Delta Chapter was founded at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana on October 12, 1872.
3,654 initiates (as of June 2018)
Delta is the oldest continous Chapter in Kappa Kappa Gamma, and her history is in part of the history of the National Fraternity. The environment of Delta always favored the prosperity and growth of the Chapter, located at a state university, where broader, more tolerant policies prevailed. Delta very early assumed a rank of influence in the Fraternity. The Fraternity is indebted to the records of Delta concerning the early forms of the Constitution and Standing Rules, as well as to the less formal documents the earliest alumnae have been able to furnish in the search for Kappa’s early historical data.
Alpha Chapter’s influence in the extending the Fraternity was unfortunately limited to a brief span of years. Therefore, it may be said that Delta Chapter is the chief cornerstone upon which the Fraternity has been built. Today, it still holds the title of oldest continuing Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma. It was early in the autumn of 1872 that two young girls at Indiana University formed a small group and applied to Alpha Chapter for a charter in Kappa Kappa Gamma. Lena Margaret Adams and Anna Mary Buskirk invited four other girls to join them: Lillie Buskirk, Ida Woodburn, Agnes and Louise Wylie, all of Bloomington. This group constituted the Founders of Delta Chapter. The name of Anna McCord also appears on the charter.
A letter written by Ida Woodburn-McMillan, ‘’Delta’’, says the following:
“In regard to the organization of Delta, Mrs. Anna Buskirk Hill and Mrs. Lena Adams Beck were the real organizers and I was ‘taken in’ later. There was a Mr. O. G. Brockett, now a minister in the United Presbyterian church, who took his freshman year at Indiana University, and his remaining three years at Monmouth, graduating in 1875. The girls wrote to him about the fraternities at Monmouth, knowing there were two there, Kappa and I.C. Sorosis, now Pi Beta Phi. He wrote them that the Kappas had the ‘nicest girls’ and gave them Anna Willits’ name, and she and Anna Buskirk did all the corresponding. After they completed all of their arrangements, they decided on the other girls for their Chapter.”
At the time, the young girls did not travel about unattended with the freedom and frequency that are privileges of the modern woman. Therefore, no members came from Alpha Chapter to install the new Chapter. All arrangements were made by letter, and the initiation was conducted by the same means. Great caution was observed in this correspondence to safeguard the secrets of the order. The oath was sent to Delta in cipher, followed by the key to the cipher. Then the Greek words and the Greek motto were transmitted in the same manner.
Anna Buskirk writes of the event as follows:
“When Delta was organized, the whole procedure was very primitive. An oath was sent to us in cipher, --later a ‘key’ followed. After deciphering it, we signed it and returned it to Alpha. Then the Greek words of the name and motto were sent in cipher. Imagine the joy of untangling Greek words by cipher! The charter cost us $1.00 also. Kappa Alpha Theta was established at IU some time before Kappa, and the chapter was composed of older girls or women. Our charter members were girls of sixteen and seventeen.”… “In spite of the strength, age, and experience of Theta, we were at once recognized as a power in college life, and were very successful in gaining positions and honors. We assessed ourselves ten cents each a month for entertaining. This does not imply that Delta entertained in a mean way, for we gave some elaborate functions but there was always someone ready to pay the bills.” … “Kappa’s Record speaks of ‘dominant Delta,’ and I do think Delta’s strength and influence at this time should be given greater notice, for the whole organization as it came to us was very simple.”
Naturally, enough matters moved somewhat slowly, as the letters from Alpha did not always arrive promptly. Although since October that had been frequent meetings of the group, the first official business meeting of the Chapter was not held until January 2, 1873. This meeting was held at the home of Ida Woodburn, and Anna Buskirk was elected as first president of the Chapter. On February 4, 1873, the girls appeared wearing their badges for the first time in public.
The so-called Red Book, which contains the minutes of the first and subsequent meetings down to December 1889, is one of the most treasured possessions of Delta Chapter. It is a large, heavy ledger, handsomely bound in leather, with the letters KKΓ stamped in gold on the cover. The book is well preserved, as it is now located in the Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity Archives in Columbus, Ohio. The ink of the earlier entries is brown and faded with age, but it is still legible. These pages constitute a priceless record of the early meetings besides shedding illumination upon the life and interest of the college woman during that time period. Yet, if at times the Delta members seemed to take themselves seriously, it is plainly written between the lines of the Red Book that they were, after all, perfectly normal, fun loving girls; as the entry reads: “all members were present this evening, and it was with great difficulty that the president preserved order.”
The early members of Delta Chapter were young girls, sixteen and seventeen years of age. They were of keen intelligence and aware of the advantages afforded to them by the opportunity to secure a college education, then a newly acquired privilege of the women of the state. It was only five years previous to the founding of the Chapter that the Board of Trustees had granted admission of women to the university. It was by the narrow margin of four votes to three that the doors were opened to women in 1868, and Indiana University was the first state university in the Union to take this revolutionary step.
In their weekly meetings, held at the home of the various members, emphasis was placed upon the literary programs. Essays, declamations, debates, and select readings occupied most of the time. Certain members were appointed to criticize the performances. During these years, the literary clubs in college played an important part in Greek letter life, particularly the one for women called The Hesperian. Delta had a by-law to the effect that all performances which were to be given in public, in oratorical contests, should be rehearsed previously in Chapter meetings where they were listened to attentively and criticized when necessary. The subjects chosen for essays were diverse and comprehensive. At one time, the Chapter seriously contemplated the writing of the constitution and initiatory service in Greek, but this ambitious project was abandoned.
The girls paid one dollar for their charter, and their initiation fee was also one dollar. Members were assessed ten cents a month for chapter expenses. The initiation fee remained one dollar until September, 1891, when it was increased to five dollars.
It was the anti-fraternity legislation which crippled the life of Alpha Chapter, despite all the loyalty and ambition of the brave young founders. It was not strange, therefore, that the reins of the government and the power of greater influence fell from the hands of Alpha to Delta in the Convention of 1876. Delta was the Grand Chapter from 1876 to 1878.
In October, 1876, a general Fraternity meeting was convened in Greencastle, Indiana, under the auspices of Iota Chapter. This Convention, commonly called the second, really was the first Convention of the Fraternity. Anna Buskirk, ‘’Delta’’, presided as Grand President. Only a handful of young, inexperienced girls met, totally ignorant of parliamentary law. They must have been divinely guided, for now they began to realize the meaning of the Fraternity in its deeper, truer sense. At that Convention, the Constitution and By-Laws were practically reconstructed and an initiation ceremony, offered by Delta, was adopted.
The minutes of September 6, 1878, record the vote to have a monthly paper called The Golden Key. Not to be confused with the official publication of the Fraternity, it was on February 7, 1879, before “The Kappas listened with sisterly pride” to the first number. The Spectator, a term paper, contributed by all of the girls, was first issued in January, 1884. Its appearance became an established practice with Delta Chapter.
In 1881, Delta has the honor of entertaining the fourth National Convention, held in nearby French Lick. Delta selected and proposed the two blues for the Fraternity colors, and they were accepted nationally. These colors are typical of the “true blue” character and noble womanhood of Kappa. Delta’s design for the Fraternity official seal was also accepted.
Individual members of Delta wrote several songs which are still in the Kappa Song Book. Knocking Song, has stood the test of time, as has the Greeting Song. Members of Delta Chapter helped install Iota and Mu Chapters, their Indiana neighbors.
The Delta Chapter House Board, the Delta Association of Kappa Kappa Gamma, was incorporated in 1909.
Delta has outgrown her living quarters several times over the years. The first Chapter house was rented in 1892. In 1912, a Chapter house was purchased, and the final payment was made on the property in 1919. In this same year, the Chapter was awarded the Scholarship Cup by the Panhellenic Association.
Delta did their share of war work. Many of the girls enrolled in the recently organized Red Cross classes and knitted. More knitted articles were turned in at the Red Cross Shop by Kappa than by any other organization. Every girl found time almost daily to stop at the campus Red Cross to help make surgical dressings. In the Spring of 1918, Delta members devised a plan of having each girl do two hours a week of war work aside from knitting. Some of the girls worked in the "Better Babies" campaign, some of them did the sewing for French children, which was managed by the Y.W.C.A, but the most popular line of work was the making of surgical dressings. There were several times when the Kappas crowded the room so much that the cut-out material ran out. Besides this work, the Chapter bought materials and made a layette for a Bellevue baby.
The Delta Chapter supported many organizations financially, including $50 to the Y.M.C.A, $20 to the Knights of Columbus, and large amounts to the Red Cross, beside individual subscriptions. The Chapter also bought two Liberty Bonds.
Delta Chapter celebrated their 50th anniversary in the spring of 1919. Kappas from nearly every class back to the founding were there as they were entertained at the house during Centennial Week. A banquet was held in which all of the actives and alumnae were present.
In July, 1922, Delta Chapter realized that she had outgrown her home again. Backed by a loyal body of alumnae, Delta set out to build a new castle. The Chapter lived in a temporary home while the house was being built. The new home was ready for its homecoming by Thanksgiving, 1925. It is of English Gothic architecture in light brick and stone. Standing on a hill, one hundred feet back from the street, it makes an imposing appearance. The house was built, furnished, and landscaped at the cost of eighty thousand dollars.
A number of traditions had grown, including four social events—a fall dance during the football season, a lovely “Snowball Formal” at the end of Christmas vacation, a costume of feature dance put on by the new members before spring vacation, and a spring rush formal in May. The “Snowball Formal” was the most elaborate, and always followed the same decorative scheme—the reception hall dripping with silver icicles, and a huge snowball, which was shattered during the evening to release myriads of tiny snowballs with which the dancers pelted one another.
During the spring semester of 1929, a scholarship banquet was instituted at the suggestion Virginia Rodefer, former National Vice-President and national scholarship chairman, who was present at the first banquet. Guests of honor are the four girls whose names are engraved on the four loving cups, one for each of the classes, as having the highest average for the preceding semester, and the active with the highest average, who wore the scholarship key of Delta.
The scholarship key has an interesting history. It is a beautiful old key, of the period when the badge was exceptionally large and thin, which belonged to a member of Epsilon Chapter. It was rescued from a sale after the death of its owner, Nellie Baldwin, Indiana, of Greenfield, Indiana. Mrs. Beck bought the key from Mrs. Baldwin and presented it to Delta as a scholarship award. The first awarding was made during the visit of National President, Georgia Hayden, “Wisconsin”, in 1928. She also presented the Chapter with a golden “Delta” guard to make the heirloom safe.
Another project was the publication of The Delta News, a four-page sheet of news and feature stories, sent to the entire alumnae mailing list. The paper was financed by donations from alumnae.
At the Commencement of 1929 Lena Adams Beck, Delta’s beloved charter member, was given one of the highest honors ever accorded an alumna of Indiana University. At the annual alumnae breakfast, an announcement was made of the establishment of the Lena Adams Beck scholarship loan fund, as a tribute to Mrs. Beck’s interest in the cause of education of women.
Convention Awards: 1936: Standards Cup
In 1933, the chapter received a gavel made from wood from its first owned house; and in December of 1934, oil portraits of charter members Lena Adams Beck and Anna Buskirk Hill were gifts of the House Board.
In an article about Delta in The Key, 1955, Dr. Herman B. Wells, then president of Indiana University, wrote about the Chapter’s traditionally high scholarship, its participation in extracurricular activities, and its leadership on campus. The associate dean of students mentioned Delta’s participation, cooperation, and spirit.
High scholarship has always marked Delta. Between 1951 and 1965, the chapter placed first, second or third among sororities on campus for 28 out of 33 semesters. Through the years, many chapter members have been inducted into Mortar Board, and Phi Beta Kappa. Chapter records show continuous participation in campus activities. Two members, Judy Roberts (Morris), (1952) and Lesley Bush (Hickcox), (1964 and 1968), have represented the United States on the Olympic swim teams.
Nearly every Fraternity President has visited Delta, but a high point was when six Fraternity officers were entertained in November of 1957, and Delta’s 84-year-old Red Book and an 82-year-old badge were presented to Fraternity Headquarters. The priceless Red Book contains Delta minutes from the first meeting on January 2, 1873, to November 22, 1889. The badge was once worn by Kate Hight who was initiated in 1875. These treasures, as well as a hand-decorated ritual book and other chapter memorabilia were on display at the Centennial Convention, and are now at Headquarters.
Beryl Showers Holland served as Adviser Board Chairman and House Board Chairman for nearly 50 years. In the late 1950s, a new living room was named for her, and in 1964, the Advisory Board established as award in her name to be given annually to the senior exemplifying Kappa standards and spirit.
Most of the previous information was excerpted from The History of Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity, 1870-1930 and 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.
The 1960s and 1970s were remarkable for student pressures and changes in attitude, including a changing attitude toward the Greek system. Although membership remained fairly stable, several Greek-letter organizations left the campus, and Greek membership dropped to about 14 percent. In the spring 1971 issue of Your University, sent to all Indiana University alumni, a feature article made these comments: “Returning alumni often find fraternity life unrecognizable. Hazing is a thing of the past, Homecoming floats and queens are irrelevant … . The change in fraternities and sororities is not surprising, nor is it evidence … that the Greek system is facing its demise … . Changing times require that systems and institutions change … . Today’s students are more serious … correspondingly the trend now is toward shorter pledgeships, dealing with personal development and university orientation rather than fraternity history.” In the same article, Associate Dean of Students Virginia Hudelson Rogers, BL—Illinois, was quoted as saying, “Fraternities and sororities will not survive on fellowship alone. They must also have a lifestyle which is complementary to the academic life of the university, and which is stimulating both culturally and academically.”
Delta celebrated its centennial in October of 1972, which marked 100 years of leadership standing at Indiana University. Actives and alumnae joined over a year in advance to plan Delta’s 100th birthday. Centennial activities were reported in The Key, Winter, 1972. At the banquet, a $3,000 scholarship in rehabilitation was presented by Marjorie Matson Converse, Purdue, then Vice-President of the Fraternity, on behalf of the Fraternity. It was accepted by John W. Ryan, president of Indiana University, who noted, “the integral function of Kappa Kappa Gamma has played in the history of this university.” Other gifts included $2,500 to the Indiana University Art Museum and $1,500 to the Department of Speech and Audiology.
On this great occasion, attended by more than 200 actives and alumnae, Dr. Doris Seward was toastmistress. She wore her first college formal, a red velvet gown. At this banquet, which ended two days of activities honoring Kappa’s oldest continuous chapter, appreciation plates for outstanding service were presented to Delta advisers Joanne Reed Darby, Cecilia Hendricks Whal, and Fluerette McMillan Benckart, and to chapter President Patricia Haddock, who later became a Field Secretary (now Leadership Consultant). Memorabilia were presented to the Fraternity.
The 1972 Convention, held in Hollywood, Florida, opened with a special tribute to Delta, a sight-and-sound show arranged by Jean Hess Wells, DU—Georgia, Director of Chapters. At the close of Convention, the Chapter received the Pledge Training Award and the May Whiting Westermann Efficiency Award.
Delta’s growth parallels the university’s expansion. The 190 students of 1872 had grown to nearly 31,000 by 1973, and all regional campus enrollment made that number 67,488. During its first 100 years, 1,807 women were initiated into Delta Chapter.
The years of 1980-1984 were years of heavy involvement on campus and within the Greek community for the Delta Chapter. The Chapter participated in many philanthropic events such as IU Sing, Derby Days, and the Panhellenic Greek Olympics and brought home four first place trophies. In addition, many girls held leadership positions within many organizations on campus. Between eighteen and twenty girls were active members on IU Foundation with at least one on the steering committee each year and many Kappas were on athletic teams such as IU Track and Tennis. The Kappa Pickers had a presence each year performing at Bloomington, Columbus, and Indianapolis venues. However, though the Chapter was very involved on campus, they still strove to maintain a very high academic standard. It was noted that the Chapter goal was scholarship each year and that the average GPA of the new inductees was to be a 3.6.
Rush was postponed in 1984 due to the cold holiday season. Many sororities were left with no heat and broken pipes, including the Delta Chapter. To compensate for the misfortune, the Chapter re-vamped their skit to "KKG Putting on the Ritz." Return percentages increased every party and rush turned out to be a great success.
January 1986, Delta chapter received a gift of $20,000 from Bernice Byrum Kimball to establish the Byrum Scholarship Fund.
Some notable individual achievements of chapter members from the mid 1980's:
Delta added 38 new members in the beginning of 1989, bringing the chapter membership to over 100 women. Chapter activities in 1989 included participating in I.U. Sing, the mini 500 tricycle race, the women’s 500 bike race and intramurals. Delta also held two formal scholarship dinners. The 1989 chapter goal was “Appreciation + Involvement = Kappa Sisterhood”. Involvement was evident as chapter members belonged to many campus organizations, such as the Student Athletic Board, Panhellenic, Singing Hoosiers, IU Ballet Theatre, ROTC and the Student Alumni Council.
Philanthropy: From 1980-1984, many chapters on the IU campus started new philanthropies in an effort to get more involved as a Greek community. Kappas not only participated in the events, but began their own philanthropy in efforts to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis. They sold cards and balloons during the week of Little 500. It was a great success.
In the spring of 1989, Delta chapter once again made Easter baskets for hospitalized children. The chapter held their annual pancake breakfast that fall, which raised over $450 for the American Lupus Society. The Delta 1989 pledge class philanthropic activity was to spend one night a week helping abused and neglected children and the Middle Way house in Bloomington.
University-wide reform of Indiana University’s greek system took place during the 1990s. The Dean of Students, Michael Gordon, presented a draft of 19 minimum standards for each greek chapter. The new standards dealt with academics, rush, greek government, racial and cultural diversity, national house policies, local chapter management, and health and safety issues. The new standards were implemented January 1, 1990. The greek community, including Delta chapter, supported the dean’s motion for change.
In 1992 sororities planned more expansion on IU campus. Four new sororities had been added between 1989 and 1993 to accommodate all students who wanted to be apart of the greek community. There was one Hispanic fraternity on campus in 1992 and four new historically black fraternities and four historically black sororities added to Indiana Unversity’s campus.
Recruitment became more competitive in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In order to accommodate all the interested students, many sororities and fraternities joined Indiana University’s campus.
Delta’s activities in 1990 and 1991 were very similar to those of 1989. The chapter once again participated in I.U. Sing, homecoming, senior week, intramurals and the 500 Tricycle and 500 Bicycle races. Delta pledged 40 new members in January 1990, and 36 new members in 1991, and held their Christmas Formal at the end of each year in Indianapolis. The 1990 chapter goal was “Do your part……whether learning, leading or through the heart”. Involvement on campus and within the chapter were stressed. The 1990 chapter history report includes a long list of activities that sisters were involved in, inlcuding: the Interior Design Society, Sports Marketing Club, I.U. Student Nurses Association, Campus Crusade for Christ and Habitat for Humanity.
The 1991 Delta chapter goal was “ Take a R.I.S.K = Ritual, Involvement, Scholarship and Kappa Sisterhood”. The chapter history report for this year states that the chapter ritual improved tremendously in 1991, and that the chapter moved up 7 spots in the all sorority scholastic rankings in 1991.
In April 1993, Delta was proud to host the biennial Delta Province meeting. The chapter was fortunate to receive a generous donation of $10,000 in the will of Miss Lillian Harris who died in September 1995. She was initiated in 1917. Delta was also proud to win Chapter of the Year on the I.U. campus in 1996.
In 1997, Delta pledged 48 women for a chapter total of 104 members. The chapter’s participation in the campus wide I.U. Sing and the Little 500 Bicycle race was consistent in the 1990’s. This year was also the 125th anniversary of Delta Chapter, and the chapter hosted a reception at the chapter house in September 1997, inviting alumnae and distinguished guests.
The chapter hosted a traveling consultant in early 1997 who noted that the chapter was strong in leadership, Panhellenic and Public Relations, but that work was needed in the areas of scholarship, and especially in Risk Management.
It is fitting that the 1997 chapter goal was to raise the chaper GPA to 3.15 and to strengthen the chapter’s risk management focus. Per the 1997 chapter report, Delta Chapter was successful in both efforts. The chapter won the Little 500 Bicycle Race in 1998 (and again in 1999!), and moved from 9th to 6th (out of 25 sororities) academically. However, in 1999, the chapter was placed on Letter of Concern, and received additional support from the Fraternity to improve in the areas of sisterhood and ritual. Tragically, Delta chapter also had to deal with the death of one of its active members in 1999.
Housing: The chapter had a new house director in the Fall of 1998, Andria Naugle, who came to the chapter from Purdue. Andria was selected at the House Mom of the year at IU in 1999.
Philanthropy: In 1990, Delta continued their traditions of making Easter Baskets for hospitalized children, and hosting their annual pancake breakfast. Money raised from the 1990 pancake breakfast was given to The Girls and Boys Club of Bloomington. The Kappas and the Delts co-sponsored a philanthropy event called Kids Olympics for the first time in 1990.
In 1996, 1997 and 1998, the Delta Kappas paired with Pi Kappa Alpha to sponosor a 5K walk/run to raise money for the Rape Crisis Center.
In the fall of 1998, the chapter held their first Jazz and Java event to benefit the Bloomington Hospital Breast Health Center. The event featured a Jazz pianist along with coffee and hors d’oeuvres. Jazz and Java was held again in 1999. That same year, the chapter won the award for the Best Philanthropy at the Greek Awards Night at IU.
Chapter Convention Awards: Most Improved Scholarship award at the 1994 Convention. This was for moving from up from 18th to 3rd on the IU campus in only one year.
Honorable Mention at 1998 Convention for Gracious Living and for Chapter/Advisory Board Relations.
The year 2005 was a memorable year for Delta Chapter. In January the chapter welcomed 45 great girls into the new pledge class. The chapter was paired with Phi Kappa Sigma for IU Sing, which took place during Mom’s weekend. Kappa and Phi Kappa Sigma took home 3rd place. A Delta/Sigma Pi team participating in the Little 500 bike race also came in 3rd place, and they rode in memory of sister Ashley Crouse who had been tragically killed that week in a car accident.
At the end of the spring 2005 term, Delta chapter president Andrea Whitehead won President of the Year on the IU campus.
In 2006, the chapter won the Little 500 race for the 5th time! The chapter archives display for this year (and 2007) was centered around this event, and the chapter’s trophies and memorabilia from past races. In the fall on 2006 and 2007, the chapter carried on their tradition of having a chapter retreat, and hosting a Dad’s Weekend for their fathers. The chapter report 2006 shares that the chapter worked to improved the chapter GPA and the chapter knowledge of ritual. They were successful as Delta ended the year ranked in the top 3 on campus academically. The focus in 2007 was to better learn the songs associated with Kappa ritual.
Delta Chapter was proud to win the Greek Award of Excellence on the IU campus in 2009. In 2009 and 2010 they also continued their participation in the Little 500 bike race and IU Dance Marathon. By the end of this decade, the number of sororities on the IU campus was down to 19 (from 25 at the end of the 1990s). In 2009, the chapter had 156 members, and was ranked second on campus academically in 2010.
Philanthropy: In the fall of 2005, the chapter raised $677,415 for the Riley Children’s Hospital, through the IU Dance Marathon, in honor and memory of sister Ashley Crouse. The chapter participated in the IU Dance Marathon again in 2006, coming in 2nd in fundraising among the greek houses on campus.
Chapter Convention Awards:
2002: Greatest Scholarship Improvement Honorable Mention, Recruitment Honorable Mention, Greatest Improvement Honorable Mention, Finance Honorable Mention
2006: Signature Event Honorable Mention, Finance Honorable Mention, Chapter/Advisory Board Relations Honorable Mention
2011 was an exciting year for Kappa Kappa Gamma. Under the guidance of a great president, Lauren Wolkhamer, Delta chapter at Indiana University enjoyed a full year of accomplishments and fun. In January we welcomed 33 great girls into our pledge class. One of our most exciting events of this last year was by far the Little 500 race. The team consisted of two seniors, a junior, and one sophomore. The team placed 7th among 32 teams. Delta chapter exceeded academically with eleven 4.0s on our Spring 2011 grade report.
Upon resuming school this fall, many events occurred. We had dad’s weekend in early September. We had an auction and appetizer event and attended an IU football game. We also had our annual philanthropy, Kappa Klassic Golf Event, where we raised over $1,000 for Reading is Fundamental. We celebrated a great Founders’ Day with alumni. We had an outstanding turnout for Indiana University Dance Marathon. Delta Chapter was the leading sorority fundraiser, raising over $70,000 for Riley’s Children’s Hospital. We are so proud of the commitment our members have made to IUDM.
Delta chapter has come a long way this past year due to great leadership and our close bond with each other. We plan to continue on the tradition with a strong new pledge class in the next year. We made many improvements with recruitment this spring. We had the highest return rate of the past ten years of 92% for second round invite. We purchased clickers to increase efficiency in selections for recruitment, which proved to be a huge asset to the recruitment process.
This year another sorority was added to Indiana University’s campus. Theta Phi Alpha, a chapter that had previously been on campus, was brought back. Unlike Indiana University’s other 19 sororities, Theta Phi Alpha does not have a house. Recruitment was very competitive this year.
An undergraduate junior, Lauren Spierer, has been missing since this summer. The event has received national attention from the media and Indiana University supports the Spierer family constantly. The Greek community is very involved with this initiative as well.
The Delta chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma at Indiana University is a big name on campus. We are well-known for our diverse and fun group of intelligent and talented women. Our members are involved in many activities, including IU athletics, honor societies, philanthropies, and numerous campus clubs. Members are involved in activities both within our house as well as on campus.
Our biggest areas for improvement last year were ritual and philanthropy. Ritual was a focal point for our chapter, especially Initiation ritual. We are continuing to strengthen ritual by reviewing a piece of ritual at each chapter. We have made a lot of progress and look forward to Initiation this month. We also worked on our philanthropy, Kappa Klassic, in an attempt to raise more money for Reading is Fundamental. Unfortunately our philanthropy is not as profitable as we would like due to circumstances including students not knowing how to play golf, as well as the poor condition of Indiana University’s golf course. We haves started brainstorming of new ideas for this upcoming fall philanthropy event in order to challenge our chapter to raise as much money as we can for Reading is Fundamental.
Philanthropic Involvement: Last spring we went to Rodgers Elementary School in Bloomington and read to some of the children there. We will also be doing that in the upcoming weeks. Kappa Kickoff was a flag football tournament hosted this past fall, and was a new event for Delta chapter. Since our big annual philanthropy event is always in the fall, we are brainstorming new ideas now, and figuring out whether we want to expand on Kappa Kickoff, or go with an entirely new idea. At our fall retreat, each member brought a book and we did a book drive for Reading is Fundamental. We will do another one this spring before the year ends. Members of the Delta Chapter also participated in Indiana University Dance Marathon in October, helping to raise over $2,100,000 for Riley Children's Hospital.
Scholarships: During the spring of 2012, Riley Hoffman was awarded the Dreisbach Scholarship, Kendall Loseff was given the Herstenstein scholarship, and Lauren Wolkhamer received the Holland Award. This fall Mai Lyn Matern received the Byrum/Kimball Award and Jenny Goodwin was given the Dobbins Award.
Alumnae: This fall we held an alumni dinner here at Kappa, which was welcome to all. Delta alumni came from out of state to attend this dinner and they, along with other alumni who have made visits, were given a tour of the house and informed of the changes and current workings of Kappa. Alumni came to IU's Little 500 Race and spent time with the Kappa bike team. Monthly emails have been sent out to keep the alumni up to date with everything within Kappa.
Challenges and How They Were Overcome: We have been working toward improving our house GPA by holding Kappa Kappachino on Sundays which include snacks along with a set four hour period to do work in the formal dining room or the chapter room at Kappa. We have also worked toward improving our risk management with a buddy system and maintaining positive standards. When brought down to standards, girls are given a way to make their mistakes into a positive learning experience for the house as a whole. Girls are also called down to standards for various achievements or noticeably good behavior.
Another way that our chapter tried to overcome challenges that we faced last spring and fall was the Leadership Action Plan. Under this program, there were four different focus levels each coded by a different color. Yellow represented self discovery and intellectual development, red was interpersonal development, green included leadership and skill building, and blue represented understanding and appreciation of Kappa. During the spring semester, the color yellow's actions were to plan two academically focused chapters, to instate "Smarty-Pants of the Week" to recognize academic achievements, and to plan a presentation at the beginning of the semester on the Chapter Budget. Under the color red the plan included to reach out to local alumnae to help with our next recruitment, to host an alumni brunch, and to plan one large sisterhood event each month and small weekly activities. Under the color green, we worked to reorganize committees to mobilize members and enhance Delta's efficiency and have white board sign-ups for announcements at chapter. Finally, under the color blue, we conducted a ritual workshop at the beginning of the semester and reviewed one piece of Kappa History or Ritual each chapter meeting.
For the fall semester of 2012, under the color yellow we planned a academically focused chapter that semester, provided assistance for members who are not staying academically focused, and emphasized academics during recruitment by setting a standard GPA limit. For red, we reached out once again to local alumnae to help with our next recruitment, planned one large sisterhood event each month with small weekly activities, and held a recruitment oriented sophomore and junior bonding activity. For green, we worked to assist the philanthropy chair in outlining ways to improve philanthropy project for next term and did a presentation on chapter motivation. Lastly, under the color blue, we reviewed one piece of Kappa history or ritual at each chapter meeting. Under the Leadership Action Plan, we successfully overcame the challenges we were having extra difficulty with and we are continuing this effort to ensure the success of our chapter.
Initiation: Thirty three girls were initiated on February 26th, 2012. A few mothers of the girls who were being initiated are also Kappas, so they came and helped with initiation as well. The weekend started with flowerside on the 24th, then Fireside the 25th, and ending with Initiation.
Recent changes on Indiana University's campus include the addition of two new chapters to the Greek community. As a house, we have made an effort to reach out to these new chapters to show them our support and make them feel welcome. In terms of our own chapter, it is evident that our house includes a group of hard working, determined women who care deeply about maintaining a positive reputation in the Greek community and on campus and continue to have a strong academic performance.
2013 was a great year for Kappa Kappa Gamma. Starting on January 1, 2013 Delta chapter welcomed 41 new Kappas into our home after a great recruitment. A member in the new pledge class was a contestant in the Miss Greek IU pageant which raises money and awareness for the Jimmy V foundation. We put on our annual Mom’s weekend where we had a lovely catered dinner for all of the members and their moms in the student union building along with a silent auction. We had girls go to the elementary school in Bloomington, Indiana to read to the students as well as other service activities. Our Little 500 bike team, which had 4 members, came in first place during the qualifications for Little 500! The registrar created a display to show many old archives for all of the members to see for Founder’s Day in September.
During the fall semester of 2013 we put on our philanthropy event, Kappasta, for the first time and it was very successful. We raised over $5,000 for the American Cancer Society. Throughout the semester we had members participate in other sorority and fraternity philanthropy events such as Pi Beta Phi’s event called Pi Burger Phi. All of the members in the freshman pledge class were dancers for the Indiana University Dance Marathon and danced for either 18 or 36 hours and also contributed to raising over 2.1 million dollars for Riley’s Children hospital. We had our Dad’s Weekend where we set up a catered tailgate before a football game for all of the members in the chapter and their fathers to enjoy.
The Delta chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma at Indiana University is a well-known name around campus. We are known for our diverse group of intelligent, unique, and fun young women. The majority of our members are involved with many organizations outside of the chapter. Many members are involved with the Indiana University Dance Marathon. We have multiple members who are committee directors and who are members of different committees. Also, multiple members are a part of the Indiana University Student Foundation, Women In Business, multiple honor societies, and much more. One major change we have made this past year is to get all of the members of our chapter more involved in other sorority and fraternity philanthropy events.
2014 proved to be a very exciting year for the Delta chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma. In January, we welcomed 44 new members. The second week of the new members being in the house, we had a cabin retreat in Brown County, Indiana. Here, the new members bonded as a pledge class and also with the house as a whole.
In February, one of our new members participated in Miss Greek IU. Miss Greek IU is Delta Chi’s philanthropy on campus that raises money for the V Foundation. Most of our chapter showed up to cheer Abby on and she made us very proud! Also, in February we had our mom’s weekend! Our mom’s came for the entire weekend in which we had dinner, an auction, a night out on the town, painting class, cooking class, and many more fun activities!
We initiated 41 new members in early March. This was an incredible and amazing experience for everyone involved. Also, towards the end of March were the annual qualifications for Little 500 and we had 4 girls participate, and we qualified for Little 500!
The Little 500 race was in late April and we had an amazing time cheering on our dedicated bike team.
In May of 2014, we said goodbye to our seniors who graduated. We are so proud of them and everything they’ve accomplished!
Our summer months were spent constantly missing each and every one of our sisters. There wasn’t a day that went by without us sending each other a text or leaving a voicemail about how excited we were all to head back to Bloomington. At the end of August we were all reunited once again and our new pledge class moved into the house for their first time.
In January 2015 the Delta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma welcomed 50 new members. The following week, we had various sisterhood events at the house such as painting paddles, cookie decorating, and formal dinners. These events helped the new members bond as a pledge class and become more incorporated with the existing members.
The first week of February was a very important event for the new members, the new member retreat. It was held at the house of one of the new members in Bloomington, Hannah Walker. The new members bonded as a pledge class and this proved to be an important weekend for them. The following week, each new member had a new member conference with the president or VP of standards. Each new member got to express her concerns and share what the Delta chapter has done to make each of us feel important. The following weekend, we had our annual Kappa Kapture formal. It was an exciting time for the new members, as it was their first formal. The weekend of the 20th was our Mom’s Weekend! Our mom’s came for the whole weekend and we had dinner, an auction, and many other fun activities for the moms and daughters.
In early March, we initiated our 50 new members. It was an incredible and memorable experience for all of those involved. We had a brunch the following Sunday. Towards the end of March, we participated in the annual qualifications for the Little 500 race! We had 4 girls participate, and qualified for the race!
In late April, the Little 500 race took place and we all had an amazing time cheering on our bike team and dedicated sisters.
In early May, we had a senior barbecue and said farewell to our wonderful seniors who graduated. We are very proud of all they have accomplished and look forward to seeing what they accomplish in the future!
Our summer months were spent missing each other and traveling to visit each other. We were constantly texting or calling each other and catching up on our experiences. At the end of August our sisters moved back in to the house and welcomed the new pledge class into the house for their first time. The weekend after move in, we held our Fall Retreat and introduced the girls who had been abroad the previous semester. Our advisors went over their duties and our duties within the Delta Chapter.
Beginning in September, classes were in full swing and our members were busy with classes. At the end of September, we held our annual Scholarship Dinner and some of our sisters received scholarships in recognition for their hard work and accomplishments. We also held our annual Kappasta event in which we raised over $10,000 for Reading is Fundamental, the American Cancer Society, and the I'm For Ash fund.
In October, we had our annual barn dance date party! The girls had an amazing time and are already looking forward to the next one. The following weekend, we held our annual Alumni Brunch, and many Alumnae came and our members had a wonderful time hearing stories of their experiences. Over Halloween weekend, every one of our new members and dedicated older members participated in the annual Indiana University Dance Marathon. This is a 36 hour dance marathon with no sitting or sleeping that helps raise money for the Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. As a chapter, we raised over $30,000 and the grand total of the marathon $3,880,025.22 all for the kids at Riley! Kappa has always been extremely involved in IUDM and many of our girls have joined committees. The Delta Chapter received an award, The Miracle Maker Award, in recognition of the dancer group who has shown the most outstanding passion and dedication to the kids at Riley Hospital and IUDM in all of their efforts this year. This was the first year the award was granted and the Delta Chapter is extremely proud and thankful for this award.
The first weekend in November was our Annual Dad’s weekend. We took our dads to a tailgate and football game. We had a brunch on Sunday and we all had an amazing time and appreciated the time we had to bond with our dads and the time we had to spend with them!
The first weekend in December we had our annual Winter Formal. It went very well, and all of the girls had an amazing time. After that began the preparation for finals and Winter Break.
In January of 2016, we welcome 57 new members to Delta Kappa! It was so rewarding seeing all of their happy faces on Bid Night. The hard work we put into recruitment paid off and we couldn't be happier to welcome them home! In February, we had our annual Mom's Weekend and it was so much fun for everyone! We loved having the moms in town, and they loved being able to relive their college years! We had canvas painting and yoga and a banquet with a silent auction to raise money for our bike team! In March, our Bike Team traveled to California to practice with their bike coach and travel around California. They worked extremely hard and it paid off!
April brought Little 500, where our bike team competed and we came in 14th out of over 30 teams! The GAAP awards were also held this April and the Delta Chapter won the Intellectual Development Excellence Award. May brought about finals and graduation, and we said goodbye to our beloved seniors. We miss them so much and hope they are living it up in the real world! We also said hello to summer this month! In August of 2016, all 106 of us moved back into the house! We visited the Seniors living out and started to get back into the swing of school! In September, we held our annual philanthropy event, Kappasta, and raised over $13,000 for our philanthropies, Reading Is Fundamental, American Cancer Society, and the I’m For Ash Campaign in honor of Ashley Crouse, a Delta Kappa who passed away in 2005.
October brought Halloween, and we participated in a Greek event called Safe Halloween, where we passed out candy to the local Bloomington families. It was so much fun seeing all of the kids in their costumes! October also brought our Scholarship Dinner, where many of our members were awarded with scholarships for their academic excellence! In November, Indiana University Dance Marathon was held, and every single one of our New Members participated, along with many others who are on committees. November also brought our annual Dad's Weekend and it couldn’t have been more fun! Perfect weather, a football game, and some grilling out was all we needed to make the weekend perfect! December began and so did our recruitment workshops! We wanted to be fully prepared for recruitment the following month. The semester ended on a great note, and we were all happy for the break.
There are many changes happening on campus! Multiple new buildings are being created, and many are being converted into dorms! We welcome the change and look forward to seeing them completed! The overall nature of the Delta Chapter is great after recruitment. We always realize how much closer recruitment brings us every year. We create such stronger bonds with each other and they really carry out throughout the entire semester. PC '16 especially enjoyed getting to know PC '14 better and they created friendships that will last a lifetime.
The Delta Chapter donates to three main philanthropies, Reading Is Fundamental, I’m For Ash Campaign, and The American Cancer Society. We also volunteer at the local elementary school, Rogers Elementary School, helping kids learn to read and write. We chose to support Rogers Elementary School because it is so rewarding to see our work play out over a semester. Looking back at where the kids started and how much they have improved is unlike anything else.
This year, we welcomed a new pledge class of 62 members. Our chapter provides support, friendships, opportunities for involvement, and learning experiences for all of its members. To encourage this type of environment, we weekly recognize a few people as True Blues if they excel in upholding these Delta chapter standards. One of our goals and challenges this year was to increase our average GPA. Kappa provided support for its members by encouraging a positive outlook on academics through means such as little rewards for academic achievements. At the Scholarship Banquet, people were recognized for outstanding GPAs and on a more regular basis, people could be recognized for their academic work by being highlighted as a Kappa Kappa Genius. Another one of our goals was to raise more money than the previous year for our philanthropy, Kappasta. With dedication and determination, we achieved this goal as a chapter. Another aspiration of ours was to raise money for Indiana University Dance Marathon (IUDM). We accomplished this by being one of the top fundraising Greek organizations on campus.
We participated in Safe Halloween again this year, an event in which we participated with other chapters in the Greek community to pass candy out to children. In September, we held our annual philanthropy, Kappasta, where we raised money for the Indiana University Dance Marathon, American Cancer Society, Reading is Fundamental (our national philanthropy), and new this year, Christopher Reeves Foundation. Out of all the suggestions from members who connected with particular organizations, our chapter voted to add this foundation. This year, again, we had many members participate in Indiana Dance Marathon, raising money to support the Riley's Children Hospital. We also continued our Reading for Rogers program in which Kappa members volunteered for time slots to read to children who attend the local Rogers Elementary School. This is a way to incorporate Reading is Fundamental on a more personal level in our community.
Our Chapter chose to donate the money raised from our philanthropy to four causes. Reading is Fundamental, Kappa's national philanthropy and something we all hold very important in our chapter. IUDM, a sacred tradition locally and on our campus. American Cancer Society, which we have donated to for the past few years and is something very important to many of our members. New this year, the Christopher Reeves Foundation was suggested to us by one of our new members as they helped her dad in recovery from a spinal cord injury, preventing his paralysis. We had our chapter vote on which new organization we would donate to this year, so that members felt connected and included in what the money they worked hard to raise supported.
In January, we welcomed 53 new amazing members. Over the past year, we've had many extraordinary events at our chapter. In February, we had our annual Mom's Weekend. It was so much fun for everyone, especially our new members who got to experience this for the first time. In September, we had Kappasta which had a great turnout and made the chapter get closer. We raised numerous amounts of donations for IUDM, Reading is Fundamental (our national philanthophy), Camp Kessem, and The Lupus Foundation. We chose Camp Kessem and The Lupus Foundation since two of our new members were directly impacted by these foundations in the past.
In October, we participated in Safe Halloween again, which consists of chapters in the Greek Community passing candy out to children. In November, we participated in IUDM and were nominated top fundraising sorority at IU. This was an incredible honor as we all worked so hard to get as many donations as possible. We also continued our Reading for Rogers program which new members were especially excited about as most of them signed up right away. Along with Reading for Rogers, we continued to encourage the growth of our average GPA, and we recognized outstanding GPA's at our Scholarship Banquet and at Formal Dinners.
Chapter Summary Summarize the previous calendar year, scholarships, group honors/awards, Convention awards, traditions, special events, philanthropic involvement, chapter goals, and how your chapter operations changed because of COVID-19 (e.g., how did it affect recruitment, initiation, etc. Were events/activities held virtually?). Fortunately our initiation occurred the weekend before we went on spring break and shortly after got sent home for the semester, so it was done as usual. During the Academic Year Kappa Kappa Gamma - Delta Chapter improved its GPA as well as rank among all Panhellenic Sororities at Indiana University. Additionally, one of our sisters was awarded with a Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation scholarship for her leadership and involvement within Kappa Kappa Gamma. Additionally, we awarded the Frances Murphy Award to one of our outstanding Junior who is very active in society and our chapter. The Dobbins scholarship was awarded to a dedicated senior who showed contribution to our chapter and GPA Excellence. The Jerilyn Jones Kennedy award to a new member who was active in their major and our chapter! Due to the pandemic, recruitment is completely different than it ever has been before. Normally, the four rounds are in person with a total of around 1700 girls signed up. This year it has been moved completely online with only about 950 girls signed up. “Bumping” is now jumping in and out of zoom breakout rooms instead of tapping a sister on the shoulder. Bid day is also online. Though this year is completely different, the excitement of welcoming a new pledge class is still the same.
Chapter Philanthropy What organization does the chapter support? Reading is Fundamental
Why did the chapter choose this organization? We are dedicated to raising money to help children who are struggling with their curriculum and we are so grateful to be able to do this!
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion How did your chapter include diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives in your programming this year? (e.g., adding a DEI officer, philanthropy events, social media awareness campaign, chapter training, etc.). This year was not an easy one to say the least, but our goal as a chapter was to promote encouragement, positivity, and guidance for every single one of our members. In regards to the Covid pandemic we were put in a position that we all had to be sent home from school. However, through our social media accounts we made sure to post about the bright sides the pandemic proposed to our lives and to find the little things that makes life that much more special. Also, we acknowledged a previous member of ours who started a business in relation to the black matters movement. We firmly posted about the importance of including all individuals and specific programs that were available to get involved in and make a difference. This method was very successful and I believe was an impactful stance to our sorority and others. Overall, this year we took initiative to mark all aspects of diversity, inclusion, environmental complications, and others that our sorority valued as members of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Sesquicentennial Celebration How did your chapter celebrate Kappa's 150th anniversary? Share what you have done this year. For Kappas 150th anniversary this year we decided to have a presentation on the history of our sisterhood. This included what it meant to be a kappa, public figures that are a kappa sister, and how it all started back at Monmouth College. In our COVID world, we did this all over zoom with my screen shared. We also played a Kahoot at the end so that it was more interactive like it would have been in person Photographs Are there any interesting photos from this year to share? e.g., screen shots of virtual meetings, pictures of chapter events that followed all public health guidelines (mask wearing, physical distancing, etc), pictures of masks, drive-thru bid days, etc.
Delta chapter started off the year by inviting 51 new women to join Delta Chapter. Our bid day theme this year was “House of Blues,” and our new members met one another and all of the current members. We had our first in-person initiation in two years and invited alums from around the area to participate in this special event. In February, we had our first date party of the year, KappaKrush. In April, we held our spring philanthropy event, Kappawderpuff, and this was the first time we have ever held the event. It was such a fun event, and we look forward to holding the second annual Kappawderpuff in the spring of 2023. Also, during the spring semester, many of our juniors traveled abroad to Barcelona, Florance, London, Madrid, Rome, Germany, Milan, and Austria. As much as we missed our sisters, we are so happy they got the opportunity to travel abroad, experience so many new places, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Also, for the first time in two years, our Kappa bike team rode in the 34th annual Little 500 race. Our bikers Izzy O., Sydney R., Izzy H., and Halle R.
raced a phenominal race and won 6th place. We are so proud of our bike team for their hardwork and dedication. In August, we welcomed 92 girls back into the chapter home, and it was so wonderful to be back with everyone again. We kicked off the semester with our annual sisterhood event. We had a flower truck come, and all the women made bouquets and caught up with one another. In September, we had our formal date party, the Saphireball. To conclude the year, we held our fall philanthropy event, Kappakarnival, and raised over $27,000 for mental health.
Every year over Halloween weekend, our sophomore class participates in Indiana University Dance Marathon, a 36-hour dance marathon that raises money for Riley Hospital for Children. We also have women who volunteer on some of the IUDM committees. IDUM has always held a special place in Delta chapter’s hearts and is an event our women look forward to fundraising for and attending every year. This year our women raised over $11,000 for IUDM, and we are so proud of their dedication and love for helping and raising awareness for the children at Riley Hospital.
We catered dinner and invited alumni to attend this special event. We also celebrated the slating of the 2022-2023 chapter council and took our annual Christmas card photo.This year our DEI chair started the “kappa.dei.mentalhealth” Instagram page. Our DEI chair posts regularly on it, whether it be encouraging messages or celebrations for history months or days. The “kappa.dei.mentalhealth” Instagram page has been a great way for our chapter to talk about and spread information about mental health and celebrate history months like Black history month and Pride month. In addition to the Instagram page, our DEI chair sends weekly information about issues in our world and mental health resources. Our DEI chair also shares this information during our chapter meetings.
Over the summer, three council members attended the 74th biannual Kappa Convention in Palm Desert, California. During the convention, our women learned valuable skills and new leadership strategies that we have been able to implement over the past few months. We also had a women from PC 22 attend this year's Leadership Academy in Ohio.