffee House”. The event was a huge success, featuring fresh-made coffee, an art showcase, raffle baskets and live music. Additionally, we also hosted our Big Little Reveal for our new members. The new members were so excited to find out who their Big Sister was. Our Spring 2019 new member class was initiated on March 24. Attended by alumna, active members, and our leadership consultants. Theta Gamma welcomed 3 new members.
Kappa Kappa Gamma is known to give back in so many ways and how we do so is through three different philanthropies, Reading is Fundamental, The Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation and Theta Gamma’s local philanthropy - The Boys Girls Club. Education is important to us and to help others is what we strive to do. With Reading is fundamental founded In 1966, try to inspire children all around the world to become engaged with the content they provide. All children should be able to pick up a book and be given the opportunity to learn from it. RIF creates awareness and helps raise money and collects books to then hand out to those who can’t otherwise afford it. Another philanthropy Kappa follows is The Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation. This is a kappa founded foundation. It’s a way to give back to the members of KKG. They provide educational programs, scholarships and the Rose McGill grants. All this opportunities is to help our Kappa Family grow. Our local philanthropy is the Boys Girls Club. This organization allows us to help out with events, daily and activities and however else we can try and help. kappa kappa gamma is dedicated to help the children out with whatever services they need help with such as homework, art work, and providing a comfortable setting to do their work. Kappa Kappa Gamma strives to help others and better the community by doing so.