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Chapter History

You have to know where you’ve been to know where you are going. Kappa holds a special place in its heart for Fraternity history, but every chapter of our organization has unique beginnings of its own. Each plays a part in shaping us today. Read more about our chapters’ histories in Kappa's digital archives.

Our chapter was founded in 1905 during a time when the University had around 811 students, and only 250 of whom were women.  Beta Pi was founded by Helen H. Wadsworth Graves, and a small group of other women who she gathered together to form a sorority.  Helen carefully selected the fellow women as individuals whom she believed could be great representations of the Kappa ideals.  The ladies originally formed a local sorority known at the time as "Alpha Kappa Gamma", as they were eagerly striving to be recognized by the Kappa Kappa Gamma organization.  After much work and dedication, the ladies of Alpha Kappa Gamma were finally admitted into Kappa sisterhood on February 4, 1905.