Weekly Greek: Kappa Kappa Gamma

 

Ladies of Kappa Kappa Gamma practice their Sing! act, Hey! Big Spender, in their chapter room.

Kappa Kappa Gamma was founded October 13, 1870 at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. 1870 was the first year women were able to form greek-letter fraternities, and Kappa Kappa Gamma was one of two sororities to claim the privilege that year.

Kappa was formed by six women who proudly wore the symbol of the key around campus to advertise their membership in the sorority. Kappa is also represented by the sapphire, an appropriate jewel because the sorority’s colors are light and dark blue.

The sapphire is also believed to stand for truth, sincerity, and constancy, traits that all Kappa’s are expected to uphold. The sorority’s flower also carries the two blue colors—it is the fleur-de-lis. Kappa is also represented by the owl who is traditionally known as the bird of Minerva, the goddess of Wisdom.

Wisdom is also the guiding theme behind Kappa’s national philanthropy, Reading is Fundamental. The foundation distributes more than 16 million books to kids each year, and the money raised by Baylor’s Kappa chapter helps fund the organization.

Kappa’s Klassic Golf Tournament proceeds go directly to Reading is Fundamental, and this year’s tournament raised $9,200.  Kappa also locally supports Compassion Ministries in Waco. Compassion Ministries works to help homeless people acquire shelter and find jobs.
Kappa is also well-known on campus for their variety of social events.

Each year they host take- a-date in the fall, and for the past two years the dates have been taken to the Texas State Fair in Dallas. Every other year Kappa also hosts Kappa Country, a country western dance. In the first months of the year Kappa hosts a more formal event, Sapphire Ball.

Kappa Kappa Gamma has inducted several now-famous women into its ranks. These alumni include Sofia Bush, Ashley Judd, Nancy O’Dell, and Lo Bosworth.

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