Gamma Beta

University of New Mexico

1918

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

  1. Alpha Gamma, a local sorority, was organized in 1914, just two years after New Mexico became the 47th state. When members expressed an interest in becoming a Kappa chapter in 1917, Grand Secretary Estelle Kyle Kemp, Colorado, inspected the group and plans were made for installation. On April 5, 1918, Grand President Lydia Voris Kolbe, Akron, and three members of Beta Mu Chapter, Colorado, initiated 17 charter members. 

  2. Gamma Beta Chapter was the second of the National Panhellenic Conference groups to be installed at the University of New Mexico. 

  3. In the 1990s, several members of Gamma Beta were named as Greek women of the year. Additionally, several Kappa alumnae were named as alumnae of the year.

Fun facts:

  1. For a number of years, Gamma Beta rented houses or used a rented dormitory room for meetings and activities. In keeping with the campus architectural style, the first chapter house was an Indian pueblo-style structure built in 1931.

  2. The first International World Hot Air Balloon Championship took place in Albuquerque in February 1973. A yellow balloon carried New Mexico’s first licensed female commercial hot air balloon pilots. Both were alumnae of Gamma Beta Chapter.

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