Kappa Zeta History



The history of the Kappa Zeta Chapter of Chi Omega began in October 1961, with recruitment planned by national officers and local alumnae. After several days of personal interviewing, the first Chi Omega pledge class at Texas Tech emerged. This group of new members was unique, in that they had come together as a colony, to be part of a national organization from its founding.

The Kappa Zeta chapter did not exist as such until the colony’s installation. Molly Fulton, official transfer from Iota Alpha (SMU) functioned as the only actual “active chapter member”, and at the same time, served as new member educator for some sixty girls.

Initiation and installation of Kappa Zeta took place on February 17, 1962. Elizabeth Dyer, president, Winnie Bowker, treasurer, and Miss Marion Elmore and Virginia Pearce, chapter visitors, were the delegation from National Chi Omega. About thirty Chi Omegas from the Iota chapter of the University of Texas performed the initiation ceremony. Kappa Zeta Chapter, consisting of 53 members, was welcomed by the Panhellenic Association the following day at an official reception.

With full chapter status and recognition, the group elected officers and a tradition began..