Gamma Nu Chapter was founded at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas on April 9, 1925.
3,953 initiates (as of June 2018)
Gamma Nu Chapter officially began on April 9, 1925, when 15 eager young women were initiated by Georgia Hayden Lloyd-Jones, Eta—Wisconsin, then Director of Provinces. Installation in Fayetteville, in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, was unique in that apple blossoms were used instead of more formal flowers.
Gamma Nu was the outgrowth of a local sorority founded April 14, 1916 called Kappa Kappa Kappa, for the purpose of developing friendships among girls of similar aims and ideals.
An installation processional honoring the chapter was composed by its good friend Dr. Henry Tovey, head of the fine arts department on campus. This gave an ever-to-be-remembered distinction to the occasion. The music was played by Dr. Tovey from an advantageous but secluded spot at both the Installation and Initiation ceremonies.
Rush in the fall of 1925 was a busy and exciting experience with Kappas eagerly meeting every train to escort “rushees” to the nearby campus. Highlights that year included winning first place in scholarship. The Kappa float also received the top award in the Homecoming parade.
The chapter house has had five different locations. In 1930, when the present site was purchased, remodeling began, converting a nondescript 10-room house into a structure with Colonial façade and housing 18 girls. By 1940, as the need for more space was felt, the house was enlarged to accommodate 40 members. A large three-story wing, which included a new kitchen, dining room and bedroom-bath area, was added to the original structure in 1956. This house, which had been painted gray and was fondly referred to as “Old Gray,” accommodated 75 girls, and was always filled to overflowing. Finally, it was admitted that “Old Gray” had outlived its usefulness. In 1964, the house was torn down, except for the 1956 wing. This provided space for the beautiful white colonial mansion that graces the grounds today. This three-story, traditional white brick building, trimmed with charcoal grey shutters, houses 75 members comfortably.
During World War II, Gamma Nu initiated the first supportive movement on campus by investing money in defense stamps rather than house decorations. Each girl chipped in to buy a bond, and the entire chapter was signed up to roll Red Cross bandages. Gamma Nu raised $7,800 in the 1944–45 War Loan Drive, three times the quota set for the whole campus.
Kappa’s scholarship record has long been excellent. In spring 1951, Gamma Nu made the highest GPA ever achieved by an organized house. Scholarship rivalry usually centered around Kappa and Chi Omega, whose mother chapter is at this university. In 1962, Gamma Nu again brought home the scholarship trophy, which had been in Chi Omega territory for 13 consecutive semesters. The spring scholarship banquet, at which dinners descend from steak, chicken, hamburger, to beans for the lowest grade point, was an annual tradition.
Traditions and Honors
Since 1956, there has been a “Granny” Gamma Nu legend. Granny is a rather portly old gal who appears twice a year at the strangest times to announce the Initiation date to new members. Her presence is always a complete surprise to everyone, new members and actives alike. Granny is really an active dressed in some outlandish garb, which, when not in use, is hidden away in a dark, mysterious closet of the chapter room.
Gamma Nu has received the Gracious Living award several times at Fraternity Conventions. Credit was due to the much-loved Ms. Jennings, House Director from 1947–62. Her pleasing personality and gracious manner were drawing cards to friends, dates, the girls and to everyone she met. Gamma Nus have continued to live up to the high standards set by earlier members. All told, the chapter has produced (prior to 1975) 25 members in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, 32 in Mortar Board, and six in Phi Beta Kappa. Kappa scholars from this chapter were on the General Electric TV College Bowl team and the A and M College Bowl team. There have been many Homecoming Maids and at least one queen. There have been four Miss University of Arkansas winners and one Miss Arkansas. The Kappas have claimed two out of three Miss Sorority Pledge Queens. Gamma Nus have been active as cheerleaders, Associated Women Students officers, Panhellenic officers, majorettes, and student body senators and officers.
Deferred rush, meaning that girls do not pledge until they are at least sophomores, started in 1950 and was re-evaluated in the 1970s. Kappa, Pi Beta Phi, Tri Delta and Chi Omega largely dominated the campus activities. With the help of the outstanding girls who continue to be pledged, Gamma Nu, with its ideals and traditions, will continue to prosper.
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.
The house did not have air conditioning, making Rush (now Recruitment) terribly HOT. Gamma Nu alumnae say they remember everyone gathered at the house in front of the TV waiting to see the release of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video, doing Jane Fonda workouts in the formal living room, and watching General Hospital. There were formal lunches on Sundays where everyone brought friends and/or boyfriends to eat at the house after church. During these days, the freshman pledge class would chase “Granny” to find out the day and time of Initiation. Bill Clinton was elected Governor of Arkansas and he beat Governor White, whose daughter was a Kappa at the time.
Gamma Nu was removed from a “period of concern” and the chapter was thriving in many areas. The chapter hosted Province Meeting in February and took home the Most-Improved Chapter Award. When members returned to school in the fall, the house had been redecorated and 30 new members were pledged. The chapter was ranked 5th in grades and worked closely with Chapter Consultant Rene Hedges to improve in all areas of chapter life. The chapter philanthropy was Run for Your Lungs to benefit the Oregon Lung Association. Plans were in the works for a new philanthropy, Balloon Derby, to increase interaction and visibility on the campus. Other philanthropic involvement included an Easter egg hunt for The Children’s House, a local nonprofit agency.
Fall Recruitment resulted in 39 new members who enjoyed running to “the white house on the hill.” Special events included Monmouth Duo with the Pi Phis and the Sigma Nu Relays, which Gamma Nu won.
Fall Recruitment brought 47 new members to Gamma Nu. In the Sigma Chi Derby Day skits, Kappas took first place and enjoyed making a float with the Sigma Nus. On October 31, the chapter celebrated “Owl-o-ween” with Chi Omega. On December 5, they enjoyed the annual Christmas Formal. In the spring, 41 new members were initiated.
The university had been undergoing major renovations and construction on campus. This year, the law building and engineering center were completed. Over the summer, the Gamma Nu House saw air-conditioning in the den and living room and the basement was remodeled. University enrollment was 14,276 with 12 sororities and 21 fraternities on campus. Quota was 47 and chapter total was 135. Gamma Nu finally achieved first in GPA.
Chapter members collected canned goods and donated clothing for the needy and planned an Easter egg hunt for children.
Fall Recruitment resulted in 44 new members. The fall term was full of pep-rallies, brunches, a Founders Day banquet and Halloween activities followed by the traditional Christmas formal before everyone buckled down to study for finals. After the three-week holiday break, a sisterhood event was held at Showbiz Pizza followed by spring formal in February. Before long, “Granny” came to the house to announce that new members would be initiated on February 18. Many alumnae from surrounding areas attended Initiation, making it even more special. Other spring plans included Monmouth Duo, Senior Weekend and the annual scholarship banquet.
The chapter fell from first place in scholarship to third, so a goal was set to increase study hours to regain their top ranking. Thirteen members attended the Province Meeting in Stillwater, taking home the Jean Berry Award for Outstanding Panhellenic Involvement and the Outstanding Membership Award. Members to continue to be leaders on campus, representing Kappa in numerous activities from Razorback pom squad and cheerleading to Greek Week committee and Judicial Board, as well as countless honor societies and clubs.
Gamma Nu remained first in scholarship with a cumulative chapter GPA of 2.96. On August 31,, 45 new members were welcomed. Among the traditional fall activities was Founders Day where three 50-year-members were presented with their special pins. The university started a campaign to raise money to restore Ole Main. The chapter house was furnished with two new leather couches and a new study room among other improvement in the works.
An intramurals chairman was added to encourage more members to get involved in intramural athletics on campus. A faculty reception was held for professors and teachers.
A total of 39 new members were initiated in the spring. During spring break, several members took trips together. The annual “Lock and Key” date party was enjoyed and shortly after, Monmouth Duo as well. The spring GPA was 3.08. Philanthropy events included the annual Easter egg hunt with Head Start and donating money to multiple sclerosis research and the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The chapter also adopted a section of a highway near campus to clean three times per year. On February 23, five chapter members traveled to Oklahoma University for Xi Province Meeting.
Gamma Nu won awards for scholarship, membership and overall excellence. Gamma Nu returned from summer break to find a new house mother and a redecorated downstairs area. The chapter pledged 37 new members. Gamma Nu held on to first place in scholarship with a chapter GPA of 3.04 for fall. The chapter enjoyed the successful University of Arkansas basketball season watching the team win its conference championship and making it to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament. The renovation of Ole Main was complete and the dedication ceremony was held the weekend of September 21.
Among the traditional activities, the chapter again held a party for underprivileged children at the Fayetteville Youth Center and donated items to Operation Blessing. The scholarship banquet was extra special because the chancellor was the guest speaker. The 1991–92 Homecoming Queen was a Gamma Nu member. Two other actives competed in the Miss Arkansas pageant and took first place and runner-up.
Gamma Nu took home several awards at the Panhellenic Order of Omega awards program including the Award of Excellence and Highest GPA Award for a 3.09 cumulative chapter GPA.
Winter formal and “Granny’s” announcement of Initiation were highlights of 1993 when 39 new members were initiated. The annual date party with Pi Beta Phi and winning the Sigma Nu Relays were events to remember as well. Actives received many honors including a recipient of the Razorback Classic award for leadership and campus involvement, and one member of the homecoming court. Several actives were on the cheerleading squad and two were majorettes.
Forty new members were pledged and a new event called Boot Scootin’ Barn Bash was enjoyed with Kappa Delta sorority. High scholarship and increased attendance and participation in chapter and campus activities continued to be priorities. Chapter members participated in Make a Difference Day where nearly 400 University of Arkansas students spread out through the community to volunteer for different nonprofit agencies as well as homes of elderly residents. One elderly home owner said that seeing the Kappas clean her yard helped restore her faith in future generations. Trick-or-Treat on Sorority Row was again a popular event as was the Founders Day banquet and new member Christmas program. The Gamma Nu Pickers performed at a nursing home and some fraternity houses.
The chapter enjoyed the excitement on campus when the Razorbacks won the national championship basketball game in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Province Meeting awards: Chapter Excellence, Most Gracious Living, Outstanding Scholarship Panhellenic awards: Challenge to Excellence, Highest GPA, Highest Pledge Class GPA, Pledge Class Award of Excellence, Above the All-Sorority GPA, reached Fraternity goal of 3.1 GPA Gamma Nu pledged 55 new members and won the Sigma Chi Derby Days lip sync contest. The chapter and new member class had the highest sorority GPAs. The new house mother is loved by the chapter. Two social events have been brought back—Kappa Krush and Kappa Kissmas. During Initiation, more than 50 alumnae participated. A faculty appreciation dinner was held as well as a special dinner for the Razorback baseball team. Six Gamma Nu’s represent their chapter well as members of the pom squad.
Chapter unity was strengthened with sisterhood events including TV nights and a skate retreat. One active was named the SEC Woman Athlete of the Year in track and 21 members made the dean’s list. Gamma Nu was selected as one of 16 pilot chapters to conduct a revised new member program. On February 29, the chapter held a Leap Year event with Sigma Chi, Sigma Nu and Pi Beta Phi. Gamma Nu celebrated its birthday on April 8 with cake and decorations. An event called The Tradition was held with Pi Beta Phi to commemorate the founding of both sororities at Monmouth College. A senior farewell picnic was held April 29. The chapter’s spring GPA was 3.482 keeping them in first place.
Two actives were in the Miss Arkansas pageant during the summer. Gamma Nu delegates took home the Chapter Efficiency Award at the 1996 General Convention. The chapter also received the University Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence.
After a busy Recruitment week, Gamma Nu pledged 56 new members who went through the new six-week new member education program prior to Initiation in October. The chapter GPA continued to be strong, topping the other sororities with a fall GPA of 3.205. Gamma Nu is the largest Greek chapter on campus with 182 members—100 of whom live in the chapter house.
The entire chapter participated in Toys for Tots and the sponsorship of Angel Tree at Christmas time. The chapter also sponsored the Northwest Arkansas Senior Olympics in coordination with Springdale Nursing Home. Members also participated in Race for the Cure in Little Rock and volunteered for a battered women’s shelter among the chapter’s other traditional activities. Twenty members attended the Province Meeting, which was held at Oklahoma State University. Chapter members participated in Sigma Chi Derby Days, a football pep rally, Trick-or-Treat with the Greeks and the Red Cross blood drive. Members also made Valentine’s cards for a veterans’ hospital and birthday cards for a book donation program to benefit the National Center for Family Literacy. A total of 34 members were in the Booster Club; several were in student government and Panhellenic; 14 belonged to Gamma Beta Phi honor society; 21 were in Golden Key; several were student ambassadors; two members were cheerleaders, 31 were in Campus Crusade for Christ; several were on the Pom Pon squad; two were in Mortar Board and there were members involved in countless other clubs and activities.
Gamma Nu was first in scholarship again and received the Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence for the living unit on campus with the highest GPA of 3.31. The chapter hosted Xi Province Meeting and had Kappas from eight other chapters staying at the house that weekend. A Gamma Nu member served as Panhellenic President and participation in campus and chapter events was a main goal for the school year.
Highlights of 1999–2000 include competing in a step show where the Kappas earned third place. The new members enjoyed a sisterhood retreat. Kapppancake raised money for local charities and Kappa’s Holiday Sharing program. The chapter hosted a dinner for the Razorback football team to show support and university spirit. Gamma Nu’s fall GPA was again the best with a 3.269. Many members participated in the Greek 101 seminar.
The Gamma Nus had a successful Recruitment with 74 new members receiving invitations to join the Kappa family. With such a large pledge class, it was crucial for Chapter Council to find ways to help build unity within the new member class and the chapter. In order to achieve this, the New Member Chairman asked Kore groups to participate in three activities with their families: university, philanthropic and Kappa-related. This helped the Kappas to bond not only with their key sis but also with other sisters from each pledge class.
After coming in 2nd place for grade point average by 0.02 points for the spring 2005, Gamma Nu set a goal to once again reign as the top academic chapter. After keeping a close eye on study hall hours and using informative programs in chapter, the Gamma Nus achieved their goal by ranking 1st place in grade point average for fall 2005.
During Homecoming, Kappas were busy preparing for the Alpha Kappa Alpha Unity step show. Their performance was a great representation of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Their devotion and excitement with the blood drive, talent show, fan, float and yard competitions during Homecoming Week helped them earn 3rd place among other sororities and fraternities. The Gamma Nu delegate for the annual Pledge Queen competition represented Kappa with grace and poise winning 2nd-Runner-Up. Sigma Chi Derby Days, in which sororities compete in food and blood drives and field events, was won by the Kappas. In addition, the prestigious Order of Omega organization awards the distinguished Award of Excellence annually. Once again, the Gamma Nu chapter was an excited recipient.
Gamma Nu upholds its honored reputation for academic excellence, school-wide involvement, and high standards. The respected reputation of Gamma Nu earn can be attributed to its members’ involvement in more than 40 university-wide student organizations.
Gamma Nu members excelled in many areas of campus and Greek life, receiving 2nd place in Homecoming activities, which included making a float for the city-wide parade, a lawn decoration competion between all the Greek chapters on campus, and a campus-wide blood drive. Gamma Nu also took 3rd place in the Alpha Kappa Alpha Annual Unity Step Show. The girls who participated in Step Show spent countless hours each day preparing for their performance. In the annual Lambda Chi Alpha Pledge Queen Pageant, Gamma Nu’s representative proudly took 1st place. Gamma Nu continued to hold the coveted position of the sorority with the highest GPA for the year, 3.257. Gamma Nu’s Chapter Council set these goals for the school year: Improvement in ritual songs, communication throughout all pledge classes, campus involvement as a unified body, philanthropy, attendance at chapter and campus events, new member understanding of standards, respect for officers, Kappa tradition and history, enthusiasm, bonding between pledge classes, house appearance/cleanliness, new member program and committees. To work on these improvements throughout the year, Gamma Nu held workshops and ritual review was done multiple times. Members were encouraged to meet in large groups at the house before attending a campus-wide activity so that there would be a higher number of attendance and the members would be able to spend more time getting to know one another.
During the 2007 Homecoming activities, Kappas placed 1st in the cook-off, 2nd in the banner competition, and 1st in lawn, float, rowdy fan, and pep rally competitions. Kappas received 1st place in the overall competition against other sororities and fraternities. The Lambda Chi fraternity hosts the Pumpkin Bust in which sororities compete in food drives and field events. Kappas donated 20,000 cans to the food drive and placed in every field event, winning 1st place in the overall competition.
Within Gamma Nu chapter, the term “Kappa Lady” is frequently referenced. With high levels of respect for fellow members and themselves, Kappas uphold the values and goals that the Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity has established. Members are well aware of what is expected by such committees as Standards and Scholarship because of workshops and continued referencing. Gamma Nu gained 74 new members. The entire chapter participated with them in pep rallies and other events to show the new members that Gamma Nu is a close-knit family. Another sisterhood event is the new-member retreat when the freshman new member class goes camping.
Once again, Gamma Nu was an excited recipient of the highest grade point average for spring 2008. Gamma Nu was also involved in the Kappa Sigma relay races to help support Mothers Against Drinking and Driving. We placed first, knowing that our contributions went to a great cause. We also participated in two Phi Gamma Delta events, where we both placed first. The first event was a three-on-three basketball tournament and the second was the Carol of the Greeks competition where the money raised went to their philanthropy. We also participated and placed second in the Greek Sing competition. We participated in Greek Summit, a workshop for all of Greek Life, and Gamma Nu was well represented.
During 2008, Gamma Nus made our involvement well known on campus, placing second in the University of Arkansas Homecoming Week and regaining the first-place title at the Lambda Chi Alpha Watermelon Bust. We participated in the Miss University of Arkansas pageant, and our two-time participant was awarded Miss Congeniality and Highest G.P.A. During Sigma Chi Derby Days, Kappas raised money and participated in field events. After a week of competition, we placed second.
Gamma Nu had a successful Recruitment resulting in 82 new members. We participated in monthly activities with our families. The new members not only participated in their families, but also in groups within their pledge class.
Gamma Nu was honored and excited to host Xi Province Meeting. Kappa Kappa Gamma active members and alumnae from the Province stayed at the Embassy Suites in Rogers, Ark., and were bussed to the Kappa House on the University of Arkansas campus to learn more about Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity, the Gamma Nu chapter, and to engage with other Kappa sisters with whom they shared an immediate bond. The Gamma Nus gave a tour of the house, provided lunch, shared Recruitment videos, and exchanged ideas about ways to better Kappa Kappa Gamma members. The Northwest Alumnae Association was crucial in the planning and execution of this privileged event.
The ladies of Gamma Nu have a distinguished reputation for their academic excellence, campus involvement, and high moral standards. Members of Kappa Kappa Gamma participate in numerous registered student organizations, while still excelling academically. This was proven by having the highest GPA in the 2009 fall semester.
The Kappas won the Panhellenic Council Fall 2009 Academic Excellence Award as well as the Panhellenic Council Outstanding Community Service Award. Also our President won Most Outstanding Panhellenic President out of the eight sororities.
During the 2009 homecoming, Kappas were active throughout the week. Preparing for the Alpha Kappa Alpha Unity Step Show kept Gamma Nu members very busy as did collecting cans for Lambda Chi Alpha’s philanthropy. The hard work payed off as the The Gamma Nus placed first for the third year in a row in Watermelon Bust! Gamma Nu’s 2009 pledge queen showed remarkable poise and talent while capturing the first place spot and the hearts of the audience!
Three Gamma Nu members participated in the Miss University of Arkansas pageant and one of our sisters won Miss Congeniality. In addition, the Gamma Nus were awarded the prestigious the Award of Excellence by Order of Omega. The Gamma Nu chapter was an excited recipient of the highest grade point average for the Fall 2009. Gamma Nu was also involved in the Kappa Sigma relay races to help support the Mothers Against Drinking and Driving. We placed second, knowing that our contributions went to a very great cause. The members of the Gamma Nu were thrilled to win the Pep Rally award for the second consecutive year and they were excited to place first in the first-ever “Pi Challenge” hosted Alpha Omicron Pi and Sigma Pi, which raised money for their philanthropies. The hard work preparing for Greek sing was rewarded by a first place trophy. Recruitment resulted in 84 new members, the largest pledge class to date on the University of Arkansas campus. The newly pledged Kappas were divided into groups and asked to spend time getting to know their sisters through various outings. The upperclass Kappas were encouraged to spend quality time with their key sisters.
The Gamma Nu House Board joined the actives for Founders Day dinner. To accommodate all of the actives (as well as the 104 new members!) it was held in the Town Center banquet hall on The Square, and our own Chef Jon prepared the meal. All of the girls wore their blue dresses. “The girls had everything planned perfectly. … These young ladies never cease to amaze me with their knowledge, skills, professionalism and enthusiasm,” says one House Board member.
This was the first year without the Alpha Kappa Alpha Unity step show. Kappa still had great devotion and excitement for the blood drive, float and lawn decorations. Kappa participated in the Greek sing and Nelly was the theme. All of the practicing paid off as we won first place! Kappa also took first place in the talent show. At the Miss University of Arkansas pageant, a Gamma Nu won Miss Congeniality. At the annual homecoming pep-rally, Gamma Nus rejoiced at the announcement that one of our own was the 2010 Homecoming Queen.
Kappa collected 20,000 canned goods for Lambda Chi Alpha’s philanthropy. All of the hard work of collecting and transporting cans paid off as the Gamma Nus won first place in cans for the fifth year in a row! Our Philanthropy Chairman started a new fundraiser called Kappa Klassic, a golf tournament that raised around $4,000. With a successful Recruitment, Kappa made history with the initiation of 104 new Gamma Nu members.
In the spring, “Reading Railroad” was put on in a local elementary school for kindergarteners. All 80 students received a passport to get stamped at each stop along the Reading Railroad. The first stop was a jungle theme and Where the Wild Things Are was read aloud. Afterward, the students made scary monster masks. The next stop was an ocean theme where The Rainbow Fish was read and the students designed rainbow fish. At the next station, There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly was read aloud by an active dressed as an old lady, wig and all! After the book was read, the students played musical chairs to the songs corresponding to the book. The winner of the game won a book lamp to take home with his/her books.
The last station, and the most important, was “Seussville.” The Cat in the Hat greeted the students and they each had their picture taken with him. After the Cat in the Hat was read, students got to pick three books to take home. Many of the students had parents who did not speak English so we were able to provide bilingual books for those students. The looks on the children’s faces when they found out that would be given three books was something that will always be imprinted on our hearts.
This school year, we started “Kappa Acts of Kindness.” A few members would volunteer to pass out lemonade during the summer, hot chocolate in the cold weather and Halloween candy for the season. Another Panhellenic activity, held with Alpha Delta Phi, was called March McMaddness. The event raised money for our philanthropy by selling hamburgers and hotdogs. Anyone could attend for $5 and we set up tents with tables and chairs for attendees to watch basketball games on a big screen TV on the Kappa lawn.
The main goal this year was to keep Gamma Nu traditions going for the 104 new members. While there is great excitement with every new member, the growing membership has made unity and living space a challenge. Formal chapter meetings at the house are cramped, so the House Board has decided to remodel our house as soon as they raise enough money.
To make sure that there were activities to reach out to each girl during initiation week, the New Member Chairman and Marshal created a theme with a different pledge class each night. Also the girls got to spend time with their key sis. Chapter Council decided to start having non-formal chapter meetings on campus in an auditorium classroom. This made chapter meetings more comfortable and efficient.
The ladies of Gamma Nu were very involved and active in many areas of greek life and registered student organizations during the 2010 school year. The homecoming activities were slightly different this year. This was the first year without the Alpha Kappa Alpha Unity step show. Kappa still had great devotion and excitement for the blood drive, float and lawn decorations. Kappa participated in the Greek sing and Nelly was the theme. All of the practicing paid off as we won first place! Kappa was also the winner, taking first place in the talent show.
At the miss University of Arkansas pageant, Katie Costello won miss congeniality. At the annual homecoming pep-rally, Gamma Nu's rejoiced at the announcement that one of our own, Hannah Henson, was the 2010 Homecoming Queen. Kappa collected 20,000 can goods for the Lambda Chi Alpha's philanthropy. All of the hard work of collecting and transporting cans paid off as the Gamma Nus won first place in cans for the fifth year in a row! Kappa's philanthropy chair started the a new fund raiser called Kappa Klassic. The golf tournament raised around $4,000. With such a successful recruitment, Kappa made history with the initiation of 104 new Gamma Nu members. At the annual Order of Omega Award ceremony Kappa was beyond honored to receive so many awards and honorable mentions of Gamma Nu's. Kappa Kappa Gamma won the Panhellenic Council Fall 2009 Academic Excellence Award as well as the Panhellenic Council Outstanding Community Service Award. Also our President, Julianne Graves won Most Outstanding Panhellenic President out of the eight sororities on campus.
II. Describe your campus and chapter (brief description or bullet points). Campus: Gamma Nu has many that participate in Registered Student Organizations on campus. Our chapter has grown very fast within the past years. However, our number creates an even higher reputation of distinguish women at the University of Arkansas. This past year, we started "Kappa Acts of Kindness." A few members would volunteer to pass out lemonade during the summer, hot chocolate in the cold weather and Halloween candy for the season. Another Panhellenic activity that we held was with Alpha Delta Phi was called March McMaddness. The event raised money for our philanthropy by selling hamburgers and hotdogs. Anyone could attend for the price of five dollars and we also set up tents with tables and chairs for those to watch a big screen TV of the basketball games on the Kappa lawn.
Gamma Nu upholds the reputation of academic excellence, school wide involvement, and recognized moral standards. Chapter: At the house of Gamma Nu, you will find girls that exemplify the phrase "Kappa Lady." We uphold characteristics such as academically and morally strong and we set high goals for ourselves. Our chapter is well aware of what is expected of them as a Gamma Nu as well as on campus as a student making the Kappa Kappa Gamma fraternity at the U of A a well respected and established fraternity. III. Chapter Challenges: (Describe them and how the chapter met and overcame them.) The main goal this year was to keep all the tradition of Gamma Nu activities for the 104 new members in our chapter. While there is great excitement with each and every girl becoming a Gamma Nu, the new member number has caused difficulty to keep the pledge class close with one another and the whole house. Also with the growing number in the past years it is getting difficult for many girls to live in the house, and to have enough space for a comfortable formal chapter setting. The house board has decided to remodel our house. It has been in the works for a couple of years now and they are still trying to receive enough funding. To make sure that there were activities to reach out to each girl during initiation week, the New Member chair and Marshal created a theme with a different pledge class each night. Also the girls got to spend time with their keysis. The new members really got to meet more girls this way. Chapter council decided to start having non-formal chapters on campus in an auditorium classroom. This made the environment of chapter more comfortable and spacious.
The ladies of Gamma Nu were very involved in several areas of Greek life and Registered Student Organizations on campus and also many events around the community in the year of 2012. In January, Kappa started the year off by winning the first pep rally. In February, Kappa held the annual Reading is Key event where every child was given three books to take home. When the devastating storms hit Joplin, MO, Kappa raised 75 prom dresses to donate to Joplin’s High School. Locally, the chapter raised 250 children’s books to donate to Washington Elementary, the school that Kappa volunteers at weekly. Kappa joined up with another sorority on campus and held the March McMadness event where they raised $3,400 for the Ronald McDonald house. Kappa also competed in the annual Derby Days competition. The month of April was full of events, honors and awards.
The scholarship banquet honored girls with a 4.0 grade point average and the chapter helped our member Katherine Davis support her mother by participating in the MS walk. Emily Halbert was voted Sigma Chi Sweetheart, Lauren Waldrip was voted Most Outstanding Senior, and Julie Sherrill was voted Panhelennic Most Outstanding President! Gamma Nu received the Award of Excellence, the Panhellenic Achievment Award, and 2nd place in Greek Week competitions. Kappa Klassic, which is one of Gamma Nu’s philanthropy events raised $4,000 for our philanthropy. As the end of the school year came around, Kappa held a Groundbreaking Event where the construction of the Gamma Nu house was announced!
This summer, Convention was held and Gamma Nu received many honors and rewards. Reading is Fundamental Award, Philanthropy Signature Event Award, Philanthropy Award, Gracious Living Award, Chapter/Advisory Board Relations Award, House Board Award, Excellence in Chapter Management Award, Academic Excellence Award, Recruitment Award, and Panhellenic Award are the honorary mentions that Gamma Nu received. In 2010, Gamma Nu was nominated for Most Outstanding Chapter, Most Outstanding Panhellenic Involvement, Most Outstanding Recruitment, Most Outstanding Academic Achievement, and Gracious Living and at the 2010-2012 Biennium convention, Gamma Nu won Most Outstanding Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
In the fall semester of 2012, 155 new Kappas were welcomed to Gamma Nu and everyone got excited as the renovation of the Kappa house began! One of our new members’ father passed away and in order to help with her finances, we raised $579. Kappa also competed in Lambda Chi Alpha’s annual Watermelon Bust where we placed second overall, but first in raising canned food for the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank with 40,000 canned food items.
The homecoming festivities were full of fun this year. Three Kappas were in the Top 15 for the Homecoming Court and our very own Katie Waldrip was crowned Homecoming Queen! Kappa also won a Sig Ep’s Kickball Tournament and received $1,000 for our philanthropy. We also placed first in the sorority division flag football intramural championship. Our President, Julie Sherrill was chosen as Greek Woman of the Week! In November, Kappa Acts of Kindness was a blast as we passed out Kool-Aid around campus, and went through different drive thru restaurants and paid of the car behind’s meal.
On November 10th, we initiated 154 Kappas! We ended November with Kappa Con Queso where we raised $4,000 for our philanthropy by selling tickets to our Mexican dinner. The year of 2012 was fun and exciting for Gamma Nu and we look forward to this next year!
The University of Arkansas has been going under a lot of changes this year. As the campus is growing, more buildings for classes and dorm rooms are being built all around. However, the most exciting thing being built on our campus is the new Kappa house! The renovation of our house started in the summer and is to be completed in August of 2013! While not having a house presents challenges to the chapter, the girls of Gamma Nu came together and used our resources. We used buildings around the city of Fayetteville for all of the events we hosted. We are so beyond excited for the new house to be done and we see the progress of it everyday.
The ladies of the Gamma Nu chapter were thoroughly engaged in Greek life and Registered Student Organizations on the University of Arkansas campus, as well as several community events in the 2013 year. Kappa Kappa Gamma kick started our year off winning the “Pure Charity” campus-wide competition in January. The chapter was awarded $500.00 to donate to any cause listed on the nonprofit’s webpage. Kappas also took part in a walk in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. in partnership with the Associated Student Government.
As February came along, members attended a mandatory ritual review in order to brush up on our fraternity history. We held a committee night, where members were placed into new committees for the calendar year. Our new members took part in their New Member Sleepover and had the opportunity to further their bond with one another through various games and activities. On the last day in February, members put on a surprise birthday party for our beloved house mother, Mom Shanks, in appreciation for all that she does for our chapter. March approached, and Kappa took home 3rd place in the annual “Greek Sing” competition put on by the University of Arkansas’ New Greek Council. On the 8th, we held our yearly “Reading is Key” event at Grace Hill Elementary School in Rogers, AR. Every child received 3 brand new books to take home. We held our second committee night of the semester and held a sisterhood function at Pratt Place Barn.
At the end of the month Kappa’s own Julia Gardner, a freshman, represented our chapter in Kappa Delta’s Shamrock Talent Show and won 3rd place. The Kappa Alpha Psi Stroll competition rounded out the month. Kappa’s routine impressed all, and we took home 3rd place. In April, Kappa participated in the Lambda Chi Alpha Pledge Queen contest. Our representative, Morgan Farmer, a freshman, won 1st Runner-Up. The next day Kappa held our Monmouth Formal with Pi Beta Phi. On the 18th of April, Mallori Sando, a sophomore, was crowned “Miss Razorback” at the inaugural Razorback Ball which was organized by Amy May West, a sophomore Kappa for the University of Arkansas’ Associated Student Government.
The Order of Omega Awards Ceremony was held the 22nd. Kelly Hudnall, a sophomore, won the award for “Most Outstanding Sophomore”, and Amy May West, a sophomore, won the award for “Model Initiate”, and Brittany Brunson, a freshman won the award for “Most Outstanding Member of New Greek Council”. Kappa Kappa Gamma also won the Gold Level Achievement Award for our chapter’s accomplishments in academics, involvement, risk management, leadership, and philanthropy. Kappa Klassic, our chapter’s signature philanthropy event, was held at Stonebridge Meadows Golf Club on April 27th. We had a record-breaking 140 participants, and raised over $24,000 for Reading is Fundamental. Seniors enjoyed one of their last events as active Kappas at the Senior Picnic on April 28th, and officially became Kappa alumna. On the last day of the month, the chapter held a fundraiser at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt benefiting our philanthropy.
As the semester winded down in May, Kappa held our semesterly “Kappa Acts of Kindness” event on campus. Members passed out scantrons and pencils to students on their way to take finals on campus. August came quickly, and members were eager to get a look at our brand new chapter house that was finalized over the summer. Fall Recruitment at the University of Arkansas was held August 18th-24th. On Bid Day, August 25th, Gamma Nu welcomed 107 new members into the 2013 pledge class. Shortly after bid day, Kappa’s new members won the Freshman Pep Rally, starting the school year with a bang. In September, Chapter Council members hosted and served a House Warming dinner at our new chapter house for Greek life Chapter Presidents, the Greek Life Office Staff, and council executive members.
Our 107 new Kappas headed to their first New Member Retreat on September 20th. With such a large pledge class, many of the new members got to become more familiar and begin to bond more with their pledge sisters. September 26th was Bingo Night at the Kappa House. Our sisterhood chairs put on a spectacular sisterhood event that drew in several members for some rousing rounds of Bingo, grandma attire not required. In the month of September, Gamma Nu also held the first Committee Night of the school year. Kappas participated in Lambda Chi Alpha’s Watermelon Bust on September 20th, raising over 34,000 canned foods for Northwest Arkansas food banks, and winning 1st place!
Gamma Nu was busy in October, preparing for the Gamma Nu House Dedication ceremony put on by members of our Renovation Committee and House Board. Over the past 18 months, members, alumnae and supporters have raised nearly $3 million in donations to help fund the effort to complete the $8 million renovation. Hundreds of Gamma Nu Kappas from all walks of life came to celebrate and tour the new chapter house and dedicate it to the many who helped fund the tremendous project. October also saw our “Key Sis” reveal. After weeks of guessing, each new member finally got to find out which older member would be their “Big Sis”. On October 7th, the chapter celebrated Founder’s Day and invited many alumni to join the celebration. The week of October 7th-12th was University of Arkansas Homecoming week. Gamma Nu was thrilled when Maggie Jo Pruitt, a senior, was the 4th Kappa in a row to be crowned Homecoming Queen. October ended with a Kappa win in the Sigma Phi Epsilon Kickball Tournament benefitting Autism Speaks.
November came, and the Gamma Nu chapter held a Scholarship Banquet with many faculty members, professors, and campus officials in attendance. On November 9th, Gamma Nu held Initiation for the first time in our new house. Committee Night was held on November 11th, and Freshman were added to comittees. “Kappa Con Queso”, Gamma Nu’s signature philanthropy dinner, was held on November 13th at the chapter house. Kappa had an outstanding turnout and raised $6,851.00 for Reading is Fundamental and our local philanthropy, Washington Elementary School. Kappa won 1st place in the National Pan-Hellenic Council “Unity Step Show” competition in mid November. December came and the University of Arkansas experienced what many students were calling “Snowmageddon 2013”, classes were cancelled for 5 days in a row. Kappas braved the cold and ended up winning 1st place in the University of Arkansas’ soccer intramurals. It was then time for Phi Gamma Delta’s “Carol of the Greeks” where Kappa’s lovely singers earned 1st place for their performance. On December 12th, Kappas relaxed a bit before finals and celebrated “Kappa Kissmas”, our yearly semi-formal, with our sisters and dates.
2013 was an incredible year for the Gamma Nu chapter at the University of Arkansas. We saw many changes and grew substantially. Our members are excited for the year ahead and cannot wait to see what it entails. Describe the recent changes on your campus and describe the overall nature of your chapter. The University of Arkansas’ campus as a whole has been undergoing several of changes this year with the construction of 6 new buildings. The campus saw a 6.7% increase in enrollment during the Spring of 2013, and a 3.2% increase in the Fall of 2013.
The most exciting change at the University of Arkansas is undoubtedly the addition of a brand new Kappa Kappa Gamma house. The renovation of the Gamma Nu chapter house was completed in the summer of 2013. Unveiled to members in early August, the Gamma Nu chapter house now boasts 41,000 square feet, plenty of room for our 400+ members to enjoy each other’s company, study, and hold meetings. With a chapter as large as Gamma Nu’s, it is impossible to have every member live in-house, however, the new house allows as many as 90 members to live in. The addition of our new house has allowed our chapter to flourish, we now have a chapter room large enough to host chapter meetings every Monday at our house. Members are able to bond better with one another with a general meeting area that has plenty of space for everyone to come over throughout the week. Exciting things have been happening for the Gamma Nu chapter. Our morale and spirits are very high as we look forward to the intriguing future ahead.
2014 was an incredible year for Gamma Nu! Under the leadership of our president, Kelly Hudnall, and the rest of Chapter Council, plans were made to take the chapter to new heights. We really aimed to improve chapter knowledge of history and ritual, as well as improving member involvement through committee usage. In the month of February, our new members enjoyed playing games, creating dance skits, and getting to know each other better at the New Member Sleepover. We also held our annual Mom's Day brunch, planned special events throughout the weekend for moms and daughters, and our girls competed with KA and Zeta Phi Beta with a Lion King themed performance in Greek Sing.
In March, Gamma Nu hosted the first annual King of the Kourt 3 on 3 basketball tournament that the men of IFC competed in. This event kicked off the beginning of "Reading is Key" week, in which we raised money for RIF and our local philanthropies with various fundraisers. On Friday, we finished the week with our annual "Reading is Key" day at Grace Hill Elementary where members dressed up like characters, read stories to classes, and passed out three books to each child. In total in 2014, Gamma Nu donated $12,650 to our local and national philanthropies and shared hundreds of hours in the classroom with children at Washington Elementary School, our local philanthropy partner.
Also in March, members participated in the annual Sigma Chi Derby Days variety show with a Jungle themed performance, passed out free Keds to students at Washington, and celebrated our academic accomplishments with our Scholarship Banquet. At the Order of Omega awards banquet, Gamma Nu received a number of honors, including: Most Outstanding President (Kelly Hudnall), Most Outstanding Panhellenic Delegate (Ashlyn Cook), Most Outstanding Sophomore (Hannah Birch), and the Award of Excellence Gold Rating. We were thrilled to celebrate these amazing members, as well as our chapter as a whole. The chapter was able to finish out the semester with the highest sorority overall GPA of 3.509, with 118 girls receiving 4.0's. At Kappa Convention that summer, Gamma Nu also had the honor of receiving awards for Most Outstanding Recruitment, Most Outstanding House Board, and Honorable Mention for both Finance and New Member Programming.
After a great summer, members returned back to Fayetteville for work week and formal recruitment. Using the theme "Drafting the Best" to motivate us throughout the two weeks, we were able to extend 108 bids, including 48 legacies, to a great group of women. The fall semester is always an exciting time with coke dates, Owl groups, Razorback football games, and Homecoming. This year we were paired with KA and placed 2nd overall in homecoming, as well as had two representatives on court, Amy May West and Amy Moorehead.
Other fall events included: Watermelon Bust with a second place finish, Big/Little Reveal, and our annual Owl-o-ween function with Chi Omega. In November, Kappa competed in the first annual UGC Latin Ballroom dance competition, again with KA, and took home the first place trophy, and held our annual philanthropy dinner, Kappa Con Queso, with a full taco bar created by our fabulous Chef John. After "Granny" made the announcement of the date, our new members were initiated on November 9th and we were excited to officially welcome them into our sisterhood. As Gamma Nu rounded out the Fall semester, we held our semi-formal "Kappa Kissmas" before members began to prepare for finals. We again ended strong in academics with a 3.496 GPA average and a first place finish in sorority average. Overall, we accomplished a lot as a chapter in 2014 and hope to keep striving to do even more in the following years.
The University of Arkansas has been growing exponentially within the last few years, with the student enrollment reaching 26,237 this year. Constant construction on campus has brought about changes to help with the growing pains. Many new academic buildings, auditoriums, and residence halls have recently been built to help accommodate our large student population. Greek life has also been growing by leaps and bounds, with now 27% of undergrads participating in a greek organization. The Gamma Nu chapter alone has over 430 members and we continually monitor and adjust to maintain such a large chapter. Our diverse base of members are known to be very active on campus within their own colleges, in student government, and various student organizations. Arkansas Kappas have a great reputation at the U of A, as well as in the Fayetteville community. We strive to maintain an awesome relationship with our Greek Life staff and other greek councils on campus. We are also especially proud of our large focus on academics and scholarship: Gamma Nu has held either 1st or 2nd place in all-sorority average GPA for the past five semesters. Overall, Gamma Nu strives to uphold all of the ideals and principles of the Fraternity in all aspects of college life.
After our recent renovations, Gamma Nu is now able to hold chapter meetings in our new chapter room, comfortably seating all 414 active members. We are very lucky to have the opportunity to hold one meeting while fitting the entire chapter in a single space.
Gamma Nu has had five different housing locations, but purchased the property for the current location in 1930. The original house on the property was converted into a 10 bedroom colonial home, housing 18 women. In 1940, the house was enlarged to accommodate 40 members, then later in 1956 a three-story wing addition, including a new kitchen, dining room, and bedrooms, was added to the original structure. This updated house was painted gray, creating the fond nickname "Old Gray", and housed a total of 75 women. In 1964, the chapter had outgrown "Old Gray", and tore down the original structure, except for the 1956 wing. The front of the house was rotated from facing Leverette to facing Maple Street, which is now referred to as "Sorority Row". The traditional 3-story colonial mansion, with white brick and grey accented shutters, was the beloved home of Gamma Nu until 2012.
In 2008, the plans began for Gamma Nu's biggest housing project thus far, using the campaign "Our Legacy-Our Future" to raise money from alumni, active members, and their families. The house was closed after the 2012 Spring semester, torn completely down, rebuilt, and opened back up for the 2013 Fall semester. The $8 million housing renovation created a new 49,000 square foot house for the Arkansas Kappas. The current white bricked, 4-story colonial style mansion was built, complete with three entertainment rooms, a library, an archive room, over ten study rooms, a large chapter room, a wellness center, and art room, and in total houses 92 women and our house mother. The new house is able to provide adequate space for our 400+ members: you can commonly find members studying together in the basement study rooms, practicing for dance competitions in the chapter room, watching the Bachelor in the Orange Couch Room, dining with friends every week at Chicken Finger Friday, and hanging out on the front porch after class. We are truly blessed by our incredible new house and can't wait for new memories and traditions to be made in this new space.
While under renovation, Gamma Nu's created a contracting deal with a new apartment complex to offer a housing alternative for members. Even after the opening of the house, the chapter continued to work with other complexes so that Kappas not living in-house could still live together in a common location. We hope this continues to be a lasting tradition for our members.
2015 was another outstanding year for Gamma Nu! Under the leadership of our president, Hannah Birch, and the rest of Chapter Council, plans were made to continue to raise the bar of our chapter. This year we continued to work on chapter history and ritual knowledge, improving the accountability of members, and growing relationships with other Greek Councils. We also implemented a new Transfer Team to help our transfer sisters get accustomed to life at the University of Arkansas. In the month of February, our new members enjoyed spending time with their pledge class at the Miss PC ’14 themed sleepover. We also held our annual Mom's Day brunch on February 20th, which included planned special events throughout the weekend for moms and daughters. During this weekend, our girls competed with Fiji and Phi Beta Sigma with a 90’s themed performance in Greek Sing. In March, our sisterhood girls also planned a fun balloon-pop painting event on the lawn, and we celebrated our House Director, Mom Shanks’ birthday with a surprise party in the dining room.
In the spring semester, Gamma Nu also hosted our signature fundraising event called “Reading is Key Week,” a week filled with fundraising events that led up to our greatest day of service – Reading is Key. Our second annual King of the Kourt basketball tournament was a huge success, with over 20 IFC teams participating. A new event for Gamma Nu this year, as part of the new Reading is Key Week, was a philanthropy event called Blading for Books. Gamma Nu’s 2015 Reading is Key event was held in Rogers, Arkansas, at Grace Hill Elementary, a 91% poverty school. The theme for this year’s Reading is Key event was The Reading Railroad. Each of the 91 students were able take 3 books home that were donated by the Kappas, and new for this year, each child also received a CD recording of a Kappa reading the 3 books aloud. The events held during Reading is Key week and throughout the year helped raise $6,500 to benefit Reading is Fundamental, as well as organizations that are associated with RIF. We were also able to sponsor our community partner, Washington Elementary, in the Backpack for Kids program through the Arkansas Rice Depot. Also in March, members came in first place in the annual Sigma Chi Derby Days variety show with an American themed performance, had a fun sisterhood event at the trampoline park, and celebrated our academic accomplishments with our Scholarship Banquet. At the Order of Omega awards banquet, Gamma Nu received a number of honors, including: Academic Excellence Award, the Award of Excellence Gold Rating, and five sisters received scholarships. We were thrilled to celebrate these amazing members, as well as our chapter as a whole. The chapter was able to finish out the semester with the second highest sorority overall GPA of 3.508.
After a great summer, members returned back to Fayetteville for work week and formal recruitment. Members also welcomed our new House Director, Margie Slagle, into Gamma Nu. Using a Beyoncé theme, as well as the two goals of positivity and efficiency to motivate us throughout the two weeks, we were able to extend 132 bids, including 38 legacies, to a great group of women. This was also the pilot year of the Brunson Bump System, developed by our recruitment chair, Brittany Brunson, and her software engineer parents. This was a game-changer for Gamma Nu recruitment, and will help improve our matching techniques for years to come. The fall semester is always an exciting time with Fraternity coke dates, Owl groups, Razorback football games, and Homecoming. This year we were paired with Kappa Sigma, Farmhouse, and Kappa Alpha Psi as we “Called All Hogs Home” throughout homecoming festivities, as well as had four out of the five representatives on court: Haley Birch, Hannah Birch, Morgan Farmer, and Amy James. After "Granny" made the announcement of the date, our new members were initiated on October 11th , and we were excited to officially welcome them into our sisterhood. Other fall events included: Big/Little Reveal, Dad’s Weekend, our annual Owl-o-ween function with Chi Omega, CFF with Global Greeks, and our philanthropy dinner, Kappa Con Queso.
In November, Gamma Nu hosted its first Girls’ Academy at Owl Creek Elementary School. This event was organized by senior members Sara Bryant and Carly Krieger, and was an absolute success! Our members had a blast mentoring 5th and 6th grade girls with small group led discussions, fun activities, large group meetings, and even a visit and autograph session with Miss Arkansas 2015 Ashton Campbell. Over the weekend, the girls enjoyed choreographing dances, painting nails, and performing a service project around their school as they got to meet other girls in their class. This event was especially close to our hearts because a Gamma Nu Alum is a teacher at Owl Creek, and it was great to hear directly from her how we have impacted the girls at the school! We look forward to mentoring these girls in the years to come and adding Girls’ Academy to our annual philanthropic calendar! Also in 2015, Gamma Nu celebrated 90 years at the University of Arkansas with an Alumni Tailgate held at the chapter house. Alumni and family gathered after the Auburn game for a afternoon filled with great food, live entertainment, a silent auction, and shared stories of fun times as an Arkansas Kappa. Guests and alumni enjoyed flipping through old scrapbooks and many enjoyed seeing the house for the first time since our 2013 renovations.
As Gamma Nu rounded out the Fall semester, we held our semi-formal "Kappa Kissmas" before members began to prepare for finals. We again ended strong in academics with a 3.443 GPA average for the Fall 2015 semester and a first place finish in all-sorority average. Overall, we accomplished a lot as a chapter in 2015 and hope to keep striving to do even more in the following years.
The University of Arkansas continues to grow and expand with 26,754 students enrolled on campus. This year we saw the addition of new buildings on campus, including Champions Hall and the Fred W. Smith Football Center. The University also experienced a change in administration after Chancellor G. David Gearhart retired in July after holding the position for twenty years. Former Chancellor Dr. Dan Ferritor stepped in as interim Chancellor for the Fall 2015 semester. Along with the University, Greek life has also been growing by leaps and bounds, with now 26% of undergrads participating in a Greek organization. With this growth, the Panhellenic Council has also discussed plans for bringing new chapters to campus and we expect to see the addition of new organizations within the next few years. The Gamma Nu chapter is the largest chapter on campus with over 430 members and we continually adjust to maintain such a large chapter. Our diverse members are known to be very active on campus within their own colleges, in student government, and various student organizations. Arkansas Kappa’s have a great reputation at the U of A, as well as in the Fayetteville community. We strive to maintain a strong relationship with our Greek Life staff and other Greek councils on campus. We continue to hold pride in our large focus on academics and scholarship: Gamma Nu has held either 1st or 2nd place in all-sorority average GPA for the past seven semesters. Overall, Gamma Nu strives to uphold the ideals and principles of the Fraternity in all aspects of college life.
The ladies of Gamma Nu were very involved and active in many areas of Greek life and registered student organizations during the 2016 school year. This year, Kappa participated in the Greek Life homecoming, which consisted of a large lawn decoration and a Greek life parade. Kappa participated in Carol of the Greeks, the philanthropy event put on by Phi Gamma Delta, and won! They practiced hard to put on a holiday show. At the Miss University of Arkansas pageant, member Bethany Miller represented us beautifully. Two members of Gamma Nu, Madison Cole and our president, Nancy Smith, represented us on homecoming court. Gamma Nu collected 16,000 cans for Lambda Chi Alpha's annual Watermelon Bust, which goes to Lifesource food pantry. Gamma Nu had a very successful recruitment through which we initiated 115 members.
At the annual Order of Omega award ceremony Kappa was beyond honored to receive so many awards and honorable mentions. The ceremony was led by the president of Order of Omega, Gamma Nu Sara Bryant. The new president of Order of Omega was announced, which was Gamma Nu Madison Cole. Gamma Nu won many awards, including the Academic Excellence award and the Award of Excellence. Gamma Nu Hannah Birch won Outstanding Chapter President, Gamma Nu Josie Dubois won Model Initiate, and Gamma Nu Sara Bryant won Outstanding Senior. It was a great night for Kappa to be honored by the Greek Life community.
This fall, Delta Gamma came to the University of Arkansas. Gamma Nu volunteered to allow their new members to use our lawn on their Bid Day, which held place in September. This was a great opportunity for Kappa to be able to give back to the Panhellenic community and welcome a new chapter to campus. We also held a luncheon at our weekly "Chicken Finger Friday" for the international students who are on campus this year. They came and ate with our members and were given tours by some of the Gamma Nus.
This spring, we had 106 members receive 4.0s. It was an incredible feat because many of our members are in challenging majors, as well as being involved all over campus.
This year, homecoming was completely different for University of Arkansas greek life. In the past each sorority was combined with a fraternity, and the pairing worked to create lawn decorations, a float for the parade, and competed for the most amount of people to donate to the blood drive, to dance in the step show, and to play in the intermural football game. This year, Panhellenic and IFC voted as a whole to not participate in any of these activities as a competition, but the whole group would create a lawn decoration, a float, and the donations would not be a competition.
In years past, there were five women on homecoming court. This year, there were women girls on homecoming court, as well as seven men. We were proud to see Kappa represented on the court.
Overall, our chapter holds ourselves to the highest standards. We are known on campus for being "Kappa ladies", which means that we are consistently pushing ourselves to be better and to do the right thing. We are a sorority that is very proud of our sisterhood, our morals, and our accomplishments.
Kappa's philanthropy chair hosts our annual event at Grace Hill elementary school in which we donate three books to each student in Kindergarten at the school. Gamma Nu continues our weekly philanthropy of donating our time at Washington Elementary School, in which we assist teachers, students, and the school as a whole.
Gamma Nu chose Grace Hill because it is an underprivileged school in our community. It has a lot of students below the poverty level whom may not have the opportunity to own their own books to read at home. Students who have their own books to read at home learn to read faster and are more likely to develop a lifetime habit of reading. Many of these students do not own any books of their own, and through our philanthropy, we were able to aide these students.
Washington Elementary school is a weekly tradition that our philanthropy chair coordinates. Through this, Gamma Nus sign up for a classroom to visit once a week for a semester. They go and assist the teacher in whatever way he/she needs. This can include making copies, running errands, reading to the children, testing the children with flashcards, making crafts, keeping the children from misbehaving, and many more activities. This has proved to be a wonderful program. The principal of Washington, Mrs. Ashley McLarty, was a Kappa. She has told us time and time again how much the school benefits from Gamma Nus going and helping the school.
Our chapter meets in our chapter room that is in the basement of our house. It can hold the entire chapter, which has 431 members.