Beta Nu

Ohio State University

1888

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

  1. Beta Nu Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma was the first women's fraternity founded at the Ohio State University.

  2. Beta Nu was originally named Nu after the deceased chapter at Franklin College. The prefix Beta was added in 1890 to designate it as the second chapter with the name Nu. 

  3. The Beta Nu Building Association was formed in 1921 and, in September 1922, a house was purchased for $12,360 at 90 13 Ave., the first to be owned by a women's fraternity at Ohio State. It had three bedrooms and a third-floor "dormitory," housing eight girls and a housemother.

  4. Clara O. Pierce stands at the top of Beta Nu's list of outstanding members. She served as Executive Secretary from 1929–69. The Gracious Living Award is given in her honor at Conventions and a memorial fellowship for graduate study has been established in her name.

Fun facts:

  1. Upon the death of Mary Blakiston Guild, the first initiate of Beta Nu Chapter, her badge was given to the chapter to be worn by the President.

  2. During World War I, male students who had not joined the service were required, as members of the ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps), to live in temporary barracks erected on the campus. Rather than close the Phi Gamma Delta house, the president offered it to the Kappas.

  3. Beta Nu Chapter’s current house on 15th Avenue is commonly referred to as the Kappa “Dream House." It was built in 1950 and went through major renovations in 2014 to accommodate more women living in.

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