Gamma Phi

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

  1. Gamma Phi Chapter began Oct. 15, 1928, at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, when a group of three charter members and 24 new members became local group Gamma Kappa. The Dallas Alumnae Association was firmly behind the new chapter and a number of its members assumed Advisory Board responsibilities.

  2. Gamma Phi was installed May 17, 1929, by Clara Pierce, Ohio State, and was assisted by Beta Xi Chapter, Texas, and the members of the Dallas Alumnae Association.

  3. Gamma Phi was the installing chapter of Delta Psi Chapter, Texas Tech, in Lubbock, Texas. In 1954–55, members fostered the formation of Epsilon Alpha, TCU, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Fun facts:

  1. Gamma Phi was second highest on the campus in scholarship in 1950–51, but the most important event was the groundbreaking of a chapter house. Sororities had at last been permitted to erect houses, and all 11 built simultaneously in the university's Georgian-style architecture. In December, the chapter was spotlighted in The Key.

  2. The Dallas Morning News regularly featured the chapter for participating in the Idlewild Ball, Tyler Rose Festival and other prominent Texan debutante balls. The Kappa Pickers, the chapter’s musical performance group, began to gain local prominence.

  3.  Gamma Phi’s Kappa Pickers reached national prominence when they sang on “CBS This Morning” in 1991. They continued to perform throughout the 1990s, delighting audiences at Parents Weekend, Founders Day, and many other Kappa and campus events.

  4. The founder of Bumble, Whitney Wolfe, was initiated in 2008.

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