University of Kansas


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

  1. When Omega Chapter was founded, the university had 16 faculty members and almost 500 students, including eight pioneering Kappas.

  2. The chapter's installation on Dec. 17, 1883, took place at the home of the future first chapter President and the first woman to graduate from the University of Kansas with a degree in pharmacy.

  3. The badges of two charter members were donated to the chapter, framed, and hung in the chapter house in the 1950s.

Fun facts:

  1. When the university closed for a month due to the 1918 influenza pandemic, many Kappas helped in the hospital.

  2. In 1939, the university’s first foreign exchange student joined Omega Chapter. She was from Stockholm, Sweden.

  3. More than 260 alumnae gathered for the “Centennial + 10 Celebration” in October 1993 to celebrate the 110th birthday of Omega Chapter. There were house tours, a silent auction, lunch at the union, and a banquet at the Holidome. More than $4,000 was raised for the Endowment Fund.

  4. Kate Brosnahan Spade, the designer behind Kate Spade jewelry, fashion and handbags, is a notable alumna of the chapter. She graduated in 2004. 

  5. The chapter house is located on the top of the hill with the best view of the "golden valley."

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