Zeta Nu Chapter was founded at the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, California on November 23, 1985.
1,129 initiates (as of June 2018)
Founded in the mid-1960s, the University of California, San Diego, known for its high academic standards, offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and sciences. UCSD's programs in marine biology, oceanography, and the health sciences are especially well regarded. In 1985, there were approximately 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students at UCSD, which is located on 1,200 acres of beautiful coastal woodland near the northern limits of the city of San Diego. The university's undergraduate colleges sit high on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography extends the campus to the water's edge and beyond.
After colonization in April 1985, the pledges quickly set about the task of learning what it is to be a Kappa and of forming a cohesive group. When they returned to school in the fall, the charter members took part in UCSD's formal rush and pledged 29 more young women.
Zeta Nus were not the only Kappas who had a busy fall. Members of the five alumnae groups in San Diego were handling the myriad of details and initiation. Mary Barkis Johnson, Kansas State. who served as Installation Chairman, left no stone unturned. Vera Lewis Marine, Colorado College, coordinator for chapter development, an experienced hand with installation and formerly Province Director of Alumnae for Kappa Province, provided Mary with very able assistance. It is hard for those of us who worked with Mary and Vera on installation to imagine anyone else in charge. Both had a steady hand in assuring those of us with less experience in such matters that we could do it. And we did thanks to the Kappa leadership provided by Mary and Vera.
Mary’s committee chairmen were Jan Bullen Wright, New Mexico, and a colonizer of USC, Finance; Cynthia Doughty Davis, USC, Banquet; Mary Jeanne Bahr Schram, Maryland, and Susan Vigil Belger, New Mexico, Installation/Initiation Service; Jane Burbank Wallaston, Nebraska, Fireside; Marilyn Cross Minton, Ohio State, Saturday lunch; Susan Cameron Hoffman, Arizona, Saturday breakfast; Nancy Sauer Miller, USC, Flowers; Sally Jones Glynn, Iowa, Gifts; Karen Byers Mays, Oregon State, Lodging; and Sally Moore, Oregon State, Thursday potluck. Other alumnae helped in countless ways, doing everything from making box lunches to working on the many preparations for initiation and the banquet.
Friday, November 22, dawned bright and cheery, and there was a special excitement among the 46 pledges, soon to be actives, and the alumnae. Tonight initiation would begin with fireside in La Jolla at the beautiful home of Priscilla Lichty Moxley, Colorado. Actives from University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, Irvine; University of California, Santa Barbara; University of California, Riverside; California State University at Northridge; University of Arizona; and Arizona State University were there to participate and make their soon-to-be sisters feel closer within the bonds of Kappa. Punch and cookies were served while Zeta Nus opened many wonderful gifts from active chapters and alumnae groups.
It is hard to say whether the prospective initiates or San Diego area alumnae were more excited Saturday, November 23, 1985, when 46 undergraduates were initiated as charter members of Zeta Nu, Kappa's 114th active chapter, at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). The five active alumnae groups in San Diego County had waited a long time for this day, and no one was disappointed. It was particularly special for those "Chum Alums" who had been "big sisters" to the charter pledges and who had the distinct honor of pinning on their keys.
Zeta Nus installation weekend was the culmination of several months of activity which began in February 1985 when Kappa accepted UCSD's invitation to colonize. Kappa joined three other sororities (Sigma Kappa, Delta Gamma, and Alpha Omicron Pi) and six fraternities on campus. There has been a rapid growth in rush numbers the last few years, which led to UCSD's decision to expand. It is expected that another sorority may follow in 1986 or 1987. With interest in the Greeks currently on the rise, we may see as many as eight sororities at UCSD in the not too distant future.
Saturday arrived cool and overcast, but nothing could dampen the spirits of the 46 Zeta Nus and San Diego alumnae who gathered at the First Methodist Church in San Diego where initiation was to take place. Installing officers Marian Klingbeil Williams, Missouri, Fraternity President, and Kay Smith Larson, Washinton, Fraternity Vice President, were assisted by Marjorie Matson Converse, Purdue, Extension Chairman; Carole Cathcart Siegler, Drake, Kappa province director of alumnae; Molly McKinney Schulze, Colorado, Kappa south province director of chapters; Thelma Muesing Dahlen, Minnesota, Kappa north province director of chapters; Katherine McDonald, Colorado College; Kim Braun Padulo, Riverside, chapter council adviser; and traveling consultants, Mary Sterner, Missouri, and Kimberly Schlundt, Miami (Ohio), as well as the presidents of Kappa south province chapters. Zeta Nu chapter president, Heather Bridgeman, proudly accepted the charter on behalf of her newly initiated sisters.
After enjoying a box lunch on the patio, the new Kappas and fraternity officers conducted a model chapter meeting. Following this Zeta Nu actives proudly conducted a formal pledging of the 29 young women they had pledged during formal rush this fall. Kappa smiles were everywhere as Zeta Nu actives, fraternity officers, alumnae, and Zeta Nu pledges experienced the spirit of Kappa.
Saturday evening more than 300 Kappas (actives and alumnae), families of Zeta Nu initiates, and friends gathered at the Town and Country Hotel for a lovely banquet arranged by Cynthia Davis. Toastmistress Mary Johnson welcomed everyone. Kim Gelman, president of Arizona, offered a toast to the new chapter. Heather Bridgeman UC San Diego, president graciously responded. Ms. Betty Beckett, Panhellenic Adviser from UCSD, read greetings from Mr. Randy Woodard, UCSD's Director Student Affairs, who was unable to attend. In his letter Randy officially welcomed Kappa as the fourth sorority on campus and said he knew Kappa well having had three Kappa sisters. Marian Williams welcomed the new chapter to the Fraternity and its rich heritage of sisterhood and excellence.
There were many highlights during the evening including all 75 Zeta Nus entertaining with some of their favorite Kappa songs and the presentation to Heather Bridgeman of the president's badge, gift of the San Diego Alumnae Association; presentation to Frances DeCharme of the scholarship key, gift of Betty Schellschmidt Hill, Butler, a member of the La Jolla Alumnae Association; presentation to Kathy Criste (Zeta Nu treasurer) of a special key from USC as the most outstanding senior; Kay Smith Larson and Vera Lewis Marine Spirit Award to Stacie Rowe; and presentation of a 50-year pin to Dorotha Marie Wharton, Utah.
After the traditional singing of the Banquet Song and Passing of the Light Ceremony, the evening came to a close. For Zeta Nus this was the beginning of what will be one of their richest experiences in life. Alumnae leaving the banquet were especially moved because the installation and initiation had climaxed the many years of hoping and dreaming for an active Kappa chapter in San Diego. At long last those dreams had come true with young women who definitely have that special Kappa quality.
Even before they were formally initiated and installed, Zeta Nu chapter had already begun efforts as a whole to join in the Kappa philanthropic spirit. By selling Easter Seal coupon books they were able to donate more than $1,000 to Easter Seals, a division of Children’s Hospital and Health Center in San Diego, and the sponsor of this “Safe Halloween” fundraiser. The coupon books, which had a $10 value for free food and discount savings, solf for $1 each and were a smashing success among students. These charter members, under the direction of the philanthropy chairman continued their service to Easter Seals by helping at the Easter Seals Telethon in the spring.
The Zeta Nu chapter was installed on November 23, 1985, after diligent efforts of the local alumnae groups who were eager to have a Kappa chapter in San Diego .
The Zeta Nus benefited from a Chapter Consultant, Susan Ruckman, from 1986-1988. Zeta Nu members were active in many organizations on UCSD's campus including student government, athletics, on-campus employment opportunities, and student exchange programs.
Some activities that filled the Zeta Nu calendar included theme parties, Sapphire Ball, Panhellenic Scholarship Banquet, spring fling, Greek Week, formal dances, and Parents Weekend. Sisterhood events included officer training, hold-over initiation, spring rush retreat, alumnae picnic, fall rush retreat, senior banquet, and big/little sis events, and Founders Day.
Spring quarter of 1987 the Zeta Nu chapter had the highest GPS of all Greek organizations on UCSD's campus. Scholarship activities included “study buddies.” Many members were selected for honor societies, honor roll, and and scholarship clubs.
In 1987 the Zeta Nu chapter participated in the Inter-Sorority Volleyball Tournament in Zuma Beach near Malibu, California.
Linda Schink, Washington State, a Kappa Traveling Consultant, visited the chapter in 1987. In 1988 the Order of Omega was established on UCSD's campus. This organization honored Greek women with an exceptional GPA, and many Zeta Nus became members.
Rush in 1989 welcomed 45 new pledges. The chapter was now 125 active members, the largest sorority on UCSD's campus.
In 1989 the chapter's goal was "Let Kappa Be Known." Their objectives were to develop, improve and maintain great public relations with the campus, community, and the entire chapter. In 1989 the new student center, the Price Center, opened on the UCSD campus. The facility included Associated Students offices, bookstore, meeting space, and restaurants.
Housing: The Zeta Nus became a housed chapter in 1988, when they leased an off-campus apartment that housed the officers as well as the chapter archives. Chapter gatherings were often hosted here.
Some causes that were supported by the Zeta Nus included Easter Seals telethon, Kappa alumna in need, teaching disabled children to swim, Child Abuse Prevention Foundation, volunteer hours at local businesses, San Diego Children's Hospital, and the Rose McGill Fund.
1988 – First place for philanthropy award and honorable mention for Chapter/Adviser relations at Convention; 1989 Province Meeting – Honorable Mention awards for Chapter/Advisory Board Relations, Outstanding Achievement in GPA, and Chapter Excellence.
The chapter continued their participation in campus activities and organizations. Panhellenic honored the Zeta Nus in 1991 with the Outstanding Chapter of the Year Award.
The chapter continued to host sisterhood events for actives and pledges, and these events often included alumnae and parents as well.
In 1990 the Zeta Nus mourned the loss of one of their members, Miriam Haque, who was killed in a car crash.
UCSD's Panhellenic Association approved of the expansion of sororities on the campus. Chi Omega was invited to join the system in 1991, Alpha Chi Omega was approved for 1992, and Kappa Alpha Theta was colonized on campus in 1994.
Founders Day in 1990 honored 120 years of Kappa Kappa Gamma history. Alumne and actives joined together for a brunch and celebration of our sisterhood. The Zeta Nus incorporated in new scholarship program in 1998, the Smart Apples weekly award for outstanding academic achievement.
Gina de Pallo, Kappa South Province Director of Chapters, visited the Zeta Nu chapter in 1998.
Housing: The Kappa Kondo was remodeled in 1990. Improvements were made to the kitchen, hallway, bathroom, laundry room, and dining room. By 1998, the Zeta Nu Kappas moved from the Kappa Kondo into a house located off-campus.
Philanthropy: Philanthropy continued to be a stong area of focus for the chapter. Efforts included events at Children's Museum of San Diego and supporting the United Cererbral Palsy Association.
Awards 1990 – Standards Award at Convention in Dallas, TX
Morale was high for the Zeta Nu chapter, and the members continued to strengthen their ties of sisterhood. Their focus was on organization, communication with their advisers, maintain strong archives, involvement in campus activities, and good relations among the Panhellenic members. The chapter observed three minutes of silence alongside more than 500 others on the UCSD campus to honor the victims of the September 11, 2001. There was also a candlelight vigil held on campus.
In 2004 there were approximately 20,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students on the campus of UCSD. Biology, economics, political science, and engineering were some of the strongest majors on campus, and the university was structured on a quarter system.
The chapter continued to showcase its efforts on UCSD's campus through scholarship, philanthropy, and participation in athletics and other school organizations.
The chapter displayed Zeta Nu's archives at the alumnae holiday party, new member recruitment, as well as Founders Day. The chapter is committed to improving the storage of items for archival purposes, a challenge that the chapter faced when they lost their house in 2004.
The Zeta Nus hosted the 2005 Province Meeting in San Diego, and the chapter hosted a Leadership Consultant that same year.
In 2005, the Zeta Nu members participated for the first time in Kappa's Leadership Academy. In 2008, UCSD was ranked the 7th best public school institution in the nation. In 2008, there were a total of nine sororities on campus. Zeta Nu had 110 active members which made the chapter one of the largest sororities at UCSD.
In 2009, the chapter mourned the loss of one of one of their active members, Gisele Holvik. An ongoing challenge for the chapter was strengthening sisterhood. Some events that helped bring the chapter members together included a beach day, potluck dinner, movie marathons, Sapphire Sister events, group yoga class, Padres game outing, and teamwork development games. Also successful was the start of "Fleur-de-lis Friends" that matched members with similar interests to encourage getting to know members better.
The chapter lost its house in June of 2004 due to changes in the city's ordinance of student housing. This created an opportunity for the chapter to find some different and creative ways of functioning as a chapter. They began hosting recruitment, meetings, and events on campus.
The chapter members shared their time and fundraising with book drives, prom dress drives, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, American Cancer Society, Reading is Fundamental, and Erikson Elementary School. The most successful fundraiser for the chapter was the Kappa Kup soccer tournament. Money raised from this event went to the San Diego Center for Children. Over time, the Kappa Kup made way for the Kappa Klassic 5k run/walk, still supporting the San Diego Center for Children.
Awards: 2008 Convention –Honorable mention for Best Chapter Management and New Member Program’ first place Best Finance award; 2010 Convention – Second place for Chapter Management and Risk Management.
The chapter continued its focus on strengthening sisterhood.
One of the highlights of 2011 for many of the members of the Zeta Nu chapter was the success of our first annual Kappa Karnival a philanthropy to raise money for the San Diego Children's Center. We were able to raise over six thousand dollars with the help of other Greek organizations on campus and the UCSD student body. But the most influential part of the Karnival for many of the girls was getting to watch the kids from the center enjoy themselves playing carnival games and eating fair foods to not only make this a great day for our chapter, but for the kids who we were raising the money for as well.
Before the Karnival we went to the SDCC to help the kids to decorate shirts that they wore when they attended the Karnival so that they stood out and could feel special. After working diligently on our sisterhood the Zeta Nu chapter won the Most Improved Chapter award of our province at the Provence meeting in April of 2011. We won the Lambda Chi Alpha philanthropy the Watermelon Bust and our girls worked really hard to compete in Sigma Kappa's Philanthropy Dancing with the Greeks. Kappa Kappa Gamma continued to raise the most money for the San Diego Breast Cancer walk out of all the other Greek Organizations for the fifth year in a row. The new members also got a chance to meet the kids from SDCC when we participated in a 5K to raise money and awareness of the center. Our new Alpha Theta pledge class has been a source of pride for the Zeta Nu chapter with girls who represent Kappa with grace and class, they are a wonderful addition to the chapter. It is our hopes that Alpha Theta continue in 2012 to explore every opportunity Kappa has to offer them. Zeta Nu was also awarded second place in Risk Management and Chapter Management at the annual Greek Awards at UCSD.
Campus: Located in scenic La Jolla just minutes from the beach, the University of California, San Diego is known as one of the top public research institutions in the nation since it's founding in 1960. There are over 23,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students. UCSD is ranked the 7th best public school in the nation and 35th among the nation's top 50 universities.
Chapter: The Zeta Nu Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma is one of the nine Panhellinic sororities at UCSD. With over 100 active members, we are also one of the largest sororities on campus. The members of the Zeta Nu chapter pride themselves in maintaining good relationships with not only other chapters in the Panhellinic council, but with other school affiliated organizations as well. 2011 Province Meeting – Most Improved Chapter Award.
In 2011 the Zeta Nu Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma worked on strengthening the bonds of sisterhood by giving our girls a chance to get to know every sister through increased sisterhoods and creating programs where you got to get to know a different sister on a new level. Our sisterhood was one of the biggest things that our chapter needed to work on, with over 100 active members it can seem overwhelming to get to know every girl on a personal level. But everyone in our chapter took a more active role to be a good sister to everyone in the chapter. There were more sisterhoods, but to make every girl feel included the members were given the chance to suggest ideas to the Standards committee on what activities they would like to do for sisterhoods so that they were more enjoyable and something the chapter could look forward to. Girls would get together to have dinner together before meeting each week so that they had the chance to catch up weekly and enjoy each others company. One of the most enjoyed sisterhoods of the year was when we rented out the top floor of The Living Room, a local coffee shop, where the girls could get a coffee and snack and just hang out together, the intimate setting of the helped promote meaningful conversations between a sisters that had not gotten to spend as much time with on an individual basis before.
We also chose to continue a tradition of taking our new members to a bounce house so they could experience the fun, carefree side of Kappa, which helped everyone in the chapter see a different sides of our sisters without the stresses of being a college student. We also started the Kappa Kisses program, every two weeks you drew a name and you would do something special for that sister, from grabbing dinner before meeting , to bringing baked goods or coffee to them in the library, this gave girls another opportunity to talk to one of their sisters they hadn't gotten to know as well as before. Because every girl has been given the chance to take more of an initiative in her own sisterhood we have seen success in our attempts of strengthening our bonds of friendship through increased attendance to meeting and campus events, and in the overall morale of our chapter as a whole.
n 2012, some of the girls of the Zeta Nu chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma were granted scholarships and given awards. Anika Yasmin was granted the Ruth Hein Scholarship. Meriah DeJoseph was given the Spirit Award and was a finalist for Outstanding Chapter Leader.
Also in 2012, The Zeta Nu chapter upheld our tradition of having monthly Sisterhood events. We had our Brandy Melville sisterhood event where we got to shop together at Brandy Melville, a local store that all the girls in our chapter enjoy. We shopped together, as a chapter, and enjoyed refreshments as well. Shopping was successful because getting a second opinion from a sister is always helpful. Many girls suggested that we make the Brandy Melville sisterhood event a yearly tradition.
Another sisterhood event we had was the Zumba/yoga sisterhood where we had an instructor come and teach us a private class. Watching everyone shake their booties was a great way to start the morning, not to mention healthy. Our third sisterhood was about social justice. We had an instructor come and teach us about diversity and discrimination. The girls thought that this was a unique sisterhood. We enjoyed that it wasn't like our usual sisterhoods which bonds us through fun and games, but that this sisterhood bonded us through something more serious.
An obvious highlight for the year of 2012 was receiving our new member class. The active members ran a very successful recruitment that not only resulted in an even more bonded active class, but also an extraordinary new member class. Some of the highlights of our new member program was the New Member Sleepover and the Big Little Reveal. In the New Member Sleepover, the new members got a chance to bond with one another and get to know one another more better. Secrets were shared, new friendships were made, and no sleep was had. In the days leading up to the Big Little Reveal, the new members were given hints about who their bigs were. Some of the hints were given just to throw the new members off, and some of the hints were actually accurate. The Bigs also sent presents to their Littles along with the hints. Some of the presents included gift baskets with Kappa Kappa Gamma tanktops from the past, and even serenades from fraternities.
Another highlight of the year 2012 was our second annual Kappa Karnival which raised about $4,500. The kids from our chapter philanthropy, San Diego Children's Center, came to enjoy carnival games and activities, such as the pie toss, tye-dye, tug-o-war, and the bounce house. The weather was beautiful and every memeber of our chapter came together to help. On one of the days leading up to Kappa Karnival, we went and tye-dyed the shirts of the kids at SDCC, we brought all the supplies to help them make shirts. After we were finished, we got to play with them on the playground for a few hours. We were definitely more tired than they were.
We also participated in another chapter's philanthropy event, called the Delta Idol, which is like American Idol. Kappas got to show off their true talents, and in the end the Zeta Nu chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma actually ended up winning the philanthropy event. Almost our whole chapter came out to see a few of our ladies who decided to display their wonderful singing talent.
We also participated in the Breast Cancer Walk with our new member class. Not only did this walk serve as a philanthropy event, but it also was a good way for the older members and the newer members to bond. Along with the Breast Cancer Walk, there was an SDCC walk that raised money for the kids at the organization. These walks were local events that the Zeta Nu chapter participated in.
Some of our chapter goals this year is improving how frequently we have our sisterhoods. Some of the girls feel that we can increase the amount of sisterhoods we have yearly. Another goal that we as a chapter have is improving our relations with other chapters on campus by making a stronger appearance to their philanthropies and other campus events. Finally, we would like to work harder on donating more funds to the national Kappa foundation. In 2012, one of Zeta Nu's challenges was working on strengthening the bonds of sisterhood. We overcame this challenge by giving our girls a chance to get to know every sister through increased sisterhoods and bonding activities. and creating programs where you got to get to know a different sister on a new level.
With over 100 active members it can seem overwhelming to get to know every girl on a personal level, which is why strenghtenining our sisterhood bonds was one of the biggest things we needed to work on. So, everyone in our chapter took a more active role to be a good sister. To ensure that every girl would feel included, the members were given the chance to suggest ideas to the Standards committee on what activites they would like to do for sisterhoods so that they were more enjoyable and something the chapter could look forward to. Because every girl has been given the chance to take more of an initiative in her own sisterhood we have seen success in our attempts of strengthening our bonds of friendship through increased attendance to meeting and campus events, and in the overall morale of our chapter as a whole.
In 2013, during our spring quarter, we, as a chapter, moved from 6th place to 3rd place out of the nine (now ten) sororities for our overall academic GPA. One of our members, Colleen Bole, received the Ruth Wortmann Hein Scholarship at our Founder’s day Brunch this year. In terms of Panhellenic representation, we extend our gratitude for Gurleen Virk, a member of Panhellenic executive board from Fall Quarter of 2012 to Spring Quarter of 2013 and Shi Eckerman, a member of Junior Panhellenic serving for the same term and our support and congratulations to Sydney Johnson, a member of Panhellenic’s executive board currently and Jessica Chang and Claire Genesy, members on Junior Panhellenic currently as well.
The Zeta Nu chapter upheld our tradition of hosting monthly sisterhoods. We had such sisterhoods as beach sisterhoods as well as pumpkin carving. Our Vice President of Standards has set goals concerning an increase in the quantity and quality of sisterhoods. She wants to host sisterhoods that will help our chapter work well together and so we are looking forward to our next sisterhood where the theme is team building. A highlight of the year was receiving our new pledge class and initiating them. We had a pledge class of about 60 girls and we are proud to have added 58 new members to our chapter this year. In October and November, we transitioned the girls through our sapphire program where girls were able to meet and interact with actives and look for potential Bigs. Once the big/little selection process was done, we had our big/little reveal week. Throughout the week, the new Bigs gave hints to their Littles until reveal day came where the Bigs presented their Littles with presents and welcomed them into their families.
Apart from facilitating loving relationships between actives and new members, we strengthened the bonds between members of the newest pledge class. We had a new member sleepover that allowed for the girls to get to understand and appreciate one another on a deeper level. The main focus of these months was to strengthen the bond between sisters and emphasize the values that Kappa Kappa Gamma holds dear. The women of Kappa Kappa Gamma also dedicated themselves not only to our philanthropy but to others as well. We put on our “Kappa Karnival” which raises funds for the Kappa foundation and for the San Diego Children’s Center. “Kappa Karnival” raised $4500. We also participated in the San Diego Children’s Center Walk and the local Breast Cancer walk.
The women of Kappa Kappa Gamma teamed up with the men of Sigma Nu to make sandwiches for the local homeless shelter; this is an event we repeat throughout the year. We supported other chapters in Panhellenic by participating in Tri Delta’s philanthropy “Delta Idol”, Kappa Alpha Theta’s philanthropy “Haunted Casa” and Alpha Epsilon Phi’s philanthropy “A Phine Affair”. We also supported our fraternities in IFC on campus by participating in Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s powderpuff, Sigma Nu’s can drive, and Lambda Chi’s can drive.
Our chapter goals for this year are to have empowering themes for our sisterhoods and higher participation for panhellenic events (such as excel- a leadership conference on campus). We’ve worked towards solving these goals by scheduling our next sisterhood with the theme “teambuilding.” We also improved our attendance at excel and hopefully future events by emphasizing the important of such events and creating a new organization system devised of three separate groups that are scheduled for certain events. Because every girl has been given the chance to take more of an initiative in her own sisterhood and in Panhellenic as a whole, we’ve seen success in our attempts of strengthening our bonds of friendship through increased attendance to events and in the overall moral of our chapter as a whole.
Located in scenic La Jolla just minutes away from the beach, the University of California, San Diego is known as one of the top public research institutions in the nation since its founding in 1960. There are over 23,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students. UCSD is ranked the 7th best public school in the nation and 35th among the nation’s top 50 universities. The Zeta Nu Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma is one of the ten Panhellenic sororities at UCSD. With over 100 active members, we are also one of the largest sororities on campus. The members of the Zeta Nu chapter pride themselves in maintaining good relationships with not only the other chapters in the Panhellenic council but with other school affiliated organizations as well. We always strive to support and represent within our chapter and within Panhellenic as a whole. We welcomed a new sorority on our campus recently, Alpha Omicron Pi. They were voted onto campus during Spring Quarter of 2013 and officially started recruitment in December 2013. We are looking forward to working with Alpha Omicron Pi and continuing to work with the rest of Panhellenic.
2014 has proven to be quite an eventful and successful year for the Zeta Nu chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma at UC San Diego. Our chapter was represented on the Panhellenic council through Claire Genesey, Jessica Chang, and Tanya Khawaja. Furthermore, we extend our support and congratulations to Emma Tillfors and Claire Genesy for gaining positions as VP New Member Outreach and VP Service, respectively, on the Panhellenic executive board for 2015.
For scholarship, our chapter ranked 6th out of 10 sororities for our overall academic GPA in Spring 2014, but made it to the 1st ranked in Fall 2014. Our current Vice President of Academics, Andie Romero, has set goals and multiple plans to continue our academic excellence. Such goals include Kappa study hours, Kappa Cocoa Kram, GPA wars with the gentlemen of Sigma Nu, and providing different studying strategies, such as the "Quarter at a Glance" planner, to our chapter.
In terms of traditions, the Zeta Nu chapter upheld the tradition of hosting monthly sisterhoods. For instance, in February 2014, we had an ice skating sisterhood and in March, our Vice President of Standards hosted an Ice Cream Sundae Study Break in the midst of finals as a wonderful stress relief to grab a treat with other sisters. Our VPS also set up a kick-boxing sisterhood as well during the Spring quarter. The new VPS, Emily Schmidt, has set new goals for this upcoming year to strengthen our sisterhood even more and we eagerly look forward to the events, such as a yoga sisterhood and t-shirt tye-dying sisterhood that she has planned. Other traditions we had last year were “Polished Kappa,” “Presence Presents,” and “Officer of the Week.” For Polished Kappa, the VPS would give nail polish to girls that did something noteworthy, for Presence Presents the Recording Secretary would raffle off gift cards to girls who showed up to meeting, for Officer of the Week the President would reward an officer with a small gift for doing an outstanding job with her position. The list of traditions continues with “Smart Apples” which is a gift card presented by the VPAE to a member who got a good grade on her midterm.
The Zeta Nu philanthropic involvement thrived in 2014 with multiple events and activities. We started the year volunteering at an All American Girl Talent Show where we helped young girls prepare for their catwalk on the runway put on by American Girl, which is a company that makes life-like dolls. The women of our chapter also teamed up with a fraternity on campus to make sandwiches for the San Diego Homeless Charter in May. We also participated in the Breast Cancer Walk in November with the gentlemen of Tau Kappa Epsilon in downtown San Diego where the entire chapter, including the new members, showed up strong and supportive. Other philanthropies that the ladies of the Zeta Nu chapter participated in included Tri Delta's "Delta Idol", Alpha Epsilon Phi's "A Phine Affair," and Sigma Kappa's "Sigma Kappa Best Dance Crew." Among various external philanthropic involvements, we held our biggest philanthropic event known as Kappa Karnival in April. This event is hosted to raise money and awareness for the San Diego Youth Center (a center for homeless and at-risk children and families). For Kappa Karnival, fraternities and sororities set up unique booths and games free of charge for the kids of the youth center and their families, which we funded to shuttle out to our event. The great aspect of Kappa Karnival was that it was not just open to Greek Life, but also to students on campus leading to over 500 guests in attendance. We also utilized Money Wars and asked for donations and sponsors leading up to the event to donate a portion to the Youth Center and the rest to the Kappa Foundation. This turned out to be our most successful event thus far raising over $15,000. Our philanthropy also won UCSD Greek Life's award of Philanthropy of the Year and gained notable recognition at Convention.
Along with the many events throughout the year, some special events were held that further strengthened and empowered the bonds between our women. A Kappa trainer visited the chapter in April and spoke to us about unity, leadership, and teamwork. The Founder's Day Brunch was also a memorable experience hosted on the UCSD campus where Zeta Nu members were able to meet with alumni and other Kappa members from the University of San Diego. Leading up to recruitment, Kappa showed their enthusiasm and sisterhood pride by attending Triton Day and Meet the Beach, events hosted by UCSD, to pass out Go Greek flyers and answer any questions that any potential new members had about the Greek system or specifically, Kappa Kappa Gamma.
In Fall 2014, we were proud to receive our new Alpha Lambda pledge class with 43 new members. In October and November, we transitioned the ladies through our Sapphire program where girls were able to meet and interact with actives while looking for potential Bigs. Then we had our Big/Little reveal at the end of a week-long process in which Bigs gave their Littles presents and other treats to welcome them into their families. Soon after Big/Little reveal, each new member was presented with a flower by their Big in front of the chapter and guests at our first formal, "Presents," in mid November. New members first began to strengthen their bond through a new member sleepover that allowed the girls to get to know one another on a deeper, more personal level. Other events that brought new members closer to the actives and other new members in Kappa included Blue Light where Bigs presented a gift to their little as the little gave back her new member pin to the chapter. There was also another sleepover, Fireside, which allowed the new members to bond once more before they were officially initiated.
Before initiation, the new members also experienced Inspiration Week where they, for example, interacted with the Seniors at the Senior Sunset and learned about their experiences and love for the chapter throughout their years being in it. Through this process, the new Alpha Lambda pledge class was welcomed with much enthusiasm and excitement.
In the past year, our chapter had created a list of goals that included accountability, consistency with following bylaws, and transparency between chapter council and the rest of the chapter. We strived to achieve all goals in 2014 by being proactive members, showing up promptly to events, and showing up strong them as well to show our sense of accountability. Consistency was met with the constant help and supervision of advisers along with presentations in the beginning of the year from the Vice President of Standards, Vice President of Academics, Risk, and Publicity chairs where the chapter was reminded and notified of bylaws, rules, and other standards to which they are required to uphold as members of the chapter. Transparency was also managed through surveys to allow every individual's voice to be heard by chapter council and feedback to see what needed to be strengthened or improved. This year, we are striving even more to uphold these goals as well as additional goals that we had set up and agreed upon as a whole chapter. We look forward to improving and strengthening the Zeta Nu chapter at UC San Diego.
Finally, the 2014 year ended with a tremendous pinnacle as Kappa Kappa Gamma received the Chapter of the Year award from Greek Life UCSD at the annual Greek Awards Convention on campus. Through the strength of the sisterhood, campus involvement, philanthropy, leadership, scholarship, and other attributes the Zeta Nu chapter proudly received this award in front of the entire Greek community. Furthermore, our advisor Kristen Fogle received the award for Advisor of the Year, and our successful philanthropy was rewarded Philanthropy of the Year. Also, our own sister and former Philanthropy Chair, Priscilla Phan, received an incredible award as the Outstanding Chapter Leader because of her contributions to Kappa Karnival and the Zeta Nu chapter. We are so proud and honored to have received so many prestigious awards for the efforts, commitment, and dedication from the ladies during 2014. We hope to be just as successful, if not more, this upcoming year and look forward to what 2015 has in store.
Located in scenic La Jolla just minutes away from the beach, the University of California, San Diego is known as one of the top public research institutions in the nation since its founding in 1960. With over 25,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students, UCSD is ranked the 8th best public university in the country and 37th best overall among the nation's top 50 universities. The Zeta Nu chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma is one of the ten Panhellenic sororities at UCSD. With over 100 active members, we are also one of the largest sororities on campus. The members of the Zeta Nu chapter pride themselves in maintaining good relationships with not only the other chapters in the Panhellenic council but with other campus-wide organizations as well. We always strive to exemplify and represent the motto of Kappa within our chapter, Panhellenic community, and around campus.
UCSD does not allow any housing for Greek life. We use University owned facilities.