Heritage What's New: September 2019

Category: Heritage

Noraleen Young

Alpha Chi, Purdue

Besides discovering Theta stories, one of the things I like to do is take a look at Theta numbers. For instance, how many women were members at the end of each decade of Theta’s existence? (By the end of the 1870s, 259; by the end of the 2010s, more than 260,000.) Or how many chapters were established during each decade? (By the end of the 1870s, Theta had established 11 chapters and as we move toward celebrating our 150th anniversary, we have 185 chapters, with 144 currently active.)

Our college chapters are located from north (Beta Chi/Alberta) to south (Eta Tau/Tampa) and from east (Zeta Mu/MIT) to west (Eta Upsilon/San Francisco). On this website, you can learn more about our current college chapters, while visiting the College Chapters page on the Heritage section will provide you with a sense of each chapter’s history.

Past Fraternity President (1932-1936) Margaret Killen Banta, Alpha Psi/Lawrence, once said, “It isn’t history that makes a strong chapter, but a strong chapter that makes history.” As the new school year begins, I wonder what will be said about the chapters of 2019-2020. From our oldest chapters that will be marking 150 years to our newest chapters, each chapter and its members contribute to the whole Theta story.