Beta Chi

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Historical facts: ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  1. On Feb. 12, 1910, eight members of Chi Epsilon Chi, a local sorority of long and strong standing, became charter members of Beta Chi Chapter. Kappa was the second national women’s fraternity on the campus.

  2. The chief honor of the 1920s came to the chapter when Sarah Blanding was elected by the board of trustees as the dean of women. “The Dean is gone, long live the Dean!” was the cry on the lips of the members of Beta Chi. Only 26 years old, she was the youngest woman in the United States to have the responsibility of such an office.

  3. In the 1950s, plans were developed for a chapter house and lots were purchased. However, complications arose and another house was bought. In 1960, the chapter moved into the renovated mansion. Kappas still reside in the house on Maxwell Street, enjoying the recent 2018 renovations.

Fun facts:

  1. Ashley Judd was initiated in 1987. 

  2. Holly Dunn Pendleton established "Holly's House," an advocacy center for victims of intimate crimes. 

  3. With insight from different new member classes, Carson Greenwell wrote an article about how a sorority lifestyle shapes a woman. Read it here:

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