It all started when the literary societies appeared on campus. A very special women’s literary group, the third oldest, Hypatia, was organized in 1903. Its activities, character, and offices were in such form in the early 1930s that an easy transition to national society was permitted.
The history of Delta Zeta Chapter is one of the rare modern occasions when the school sought out Kappa Kappa Gamma instead of the reverse. Lucile Pattison Esmiol, Colorado, living in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was approached by the college administration. She contacted Executive Secretary Clara O. Pierce, Ohio State. Soon, Marie Bryden MacNaughton, Missouri, came to check the situation. Lucile, with a three-week-old baby at home, left for Convention in Swampscott, Massachusetts, to present the petition.
On Nov. 4, 1932, the installation of Delta Zeta Chapter took place in the Broadmoor Art Academy. The next day, there was a pledge service in the Shove Memorial Chapel. Festivities marked the weekend.
At a dedication ceremony and open house for the completed lodge one year after the chapter’s installation, the chapter house was hailed as one of the most impressive sorority houses in the state. It was designed by C. Truman St. Clair and was described as “picturesque English stucco architecture … along 18th century lines.”
The chapter’s Mr. CC beauty pageant became a popular fundraiser and the chapter regularly filled two teams for Relay for Life, becoming the top campus fundraiser in 2007.
The lodge was built in 1932, initially located on the west side of the campus. It underwent major renovations in 1934.
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