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

  1. Nu Chapter was solicited by Iota Chapter. 

  2. Mary Ellen Owen Wood, DePauw, initiated the six charter members at Franklin College on Jan. 31, 1879. During the next five years, 35 others were initiated. 

  3. After not sending a delegate or an excuse to the 1884 Convention, the chapter's charter was revoked. Up until 1886, members tried unsuccessfully to appeal to Grand Council, asking for renewal or a temporary charter.

  4. Emma Harper Turner helped lead the battle to save Nu Chapter. She later sought and was granted honorable dismissal from Kappa Kappa Gamma. As it was before the organization of the National Panhellenic Conference, she later became a charter member of the Indiana Alpha Chapter of Pi Beta Phi at Franklin College. Emma was elected Grand President of Pi Beta Phi in 1890 and is the namesake of Pi Beta Phi's Emma Harper Turner Fund for sisters in need.

Fun facts:

  1. Emma Harper Turner begged honorable dismission in 1888 and became a member of Pi Beta Phi. She is the originator of that fraternity's famous settlement work among the southern mountaineers. She became the grand president of Pi Beta Phi in April 1890.

  2. Even after the chapter's charter was revoked at the 1884 Convention, members pretended the chapter was still on campus, not altering Franklin College and the town.

  3. During the commencement of 1883, all but one prize was taken by a member of Nu Chapter.

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