Gamma Lambda

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

  1. Middlebury first admitted women in 1883. Six years later, the first sorority was organized, and for some time, every Middlebury woman was a member of Alpha Chi (no relation to Alpha Chi Omega).

  2. At a very “serious” meeting in 1922, the members of Alpha Chi decided to join Kappa Kappa Gamma and spent the next year preparing, voting, and learning “national ways.”

  3. May Whiting Westermann, Nebraska, visited Middlebury in 1923, and the members of Alpha Chi all fell in love with her. Later that year, Alpha Chi transitioned to Gamma Lambda Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma. 

  4. The song "We Look to Thee Kappa Gamma" was based on an Alpha Chi song that was slightly modified and has since been widely used in the Fraternity as a processional. 

  5. Due to widespread unrest on campuses, including Middlebury, the chapter requested to withdraw. With the approval of one-third of the alumnae of the chapter, Fraternity Council reluctantly granted the withdrawal request in March 1969.

Fun facts:

  1. Some parts of the Alpha Chi ritual were kept and a dearly loved song became the processional of the Fraternity: “We Look to Thee, Kappa Gamma.”

  2. One charter member wrote that during the ceremony, "the windows were open and, across the road, the sheep pastured would from time to time let out a loud ‘baa-aa-aa.’"

  3. Greek names indicating an outstanding characteristic continued to be given each initiate and were used in all formal meetings and recorded in minutes until May 1945.

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