Kappa Kappa Gamma

KKG Crest

Epsilon Chapter

Mission Statement

Kappa Kappa Gamma is an organization of women, which seeks for every member throughout her life bonds of friendship, mutual support, opportunities for self-growth, respect for intellectual development, and an understanding of and an allegiance to positive ethical principles. Kappa Kappa Gamma at its core is friendship, leadership and scholarship...an opportunity and experience for a lifetime.

 

Fast Facts

Number of Active Chapters: 140

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

Jewel: Sapphire

Local Chapter Website: http://iwu.kappa.org/

International Headquarters Website: www.kappakappagamma.org/

 

Academics

Grade Point Average

  • To Join (First-Years): 2.50
  • To Join (Continuing): 2.50
  • Good Standing (Active Members): 2.500

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.

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)
$942.00 $1,112.00 $2,224.00 $8,674.00

*Reflects 2020-2021 fees as provided by the chapter

Housing

KKG House

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. Members must live in the chapter home until it reaches capacity.

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. Lunch and dinner are prepared by the chef and breakfast items are made available to residents in the meal plan. The meal plan can accomodate residents with gluten, nut, and lactose allergies as well as vegan and vegetarian needs.  

Philanthropy

National Philanthropy: Reading is Fundamental

Local Philanthropy: Susan G Komen Foundation and Stay Alive Incorporated
 
Organization Philanthropy: Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation
 
Each year we hold one main philanthropy event in the spring called the Golden Key Gala where we raise a majority of our funds for our national philanthropy, Reading is Fundamental. In the fall, we raise money for Reading is Fundamental through an event called Pie-A-Kappa, where students pay to throw pies in our faces (it's for the kids!). Each year, we partner up with a local school or learning center and find days to volunteer and help them with schoolwork. We also partner with a Kappa alum's students and interchange penpal letters with them to get them more comfortable with reading and writing. We do alternating activities each year to raise money for our local philanthropies, but we always do tabling during October for Breast Cancer Awareness month. To raise money for the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation, we have a white elephant gift basket auction each year at our Mom's Day event.
Joining

Length: 8 weeks

Hours Per Week: 5 hours per week

New members have a weekly meeting after chapter with our New Member director about various things in the organization, such as finance, and online sessions they must complete before initiation.The online sessions cover things such as bystander training and mental health.

Hazing Policy

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.
Examples include:

  • Silence period for new members
  • The requirement that new members carry notebooks or paddles to get signatures of members
  • The requirement that new members perform phone duty or house duties unless those duties are shared equally with chapter members
  • The requirement that new member carry specific items in pocket or purse
  • The requirement that new members should wear their new member pins
  • Personal servitude, running errands, carrying messages, or performing maid duties
  • The requirement that new members enter by a back door or use a different staircase from everyone else
  • New member stunt nights, which place new members in possibly embarrassing situations
  • Not allowing new members in chapter room
  • Blindfolding for any reason
  • Taking new members on a planned or unplanned ride, walk, or kidnap
  • Allowing fraternities to haze any Kappa new members
  • Encouraging or forcing alcohol consumption
  • Kidnapping of active or new members
  • Addressing members by phrases that imply inferior or superior status
  • Requiring a new member to recite rhymes or sing on request
  • Work sessions for new members only or more work hours on a project by new members than by initiated members
  • Deception prior to initiation designed to convince the new members there is something to fear
  • Scavenger or treasure hunts
History
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 140 collegiate chapters and 307 active alumnae associations. More than 260,000 Kappas have been initiated since our founding at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois, on October 13, 1870, by these six pioneering women.

 

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