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Kappa Beta Gamma

Kappa Beta Gamma Sorority
Founded January 22, 1917
Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Type Social
Scope International
Motto Character, Culture, Courage
Colors      Blue      Gold
Symbol Star
Flower Forget-me-not
Jewel Blue Sapphire and White Pearl
Mascot lion
Publication Kappa Star
Philanthropy Special Olympics
Chapters 21
Homepage Kappa Beta Gamma national website

Kappa Beta Gamma (ΚΒΓ) was founded at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Currently, there are 21 active chapters;[1] the sorority is recruiting both inactive and new chapters to expand the sorority's ideals and provide more leadership opportunities for women.


  • History 1
  • Symbols 2
  • Preamble 3
  • National Song 4
  • Headquarters 5
  • Chapters 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


In 1916, twelve women of Marquette University founded the first sorority on Marquette campus. These twelve worked enthusiastically toward their goal and on January 22, 1917, Kappa Beta Gamma was founded at Marquette University. Their purpose was to unite the members in the bond of sisterhood; to develop friendships among the members during their college days, to improve the members morally, socially, and intellectually, and to perpetuate the support of college university, alma mater and of God and country. The first officers of this group were:

  • Teresa Jermain (President)
  • Myra Thewalt (Vice-President)
  • Jeannie Lee (Secretary)
  • Mary Weimar (Treasurer)

Mary Weimar was also the designer of the Kappa pin.

Kappa Beta Gamma grew throughout the years. As a local group on the Marquette campus, the members of Kappa Beta Gamma were first in intellectual pursuits and social activities. However, many of the members expressed interest in expanding onto other university campuses. On May 14, 1947, Founders Day, the dream of many years became a reality when Alpha Chapter was installed at Saint Louis University; St. Louis, Missouri. The chapter at Marquette University became known as Beta Chapter.


The official colors are sapphire and white pearl.


Preamble to the National Constitution is as follows: "Realizing the benefits to the college woman arising from sisterly relationships, we do hereby establish this social sorority, for the purpose of improving its members morally, socially, and intellectually."

National Song

When the sunshine falls all golden on a mist of silvery hue
There's a chain of friendship woven around a chosen few
No others could compare to the memories we have shared
Our hearts will always remember the friendships we have known
When our college days have ended and we bid our fond farewell
On Kappa Beta Gamma our hearts will ever dwell


ΚΒΓ National Headquarters are located in Detroit, Michigan. The first National Officers were chosen from the Beta Chapter and were elected to a two-year term. These officers were:

  • Georgia Klein (President)
  • Ann Calla (Vice-President)
  • Gertrude Cobbeen (Secretary)
  • Gloria Oberst (Treasurer)


Today, there are twenty-one active chapters. They are:

Inactive chapters are:


  1. ^ Kappa Beta Gamma national website
  2. ^ Delta Chapter website
  3. ^ Theta Chapter website
  4. ^ Pi Chapter website
  5. ^ Rho Chapter website
  6. ^ Sigma Chapter website
  7. ^ Upsilon Chapter website
  8. ^ Phi Chapter website
  9. ^ Chi Chapter website
  10. ^ Alpha Gamma Chapter website

External links

  • National website
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