Beta Theta

University of Oklahoma


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

  1. In 1912, six girls at the University of Oklahoma formed a local organization, Sigma Tau Omega, with the idea of petitioning Kappa Kappa Gamma. By 1913, the group numbered 15 members and they began the process of petitioning Kappa Kappa Gamma. Beta Theta Chapter was installed on Aug. 25, 1914, and has the distinction of being the first chapter installed at Convention. Six petitioners were able to attend the Convention in Estes Park, Colorado, and were installed as charter members along with three new members who were initiated. 

  2. Beta Theta celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1964. There was a splendid banquet with all the remaining charter members as guests of honor. The program telling of the chapter’s founding stirred pride in everyone there.

  3. In 1965, a young Kappa made history for the University of Oklahoma as well as for the chapter. Vicki Gotcher was elected the second woman student senate president in the country. She was the first woman president at Oklahoma.

  4. Around 1893, the name Beta Theta was originally given to what we would describe as the Chicago Alumnae Association. The group was given a charter and known as Beta Theta, the Chicago Associate Chapter. It was listed among the active chapters and had to meet chapter requirements. At the 1896 Convention, the charter was surrendered. The number of alumnae associations increased steadily as did representation at Convention and general alumna influence.

Fun facts:

  1. The Hoover-Smith presidential race brought excitement to the Kappa kitchen. Herbert Hoover, who had been a KKB, was officially invited by the Kappa Kitchen Boys to become an honorary Beta Theta KKB.

  2. A highlight of the 1930s was planning a new chapter house. Kappa architect Margaret Read, Colorado, helped local architects, and in 1939, the Kappas moved into a new house. Although there would be an addition and the occasional redecorating, this was to remain the chapter house for years to come.

  3. The talk of the entire campus in the spring of 1939 was the fact that singer Jeanette MacDonald had stayed in the Kappa house when she came to Norman, Oklahoma, for a concert.

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