Delta Beta Chapter was founded at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina on October 25, 1930.
2,485 initiates (as of June 2018)
The history of Delta Beta Chapter can be seen as a microcosm of the history of the Women’s College of Duke University. As the college women changed, so changed the lifestyle of the Kappas.
In 1897, Washington Duke, a pioneer tobacco manufacturer established an endowment for Trinity College, Durham, with the condition that women be admitted “on equal footing.” The next year a small dormitory for women was completed, but it was not until World War I, when men were scarce that women’s enrollment increased significantly.
The year in the history of Duke was 1924, for it was that year that James Buchanan Duke’s famous Duke Endowment was announced, with 40 million dollars going to education, charity and the relief of human suffering. The tobacco king considered the Duke Endowment his greatest achievement. In time the value of the fund multiplied several times. The greatly expanded institution became Duke University, and the name Trinity College was retained for the undergraduate men’s division of the university. A new campus, West, or Men’s Campus, designed and built in Gothic style, was ready for occupancy in 1930. Some of the Trinity College buildings were remodeled and new ones constructed in Georgian architecture for East, or Women’s Campus. The two areas were one mile apart, joined by a private boulevard. The Women’s College became a coordinate of Trinity in 1930. Between 1930 and 1972, women at Duke had an autonomous student government, a Y.W.C.A., and all lived on East Campus.
Under the four deans of the Women’s College, the complexion of Duke women gradually changed as did the sorority system and Delta Beta in particular. Under Dean Alice M. Baldwin, 1930-1937, women freshmen and sophomores had classes separate from the men. Enrollment doubled from 506 to more than 1000 in that period.
During Florence Brickley’s tenure, 1947-1962, enrollment increased slightly, and admissions standards rose. During the 1950s there was a shift to university-wide activities. Interest in class organization declined. The first two years became coeducational. Efforts were made by M. Margaret Ball, 1963-1969, to revitalize the Women’s College. Intellectual activities, liberalized regulations, emphasis on living-learning dormitories put substance into the college. Dean Juanita Kreps, 1969-1972, administered the first women’s move to the men’s campus and vice versa. Women were allowed to live off campus for the first time. In 1972, the colleges were officially closed, and by fall all students returned as students of Duke University.
By 1929 there were four national sororities and several local groups at Duke. That year the local, Sigma Beta, was added to the Pan-Hellenic Council and remained local for two years. With the help of sponsors Miss Eva Malone (Ellis) and Mrs. Clarence Pemberton and under the guidance of Rheva Ott Shryock, Pennsylvania, the girls decided to petition Kappa Kappa Gamma. The request for a charter accompanied by a film prepared by the members was granted at the 1930 Convention. Installation, October 25, 1930, was attended by Clara O. Pierce, Ohio State, Province Directors, alumnae and actives from 12 Eastern chapters.
Although there was a National Depression and strict rules on campus, locally, the Kappa mood was busy and fun-loving. Members of the new chapter were active on campus and Ruth Phillips (Polack), president of the senior class, was responsible for getting decent restroom facilities in the West Campus library.
Mondays nights were “closed nights” – no phone calls, no men in “East,” no women off campus. Meetings were held on Monday – there was no excuse for missing a meeting! Throughout the 1930s there was participation but as yet no chapter-sponsored philanthropy. The 1937 Chanticleer, (yearbook) said …”and so with a dash and a smash you have the Kappas -possessors of happiness and beauty, and the essential elements to make a good chapter.”
The early 1940s were clouded by World War II. “It was practically like a girls’ school with a Navy base a miles away,” remembers a Delta Beta of those days. “The Kappas were a very close chapter – probably because so many of our boyfriends were far away. Many of the Kappas rolled bandages and entertained soldiers at the nearby Navy base. Women for the first time assumed leadership posts previously held by men.
One of the many traditions of Delta Beta is the awarding of the Standards Key each semester to the senior who best exemplifies Kappa. This key was formerly worn by Rheva Ott Shryock. She presented it to the chapter in 1948.
Sorority life at Duke in the early 1960s can best be described as a period of adjustment. In September 1959, when the Pan-Hellenic building had been condemned as a fire hazard, the change to classrooms of the Carr Building was accepted, yet the move was a shock to many sororities which had just finished extensive redecorating, as had the Kappas. Headquarters purchased Delta Beta’s furniture and rush schedules were rearranged. Everyone thought this change was only temporary.
All sororities were threatened by a loss of spirit and lack of communication; because members saw each other regularly only once a week. Delta Beta made use of “dorm reps,” dorm parties, secret buddies,” the big-little sister program, and planned to eat together. At a time when everyone was predicting the demise of the Greek system, chapter spirit suddenly was high. Sorority life, as always, had serious and lights sides. At a seminar program in 1960, faculty and administration members spoke on issues related to their fields. Cystic Fibrosis Clinic was still part of its philanthropy efforts, there were parties for faculty children, block tickets to the campus concert-lectures series, and required study hall for pledges and low-average upper classmen. But sororities in general were assailed and asked to justify their existence.
By the 1967-68 school year, criticism reached a peak. The president of Pan-Hellenic resigned from her office and her sorority in the middle of fall rush. Isolated student involvement grew into great student participation in political and social concerns. Sorority life seemed more irrelevant than ever to many, and one group dropped its national affiliation because of the rules, which bound its members in this increasingly liberal institution.
The Delta Beta President advocated that Delta Beta also “go local” to the shock of many members. During the next school year 10 to 12 Kappas resigned in protest, calling Delta Beta an irrelevant, social and selective group.
To survive these difficult times, Delta Beta had to redefine its goals. Officers planned activities which combined fun and intellectual stimulation: efforts were made to get together frequently. Often meetings became forums for invited speakers.
By the time of Kappa’s Centennial and Delta Beta’s 40th birthday, morale had been regained and Kappa was recognized as the most high-spirited and close-knit group on campus. The Kappas were often kidded as too “gung-ho.”
One can see than that the increased involvement in campus activities during the late 1940s and early 1950s led to a university rather than a college focus by Women’s College students. These attitudes of concern, combined with the facts of integration of the campuses, more women living off campus, more night classes and no central meeting place, provided a challenge to Kappa to spur interest and sustain morale. Both the sorority and fraternity systems were challenged to continue to adapt and offer new ways to provide the much needed warmth and friendship on the campus of Duke University.
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.
From chapter’s History Report: In 1989, Delta Beta won Greek Week.
In 1989, Delta Beta sponsored CHANCE “Battle of the Bands.”
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Delta Beta tied for first place in the 1990 Greek Week. Pledge Initiation was held at the University of North Carolina (UNC). Fraternity Education was the chapter goal. A standards workshop was held in the fall semester. The chapter went to Wrightsville Beach with the new initiates. Delta Beta attended a Founder’s Day Banquet at UNC. Delta Beta held a scholarship banquet to celebrate individual achievement and improving to fourth place in scholarship among all sororities on campus. Delta Beta conducted an informal chapter evaluation and two mandatory all-member rush retreats. Delta Beta placed fourth in Sigma Chi’s Derby Days.
Delta Beta won two honorable mentions at the 1991 Province Meeting for scholarship and philanthropy. Delta Beta held a two- day officer training workshop. Initiation was held at UNC. The chapter goal was using committees effectively. Events included: a council retreat, chapter beach trip to Wrightsville Beach with the new initiates, an Alcohol and Substance Abuse program, Founder’s Day Banquet at UNC, a Scholarship Banquet, and a stress management program. Delta Beta placed third in Sigma Chi’s Derby Days. Delta Beta was noted in the Keyhole for its scholarship.
In 1994, the chapter competed with other Greek organizations and won a Pictionary contest for charity. Delta Beta tried to increase interaction with the Duke and Durham community through their AIDS fund raiser in which various retailers helped sell t-shirts. The chapter goal was to increase sister participation through all-sister activities. Delta Beta held a scholarship banquet each semester to recognize sisters for their academic achievement and in the fall named a sister-of-the-week at each meeting to highlight a sister’s recent accomplishments. Delta Beta held a ritual workshop each semester.
Delta Beta had three members of Phi Beta Kappa, two members on the volleyball team, two members on the golf team, and one member on the track team. Several Kappa relatives of pledges were able to attend their initiation this year, including one new member’s grandmother. Social events included Kite and Key, Psychedelic 60’s, and Holiday Formal. In October, Delta Beta hosted a table to sell pink ribbons and provide information about self-breast exams in honor of National Self Breast Exam Awareness Month.
Delta Beta’s chapter goal in 1995 was increased sister attendance and ritual awareness. Delta Beta strengthened the role of Standards in upholding lateness and attendance policies.
Delta Beta held a Valentine’s Day semi-formal in 1997. A representative from the Career Development Center came to speak to the chapter. Two Delta Betas gave a talk about depression and seeking help for this illness. Delta Beta held an “April Fool’s” function at the Durham Ballpark. Other social events included spring formal, “Psych- 60’s”, a Barn Party, Kite and Key, and winter formal. A representative from the Healthy Devil spoke to the chapter about health resources on campus. A Delta Beta was a member of the cheerleading squad and two Delta Betas were members of student government.
In 1998, the chapter raised $4000 for the Children’s Miracle Network through Kappa Kaddies, a charity golf tournament. Social events included Valentine’s semi-formal, spring formal, a Barn Party, “Pysch-60’s”, Kite and Key (with the sisters of Kappa Alpha Theta), and winter formal. One Delta Beta was a star member of the women’s basketball team, who competed in the NCAA finals. Delta Beta also had one member of Phi Beta Kappa, one member of the cheerleading squad, and the star of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.
1990: YMCA Day Care Center and Durham Battered Women’s Shelter 1991: YMCA Day Care Center; 1994: Easter egg hunt with children, Breast Cancer Awareness Day, Dance to Fight AIDS fundraiser, Walktoberfest; 1995: Dance to Fight AIDS, Easter egg hunt, bake sale fundraiser; 1997: Volunteering at EK POWE elementary, volunteering at the Methodist Retirement Home; 1998: Kappa Kaddies, a charity golf tournament
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In 2005, Delta Beta hosted the Nu East Province Meeting in Durham, NC. Also, Delta Beta had a very strong representation in Duke's Pan-Hellenic Council as its members served as both the President and the VP of Recruitment. As a chapter, its commitment to academic excellence was recognized by the Pan-Hellenic Council with the Outstanding Scholarship Award and a Delta Beta was honored as Duke Greek Woman of the Year. Three Delta Betas were inducted in to the Order of the Omega, the Greek Honor Society that recognizes exceptional leadership, scholarship and service.
In addition to its strong sisterhood, Kappas at Duke are devoted to academic excellence and selfless service. Delta Beta has maintained one of the highest GPAs within the Greek Community and has become an essential part of the Duke and Durham communities. With 142 members, Delta Beta is also one of the largest chapters on campus.
In 2005, Delta Beta’s chapter council vowed to work toward perfecting the devotion of its members to their commitments and responsibilities as Greek women. Delta Beta aimed to continue to increase ritual awareness and appreciation in order to strengthen our ties with the history of Kappa. In terms of responsibility to the tradition of Greek life, Delta Beta planned to work to maintain our high level of Pan-Hellenic involvement on campus. All of these goals were enthusiastically met last year. Delta Beta’s Marshall introduced a new ritual program that made learning about our ritual and history fun and interesting. Delta Beta had record turn out to these "ritual retreats" which led to our most successful initiation to date. A Delta Beta served Duke and the Greek community as the President of Duke's Pan-Hellenic Council. With one of its own sisters as the head of the Duke Greek community, Delta Beta chapter was more involved in both school and Greek activities than ever.
In 2006, Delta Beta worked really hard to maintain our involvement in the Panhellenic life. A Delta Beta was elected VP of Recruitment, and we have continued to invoke a Panhellenic spirit in all the events that we have held this year. Kappa was recognized again this year for our outstanding scholarship, and even had 4 members inducted into Order of the Omega, the Greek Honor Society. Furthermore, one of our members helped to start an organization in Africa this year, working for women's rights to equal education.
Kappas at Duke show a strong sense of sisterhood coupled with a devotion to academic success and a desire to give back to the community. Delta Beta is a very diverse chapter, always seeking to incorporate new ideas into the task at hand. In addition, Kappas at Duke are committed to supporting all forms of Greek life on campus.
This year Delta Beta worked really hard to reorganize the use of each of its committees. It sought to have more efficient committee meetings, using the talents of the many diverse girls in its chapter. Delta Beta’s VPO did a great job this year of invoking the use of these committees. In addition, Delta Beta wanted to improve our risk management program. After many new policies, it has finally cemented a program that is safe, efficient, and strong. With the strong leadership of its President, Delta Beta has worked to bring all of the pledge classes together in the bonds of sisterhood. This has been achieved through sisterhood dinners and committee outings.
Delta Belta was at or above the the all-sorority GPA during 2009. One Delta Beta was honored with a invitation to join Phi Beta Kappa. Six members were reported in the Spring 2009 issue of The Key as having a 4.0 GPA.
In 2005, Delta Beta implemented a new strategy of presenting something interesting from our archives at each formal meeting. The chapter really enjoyed these presentations, which included photo albums, scrapbooks, old bylaws, chapter minutes and standing rules, and chapter composites from years past.
67th Biennial Convention: 2006-2008 Winners: Gracious Living, Unhoused Chapter
The Delta Beta chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma thrived this year in academics, sisterhood, and philanthropy. This year we recorded the highest involvement in chapter events and meetings in recent history, and this commitment to the chapter and its women is evident in our outstanding class of new members. This dedication was also critical to the success of our local philanthropy event this fall: the fourth annual "5K for Camp K," or Camp Kaleidoscope-- a residential camp for terminally ill children. The women of Delta Beta recruited Duke students to participate in the race and support the philanthropy; as a result, the chapter raised $9,000 for Camp Kaleidoscope. Those funds--more than the chapter has ever raised--will send 25 children to camp this summer. The chapter was also highly involved in the national Kappa philanthropy of Reading Is Fundamental, and we had nearly all of our members volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club of Durham to support the organization. Kappas at Duke also volunteer in organizations such as Best Buddies, Camp Kesem (a camp for children with cancer in their families), and Duke Engage programs (international programs with a variety of service goals).
In addition to our philanthropic success, our chapter hosted weekly meetings in the house for the women of Delta Beta ("Kappa Keypsakes") to discuss personal experiences and struggles and further develop the support system within the chapter. During a chapter meeting this fall, our Vice President of Standards also led an open discussion about the alcohol culture at Duke and how to uphold our values and commitments in spite of social pressure. The new Kappa house on Duke's campus has been a wonderful opportunity for the sisters of Delta Beta to become an even more close-knit community. Beyond internal chapter activities, a member of Delta Beta--Hannah Hayward--actually served as the Panhellenic Vice President of Recruitment, where she represented Kappa with leadership and grace. Finally, Delta Beta recognized the 81st anniversary of Founder's Day by celebrating both old and new traditions with alumni and active members.
In terms of challenges, our chapter faced a new struggle this year related to the new Kappa house; because the apartments have two single bedrooms and one double bedroom, our Standards Committee mediated several disagreements among roommates. The situations arose largely among sisters who either lived in a double and would have preferred a single or had living styles that were incompatible with those of their roommates. Standards sorted out these issues between roommates by arranging mutual agreements that allowed the members to compromise. Another issue that Delta Beta faces nearly every year is chapter attendance. While attendance has improved, some members (primarily seniors) missed more chapters than was acceptable. Council took a two-pronged approach to remedy this issue: first, the Standards Committee met with any women with incomplete attendance and sorted out the challenges they were facing. Second, the sisters began recognizing one member each chapter who had accomplished something that week by surprising her with a small gift, such as flowers or chocolates. The positive energy this new tradition fosters has encouraged members to attend chapter whenever they can.
Regarding campus changes, 2012 was the first year since the 1950s that sororities had housing on Duke's campus. Duke granted each of the nine sororities their own house this year; the houses are all located together on Duke's Central Campus, and comprise a number of apartments located together in the same building. A combination of approximately forty sophomore and juniors lived in the Kappa house at 1915 Erwin Road. The building consisted of three bedroom, four bed apartments for the Kappas, in addition to an apartment with a Central Campus RA. Living together has helped even stronger bonds to emerge among the chapter and the individual pledge classes; additionally, living in close proximity to the other sororities has produced a more cohesive and supportive Panhellenic community.
Within the chapter, the Delta Beta Council underwent a number of changes during 2012, largely involving the new house. House Chair became a newly significant position on Council responsible for ensuring that the house met the needs of its residents and fostered sisterhood among the Kappas living there. Council also had to determine which members of the Executive Board would be required to live in the house for the coming years, ultimately settling on the President, the House Chair, the New Member Chair, and the Vice President of Standards. Finally, Council decided this year to add Recruitment Assistant as another elected position for future years.
The Delta Beta chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma thrived this year in academics, sisterhood, and philanthropy. At the Kappa Kappa Gamma Province Meeting, we received awards for Outstanding Advisory Board, Outstanding Philanthropy, and Honorable mention for Risk Management. At the Duke Greek Awards, Kappa Kappa Gamma received the Gold Chapter (Duke Greek Community Standard) award, and one of our sophomore members, Lauren Alef, received the Panhellenic Empowering Women Scholarship. Along with the awards we also received an outstanding class of new members. The success of the chapter was due to the dedication of its women to their sorority and their sisters.
This year was an enormously successful year for Delta Beta’s philanthropic efforts. As a chapter, we worked to continue our existing chapter traditions and to focus on supporting other sororities and our own sisters with their particular service projects and interests. In the Spring of 2013, the Delta Beta chapter held our annual Reading is Key event at the John Avery Boys and Girls Club to support Reading is Fundamental. Sisters worked hard to either donate money or books during our book drive leading up to the event in order to ensure that each student went home with a new book to read. The afternoon at the Boys and Girls club included reading and book-centered activities to engage the children while promoting youth literacy. This event was fun for our sisters, supported Kappa’s national philanthropy, and also allowed sisters to engage with the larger Durham community. Our chapter continued our support of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation through our annual Finals Care Packages. This was a great way to support the Foundation and was an opportunity to educate our chapter and our sisters’ families regarding the mission and goals of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation.
This fall, we held our 6th Annual 5K for Camp Kaleidoscope and raised just under $10,000! This is the most money our chapter has ever raised for Camp Kaleidoscope, which is an enormous accomplishment for our chapter! The event was also a great way for younger members of the chapter to become familiar with annual chapter events and fundraisers and to promote sisterhood around a common goal. In addition to our annual events, individual sisters also shared their own interests with the chapter and encouraged attendance and participation in events like Duke Dance Marathon or the Special Olympics. These are just a few examples of the many diverse service activities Delta Beta Kappas have participated in during the 2013 calendar year. Overall, the chapter has a strong commitment to service both inside and outside of Kappa Kappa Gamma. All of our efforts, both with Kappa and individually, have supported and demonstrated this value.
In addition to our philanthropic success, our chapter continued the hosting of weekly meetings in the house for the women of Delta Beta ("Kappa Keypsakes") to discuss personal experiences and struggles and further develop the support system within the chapter. Further, during a chapter meeting this fall, our Vice President of Standards also led an open discussion about sexual pressure at Duke, in relationships, ect. and how to uphold our values and commitments in spite of social pressure. Finally, Delta Beta recognized the 82nd anniversary of Founder's Day by celebrating both old and new traditions with alumni and active members.
In the beginning of the year, Delta Beta laid out goals for the year including working on leadership styles to work together in the most efficient way possible, working better with advisers and understanding how they can help individual officer responsibilities as the leaders of the chapter, and using the committees more in order to increase chapter member involvement via specific tasks and projects. The main theme of these goals was to increase chapter unity and individual involvement. A challenge Delta Beta faced in order to successfully achieve all these goals was chapter attendance. While attendance has improved, some members missed more chapters than was acceptable. In order to remedy this issue, the Standards Committee continued to meet with any women with incomplete attendance to sort out any challenges they were facing and express how going to chapter meetings is something special. In order to make chapter meetings more meaningful, the sisters continued recognizing one member each chapter who had accomplished something that week by surprising her with a small gift, such as flowers or chocolates. This has created a positive and supportive environment that the sisters look forward to being a part of weekly.
Duke added a new sorority to its campus—Gamma Phi Beta, creating a total of ten Panhellenic sororities. The addition of this new sorority provides a great opportunity for unaffiliated juniors and seniors, as well as freshmen and sophomores, to become part of the Greek community.
Delta Beta Kappas made a point to support Duke Panhellenic’s goal of increasing Greek unity between different chapters on campus. As such, several of our members attended Kappa Alpha Theta’s event to support Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Tri Delta’s event to support St. Jude’s Hospital, among other on-campus events. This increased unity not only amongst our own members but between members of other sororities, also.
The Delta Beta chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma thrived this year in academics, sisterhood, and philanthropy. This year, seven of our members participated in Duke University’s Greek Emerging Leaders Program. The members included Rachel Louie, Hala Daou, Brett Finkelstein, Ally Byer, Alexandra Bratton, Caitlin Penny, and Nicolette Sorenson. Along with strengthening our relationships with other Greek organizations on campus, the chapter also joined together to further strengthen the bond amongst our sisters. The leaders of the Sisterhood Committee dedicated time to strengthening sisterhood bonds in a fun and exciting way. In the beginning of the fall semester, the chapter had a kick-off event at the home of the Sisterhood Committee Chairs, Izzy Clayer and Lexy Steinhilber. After classes on Friday afternoon, sisters were invited to gather at the home to share summer stories, new semester goals, and enjoy delicious drinks and treats together. The committee has also hosted a number of small meet and greet events at on-campus eateries. This has been a great way for sisters to catch up with one another in an informal setting. Finally, the Sisterhood Committee hosted a Halloween pumpkin carving event where Sisterhood organized a Halloween themed get together. All the sisters ate, carved pumpkins, and enjoyed one another’s company. The Sisterhood Committee has had a lot of fun promoting our sisters’ extracurricular activities this past year and continues to encourage our chapter to support our sisters in their many different endeavors. Further, our chapter also received an incredible class of new members. The chapter is very proud thanks to the dedication of its women to the sorority and its sisters.
This past year was extremely exciting for Delta Beta’s philanthropy initiatives. To begin with, in the fall, we held our 7th Annual 5K Race for Camp Kaleidoscope (“Camp K”). Camp K is an organization run out of the Duke hospital that provides a true summer camp experience for pediatric patients treated there. Camp K serves children treated at the Duke hospital battle chronic or life threatening illness, and gives them the opportunity to attend summer camp under the supervision that they need. This year we actually raised the most funds in our chapter’s history, as we surpassed the previous year’s goal by 75% and raised over $15,000.00. Additionally, Delta Beta continued existing chapter traditions as we hosted our annual Reading is Key event at the John Avery Boys and Girls Club in Durham to support Reading is Fundamental. We held this event in the spring as the whole chapter got together and spent a few hours reading to the students at the local Boys and Girls Club while interacting with creative stations based on the book. We also hosted a book donation so that each student went home with a brand new book. Our chapter continued our support of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation by hosting the first annual Kappa Kappauchino event during finals week. We sold coffee and donuts outside the library and will donate 100% of the proceeds to the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation. In addition to our annual events, individual sisters participate in philanthropy initiatives and community service on behalf of Delta Beta, including planning Special Olympics at Duke and volunteering in orphanages in Durham. Overall, the chapter has a strong commitment to service both inside and outside of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
In addition to our philanthropic success, our chapter continued the hosting of weekly meetings in the house for the women of Delta Beta (“Kappa Keypsakes”) to discuss personal experiences and struggles in order to further develop the support system with in the chapter. This is the second year of Kappa Keypsakes. Further, during a chapter meeting this fall, our Vice President of Standards also led an open discussion about disordered eating on Duke’s campus. Sisters volunteered to share personal stories about their own struggles with eating disorders and the conversation concluded with ways in which we can all be more supportive of each other in order to reach our full well being. Finally, Delta Beta recognized the 83rd anniversary of Founder’s Day by celebrating both old and new traditions with alumni and active members.
In the beginning of the year, Delta Beta laid out goals for the 2014-2015 calendar year. The goals included increasing the efficiency and enthusiasm of weekly chapter meetings, fostering the desire to spend time with sisters, improve chapter attendance, and the Executive Council really strived to be good mentors for all their Kappa Kappa Gamma sisters. In order to reach these goals, the sisters of our chapter upheld characteristics of respect, accountability, support, and collaboration to inspire our chapter’s growth. As with last year, a challenge to meet these goals was chapter attendance. To increase chapter attendance our chapter continued to make chapters more meaningful in various ways. This included weekly recognition of one member who had accomplished something that week and guest speakers. As previously discussed, the efforts set forth by the Sisterhood Committee also greatly helped to increase chapter attendance and foster the sense of sisterhood needed to accomplish our chapter goals.
As the on-campus apartment housing for the Delta Beta chapter is relatively new, there has been many progressive changes throughout this past year. Most notably, our chapter has been working with Duke Housing to plan sisterhood events such as a house-wide manicure/pedicure outing and a sorority-wide Thanksgiving dinner in the common room, to name a few. Additionally, with the help of our wonderful president, Katie Chaplin, our chapter added a brand new Kappa themed bench outside of the house that we're very excited about. In this spirit of making the house a more comfortable and inviting space, we are also currently organizing a gift registry for the common room to be held in the next couple months. While the Kappa house has seen a lot of promising changes since we were first given the space, we have been struggling to meet a new class-based living requirement imposed by Duke that calls for 30% of the house to be filled with upperclassmen. As we have traditionally filled the space with the new sophomore pledge class as a way for them to bond, this has been a new challenge for the housing committee and sorority. In the next year, we hope to restructure the class dynamics of the house while continuously making improvements such as the ones previously mentioned to make the space a more enjoyable place for everyone.
Chapter meetings are held weekly in a university lecture hall. In the fall of 2012, Duke University created designating housing for all sororities on campus for the first time in the university's history. The 2015 Pledge Class was the first pledge class to all live with each other in the "Kappa House". The Kappa House is university owned housing on Duke's Central Campus. The Kappa House is a large multi-unit apartment building with one main common room and 10 four bedroom apartments. We have one of the largest apartment buildings on campus which allows a total of 40 sisters to live in the house.
We have many bright and talented sisters in Duke University’s Kappa Kappa Gamma chapter. For this spring semester we achieved a cumulative and average GPA of 3.625. We received recognition as a Gold Chapter within Greek Community Standards at Duke. Our former President Katie Chaplin won the Greek PanHellenic President’s Choice Award this past year. We ran multiple philanthropy events on campus to raise money for Camp Kaleidoscope, a local camp that allows terminally ill children at the Duke Hospital to go to camp for a week worry free. We also donated and read books with a local elementary school with Kappa’s national philanthropy Reading is Fundamental. One of our sisters, Ali Cox, was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and is teaching English abroad in Madrid this year. Another sister, Dominique Beaudry, was awarded as a Truman Scholar. And many of our sisters went on to take jobs and complete internships at amazing places such as, Google, Facebook, the Boston Consulting Group, IBM Watson, J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Barclays, Teach for America, the U.S. Consulate in Nigeria, and the Federal Government. Further we have some amazing student athletes in our mix. This past semester, Mary Elizabeth Bender, Cassie Pecht, and Christina Gibbons made it to the National Championship for Division I Women’s Soccer and came in second place. Further, Jordan Tucker of the Women’s Volleyball team was named ACC Player of the Week. We successfully completed another Kappa Konfidential as a chapter, discussing an important issue we saw our girls facing on campus. And as a chapter we strived to get more members involved with the chapter, outpacing that goal and leading as an Executive Board and senior class, showing our commitment and how important Kappa events have been to us.
One of the biggest changes that our chapter had to deal with this semester was Duke’s changes to the housing rules on campus, which directly impacted the Kappa Kappa Gamma house. Duke implemented a new rule that a certain number of upper classmen must live in the house going forward, when it has been a traditional right of passage for sophomore Kappas to live in the house together and for seniors to live off campus. Our Executive Board, and particularly our House Chair and President worked tirelessly to create a better working system that would not significantly impact Duke Kappas traditions. We have resolved most of the issue, by working with housing at Duke to allow executive positions to live in the house in place of upper classmen and working with Kappa incoming upperclassmen to figure out what would entice them to live in the house as a senior. Our chapter is filled with girls who are loyal, fun, and incredibly intelligent. They are motivated and driven and genuinely care about other girls in the sorority. Thus we have a strong sisterhood within Duke, but also which follows us once we leave the school.
What organization(s) has your chapter historically/traditionally raised money for, or donated hours to, in your community? Reading is Fundamental, Camp Kaleidoscope, and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation
Why did your chapter choose this organization(s) to support? Our chapter chooses to support Reading is Fundamental because this is the chosen philanthropy for Kappa nationally. And we chose to support Camp Kaleidoscope because it is a local initiative that allows us to help send terminally ill children to camp. We also chose this philanthropy because many of our sisters at Duke participate in Camp Chasm, which is a partner camp and philanthropy.
The sisters in Duke University’s Kappa Kappa Gamma chapter are incredibly talented girls and continue to thrive in philanthropic, academic, and extracurricular endeavors. Over the summer several chapter members represented Delta Beta at the Kappa Kappa Gamma Convention in San Diego, gaining unique insight that they thus shared and transferred to the chapter upon return to Duke in the fall.
This fall we were bestowed the honor as the “Big Sister” chapter to assist in implement the NC State chapter. We successfully aided their fall recruitment process, Bid Day, and most importantly Fireside and Initiation. It was an incredibly rewarding experience to facilitate the colonization of a new chapter, as well as a great opportunity to enhance our Rituals.
Furthermore, throughout the year, we ran multiple philanthropy events on campus to raise money for Camp Kaleidoscope, a local camp that allows terminally ill children at the Duke Hospital to go to camp for a week worry free. First semester, we organized a Kappa 5K, as well as an event called Kappa Kappaccino, in which we sold coffee and donuts during finals week. All these proceeds went to Camp Kaleidoscope. In the spring, we donated and read books with a local elementary school with Kappa’s national philanthropy Reading is Fundamental. This year, we successfully completed two more Kappa Konfidentials as a chapter, discussing prevalent issues that our sisters confront on and off campus. Kappa Konfidential is always a great way to bring our sisters closer together as a chapter, as well as address important topics. Our weekly chapter meetings are held in a lecture hall on campus.
One of our sisters, Christina Gibbons, won the 2016 Women’s Soccer Senior Class Award and graduated a semester early to play on the Women’s National Soccer Team. Another sister, Carly Stern, was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship. Several of our other sisters returned in the spring from their semesters abroad, studying and exploring in South America, Europe, and Australia. This coming summer and post-graduation, our sisters have earned wonderful internships and jobs at, Google, Facebook, the Boston Consulting Group, Parthenon, IBM Watson, J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Barclays, and Teach for America or have been accepted to Medical and Law School.
Duke’s housing policy remained one of our biggest challenges this year. Our Executive Board, and particularly our House Chair and President continued to work indefatigably to ease the burden from our sisters, but this policy will endure as an obstacle for our chapter in the coming years. Nonetheless, the sisters of Delta Beta are the most genuine, ambitious, fun-loving, and intelligent girls, who never cease to support and respect each other. This passion for life and adventure drives our incredible bond and sisterhood both on and off campus.
Chapter Philanthropy: What organization(s) has your chapter historically/traditionally raised money for, or donated hours to, in your community? Reading is Fundamental, Camp Kaleidoscope, and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation Why did your chapter choose this organization(s) to support? Our chapter chooses to support Reading is Fundamental because this is the chosen philanthropy for Kappa nationally. And we chose to support Camp Kaleidoscope because it is a local initiative that allows us to help send terminally ill children to camp. We also chose this philanthropy because many of our sisters at Duke participate in Camp Chasm, which is a partner camp and philanthropy.
The year of 2017 was another outstanding one for the young women of Duke’s Delta Beta chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Both on an individual and collective level, our sisters have excelled as leaders in our community, with outstanding strides made in fraternal, philanthropic, academic and professional spheres. From a fraternal standpoint, our chapter of KKG received Gold Status at the end of our spring 2017 semester in addition to being recognized for Outstanding Fraternal Values. Furthermore, senior sister Rachel Eastwood was honored with the 2018 Nan Schiebel Award for exemplifying remarkable loyalty to the chapter and the fraternity at large. Sophomore sister Emma Schmaltz also represented all of the sisters of Delta Beta KKG at this year’s Kappa Leadership Conference. We have also continually worked to better our ritual practices, which have dramatically improved with the help of our fun-loving, optimistic and hard-working ritual chair Camille Hayward.
In addition to striving for fraternal excellence, the women of our chapter banded together for another year of fantastic philanthropic work. We continued our strong partnership with Camp Kaleidoscope, a local camp that allows terminally ill children at the Duke Hospital to go to camp for a week worry free, by organizing several fundraising events to support the organization close to our hearts. Over the course of the year, we both organized a Kappa 5k as well as an event called Kappa Kappaccino, in which we sold coffee and donuts during finals week to busy students, and donated all proceeds from the two events to the camp. Alongside these efforts, the young women of Delta Beta KKG also reinforced our commitment to RIF, our national philanthropy Reading is Fundamental, by donating books to the local Boys & Girls Club of Durham, NC. However, not only did we just share books and a few hours of our time with them this year as has been done in the past, but throughout the course of both 2017 semesters, our sisters made volunteering at the Boys & Girls a weekly event, returning time and time again to spend afternoons with the children there. With our incredible philanthropy chair Natali Rey, it was undeniably an outstanding year for the fraternity in this area of focus.
Our chapter chooses to support Reading is Fundamental because this is the chosen philanthropy for Kappa nationally. And we chose to support Camp Kaleidoscope because it is a local initiative that allows us to help send terminally ill children to camp. We also chose this philanthropy because many of our sisters at Duke participate in Camp Chasm, which is a partner camp and philanthropy. We have also developed a strong relationship with Camp Kaleidoscope at this point and wish to continue that in years to come.
Finally, from academics to extracurriculars to professional opportunities, our sisters have made tremendous accomplishments in 2017. Several of our sisters are writers and editors for Duke’s newspaper, The Chronicle, while many others teach their own house courses in the spring semester. We have Robertson Scholars and division I athletes, as well as four incoming teachers for Teach for America. Many of our brilliant Delta Beta KKG sisters have completed theses in their respective fields, worked in research labs throughout all departments of the university, and have accepted future jobs with incredible employers including Facebook, J.P. Morgan, Google, Ozy, Jet, and many more! It has been another amazing year with our sisters and we can’t wait to see what’s to come next for them all.
Delta Beta held our annual 5k to benefit Camp Kesem, a summer camp for kids whose parents have or have had cancer. This organization is very important to many Duke students at large, and many sisters are counselors themselves. We also had “Kappa Kappuccino” to benefit the Kappa Foundation; many sisters tabled around campus selling coffee and donuts. Our biggest challenge of the semester was when one of our sisters was diagnosed with lymphoma this fall and Delta Beta came together to become “Team Maddie”. Almost the entire chapter participated in “Light The Night” to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Maddie has finished her treatment, almost fully recovered, and will be graduating next fall. Overall, this semester we practiced many of our traditions, embraced some new ones, and definitely came together to overcome challenges.
This was the last year that Duke’s central campus, home to Kappa’s section and many other Panhellenic sections, existed. The university is knocking the entire campus and all Panhellenic and IFC sections (where our common rooms are and where our sophomore class lives) are being moved to different dorms all throughout campus. Because of Delta Beta’s excellent standing with the university, we were placed into a newly renovated building in the heart of our iconic west campus. The chapter has embraced this change and our newest class is definitely excited to enjoy our new home.
(Excerpts from chapter history reports.) Scholarship, group honors/awards, traditions, special events, changes on campus or within chapter, overall nature of the chapter, chapter goals, challenges and how they were overcome, etc.:
Housing: This semester we moved to our brand-new section on West Campus. The sophomore pledge class is living there and they absolutely love it. They love being able to wake up and walk right to class- a much shorter commute than we are used to from the now torn down Kappa section on central campus. Watching it get torn down was very sad and we all reflected on the amazing memories we had there but we are definitely excited about the brand new, bigger and better section on the heart of Duke's campus. With our new section on West Campus, we are now neighbors with a Duke coed selective living group called "Mirecourt". There was initially some tension between the two groups but as the year went on, many Kappas and "Mirecreations" have become unlikely friends.
Philanthropy: Camp Kesem - we host an annual 5k for Camp Kesem because Kesem is an organization very close to many of our member's hearts. Especially as one of our own has recently beat cancer. We feel very connected to Kesem's cause to help children whose parents are fighting cancer.
A corner stone of this semester was GIRLS Academy, a Kappa national event held by selected chapters working with local middle school girls surrounding why it's awesome to be a girl, inspirational women, respect for one self and others, leadership and service. This event went awesome for our chapter and made real impacts on the lives of 40 girls from Stanback middle school. We have begun planning Duke campus visits as well as other activities to continue this connection and influence on each other's lives.
Founders Day: We had the most amazing Founders Day. We went to the beautiful historic "Hill House" where we hold Founders Day and Initiation every year. We gave away some monumental pins. On March 26, 1954, Kitty Harrison was initiated into the Beta Xi Chapter. Her mother was also a Kappa and when she was initiated, Founders Day didn't even exist. Kitty went on to be a tennis legend and icon. She served as the UNC women's tennis coach for 22 years and was inducted into the USTA Hall of Fame in 2004. She coached teams to 4 Atlantic Coast Conference team titles and 8 National top 25 finishes during her tenure and was recognized as the all-time most winning coach in ACC history in terms of dual match victories at the time of her retirement. This Founders Day, Duke and UNC put aside their differences, as the Duke Delta Beta Chapter was absolutely honored to present Kitty with her 65 year pin. Our president Rebecca Ross received the Nan Schiebel Loyalty Award.
Sesquicentennial Celebration: We have been doing "Marshal Minutes" where I share some of the history and traditions of the Delta Beta before us. We are hoping to get a visit from the Minnie Stewart Van. Every year the biggest event at Duke and UNC is the UNC-Duke Basketball game. With Carolina Blue vs Duke Blue: for the day Blue and Blue takes on a whole new meaning. We really want to set up a blue and other blue themed birthday party where we get together to celebrate the blues that bring us together, rather than the blues that set us apart
This year , our chapter operations changed drastically because of COVID-19 and Duke University's strict social-distancing regulations. Because Duke discouraged all campus groups from meeting in person, we were not able to have any formal in-person gatherings. However, that didn't stop us from continuing chapter traditions and spending time together! We were able to shift all of our chapter meetings and events online, and we were even able to put additional focus on new chapter goals. This semester, our most important goal was focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion within our chapter, and we worked hard at internal reforms to better our chapter's traditions. A large part of these efforts came from our education chairs, who spent a lot of time researching and implementing a more effective education program within our chapter. We had a chapter dedicated to implicit bias training, particularly targeting biases toward low-income students, heteronormativity, and skin color. Moreover, we decided to restructure our executive council to strengthen each member's voice and allow younger Delta Beta members to be more involved with council. This new structure involves committees instead of individuals - a committee for internal affairs, external affairs, operations, and education - with one member heading each committee. We hope this will improve communication and further strengthen our bond as an executive council. There were also many efforts made to restructure and reform new member recruitment this year, but in light of COVID-19, we were not able to have any form of in-person recruitment. We are still finalizing what virtual recruitment will look like within Delta Beta and across all Panhellenic chapters at Duke. Socially, we had quite a fun semester, despite it being virtually! Our social chair did an incredible job putting together ZXoom events like funny trio games, and she placed everyone in the chapter on smaller groups we call "Blue Krews" a Delta Beta tradition. These groups were mixed with members of all ages and it allowed us to coordinate our own smaller group gatherings to get to know each other better. While our greatest focus was DEI and internal reforms within our chapter, we also put a great deal of effort into building our community and supporting each other as sisters during these isolating times.
=Chapter Philanthropy= We supported Step Up Durham. Step Up Durham offers free employment readiness training, personalized job coaching, employer referrals, and services to job seekers. They have helped over 600 families with children in need who have benefitted from employment raining. We chose Step Up Durham because in the past, the majority of our philanthropy efforts have beeline-day commitments or raising money. However, this year we decided to focus on a long-term, more sustainable commitment specific to the greater Durham community. We thought volunteering with Step Up would be a great way to continuously spend time with the organization over the next year, especially over Zoom and online, instead of a one-time event. Our roles as volunteer workers will include working as employment counselors, helping people research and community job leads, prepare people for interviewers, and help build resumes with one-on-one mentorship. We felt that as Duke students, we have access to so many pre-professiona resources, and we wanted to put our knowledge to its best by giving back to the Duke community.
=Diversity,Equity, Inclusion= As mentioned in our chapter summary, a great sum of our efforts were centered around diversity, equity, and inclusion across all facets of our chapter. Within the financial sector of our chapter, we were able to eliminate many of the costs to be a Delta Beta member. Our treasurer was able to get our dues down to $0, and PNMs who want to take part in recruitment will no longer have to pay a participation fee in the Spring. Regarding ritual, our President was nominated to serve on a committee of 16 people who worked to completely reframe legacy and implications of legacy policies in recruitment, as they have historically negatively impacted minorities. We are awaiting Duke Panhellenic guidelines before making any final decisions about what our recruitment process will look like with regard to DEI reform. Socially, we worked with other panhellenic chapter at Duke to put together an initiative that implements better accountability towards preventing sexual assault and misogynistic behavior among IFC/all-male organization on campus. To make an even greater impact on DEI and the greater social justice movement across the country this summer, our chapter also put together a Black Lives Matter 24-hour sprint in which we spent 24 hours fundraising, signing petitions, and calling government officials. ?Finally, our chapter also put forth lots of effort to get involved with this year's presidential election. We sent out voting information to all Delta Beta members over the course of the semester, and as a chapter, we pledged the Duke Votes student group pledge. As an organization, awe pledged have 100% of eligible members register and vote, as welk as provide resources to all our members. We even offered office hours weekly for any chapter members who had questions about voting, from registration to sending i absentee ballots.
=Sesquicentennial Celebration=Our chapter didn't do anything on our own to celebrate the anniversary, but we extended the invitation to the National virtual ceremony to everyone in our chapter, and we were happy to have Delta Beta advisors and members join.
Throughout the last year, the chapter has worked to increase bonding within members as well as offer more programming for our chapter to enjoy. We have had sisterhood events such as pumpkin painting and a trip to the Eno River State Park, as well as the first in-person philanthropy event in several years. As this year goes forward, we are still working towards increasing our attendance at sisterhood events, and facilitating relationships in our chapter between the grades. In order to achieve this, we have reinstated Blue Krews, a program where members get randomly assigned a group containing members from all years, as well as a topic or theme for their hangout. This has become a tradition that we hope our chapter carries on into the future.
The elected chapter’s mental health and well-being partner this semester is NEDA: National Eating Disorders Association. We are currently in the middle of our fall fundraiser, a water competition. Our earnings will be donated to them by the beginning of November. Additionally, we are creating awareness throughout our campus using our social media, word of mouth, and other resources. We are also participating in the Rose McGill Philanthropy Program this year, which is a great success, and this will be completed by the end of November. We are always additionally continuing to search for other ways to incorporate NEDA into our community as well as any additional philanthropy events that would be successful!!
In honor of Founders Day, Delta Beta is hosting a potluck celebration with Kappa Kappa Gamma alumni at the Hill House in Durham. While the event had to be postponed to November, we are looking forward to honoring the founders of KKG, reflecting on the rich history of our sorority, and celebrating our sisterhood together.
Delta Beta prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion by promoting educational initiatives for all of its members. We are always thinking of how to make our space welcoming and have integrated DEI initiatives into our chapter training sessions and philanthropic event with the National Eating Disorders Association.
This past summer, the Delta Beta Chapter had the honor of sending one chapter representative to Palm Springs for the Bi-annual Kappa Kappa Gamma convention. Our representative met other Kappas from universities all over the country and Canada, as well as meeting district advisors and voting for executive positions. She loved her time in Palm Springs and felt more connected than ever with Kappa and the amazing and accomplished women it includes.