Epsilon Zeta

Florida State University


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

  1. A “small but enthusiastic” group of Kappas from other campuses had periodically urged the Fraternity to consider a chapter in Tallahassee, Florida. The breakthrough came with the arrival of coeducation at Florida State University in 1947. Kappa officers, headed by Fraternity President Eleanore Goodridge Campbell, Colorado, traveled to Winter Park, Florida, supposedly considering a third Florida chapter. Indications pointed to Gainesville, but enthusiastic Tallahassee alumnae contacted the officers. Director of Chapters Louise Little Barbeck, SMU, was sent to look over the situation. By changing her flight reservation to go to Tallahassee, she escaped her original plane, which crashed in the Gulf of Mexico and killed everyone on board. 

  2. In fall 1960, the Fraternity laid the foundations for the new chapter. In February 1961, actives from Delta Epsilon Chapter, Rollins, and Gamma Pi Chapter, Alabama, arrived to hold Recruitment for the new chapter. On Feb. 21, 25 girls were pledged. Installation took place on Dec. 9, 1961, with 20 charter members. 

  3. Groundbreaking for a new chapter house was held under a tremendous live oak on Nov. 19, 1961, and the beautiful new house was ready for occupancy by fall 1962.

Fun facts:

  1. Epsilon Zeta’s house is the third largest chapter facility on Florida State's campus.

  2. The sleeping porches were converted into a beautiful study room and guest room.

  3. During spring 2018, Epsilon Zeta raised over $10,000 for Reading Is Fundamental through its annual Kappa Con Queso and Kappa Kombat events.

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