Beta Eta Deuteron was founded at Leland Stanford Jr. University (Stanford University) in Palo Alto, California in 1978, 34 years after the original Beta Eta Chapter closed.
1,368 initiates (as of June 2018)
Nestled in the Stanford Hills of Palo Alto, California, is a beautiful university campus whose focal point is its magnificent Hoover Tower. Ever since the rains started turning these beautiful hills green and covering them with abundant blankets of bright orange California Poppies, purple Lupine, yellow Mustard, and white Clover, and the Stanford Board of Trustees voted to lift a thirty-three year ban on sororities, a new purpose and interest has sprouted among many of the women students Now in full bloom-Sororities have returned to Leland Stanford University.
In 1944, the Beta Eta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma was removed with seven other sororities from the Stanford campus by the University, leaving only men's fraternities to continue. Many months ago great enthusiasm started vibrating through the campus when there were rumors regarding the lifting of the ban on sororities. Local groups started forming around Active transfers and Legacies of NPC groups with the intent of organizing the return of the women's Greek system to Stanford, if in fact the ban was lifted, and then to petition their respective National Councils for reinstatement and/or chartering.
In December, 1977, the ban was lifted but that did not mean what we had hoped it would. The lifting of the ban did not mean that the University was inviting sororities back on campus- only that they would not stop the women students from forming and/or joining any outside interest groups. It would instead mean restrictions on housing, meeting rooms, and University recognition. Even with this atmosphere, these women were determined to have NPC sororities back at Stanford and join with the already existing men's fraternities for a full Greek system.
In the spring of 1978, a Kappa transfer from Bucknell Lola Nashashibi, showed her interest in starting a group. There seemed to be great interest to join with Lola and organize what they all hoped would someday become a Kappa chapter. This group worked together in a small number which, by the time they were ready to petition, was increased to an interested 45 women, with 34 signing the formal petition for the reinstatement of Beta Eta Chapter.
These women met at their request, Jean Hess Wells, Georgia, (Fraternity President) and Pat Maness Kriz (Pi PDC) in early February, 1978, to discuss Kappa in full and to discover why this particular group of women was interested in Kappa. The subjects covered were finances, philanthropies, policies, standards, obligations and commitment, and their desire for a lasting tie to their college days. With all questions answered (both from Kappa and to Kappa) and the determination of these women, their petition to Kappa Council was in the mail within a week after this meeting.
The petition was granted February. On February 21st, after a pot-luck dinner at the home of Mrs. Duane L. Hillyard, there was a candle passing ceremony announcing formal pinning of the blue and blue ribbons. Formal colonization was held March 2, 1978, in the lovely home of Erna Gaede Kurtzon, Northwestern, with 29 outstanding women pledged: Among those attending were VerMehr (Pi Province Magazine Chairman); Presidents of the Palo Alto, San Jose, and San Mateo Alumnae Associations – Janet Nelson Reimers, Oregon State, Barbara Reith Collier, San Jose State; and Louise Forve Barker, UCLA, respectively; and the colonizing team – Kay Smith Larson, Washington, Director of Chapters and Colonizing Officer; Pat Maness Kriz, Colorado, Pi, PDC; Ann Fletcher Colvin, Washington State, Pi PDA; and Patricia Ball Hillyard, San Jose State, Colonization Chairman.
The Beta Eta Deuteron Colony consisted of its 29 pledges and two active transfers –Lola Nashashibi, Bucknell, who was to be Beta Eta Deuteron’s Undergraduate Counselor , and Elizabeth Abel, UC Davis. As spring Rush was fast approaching, the colony was soon to increase its size. As there had been much time and energy spent in organizing the individual sororities (Alpha Phi, Kappa Alpha Theta, Pi Beta Phi and Kappa plus two local groups hoping to be Nationally recognized by Chi Omega and Kappa Delta) so had there been in organizing an lntcr-Sorority Council complete with others. Their main goal was to have a successful and compatible “Panhellenic” spring Rush.
And so it seemed that the women’s Greek system had indeed found a fertile place to grow and be strong. Beta Eta Deuteron had bloomed again was already enjoying togetherness through exchanges with fraternities, parties, dining together, philanthropic work, and a holiday for some in Hawaii. They worked well with the full Advisory Board and felt the women Greeks were there to stay – working hard toward the “total” Greek System – opportunity for all – again at Stanford.
Beta Eta Deuteron installation was a huge success with more than 600 Kappas from near and far attending the events of the weekend at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
The weekend started Friday, October 20th at a fireside with Fraternity treasurer Jean Schmidt, Miami, presiding. The next morning an installation/initiation ceremony (led by Marian Klingbeil Williams, Missouri, director of membership; Kay Smith Larson, Washington, installation officer and former Fraternity officer; and Jean Hess Wells, Georgia, Fraternity president), saw 27 colonizers receive their pins. After a delicious box luncheon was enjoyed by the 200 in attendance, they again assembled to teach the new initiates the songs and procedures of initiation so they could in turn pin their little sisters. The afternoon initiation saw the first initiates pin 30 of the pledges from the previous spring rush, making a total of 57 active members to start Beta Eta Deuteron. Immediately following the initiations was a lovely reception in the Castilleja School in Palo Alto for parents, alumnae, sororities, fraternities, faculty, family, and friends.
Sunday morning started with a Model Chapter Meeting, conducted by Fraternity President Wells. This was followed by a crumpous luncheon banquet, with the toastmistress Elizabeth Bennitt Denebeim, Missouri, former Kappa Province Director of Chapters, and the wonderful speaker Helen Snyder Andres Steiner, Washington, former Fraternity president.
Many gifts were received by the chapter including a framed reproduction of the original Beta Eta charter given by California at Berkeley; an engraved guest book was presented by the Beta Eta Deuteron Advisory Board; and a pair of engraved silver candelabra from the Palo Alto Alumnae, made possible by a donation to the alumnae group by Mary Connor Bowles, Akron. Also given to the chapter was a framed composite of individual pictures of the first initiates by the first initiates and a beautiful patchwork quilt symbolizing Kappa events by the second initiates.
Highlighting the luncheon were four special presentations. Edna Martin Parratt, UC Berkeley, who had three Beta Eta aunts, presented an 1894 emerald and diamond key, originally belonging to her aunt Gertrude Martin to be used the Beta Eta Deuteron president’s key (Edna was initiated into Pi Chapter in 1922 with this badge.) Gertrude's sister, Anna Henrietta Martin, had a sapphire and diamond key which Edna, in 1976, presented to Pi Deuteron for its president’s key. Isn’t it ironic that when Pi chapter was reinstated Beta Eta was the installing chapter, and when Beta Eta was reinstated Pi Deuteron was the installing chapter, and that both of their presidents' keys were presented.
Edgarita Webster George, Washington, presented her own beautiful all diamond key which will be used as a special award badge. Presented by Linda Scatena, San Jose State, the last president of the chapter there was the Delta Chi gavel given to them by the SAE Fraternity, and the Delta Chi president’s key with the gavel guard which is an 1898 ruby and diamond key which belonged to Ethel McLellen Ward, Stanford. This key will also be used as a special award badge. Elizabeth Wohlford, the new Beta Eta Deuteron president, was initiated by her grandmother Mildren Finley Wohlford, Stanford, with an 1894 pearl and emerald key which had been given to Elizabeth by a family friend. It has belonged to Nellie Louise Parrit, Illinois Wesleyan.
As the weekend came to a close, everyone felt a tremendous amount of gratitude for all those special people who made it possible. There was the overwhelming support from active chapters which included UC Berkeley, California State Davis, California State Northridge, UC Santa Barbara which has just been installed the previous weekend. Even Texas was represented. The very hard working alumnae included Contra Costa County, San Mateo, San Jose, and especially Palo Alto. With the help of Jeanne McCune Spaulding, UCLA, fireside chairman, Maggie Ely Pringle, Oregon, reception chairman, and Ann Norton Davis, Northwestern, luncheon chairman and their wonderful committees, the entire weekend became a very special memory for everyone who attended. Other Fraternity personnel attending were Patricia Maness Kriz, Colorado, Pi PDC; Ann Fletcher Colvin, Washington State, Pi PDA; Lola Nashashibi, Bucknell, undergraduate counselor; and Patricia Ball Hillyard, San Jose State, installation chairman and Marshall. Janeen Gould, St. Lawrence and Barbara Laitner, Colorado, both former Graduate Counselors and field secretaries, and Jean Ebright Elin, Ohio State, Fraternity Headquarters representative, were present.
Since the spring, 1978 issue of The Key report, progress continued with the sorority system at Stanford. Now Alpha Phi, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and Pi Beta Phi chapters had been installed.
Beta Eta Deuteron was involved in many activities both on campus and within the Greek system. A Kappa Career night was held with local alumnae who shared career experiences and provided networking opportunities. As an unhoused chapter, Beta Eta Deuteron found it a challenge to find an appropriate place to hold chapter meetings every week, but negotiated with the University to use Breer Library for their meetings. Chapter unity and attendance at meetings and events was a focus for the chapter. Fun chapter events included the Kappa Kentucky Derby with everyone wearing hats, the Kappa Holiday Party, the Monmouth Duo and Kite and Key formals. Programs were presented on Substance Abuse and an interactive game of Kappa History Jeopardy. Greek Day brought together men and women from all of the sororities and fraternities for a rally in White Plaza before a football game.
During this period, the chapter took steps towards publishing a quarterly newsletter for chapter members, alumnae and parents and redid its website. They considered their website to be an asset for Recruitment purposes since they did not have a chapter house. A successful workshop on resume building and career development was organized by the chapter and sponsored by Stanford’s Career Development Center. Scholarship was always important with high cumulative G.P.A.s for the chapter. Many members were involved in campus sports, with one member receiving the Herman Trophy for women’s soccer.
Beta Eta Dueteron is an unhoused chapter. In 2010, the chapter established a Housing Committee to draft an application to the University stating the reasons the chapter should have a house.
Beta Eta Deuteron baked cookies for the children at the Ronald McDonald House near campus, and joined a fraternity one morning a week to cook breakfast at a local homeless shelter. The chapter was also involved with tutoring children, and spreading awareness about organ donation. Beta Eta Deuteron joined with a fraternity to host a Thanksgiving dinner at a retirement center in Palo Alto. With another fraternity, they participated in Garden-a-thon. The Light the Night walk raised money for Leukemia and Lymphoma.
2000 – Scholarship Honorable Mention 2008 – Academic Excellence Honorable Mention
-- A very successful Pi Province hosted by our chapter! -- A very successful Recruitment period in which passionate, wonderful, "true blue" girls joined our chapter -- A chapter GPA of 3.63 and eight members with GPA's of 4.0 -- We have two women on the Women’s Tennis team, who went on to win the National Championship. Our own Nicole Gibbs also went on to win Singles and is now playing professionally --Crew Members, Alicia Kapjian-Pitt and Jordan Duval-Smith also won the National Championship --Women’s Water Polo, which includes many members of Kappa, were #2 in the nation. --One of our new members, Maggie Steffens, was awarded FINA Player of the Year --Three members, Olivia Vagelos Abigail Andrews and Molly Welch, won “Hackathon” (a philanthropy competition started by our own Elizabeth Woodson) in which they created an App to help people find jobs -- Olivia Vagelos’ startup MountJuly was funded on KickStarter
Attendance: We noticed low chapter attendance at weekly chapter meetings in January. We increased this by trying to make chapter meetings more meaningful. We did this by giving out important chapter information at meetings instead of in emails sent out to the chapter. We also increased attendance by inviting powerful speakers to come to meetings, like California Senator Dianne Feinstein, who spoke about current legislation, her time as a woman at Stanford, and how to be a strong woman in politics. We also had Stanford faculty come speak about healthy body image and feminist studies.
Sisterhood events: Sisters are so busy that sometimes sisterhood events are forgotten. This year, we made sure to have more sisterhood events and successfully hosted letter making, headband making, baking, study sessions, arts and crafts for Mother's Day, and a cooking event.
Ritual: As ritual is what bonds together Kappa's across the country, our chapter wanted to appreciate ritual even more. We filled the year with ritual review, including activities to learn more songs, such as fill in the blanks with song lyrics. We also incorporated 15 minutes of ritual review into every meeting.
Philanthropy: We wanted to increase the number of philanthropy events that Kappa's were involved in. This year, at our "Snowchella" event, we raised more than $7,000 that was donated to an organization called "Support for International Change." We also started a weekly reading program to children in East Palo Alto.
Nature of Chapter
Beta Eta Deuteron is made up of a group of women who are passionate, intelligent, graceful, kind, and giving. But, the quality that distinguishes our group of girls is a sense of confidence and drive. We make a difference on our campus. At Stanford's ISC Greek Awards, our chapter won the most awards of any chapter on campus, a testament to the fact that we have a strong presence at Stanford. Awards included: Outstanding New Member (Paige Fisher), Greek Woman of the Year (Tierney O’Rourke), Greek Involvement (Molly Hayes), Inter-Sorority Council Runner-up (Molly Hayes), Greek Collaboration Runner-up, and Chapter of the Year Runner-up. One of our sisters will be VP of Recruitment next year to continue our Inter-Sorority involvement. We are made up of powerful athletes, club presidents, leaders in the classroom, and would certainly be described as a group of very strong women.
2014 marked an exciting year for Beta Eta Deuteron. At the Stanford Greek Awards, the chapter won the award for “Outstanding Scholarship” and “Chapter of the Year.” At the same event our very own Elizabeth Woodson (’15) won the award for “Outstanding University Involvement.” At the Kappa Convention, Stanford Beta Eta alumna, Charlotte Jones Anderson won an Alumnae Achievement Award.
Scholarship was at an all-time high last year, as we had set an unprecedented record for most 4.0 GPAs in one quarter - 18! Our leaders also attended another successful Kappa National Conference in Texas. This past year, Beta Eta Deuteron has had many successful philanthropy events, including Snowchella, our annual benefit concert, that raised over $5,000 for Support for International Change. Learning from the event, one of our goals for 2015 is to conduct more frequent but smaller, innovative philanthropy events to keep the chapter more engaged and involved in philanthropy and to contribute to more organizations including the Kappa Foundation. In an effort to make ritual a bigger part of our chapter’s experience we added ritual review to the beginning of each meeting. In the future, we hope to continue to improve chapter meeting attendance and increase the number of sisterhood events in order to bring the pledge classes closer together.
The campus climate for Greek life has become significantly more challenging in the past year. The administration has certainly increased its efforts to scrutinize the Fraternity and Sorority community at Stanford, which is clearly a response to national pressures and movements against Greek life. Discussions of the issue of sexual assault has been prevalent on campus, and Beta Eta Deuteron has played an important role in participating and facilitating these discussions. In order to address these issues, the chapter has participated in discussions of Title IX with Angela Exon from Stanford’s Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse Center, during which we discussed how our chapter can use our influence on campus and our core values of leadership, respect, and fraternity to be leaders and supporters of the movement to change campus culture surrounding sexual assault. As a chapter, we have made it a point to attend various speakers who focus on the topic, including an informative and heart-wrenching talk survivor-activist Wagatwe Wanjuki. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life introduced a new program that asked each Greek chapter to nominate a Violence Intervention and Prevention Chair, which would serve as the point person for questions and concerns regarding sexual assault in each chapter. Our chapter nominated two members who have just begun their training in the program. One of our members, Elizabeth Woodson, is spearheading a campus task force on sexual assault and mental healthy in her role as Student Body President of the Undergraduate Community at Stanford. We are proud of her work to help make Stanford a more safe, open, and healthy environment.
Beta Eta Deuteron was founded as an un-housed fraternity in 1892, but was able to build a house on campus in 1900, the first KKG chapter to do so. In 1944, Stanford removed all women’s fraternities including Kappa Kappa Gamma, and the house was acquired by the University. In 1978, Bet Eta Deuteron chapter was reinstalled at Stanford without a house, and the chapter remains un-housed to this day. Our chapter and chapter council meetings are held in a conference room in the Taube Hillel House on campus. The building is owned by the University, but operated by the Ziff Center for Jewish Life. Beta Eta Deuteron rents the room for a small fee on a per quarter basis. Despite our status as an un-housed sorority, many members choose to live together in the same dorm their sophomore year, which fosters a great sense of community in the first full year of membership. During the 2014-2015 school year, 31 of the 36 members of the 2017 pledge class live together in a Stanford Dormitory residence entitled Florence Moore Hall.
This year, we have focused on enhancing our sisterhood and improving our philanthropic impact. As an un-housed chapter, we have to be creative in finding ways to strengthen our bonds of sisterhood and loyalty. To do so, we have implemented consistent member class meals, which are opportunities for an entire grade class to get together for a fun meal, paid for by Kappa. Furthermore, we have also created a tradition of small group get togethers, where we randomly assign girls to groups, composed of members of various grade levels and interests, and ask them to get together for a meal, activity, etc. We have also organized group outings to spin classes, group yoga, and other activities that encourage our members to bond with each other through healthy and mindful movement.
In terms of Philanthropy, our chapter has traditionally always hosted an annual benefit concert that raises money for a charity of our choice, as well as done weekly homeless feeds and middle-school readings. That being said, one of our goals this past year was to significantly improve our philanthropy efforts, and to host multiple fundraisers each year and to support a broader range of philanthropies. Last Spring, we got involved with the Movement Foundation, which is an organization that brings health and wellness education to low-income areas, as well as conducting positive body-image campaigns. Our group raised over $7000 for the organization and participated in their annual Dare to Bare spin class ride, which celebrates body image positivity and body diversity.
Building on our work with an organization that is focused on health and wellness, this Fall, we chose to focus on sexual health and sexual assault prevention. We decided to partner with the Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization focused on healing, empowering, and advocating for survivors of sexual violence, to launch an awareness campaign this Fall and raise money for the organization through our benefit concert next January. The awareness campaign was modeled after the foundation’s “No More” Campaign, which asks individuals to pinpoint specific stereotypes, negative sayings, or misconceptions about sexual assault and to say ‘No More’ to them. We brought this to Stanford’s campus, which entailed taking photos of students holding up signs that help to dispel rape myths, both generic and specific to our campus. We took over 300 photos and plan to post the signs all over campus leading up to our benefit concert to raise awareness and money for the organization.
Academically, our chapter continues to excel. Last Spring marked a new record for our chapter in terms of the number of girls who received a 4.0 GPA- 21 individuals! Our chapter continues to celebrate this strength and to encourage all of our members to be committed to their academic work. Describe the recent changes on your campus and describe the overall nature of your chapter. This past year at Stanford, we have seen a more heated campus climate surrounding Greek Life. While the community as a whole has faced increased scrutiny, our chapter has maintained good standing with the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and worked hard to develop our relationship with administrators. The FSL Office introduced a new administrative requirement for all Greek chapters this year, entitled Standards of Excellence, which required our chapter to undertake a broad review of our strengths and weaknesses on a variety of dimensions. This new requirement was communicated to our advisors at Kappa nationals, and our results from the FSL office were largely very positive. More broadly, the problem of sexual assault on campuses nationwide has led to a significant amount of activism on our campus, surrounding the ways in which we can address and improve this issue. Beta Eta Deuteron has taken a special interest in being a part of the conversation about how we as individuals and as a group can help to eradicate sexual assault from our campus. We recently had a training from Carly Flanery, the acting director for Stanford’s Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse Education and Response Office, come and give an overview of Stanford’s policy on sexual assault, as well as facilitate a conversation around learning to become upstanders, rather than bystanders, when we witness sexual assault and/or relationship violence. Many of the individuals within our Chapter are also leaders within other campus organizations, and the strength of our campus involvement is often pointed out as a strength by members of the Stanford Community. Overall, the nature of our chapter is involved, active, and purposeful about addressing critical issues. We are committed to learning more and constantly trying to improve our understanding and response to critical issues on our campus.
What organization(s) has your chapter historically/traditionally raised money for, or donated hours to, in your community?
In the past, our fundraising efforts have been focused on Support for International Change, an organization that helps provide health care in Tanzania. That being said, as we decided to focus more on women’s health and wellness and female empowerment in our chapter programming and efforts, we thought it would be a good idea to match that commitment with our philanthropy. Therefore, last Spring, we shifted to a large fundraising effort for the Movement Foundation, which helps bring physical and health education into low-income schools and supports positive body image campaigns. This fall, we have chosen to direct our fundraising efforts to the Joyful Heart Foundation. Joyful Heart is a non-profit dedicated to supporting, guiding, and aiding victims of sexual assault.
Why did your chapter choose this organization(s) to support?
As a whole, our chapter is committed to working on issues of female empowerment, health, and well being, and we felt it was important that our philanthropic efforts were connected to this. The organizations we have chosen to support reflect these ideals and do an excellent job of promoting healthy women in our society.
Kappa has focused on our values of diversity and inclusion and our recruitment process earlier this year was an important part of that. We felt that the conversations we had leading up to recruitment and our voting methods allowed for an intake of new members whose values deeply align with those of the organization: respect, integrity, and honest. As we welcomed our new pledge class, we reconnected as a chapter too. Highlights of the 2016 new member period included: • 4/12: New Member class dinner with New Member Chairmen • 4/13: Sleepover at Mirlo with sophomores • 4/17: New Member Brunch at Florence Moore Dining Hall with New Member Chairmen • 4/18: New Member/Sophomore Class S’mores bonding event • 4/25-4/29: Big-Little Week • 5/4: Standards Chapter Meeting with New Members about Drinking Culture and Hazing • 5/21: Initiation at Kappa Kappa Gamma house at University of California, Berkeley
We have also made changes to our financial management system to continue our efforts of financial diligence, accessibility, and transparency. Within this past year, Kappa has launched it’s Sponsorship Program, which is the first of its kind amongst Kappa chapters across the nation. This program gives girls the opportunity to seek financial assistance for the payment of their dues. Kappa prides itself on accessibility to girls regardless of their financial situation and socio-economic background, and this program has already helped eight active members make Kappa a sustainable financial choice. We have many members who are already in full time jobs to pay for their books and supplies, receive full financial aid from Stanford, and who have financial emergencies at home. Our chapter is committed to supporting these women. The sponsorship program is overseen by our Treasurer and the Stanford Kappa Kappa Gamma House Board, which manages money and resources that can be used for a potential house in the future. The House Board is willing and excited to engage with our chapter members in a myriad of ways, including financial assistance. The Sponsorship program is funded through donations, and does not deplete chapter provided funds that the House Board will continue to reserve in the case that our organization gets a house. The recipients have written thank you notes to their sponsors, and will attend an appreciation event in the Spring.
This year, we have also updated our approach for academic support and exploration within the chapter. The Academic Excellence Committee set up study sessions in various spaces on campus so that members can come together to work and de-stress. In winter quarter the new Chapter Council began a quarterly program during which members group together and discuss the classes that they would recommend, study strategies that have worked for them and the best resources they have accessed on campus. Additionally, we maintain a list of our active members’ majors and minors so that undeclared members can find people within the chapter to reach out to with questions about their coursework. This quarter, we hosted two panels during chapter meetings focused on career experiences of our members and alumni.
Along with these milestones, Kappa has been recognized on campus and at the national level. This year, Kappa received an ‘exceeding expectations’ on our Standards of Excellence presentation and report, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Stanford’s annual evaluation system for all Greek communities on campus. Our score placed us among the best performing Greek organizations at Stanford.
At convention this summer we were awarded the ‘Signature Event’ prize for medium sized chapters for our benefit concert Snowchella, there is more information about our philanthropy later in the document. This year, Kappas have been involved in numerous varsity and club athletic teams, led and participated in pre-professional and philanthropic organizations, held research and fellowship positions and performed in various dance and theater groups.
Stanford Kappa has been up to a lot of awesome things this year! First and foremost, we have continued our efforts that began last year toward making the Beta Eta Deuteron Chapter a more diverse and inclusive space to women from all walks of life. As an organization, Kappa acknowledges that the demographics of our organization are not at all reflective of the general Stanford population but that is why the Diversity and Inclusion Committee has made it a priority to constantly facilitate conversations around this topic.
Last spring members of the committee held an open forum that was open to all Greek organizations to talk about the status of diversity in all of our organizations and what that meant for the freshmen that were considering going through the recruitment process (this event had approximately 60% attendance). We discussed financial accessibility, representation, inclusion and what those all looked like in practice. Along those lines, we’ve also held spotlights, Beyond the Line, and the SOSAS Panel in our chapter meetings in an effort to bring these very important conversations to the table and open up the dialogue around these topics (these all occur at chapter that generally have >80% attendance).
During the Fall quarter of 2017, we held a chapter meeting run by our Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Here, we discussed inclusiveness within our chapter and in doing so assure that we prioritize the safety and comfort of all of our members from different backgrounds and of differing identities. In the coming year, we will be having workshops that tackle implicit bias and how to make a conscious effort to surpass those biases, not only during the recruitment period but at all times. Kappa has made it a point to make sure all of these conversations are ongoing and not only relevant during the week leading up to recruitment in the spring.
In addition to the goal of making our chapter more inclusive, this year, our chapter also addressed our goal to keep our members highly involved and boost their attendance to meetings and events. In Winter Quarter 2017, the idea of “Key Groups” was implemented, in which Chapter Council representatives are assigned a small group of members across grades. They check in with their Key Group each chapter meeting to encourage accountability and plan group activities to get to know a smaller group of members, provide support, and serve as a contact in the Kappa leadership for them to voice any questions or concerns. Key Groups have provided to be a good source of contact, ensuring that each member of our chapter is held accountable by a particular member of Chapter Council.
In terms of traditions, every quarter, pledge classes have allotted funds to eat a meal together outside of the dining halls. As an unhoused chapter, we deeply value this opportunity to gather around a table and celebrate our sisterhood. To foster inter-grade relationships we organize a number of activities that are highly concentrated in the new member period, but continue throughout the rest of the year as well. After Recruitment in the spring, we typically host a new member sleepover in Florence Moore Hall as an introductory event to pledge class bonding activities. We believe that this event in particular helps foster a community within each grade, thus setting the tone for a community built on sisterhood and friendship.
Far before Recruitment even begins, our chapter leadership and New Member Chairmen work to prepare for our incoming pledge class. Highlights of hte 2017 new member period included (but are not limited to): New Member class dinner with New Member chairmen; a new member sleepover at Mirlo; new member/sophomore class s’mores bonding event; Big-Little Week; initiation at the Kappa Kappa Gamma house at University of California, Berkeley. In each of these events, New Member Chairs facilitate bonding and sisterhood through open conversation and fun experiences.
Continuing with the trend of sisterhood and connections, one of our goals in the past year has been to increase attendance and quantity of sisterhood events in an attempt to better foster strong relationships within our community. Because of this, the Standards Committee, led by the Vice President of Standards, has planned more than 8 events each quarter. These events include but are not limited to: weekly meals at Tresidder Student Union open to the chapter, randomly assigned small group meals, kickball, cookie-decorating, and arts and crafts projects. Theincrease in events has increased attendance drastically to 35-55% at every event. We are particularly proud of this increased commitment to sisterhood and building a community that supports all members.
Our members in Stanford’s chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma demonstrate individual intellectual commitment in their schoolwork, extracurriculars, and accolades. The women of our chapter have performed consistently in their coursework, evidenced by our mean chapter grade point average, which has been 3.7 for the past three quarters (we track our members’ GPA on a self-reporting system). To facilitate academic success and exploration, our chapter runs several programs that seek to support our members. The Academic Excellence Committee sets up study sessions in various spaces on campus so members can come together to work and de-stress. Additionally, we maintain a list of our active members’ majors and minors, so that undeclared members can find people within the chapter to reach out to with questions about their coursework and academic goals. We have also started a weekly recognition program for members: each week members nominate another member for an academic accomplishment,and in chapter they are announced and are given a chocolate bar.
This past winter quarter, the new Chapter Council began a quarterly program during which members group together and discuss recommended classes, study strategies, and resources available on campus. This Fall quarter, we hosted a career panel during a chapter meeting focused on career experiences of our alumni. The panel hosted five women who have worked or are currently working in venture capital, management consulting, law, software engineering, and education. These women offered advice on beginning one’s career in addition to discussing their experience as women in the workplace. In the future, we hope to co-host a resume/cover letter workshop with BEAM, Stanford’s career center, aswell as, bring in a speaker to discuss time management techniques with our New Members. Through these programs we hope to spur conversations between members about their academic goals and career interests that encourage Kappa’s women to share their intellectual passion with each other.
Our members’ majors and extracurricular pursuits bring to life their passions and interests. Our members pursue their commitment to social impact as board members of Stanford Students Social Entrepreneurship Association, tutors in a college preparation course who live in the area, tutors for East Palo Alto Charter School and the East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring program, directors of the philanthropic event Dance Marathon, counselors for Camp Kesem, volunteers for the Stanford Mental Health Outreach, and facilitators for One Love workshops on interpersonal violence. Multiple women in Kappa have held research positions at institutions including the King Institute, the Wernig Stem Cell Lab, Stanford Intelligence Systems Lab, the Stanford Center for Genomics, the Stanford Laboratory for Social Research, the Qi Lab (bioengineering), the Bertozzi Lab, and Ophthalmology Research Assistant at the School of Medicine. Finally, Kappa has three members in the Mayfield Fellowship program, as well as, a Truman Scholar this year. Beta Eta Deuteron’s members also pursue intellectual interests via clubs, like Stanford Women in Business, American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford, Design for America, Smart Women Securities, Stanford Women in CS, Stanford Black Pre-Med Association, and Stanford in Government.
Aside from our incredible achievements in scholarship, Stanford Kappa members also have amazing involvements outside of the classroom. In Kappawe have many varsity athletes and varsity captains. In total, fourteen varsity teams are represented in Kappa: from Women’s Field Hockey to Tennis to Fencing, just to name a few. In the summer of 2016, we even had two women from the chapter participate in the Rio Summer Olympics- Kassidy Cook (class of 2018) competed in Olympic Diving and Maggie Steffens (class of 2017) competed for her second time in Olympic Women’s Water Polo and received the MVP award. Additionally, Andi Sullivan (Class of 2018) was pulled up in October 2017 to play with the United States Women’s National Soccer Team as the only current collegiate student-athlete in the team. She joins Stanford Kappa Jane Campbell (Class of 2017) on the team.
Off the court, Kappas engage in many pre-professional communities. For example, for the 2017 term Ali Eicher (Class of 2018) is the Co-President of Stanford Women in Business and six Vice-Presidents and 3 Directors are Kappas. Additionally, a group of our members including Elizabeth Overton (class of 2018), Liney Smith and Felicia Tissenbaum (both class of 2017) addressed a significant need for female pre-professional clubs by founding a Smart Women Securities chapter at Stanford.
In addition to career-driven groups, our members take part in many activist communities addressing race and ethnicity, gender, identity, and intersectionalityon campus. Just to name a few, Kappas are participants and leaders in Girl Up- a UN Foundation, FACES, the Women’s Coalition, the Black Family Gathering Committee, the Clayman Institute, AMENDS, and the Women’s Community. In April of 2016, our member Madeleine Lippey (Class of 2018) brought the Fearless Conference, a student run event encouraging the Stanford community to rewrite and reclaim the conversationaround sexual and intimate partner violence through intersectional, inclusive, and collaborative programming, to campus.
Several other members were deeply involved in the organization and production of this event that served the broader undergraduate population. Last year, Alexis Kallen (Class of 2018) served as the Co-Chair of the Scary Path Task Force with Greg Boardman. It has been incredible to see the fruition of all of Alexis’ hard work this year with the finished lit path. Kappa currently has 3 members who are Mayfield Fellows and one member who is a Harry S. Truman Scholar. Finally, Kappas are deeply engaged in the Residential Education community throughout Stanford’s Campus. For the 2017-2018 year, three members are RAs in freshman dorms, two members are RAs in Suites, and five members on staff at French House, 680 Lomita, and Casa Italiana. Please reference Appendix I- Member Extracurricular Involvement 2017 for a complete list of extracurricular organizations in which Kappas hold membership.
Although our campus has not undergone and major changes recently, our chapter still remains committed to creating a space where strong women can come and empower one another. We do this by fostering a welcoming community, that is working on our path towards being inclusive for everyone; by supporting our members in their New Members journey to becoming Kappa women; by supporting all of our amazing members in whatever endeavors they undertake, from the classroom, to clubs, to athletics; and by supporting causes that demonstrate our commitment to all women, as can be seen through our extensive philanthropic work. The women of Beta Eta Deuteron are highly accomplished women who never fail to achieve the highest in all aspects of their lives.
Our chapter is extremely committed to combining the values and goals of Kappa Kappa Gamma’s national philanthropy mission with the specific interests and passions of women in our Stanford chapter. In 2016, we changed our main philanthropy, because we truly believed that this transition to the Joyful Heart Foundation as a beneficiary is both more in line with our core values and mission as women’s group, and incredibly relevant to campus culture at Stanford today. Our chapter has been really invested in promoting female empowerment. Thorough this recognized passion within our chapter that stemmed from a larger, this year, Stanford Kappa adopted campus sexual assault and intimate partner violence as our primary cause that we support.
For this, our chapter launched a fundraising campaign for the Joyful Heart Foundation, a national non-profit organization, founded by Kappa alumnae and Law and Order SVU star Mariska Hargitay, dedicated to empowering, educating, andhealing survivors of sexual assault so that they can reclaim a sense of joy in their lives. Their mission includes dispelling rape myths, hosting survivor healing and trauma care retreats, and putting an end to the backlog of untested rape kits in justice departments around the United States. Our big showcase of our philanthropy efforts for the year was Snowchella, an awareness and benefit concert that we put on with Sigma Nu and the Stanford Concert Network. This year was our first year having a three-way partnership for this event.
Prior to the concert wedesigned and sold shirts for the concert where the proceeds were donated to the Joyful Heart Foundation. At the concert itself, we had an all female DJ lineup of The Kemist, Astronautica, and Anna Lunoe to support our message of female empowerment. We sold food and beverages to fundraise, and we had a table dedicated to the Joyful Heart Foundation so that people could come and learn more about the cause and potentiallydonate to our fundraiser. Throughout the concert, our philanthropy chair went on stage to introduce each act and share information about the Joyful Heart Foundation. Before entering the concert, we made sure that everyone was on their best behavior at the concert.
Overall, throughout the course of the year we were able to raise almost $20,000 for the Joyful Heart Foundation, and we really succeeded in bringing awareness about sexual assault to our campus in hope of putting an end to it once and for all. Some of our public education and awareness events included:
Hunting Ground Documentary Screening and Clothing Drive-- For this awareness event, we ordered pizzas, and invited members of the Stanford Community to come to Sigma Nu where we were streaming The Hunting Ground, a powerful documentary film about the incidence of sexual assault on college campuses. This documentary really spread awareness about the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses. Additionally, for people to come watch the movie and get pizza, we asked them to bring an article of clothing with them to donate to The Grateful Garment Project. When victims of sexual assault leave the hospital, they often have to leave with hospital gowns since they are forced to use their clothes as evidence in their rape kit. By having clothes donated for them to wear when leaving the hospital, we are able to help return their dignity.
Philanthropy Day-- For this, on a Saturday morning, members of Kappa and Sigma Nu gathered to send emails to friends, families, and localbusiness about donating to our cause. We had an email template drafted that explained everything about the Joyful Heart Foundation and their mission.
Joyful Heart Dinner For this event, we flew a member of the Joyful Heart Foundation, Vaughan Bagely (a Stanford Alumnae), out to come to talk to members of Kappa and Sigma Nu about the foundation and their mission. This really sparked passion in the members of our organization and encouraged them to get more involved in Snowchella and raising money and awareness for the Joyful Heart Foundation. The Joyful Heart Foundation is releasing a movie soon called I am Evidence, which we are hoping to stream for members of the Stanford community sometime this fall!
VAWA calling-- After having the representative from the Joyful Heart Foundation come and speak about the foundation, members of Kappa were eager to learn more about what we can do as students to help end sexual assault and actually make a large impact on the broader community. The representative told us that a big thing we can do is take action by calling our senators to encourage them to vote against the defunding of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). After hearing this, Kappa partnered with Columbae and their political peer accountability programming to host a call center at Mirlo (where a lot of our members live) for members of the Stanford community to come and read a script to let their senators know that they do not support the defunding of VAWA. Many people came from across campus and it felt like we were really starting to make an impact in the broader community.
SARA Training-- After Snowchella, we organized a visit from the SARA office at Sigma Nu where members of Kappa and Sigma Nu received training on how to talk to and respond to victims of sexual assault. They also provided us with information on all of the resources that Stanford has to help victims of sexual assault and the steps that can be taken when someone experiences sexual assault. Some of our fundraising events included:
Kirk’s Steakburgers Fundraiser-For this fundraising event we partnered with a local restaurant to raise money for the Joyful Heart Foundation. The owner kindly agreed to donate 20% of all proceeds after 7:00 P.M. that night to the Joyful Heart Foundation. We made a Facebook event and several members of the Stanford community came out to eat some good food and support our cause. We raise approximately $200 from this.
Celia’s ‘Unspecial D’ Fundraiser For this fundraising event we partnered with a local restaurant to raise money for the Joyful Heart Foundation. We made it an “Unspecial Dinner” where members of Kappa were all allowed to invite a date and come eat some good food with good company. The owner kindly agreed to donate 20% of all proceeds that night to the Joyful Heart Foundation. We had a great turnout, and we were able to raise approximately $455 from this.
Valentine’s Day Awareness Campaign/Fundraiser At a sisterhood event, our organization decorated little boxes of sweethearts and candy bags with facts about the Joyful Heart Foundation and sexual assault and a venmo handle for an optional donation. On Valentine’s Day, we had members of Kappa hand out the candy at White Plaza in order to collect additional donations and raise money and awareness for the JHF. We ended up raising about $400 dollars through this.
Parents Weekend Brunch On Parent’s Weekend, Kappa decided to host a brunch at Narnia for our families. We charged $10 a person for the brunch. In order to save money and have more money to donate to the Joyful Heart Foundation, we had several of our members volunteer to go early to cook the food and set the tables. The parents loved having this opportunity to eat brunch amongst other Kappa members and their families. Overall this event was a huge success and we raised upwards of $800. We also reached out to Stanford organizations as well as local businesses for funding, support, and general co-sponsorships.
Voices for the Vineyards: In light of the recent fires in Northern California, our chapter came together at a sober event in support of the victims by hosting a benefit concert with Kappa Alpha and Stanford Concerting Network. Nine talented students from different corners of campus performed pro bono on the lawn of KA while about a hundred students listened in appreciation to their music. Overall, with sponsored t-shirts, Pressed Juicery certificates, a $100 gift card from Coupa Cafe, pizza, a Snapchat geofilter, Kappa designed fliers, and stickers designed by a Kappa member, we raised over $5,200. All of the money went to Redwood Empire Food Bank, an organization that donates food and offers to support to people displaced by the fires. Redwood Empire Food Bank is able to turn that money into 10,000 meals for families in need. The fires affected so many Stanford friends and families that we believed it were imperative to take action, utilizing Stanford talent to be the voice for the suffering; hence the concert's name: Voices for the Vineyards. In addition to our main philanthropy, our chapter also engages in a variety of other community service events. Throughout the year, we have partnered with Kappa Sigma, Kappa Alpha, and Pi Beta Phi to cook and deliver breakfast every Tuesday morning to the Opportunity Center in Palo Alto. Additionally, last October we partnered with Sigma Chi to host a pumpkin carving event where all of the proceeds went to the Huntsman Institute for Cancer Research. In the Spring, we partnered with Alpha Chi Omega to prepare and deliver toiletry kits to a local women’s shelter.
Finally, this year, we are hoping to engage more with our national philanthropy, Reading is Fundamental. This fall, we are planning a Reading is Key event where members of our chapter will go to an underprivileged school or community to read to the kids and do some other educational activity with them. At the end of this event, we will send each child home with a new book. Lastly, Kappa created a team for Dance Marathon and received the “Gold Level” for Greek Sponsors. In keeping aligned with our chapter’s passion for focusing on women’s issues, we were hoping to host an event at a local women’s shelter like Heart and Home where we could engage with the children of the women at the shelter and possibly partner with Kappa Sigma to raise money for the shelter prior to our event. We struggle with attendance at Philanthropy events and generally only have 50-80% in attendance, we hope to increase this in the coming year with the incentive plan that we are currently creating. Moving forward, we are excited to continue this marry our national organization’s philanthropic endeavors with our chapter’s deeply rooted interest in sexual violence prevention, gender, identity, and intersectionality.
As mentioned above, we have chosen to support the Joyful Heart Foundation as our main philanthropic endeavor because we feel it aligns with both Kappa's goal of empowering women, and is highly relevant in the campus climate that we live in today. Moving forward, we are excited to continue this marry our national organization’s philanthropic endeavors with our chapter’s deeply rooted interest in sexual violence prevention, gender, identity, and intersectionality.
2018 was another great year for the Beta Eta Deuteron chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma! Our members continue to succeed in different ways on campus and in the world – they never fail to amaze us. Our strong internal culture and bond is accented by Kappa members’ extensive involvement in the larger Stanford atmosphere. We are proud to house members involved across campus, specifically on national championship-winning sports teams, presidents of business organizations, teaching assistants for classes, and more. One of our members was even named a Rhodes Scholar, and is currently studying abroad in Oxford, England! Our chapter at Stanford continued to work on various initiatives, namely supporting women’s empowerment and diversity & inclusion. We are pleased to note that due to our emphasis on diversity & inclusion, headquarters has made it a formal chapter council position that will now be implemented in all chapters across the nation. Léa Koob, our president this year, helped draft the proposal for this change at the fraternity’s National Convention in June. We are so excited for future members in this role as Diversity & Inclusion (D & I) chairman to have more support and guidance from fraternity headquarters. This year, we held four chapter meetings focusing on these important topics. Our D & I committee focused on issues like the history of exclusion in Greek Life and implicit bias. Through these workshops, we strive to better ourselves as a chapter, making sure all members, and all future members, will be comfortable in our chapter. We emphasized implicit bias training early in the year, in order to have this be a continuing discussion, not just something we focus on during recruitment. On October 29th of this year, one of our members, Tatie Balabanis, led the chapter through an activity of a class of which she is a teaching assistant (Psychology 103 – Intergroup Communication). In this activity, called an “identity walk,” we focused on exploring the different identities that members of our chapter value and had an open discussion about what some of these various identities mean to members of our chapter. Overall, it was a very successful year of action and conversation surrounding D & I within our chapter and within the broader community at Stanford. We are excited to continue to push these inclusivity efforts and strive for equity in our chapter and our university.
Our chapter feels just as good about our efforts in furthering our women’s empowerment initiatives as well. This is at the center of Kappa’s core values, and we pride ourselves on being a group of capable, passionate, and confident women. We aim to make a positive impact in the world, maintaining a constant focus on women’s empowerment. We do this through various initiatives internally, such as recognition programs at chapter meetings. Our chapter implemented programs such as KKGenius and Support a Sister to reward our members for their excellence inside and outside of the classroom. During the week, members are encouraged to nominate fellow sisters for their accomplishments, be it academic, athletic, or simply for being a strong and supportive sister. Members who are nominated are acknowledged and awarded during chapter meetings that week. Our chapter aims to create a cohesive and friendly environment within Kappa that allows all of our sisters to feel comfortable, and hopefully build on one another’s strengths, inspiring individual achievements in all areas of our members’ lives. Additionally, as a chapter we have tried to focus more of our philanthropic endeavors to help support our goal of empowering women in the broader community, we have seen our chapter used as an incredible platform for our members to accomplish positive change and have their voices heard in the community on campus. Our fraternity has tried to bring together our national philanthropy, Reading is Key, and our passion for addressing women’s issues and bringing awareness to sexual assault. This year, we have been intentional in bridging these two important causes. We planned an annual Reading is Key event, where we read and gave books to children of a local women’s shelter, in addition to brining toiletry kits to the women at the shelter. Our chapter is dedicated to both the fraternity’s national philanthropy and Beta Eta’s chosen philanthropy, Joyful Heart Foundation. At the 2018 National Convention, our chapter was recognized and awarded with the Signature Philanthropy Award (for the second year in a row)!
Changes on campus and the chapter’s overall nature:
As part of the broader conversations currently being raised on campus, as discussed above, our chapter focused on thoroughly engaging with our D & I chair and committee over the course of the year. We want to make sure that our chapter reflects the community we are surrounded by on campus here at Stanford. This has changed the nature of the chapter for the better, as we have held several educational events about diversity and inclusion, especially before Recruitment. We have really worked to make our chapter of Kappa as accessible as possible to women in the Stanford community, especially regarding finances.
Our chapter is one of the most accessible in this respect for all members of the Stanford community, something we are very proud of.
Chapter Philanthropy: What organization does the chapter support? Joyful Heart Foundation
Why did the chapter choose this organization? We have chosen to support this non-profit for several years in addition to our National philanthropy because its mission is one that is all too important to our members. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to healing, empowering, and advocating for survivors of sexual violence. Throughout the year, we hold a wide awway of awareness events, from documentary screenings to conferences in order to keep up the conversation about sexual violence prevention on campus. We also hold fundraising events and sell items like our "Future is Female" shirts in order to raise money for our philanthropic mission of supporting the Joyful Heart Foundation. As an organzation, we have noticed the importance of education and awareness around these topics, and have shifted our philanthropic efforts to focus more on spreading awareness of these issues in addition to our fundraising efforts. We believe this foundation is well-worth our efforts, especially because it was founded by Kappa Kappa Gamma alumnae, Mariska Hargitay! Overall, this past year we were able to raise almost $23,000 for the Joyful Heart Foundation, and succeeded in bringing awareness about sexual assault to our campus here at Stanford, something we are very proud of.
Where does the chapter meet? We host a majority of our weekly meetings at the Women’s Community Center on campus, a feminist space that offers resources to promote gender equality. Through our well established relationship with the WCC, our leadership has had the opportunity to attend quarterly dinners in which they are connected with other women leaders and resources on campus. It has been a great experience getting to work with and learn from female leaders in all corners of campus.
Beta Eta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, survived an earthquake; the chapter house was twice ravaged by fire; and members adjusted to the changes of two World Wars.
But suddenly, in 1944, Beta Eta Chapter was gone, removed with all other women’s fraternities from the Stanford campus.
By a special act of the California Legislature, the act of endowment embodying the charter of the institution, and a gift, 80,000 acres of land was made public in November, 1885. The Leland Stanford Jr. University, endowed by Senator and Mrs. Stanford as a memorial to their only son, was formally opened October 1, 1891. It was the opinion of many persons that California already had its university so why have another? But attracted by its possibilities, 465 students, many older than the average, arrived that first year from all over the world.
Beta Eta was established June 10, 1892, six months after a chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta. The two fraternities, in an agreement about bidding procedures, set the stage for the Panhellenic organization.
Lou Henry (Hoover) was a sophomore and not yet a Kappa when Lucy Evelyn Wight (Allan), BB—St. Lawrence, grand president in 1890-1892, went to Stanford for graduate study. The two women became close friends. Evelyn Wight became Stanford’s first dean of women, and Lou Henry was initiated in 1896 when the chapter was four years old.
Initiations had taken place in the music room of Roble hall, and the chapter met in member’s rooms. Later a second-floor apartment was rented, and then a house on campus. By the spring of 1899, business arrangements had been made for building on the west side of Lasuen Street where the only other structure was the Phi Delta Theta house.
Kappas made daily trips to watch the progress of construction, and the move was made in January, 1900.
Beta Eta was the first Kappa chapter to build its own house and the first to own a house. The beloved house was described in the July, 1900 issue of The Key as having “sloping moss green roofs, pointed gables, dormer windows. The wrought iron lattice over the door bears the letters KKΓ and the art glass windows with the fleur-de-lis embedded in the cardinal, form an artistic entrance… the third floor, the abode of the freshmen, and familiarly known as ‘the attic’ is one large room… the most delightful place for initiation and informal spreads, while from its many windows one gains the best view of the surrounding hills covered with oak trees and, in the spring, ablaze with the glorious California poppies… From its setting of green foothills, (the house) looks across the level fields, over the treetops of the Arboretum to the narrow line of bay and the hazy blue mountains beyond.”
The earthquake of April 18, 1906, brought normal college life to a halt. There was great damage on the Stanford campus. When the chapter returned to school in September, member found that the house had remained untouched during the summer, rather than repaired, since labor and materials were so scarce. A luncheon for freshmen had been scheduled for registration day. Because their dishes were broken and the plaster down, the resourceful Kappas partied on the porch.
Early in September, 1918, the house was badly damaged by fire; and again during summer quarter of 1927 there was a fire and chapter members returned to find the roof gone. By January, 1928, aware of the difficulties of separation, the chapter was able to get back together. The alumnae corporation and the Fraternity had made it possible to repair the damages, and the Mother’s Club had raised a considerable fund to help refurnish the house. In 1934 the house association constructed a much-needed wing to provide additional bedrooms, a chapter room, and a lounge.
Field Secretary Helen Snyder (Andres), BΠ—Washington, wrote in the February, 1933, issue of The Key, after her first visit to Stanford, “… my fondest expectations realized in its fine students, beautiful buildings with arcades, quadrangles, magnificent memorial chapel, palm trees, and landscaped grounds… long a fine chapter… scholastic and activity honors are many… a congenial chapter.” Her first official act as grand president in June, 1935, was to call for ratification of the appointment of Beta Eta’s Emily Caskey Johnson as director of standards.
Emily’s ability, energy, and a frequently changing address made her the best-known Kappa in the northwest. The Palo Alto alumnae loved to have an excuse to bring Emily into the conversation. The relationship between Beta Eta, Π—California, and the alumnae was good, with a common meeting ground in the annual fashion show in which the actives modeled. Although proceeds of the fashion show were usually marked for scholarships, in 1942 they were earmarked for national defense. The show was given in the daytime because of rules against off-campus night parties, and the possibility of blackouts.
During World War II several rooms in the chapter house were blacked out so the girls could study, and there were changes in their living habits. The girls squeezed their own orange juice for breakfast, when oranges were available; did their own house cleaning; and skipped an occasional meal “to humor the cook.” And they understood “It is a very little part of war’s reality… These changes show that life on a college campus need not be as carefree as ‘the good old days’ in order to be one of the most wonderful times in our lives.”
During World War II, social affairs and volunteer work were often combines, taking the form of benefits. The chapter was interested in Belgian War Relief, and the plans of the food administration. The chairman of the Stanford Women’s Red Cross Unit was a Kappa, and there were regular Red Cross hours and much knitting. Three actives left for service in France.
Lou Henry Hoover, wife of the ex-president of the United States, herself a scholar and adventurer as well as the devoted patron of the Girl Scouts of America, died suddenly January 7, 1944, in New York. Four days later Ann Claire Brokaw, daughter of Claire Booth Luce, a senior majoring in political science, was killed in an automobile accident.
Although Beta Eta had acquired new pledges early in 1944, and initiation was conducted that spring, by the term’s end, Beta Eta too was gone, removed with all the other women’s houses from the Stanford campus. The administration and the dean of women, a fraternity woman herself, had shown a consistent disapproval for the fraternity system and for 20 years sororities and their alumnae fought a losing battle against the final outcome. (In 1923 a vote had been taken to discover the feeling of sororities concerning “the justification of their existence,” and from 1925 Panhellenic, with Beta Eta taking a leading part, had tried to prove to the university that sororities had a definite place in the life of a university women.)
By fall of 1944 the chapter house had become a university residence, and the December, 1944, letter from the Palo Alto alumnae mentions that three of the no-longer-active chapter members had been guests at an alumnae meeting and “the alumnae regretted losing the inspiration of the actives.”
The chapter was known for its interesting, active women. Among them were Barbara Griffith Dolfini, whose miniature rooms were displayed at the Golden Gate Fair; Dr. Florence Mable Holsclaw, directing head of Babies Aid, San Francisco; Bertha L. Chapman Cady, Ph.D., botanist and author; Ethel Wallace Bryant, dean of the Castilleja School; Harriet Ford Griswold, civic worker for rehabilitation of cripples; and Jean Henry Large, author of Girl Scout books. Anna Henrietta Martin was a writer, an associate of Jane Adams in the International League for Peace, and chairman of the National Women’s Party. Before the turn of the century she had been chairman of the Beta Eta committee that compiled the Fraternity Catalogue, giving the name and record of each of the 3000 members. “Edited by Beta Eta” is on the title page of that 1898 volume. And of course there was Mrs. Hoover, Beta Eta’s “proudest possession,” even though she refused to have a Kappa key placed on her effigy’s bosom in the Smithsonian.
In the last chapter picture of Beta Eta members ever taken, all but two are smiling, because smiling is what is done for pictures. It might almost be thought that 1944 had been another good year in the history of “an alive and stimulating chapter.”