Delta Gamma

Indiana University

History

The History of Our Chapter

After renting social quarters and rooms in private homes for several years, Theta Chapter of Delta Gamma in 1916 obtained ownership of its first house at 814 East Third Street, the present location of the IU Military Sciences (Army ROTC) Department. Ten years later, the University decided to develop a Fraternity Quadrangle in a cornfield on the far east side of campus.

Delta Gamma was one of the nine chapters that contracted to move to the new Quad. (Others were Zeta Tau Alpha, Theta Chi, Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Chi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Kappa, Phi Mu, and Chi Omega.) The Delta Gamma house was not finished when classes began in the fall of 1926, so the 30 members lived temporarily in the Blue Goose Bus Station at 8th and Walnut.

The original house still exists today on Jordan Avenue. However in 1949, 1959, and 1992, additions were made to the original house making it what it is today. In the early 1960s, the Old Fashioned Stock Anchor, #60-352-AU, on indefinite loan from the U.S. Navy, was delivered to the chapter thanks to the arrangements of a DG dad who was a naval officer.

The final addition to the house was the Delta Gamma Centennial walkway and bridge over the Jordan River, added in 1998, as the chapter’s gift to the University on its 100th year anniversary of being on campus.

The History of Our Organization

Delta Gamma was founded by Anna Boyd Ellington, Eva Webb Dodd and Mary Comfort Leonard in 1873 in Oxford, Mississippi, at the Lewis School for Girls near the University of Mississippi. The Founders sought to maintain high ideals and standards and to encourage intellectual growth and service in order to exemplify college women at their best. Today Delta Gamma is an international women’s fraternity that continues to place a strong dedication on personal values and standards, academic excellence, leadership and service. Delta Gamma encourages each member to strive for excellence and offers the programming and support to help each member reach that commitment. Delta Gamma offers its members the experience of sharing the strong bonds of sisterhood for a lifetime.

Our Symbols

Delta Gamma's colors are bronze, pink, and blue and their flower is the Delta Gamma cream colored rose. The anchor is the well known symbol of Delta Gamma.

Scholarships

Delta Gamma has one of the strongest academic assistance programs in the Greek world and you can be a part of it! Each year, the Foundation awards more than 200 scholarships and fellowships to members of Delta Gamma. Wouldn’t you feel proud to know that you helped just one Delta Gamma realize her full potential? The Delta Gamma Foundation graciously accepts donations of any size, but funding a scholarship or fellowship comes with distinct benefits of its own.