Theta

University of Missouri

1875

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

  1. In 1876, a charter member was one of the first two women to graduate with a degree from the University of Missouri. She later became the first woman to win the Stephens Medal for oratory. 

  2. The city of Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission named the chapter house to the Most Notable Properties list in Colombia, Missouri. It was built in 1929, making it one of the oldest sorority houses on Mizzou's campus. 

  3. In 1985, Theta Chapter celebrated its 110 birthday. To celebrate the anniversary, the "110 Years Wonderful" project set a fundraising goal of $200,000, which helped establish the Golden Key Scholarship. This fund awards several scholarships to Panhellenic women each spring.                                                                                                                     

  4. Kappa Kappa Gamma was the second Greek-letter organization on the campus, the first for women, and the only one for women until Pi Beta Phi arrived 24 years later in 1899.

Fun facts:

  1. Marian Klingbeil Williams is one of Theta Chapter's most notable alumnae. Marian served the Fraternity for over 50 years. She has held various positions, including Fraternity President and National Panhellenic Conference Delegate. She still volunteers as a Ritual and History Specialist and Theta's chapter room is named in her honor. 

  2. Theta Chapter's local beneficiary is the Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center, which provides horseback riding therapy to people with disabilities of all ages in the Mid-Missouri area. 

  3. In the 1970s, Theta Chapter hosted a "mourning dinner" at which conversations could only be about bad tests, teachers and school frustrations.

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