Gamma Mu

Oregon State University


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

  1. At the end of World War I, small groups of men and women were encouraged to organize. One such group of coeds decided to work toward the goal of becoming a Kappa Kappa Gamma chapter regardless of the time and effort required. They pledged themselves to accept no other affiliation if Kappa did not accept them. It was in 1917 that this group took the name Gamma Iota: Gamma for the Gamma of the Fraternity and Iota for Iota Province, the province in which Oregon State was located.

  2. A petition was presented to the Fraternity in March 1924 and, in June of that same year, word came that Gamma Iota would become Gamma Mu Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma. F. Marie Leghorn, Washington, was the installing officer and Beta Omega, Oregon, the installing chapter. Twenty-seven charter members were initiated.

  3. The chapter celebrated its golden anniversary on Oct. 5, 1974, with a luncheon and program. Nine of the original 27 members appeared for a picture, and more than 900 of the 1,100 initiated members were still living then.

Fun facts:

  1. The house, known as the "Kappa Kastle," is a Tudor-style home in Corvallis, Oregon. 

  2. Gamma Mu Chapter has owned the Kappa Kastle since 1935. However, it was recently renovated and now comfortably houses 60 members. Members study in the official study room or the many common areas, including the beau parlor, living room, and basement.

  3. Gamma Mu was the first chapter at Oregon State to install a dishwasher when the outdated kitchen was remodeled in 1950.

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