Delta Omicron

Iowa State University

1946

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

  1. Delta Omicron Chapter’s first recorded event was a tea held at the Pi Beta Phi house in honor of Graduate Counselor Wilma Winberg Johnson, Massachusetts, on Sept. 23, 1945. The Fraternity sent Wilma to Iowa State with the idea of starting a chapter there.

  2. Obviously impressed with the situation at Iowa State, the Extension Committee unanimously recommended that active chapters vote for the establishment of a new Kappa chapter at Iowa State. Seventeen young women became new members and the new member pin was a gold “ΔΟ.”

  3. Installation took place on May 18, 1946, with Executive Secretary Clara O. Pierce, Ohio State, as the installing officer and Gamma Theta Chapter, Drake, assisted.

Fun facts:

  1. The months before Delta Omicron's installation were also filled with a search for housing for the new chapter. The university made a house available to rent until the Fraternity architect drew plans for a new house. However, in May 1949, the chapter eventually decided to purchase the Roger Williams Baptist Student Center at 120 Lynn Ave. The chapter has called the building home ever since.

  2. Even though the decorating was done by an interior decorator, it was several years before the house would be completed. In the meantime, the house was frequently visited by Iowa State’s interior design classes as an example in the “utmost of poor taste.” Delta Omicron had been sent the wrong living room furniture.

  3. When Omicron Deuteron Chapter was re-established at Simpson College in 1989, the women of Delta Omicron answered the call to help with Recruitment. The members of Delta Omicron demonstrated the sisterhood of Kappa and shared songs and skits from their events.

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