Gamma Kappa

College of William & Mary

1923

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

  1. Upsilon Delta Beta, a local group formed by four William & Mary students in September 1920, enjoyed a vigorous life of three years, aimed early for a Kappa charter, and achieved it after very little initial encouragement.

  2. It was a coincidence that Upsilon Delta Beta’s pin was very similar to the new member pin of Kappa Kappa Gamma. 

  3. During World War II, an alumna of the chapter organized the Army and Navy Association, a group aiding servicemen’s wives. Out of this grew one of Kappa’s most important World War II projects: service women’s centers in 14 cities throughout the United States.

  4. For the third consecutive year, in 1990, Gamma Kappa Chapter was recognized on campus as the “outstanding chapter” and also received the first William & Mary scholarship achievement award. With a 3.2 GPA, it was the highest of any Greek-letter organization.

Fun facts:

  1. Gamma Kappa served as the big sister chapter for Epsilon Sigma Chapter, Virginia, when it was established. 

  2. In spring 1985, four members traveled to Blacksburg, Virginia, to serve as big sisters to Zeta Mu Chapter, Virginia Tech. Gamma Kappa presented Zeta Mu with a brass key to commemorate its installation.

  3. Thanks to a generous donation by an alumna of the chapter, a major renovation of the chapter house began to take shape in 2012, remodeling the baths, reconfiguring the living spaces and improving the airflow systems to bring the 81-year-old house up to date. These lodgings are very different from the old debtors' prison in Williamsburg, Virginia, (built in 1787) that was used as the chapter's meeting space during 1926–27!

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