Delta Gamma History
Delta Gamma was founded in 1873 in Oxford, Mississippi, at the Lewis School for Girls by three young women who were unable to go home for the Christmas break. Together, Anna Boyd, Mary Comfort and Eva Webb created a club of "mutual helpfulness."
They chose the Greek letters Delta and Gamma because of their desire to "Do Good." It remains Delta Gamma's motto today and a driving force in all we do. Delta Gamma is a sisterhood built on a commitment to making the world better through not only service, but also a deep appreciation for each individual.
What started with three women in Oxford, Mississippi, has since grown into an international Fraternity with 145 collegiate chapters and more than 220 alumnae groups. Delta Gamma's sisterhood continues to inspire women through the values that were built into our very first Constitution. Article II, written by our Founders in 1873, states:
"The objects of this Fraternity shall be to foster high ideals of friendship among women, to promote their educational and cultural interests, to create in them a true sense of social responsibility and to develop in them the best qualities of character."
While the Constitution spells out the values of a Delta Gamma woman in Article II, you can't tell the story of Delta Gamma without speaking of hope. The original pin of the Fraternity was the letter "H," which the Founders meant to stand for hope. A few years before she died, Founder Mary Comfort Leonard described the first pin:
"We went to a local jeweler and had our pin made-the letter 'H,' which stood for hope, for we hoped great results and have not been disappointed…" - The Shield
Delta Gamma Fraternity does not discriminate in its membership selection on the basis of race, religious affiliation, color, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical disability.
Delta Gamma Fraternity is a dynamic organization committed to diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or other characteristics protected by state or federal law. Similarly, Delta Gamma Fraternity does not discriminate in its membership selection on the basis of race, religious affiliation, color, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical disability. All efforts are in place to guarantee those selected for membership in Delta Gamma have good scholarship, are of good character and standing, have an interest in activities which will enhance the academic atmosphere at the college, university, or community, and have a sincere desire to contribute to the work of Delta Gamma. Delta Gamma encourages an atmosphere which will foster the high ideals of friendship among college women, promote their educational and cultural interests, create in them a true sense of social responsibility, and develop in them the best qualities of character. The Executive Offices will continue to work with the individual chapters to ensure that all policies and procedures are followed at all times.
For a complete list of our policies, please visit our library.
In the spring of 2007 UAFS welcomed Greek life to its campus. The Alpha Iota chapter and Executive Offices of Delta Gamma came and conducted an intensive interview process, picking out the finest women on campus to start the Eta Omicron chapter. After the young women had their pref night, bids were handed out to what would be our founding members. On April 14, 2007, the Eta Omicron chapter of Delta Gamma was founded.
Fall 2007 was an exciting time for the new chapter as they were able to hold their first formal recruitment bringing in even more fabulous women.
After a busy year of new things, Eta O showed itself to be successful receiving awards at Numa's, including Greek Organization of the year in Spring of 2008.
Fall 2008 welcomed one of its largest pledge classes after formal recruitment and Eta O continued to do good on campus and in the community.
In the spring of 2009 Delta Gamma's representative was crowned Homecoming Queen, and the chapter's current president was named Greek Woman of the year.
In Fall 2009 Eta O welcomed another large pledge class and the very first Anchor Bowl was hosted.
After informal recruitment, several new members were added in the Spring of 2010. Delta Gamma again proved itself by receiving Chapter Excellence, Greek Woman of the Year, recognition for community service, campus involvement, and other various awards. Eta O was also very excited to send their ATC and president to convention in Denver, CO.
Fall 2010 had another successful recruitment and Anchor Slam, the chapter welcomed many new opportunities for service growth and member development while continuing to grow its sisterhood.
In Spring 2011 Delta Gamma's representative for homecoming was crowned queen and for the second year in a row Eta O was awarded with Chapter Excellence, Advisor of the Year, Greek Woman of the Year, and recognized for their campus involvement. Eta O also walked away as the Champions of Homecoming 2011.
In the Fall of 2011 Eta O welcomed another large new member class of 27 women. This Fall also held a very successful Anchor Slam.
In the Spring of 2012 Eta O sent their president to Convention. Community and campus involvement remained high while a focus on academics brought even more success in the classroom.
In the Fall of 2012 another new member class welcomed. Eta O held another outstanding Anchor Slam with the most sponsors and teams Eta O had ever had.
Eta Omicron also introduced another foundation event, A Night for Sight, which was a huge success.
In the Spring of 2013 Eta Omicron was awarded with Advisor of the Year, New Member of the Year, and walked away with Third place during Greek Week.
Eta Omicron was also ranked number one overall for the highest Greek GPA.
In the Fall of 2013 another large pledge class was welcomed yet again. Eta Omicron's representative for homecoming was crowned queen and Eta O also placed second overall that week while maintaining the highest GPA in Greek life.
In the Spring of 2014 Eta Omicron placed second overall in Greek week and during the semester a member of the chapter was crowned Miss UAFS.
In June of 2014 our president was sent to convention where Eta O recieved the award for Excellence in Fraternity Ritual.
In Fall of 2014 we welcomed a very large pledge class full of amazing girls! Our chapter had the largest Anchor Slam we have ever held with over 30 teams participating! We had a member crowned Homecoming Queen and our chapter placed first in Homecoming. We received first in Sorority GPA, also.
In Spring 2015 we had four new members join our chapter. We won Greek Games and got awarded Greek Woman of the Year and Greek New Member of the Year. Eta Omicron had a very successful Anchor Splash and first ever Delta Gammburgers.