Number of Active Chapters: 138
National Founding Date: October 13, 1870
National Founding Location: Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL
IWU Founding Date: October 13, 1873
Organization Colors: Dark Blue and Light Blue
Organization Flower: Fleur-de-Lis
Mascot: Key, Fleur-de-Lis, Owl
Local Chapter Website:http://chapters.kappakappagamma.org/epsilon
International Headquarters Website: www.kappakappagamma.org/
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Kappa Kappa Gamma supports the academic achievements of it's members in several ways. Each week we have a "No Skippy"' jar that any woman can put her name into if she did not skip any of her classes. The Vice President of Academic Excellence has a drawing every week and the woman picked receives a prize. We also have a Smart Cookie sheet where each woman can write down any A's that she had on tests and papers. Each achievement is read to the chapter and the women receive a small reward. Additionally, every year we hold a Scholarship Banquet where we invite our favorite professors over for dinner and honor the academic achievements of the women in our chapter.
If a member falls below the required 2.5 GPA, the Vice President of Academic Excellence and the Academic Excellence committee are notified. They take the time to meet with that member to help her find a way to improve her grades and let her know that she will be required to complete 15 study hours per week. The committee will meet with her several times during the semester to make sure that she is keeping up her academic obligations and to suggest different study tips or tutors that would be beneficial to her.
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All social events are included in the dues, with no extra or hidden fees. Badges are optional and range in price along with apparel which is optional and ranges in price. Kappa Kappa Gamma will not and cannot fine its members for any reason, it is written in our national bylaws and standing rules.
Chapter Capacity: 50
Residency Type: Singles, Doubles, Triples
Kappa Kappa Gamma's live-in policies parallel the rules and standards set by Illinois Wesleyan's FSL housing policies. We fill our house to a comfortable capacity each semester, while members are expected to live-in for a minimum of 2 years.
The Kappa chapter house is a 3 story house with a full, finished basement and private parking lot. We have 25 bedrooms (3 triples, 22 singles/doubles) which include a bed, desk, shelving unit, dresser, desktop storage shelves, cork board, and closet for each resident. Our basement houses our study room, laundry room (free to members), and a TV lounge with a piano. Our main floor includes a grand piano, a second TV lounge, our Dining Room, Kitchen, formal lounge and House Director apartment. Our second floor has 16 bedrooms, a bathroom, and kitchenette. Our third floor has 9 bedrooms, another bathroom, and an ironing room. We have a spacious front porch with benches for our members to enjoy.
Members that live in the house are required to purchase a meal plan. Out of house members may purchase meal plans as well. 10 meals per week are included in the meal plan. Our organic, gourmet chef can work to accommodate members with special meal preferences or food allergies such as Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten, Lactose, Shellfish, and Peanuts & other Nuts.
National Philanthropy: Reading is Fundamental
Each year, Kappa members participate in the Susan G. Koman for the Cure events as a local philanthropy. Each member is required to do 6 hours of community service per semester.
Length: 6 weeks
Hours Per Week: 1 hour per week
Our 6 week new member period includes education on the fraternity as well as our chapter in a weekly meeting. The new members are also able to attend dinner at the house and chapter meetings each week. Sisterhoods and retreats are planned for the new members to bond within their new member class in addition to getting to know the active members. Each new member will get "key sisters", an older girl who acts as a mentor and close friend in the new member period. By the end of the 6 weeks, the new members will be well-educated and have close bonds of friendship and will be ready to be initiated into the fraternity.
Hazing is prohibited. Any member who participates in or permits hazing is subject to disciplinary action. Hazing can be subtle, physically dangerous or in the form of harassment.
Kappa promotes, through its standards, a broad college experience. Scholarship or intellectual development is our first priority, and the impressive achievements of our members attest to this. In Kappa's scholarship programs provide an atmosphere for academic accomplishment emphasizing that each member attain her personal academic best.
Cultural growth is important as well. Kappa Kappa Gamma encourages members to seek opportunities for self-growth in a variety of interests in the chapter, campus, and in the community. Kappa Kappa Gamma also provides leadership opportunities in a mutually supportive environment.
Kappa members believe that philanthropy or mutual helpfulness is of significant importance. Awareness of the needs of others is raised by participating in campus philanthropy events, by quiet moments of companionship with nursing home residents or raising dollars for the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation.
Kappa Kappa Gamma at its core is friendship, leadership and scholarship...an opportunity and experience for a lifetime.
Kappa's six Founders (Mary Moore Stewart, Anna Elizabeth Willits, Susan Burley Walker, Hanna Jeanette Boyd, Mary Louise Bennett, & Martha Louisa Stevenson) were exceptional young women who believed they could take on the world and create something totally new. Taught to love learning and literature, these educated ladies not only originated the idea of Kappa Kappa Gamma but wrote its constitution, planned its motto and chose its badge and name. Today, Kappa has 131 collegiate chapters and nearly 300 active alumnae associations. More than 200,000 Kappas have been initiated since our founding at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois, on October 13, 1870, by these six pioneering women.