Beta Delta

University of Michigan


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

  1. The chapter at the University of Michigan very well could have been Sigma and founded nine years earlier. A charter was authorized, designed, and signed by Epsilon Chapter, Illinois Wesleyan, which served as Grand Chapter in 1881. However, the chapter never materialized and at the 1882 Convention, it was moved and carried that "the Grand Secretary be instructed to recall the Sigma charter granted to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor." Many years later, Belle Minor, Wooster, explained the situation. She wrote in a letter that she had transferred to Michigan and was instructed to “found a chapter if I could get the right material." She also writes that her inexperience in such matters was the cause of the failed attempt.

  2. In 1890, two rival groups at the University of Michigan were joined together by the Grand Council of Kappa Kappa Gamma to form Beta Delta Chapter.

  3. In the early 1920s, women were not allowed to access the Michigan Union by the front door or use the building for business meetings. Beta Delta Chapter was the highest contributor to the Michigan League, which opened in 1929 and functioned as the activities headquarters on campus for women.

  4. The white Georgian columns that characterize the house at 1204 Hill St. were constructed in the early 1940s as the house had to be redone to fit a class of 26 members.

Fun facts:

  1. The chapter hosts an annual fundraiser called Kappasta. The dining room is converted into a makeshift spaghetti restaurant and members serve as waitresses, hostesses, and kitchen staff. 

  2. Frances Sutton Schmitz was the first woman architect registered in the state of Michigan.

  3. The chapter is in the process of creating a new officer position for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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