Kappa Alpha Theta History

In 1837, Indiana Asbury College (now DePauw University) was established by the Methodist Church in Greencastle, Indiana. Bettie Locke—the daughter of a professor—was among the first women to enroll at Indiana Asbury in 1867. During her sophomore year, a member of one of the Greek-letter fraternities asked Bettie to wear their badge. When she learned, however, she would not become a member—simply a welcomed supporter of the group—she declined the opportunity. Desiring full membership in an organization offering friendship and support, Bettie hoped a Greek-letter fraternity for women might form a chapter at Asbury. However, she couldn’t identify such an organization existing on any other campus. With her father’s encouragement, Bettie decided to create one. From the beginning, it was her desire the organization would continue to grow, supporting coeds on multiple campuses into the future. On January 27, 1870, the first official meeting of Kappa Alpha Theta was held with members Bettie Locke, Alice Allen, Bettie Tipton and Hannah Fitch Shaw. 

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And so, the first Greek-letter fraternity for women was formally established. Obviously meeting a need, the Fraternity grew exponentially—spreading East to West, and North to South, and becoming the first fraternity for women to establish a chapter in Canada. It was an idea that was ready to be expanded on, and it grew exponentially, coming to a total of 212 chapters as of 2019.


Gamma Sigma History

The Gamma Sigma chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta was originally installed on January 26th, 1951. However, before that a group that was known as Chi Theta founded by Chen Yo began our journey in San Diego in the year of 1928. Ever since, then we have been striving to be the best leading women on San Diego State’s campus, excelling academically, philanthropically, and personally.

On December 10th 2016, the Gamma Sigma chapter was reestablish, and became a home away from home for around 200 women. These women sought to preserve the Theta ideals, and live by the standards that Theta’s founders set out for us. As Gamma Sigmas, we continue on looking forward and walking in the path of our founder, Bettie Locke. We have grown into an organization that will forever have a mark on SDSU

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Our Current House:

We are very thankful to have a house for 40 members to live in, as well as all members to use. We hold events such as sisterhood activities, philanthropies and social hours before formals at our house. Along with that every Monday we have very delicious chapter dinners that our chief cooks! You can ask any member that has lived in the house, and they will tell you that it is a once in a lifetime opportunity!