Beta Zeta

University of Iowa


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

  1. The State University of Iowa — as it was then known — was in its 35th year when, in the spring of 1882, 11 young women petitioned for and received a charter from Kappa Kappa Gamma. Beta Zeta (then known as Zeta Chapter) was installed on May 1, 1882. It was the second sorority to appear on campus. Pi Beta Phi (known then as I.C. Sorosis) was established in February 1882. 

  2. The chapter was given the name of the deceased Zeta Chapter, and, in 1890, Beta was added to indicate that it was the second chapter to have the name. Established in the same year, Pi Beta Phi's chapter on the University of Iowa's campus is also called Zeta Chapter. 

  3. During the 1898–99 school year, chapter houses appeared on campus. The Kappa “house” consisted of the second floor of a boarding house, a separate table in the dining room, and another room downstairs that was used as a chapter room. It was not until 1909 that the chapter rented an old house. It held all but five members, who lived a block away at the Kappa Annex.

  4. In summer 1925, after moving a number of times, the chapter built a house on the corner of Washington and Lucas Streets not far from campus.

Fun facts:

  1. In early February 1990, Beta Zeta was among four chapters asked to help with the reinstallation of Omicron Deuteron Chapter, Simpson, in nearby Indianola, Iowa, exactly 100 years to the day since Omicron’s charter was surrendered to the Fraternity.

  2. Ann Carlson was awarded Greek Woman of the Year in 1983, a tremendous honor for the recipient and the chapter.

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