Fraternity & Sorority Life

Alpha Gamma Delta

ΑΓΔ

Alpha Gamma Delta Crest

Xi Chapter

Mission Statement

Alpha Gamma Delta is committed to providing opportunities for personal development, service to others and the space for members to forge their own paths—all through a lifelong spirit of sisterhood.

 

Fast Facts

Number of Active Chapters: 198

National Founding Date: May 30, 1904

National Founding Location: Syracuse University, Syracuse NY

IWU Founding Date: August 15, 1914

Organization Colors: Red, Buff and Green

Organization Flower: A red and buff rose with green asparagus plumosa fern

Mascot: Squirrel

Jewel: Pearl

Local Chapter Website: iwu.alphagammadelta.org

International Headquarters Website: www.alphagammadelta.org

 

Academics

Grade Point Average

  • To Join (First-Years): 2.500
  • To Join (Continuing): 2.500
  • Good Standing (Active Members): 2.500

Alpha Gamma Delta does not require/offer study hall hours unless members have a cumulative GPA below the chapter semester GPA average. Members with a GPA under our chapter average will be given a specialized study plan designed to improve their academic standing. We publish each member's major and minor, and ensure that each member knows who can help them if they are struggling in classes. We encourage studying together in and out of the chapter house, and are always there to help a sister in need.

If a member falls below the required GPA, she is placed on academic probation and is no longer considered in Good Standing. The Vice President Scholarship will meet with her on a weekly basis, discuss her academic progress with professors, and serve as a support system until the member's GPA improves.

Fees*
Total Cost of 1st Sem, 1st Year Total Cost of 2nd Sem, 1st Year Total Cost Per Year of Upper Division Years (Out-of-House) Total Cost Per Year for Upper Division Years (Living-In-House)
$1,240.00 $936.00 $1,872.00 $8,616.00

*Reflects 2020-2021 fees as provided by chapter

Housing Women sitting on porch of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority Home

Chapter Capacity: 44

Residency Type: Combination of dormers and live-in rooms.

On June 26, 1930, the women of Xi Chapter became the first sorority on Illinois Wesleyan's campus to buy a chapter house. The women of Alpha Gamma Delta, Xi Chapter have lived at 1409 North Main since that day. Originally known as The Williams Estate, our house was built by Robert E. Williams, lawyer and Senator, in 1868. At the time, Bloomington was a much smaller town and Illinois Wesleyan University was a youthful 18 years old. Mr. Williams had this house built to accommodate his rather large family of 13 members. In other words, our house was built with the sole purpose of being a home. It was not built to be a dorm or any other type of college living unit. Today, many years later, the warm, home-like atmosphere still exists and we feel that this is one of our house’s greatest attributes. We love that we have an actual home away from home.

All chapter members are required to live in house for at least 2 years unless the number of members exceeds the maximum capacity of the facility. Members of Officer Board are required to live in the chapter house. Priority to live in the chapter house is given first to seniors, then juniors and sophomores. Only when the chapter house is filled to capacity may members live elsewhere. Permission to live out of house will be granted to senior members in good standing that have lived in the house for 2 years.

Members must have a meal plan if they live in house. Our meal plans include 9 meals per week. As part of the meal plan, our residents have access to the kitchen, personal food storage, and house leftovers at all times. Our chef is able to accommodate Vegetarians, Vegans, Gluten Intolerance, Lactose Intolerance, Shellfish Allergies, and Peanut and Other Nut Allergies. If there are additional food requirements, our chefs work as best they can to accommodate our members' needs.

Our chapter house has several amenities which include a study room with a wireless printer/copier, a laundry room with 3 washers and 4 dryers that are free of charge, a recreation room with a big screen TV, a front parlor room with a grand piano, 12 day rooms with closet space, desk, chair, and shelves, 2 large dormers (sleeping rooms) which are kept dark and cool at all times, an expansive wrap-around porch with porch swing, and parking lot for residents.

Philanthropy

National Philanthropy: Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation & Fighting Hunger

Each year, we host our signature Casino Night fundraiser, a car wash, and Mac’n Cheese with AGD. This past year we started our first Cookie Grams with Alpha Gams as well! Each event raises funds for the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation. We also volunteer at Home Sweet Home and the Midwest Food Bank in addition to walking in the JDRF walk each fall. Members are required to complete five service hours per semester.

Joining

Length: 2 months

Hours Per Week: 1-2 hours per week

New member meetings are held weekly during the new member period. The purpose of these meetings is to provide new members with information about the chapter, allow them to foster connections with each other, learn the responsibilities of membership, instill pride in Alpha Gamma Delta and promote the development of leadership skills.

Hazing Policy Our International anti-hazing policy can be found by clicking HERE. By following the link you will find our more information about our new member experience and anti-hazing policy. Our Fraternity is also a major proponent of GreekLifeEdu, a nationwide alcohol, hazing and sexual assault awareness program, which all Alpha Gamma Delta new members are required to complete prior to initiation.
History The Alpha Gamma Delta Xi Chapter was founded on Illinois Wesleyan University's campus in 1914 when a local sorority (Pi Delta Theta) joined with Alpha Gamma Delta. It was not until 1927 that sororities at Wesleyan were able to rent chapter houses; previous to this time each group was allocated a room in a campus building for its meetings. With the help of many sorority alumnae, sororities were eventually allowed to purchase chapter houses in 1929. On June 26, 1930, their dream became a reality when the ladies of Xi Chapter became the first sorority on Illinois Wesleyan's campus to buy a house at 1409 North Main Street. 
Successes In 2010, our chapter was give The Annulet. This is the highest award that an international chapter can get, and ours was one of only 3 chapters in the nation to receive it. This award stands for all around excellence in all areas of chapter operations.

 

Four Alpha Gamma Delta members together
Alpha Gamma Delta women participating in Dance Marathon
Alpha Gamma Delta women participating in the JDRF Walk
Alpha Gamma Delta Bid Day Celebration
Six Alpha Gamma Delta Women eating donuts
Four Alpha Gamma Delta women at a Bid Day celebration