Sigma Omicron Chapter at University of Illinois

Kappa Delta

Our Chapter

The Sigma Omicron Chapter at the University of Illinois was founded on March 10, 1923. We take pride on our involvement on our campus, as well as in the community. We strive to encourage the confidence and greatness with the women we meet throughout all endeavors. The principles and ideals upon which our organization was founded are ingrained in everything we do as a sorority, and our members, chapter programs, and initiatives reflect these values every day.

HISTORY

The sorority still holds true to its original object adopted before 1902...

"The object of Kappa Delta Sorority is the formation and perpetuation of good fellowship, friendship, and sisterly love among its members; the encouragement of literature and education; the promotion of social interest, and the furtherance of charitable and benevolent purposes"

Kappa Delta's founders were four very different women. They ranged in age from 15 to 23, yet brought a singular sense of purpose to this particular endeavor. Their dream was to create something more lasting than a club -- a sorority! It was to be an entity that would grow beyond their own chapter at State Female Normal School. But they never dreamed that it would grown into an organization of nearly 230,000 women, more than 200 chartered chapters and more than 500 chartered alumnae associations nationwide.

"A chilly rain spattered against the windowpanes of the little dormitory room on Professional Hall, the dormitory floor where most of the seniors lived. Saturday meant no classes, and the dreary weather that hung over Farmville was a perfect excuse for the four friends to tuck themselves away in that cozy spot and talk for hours... It was that afternoon that Kappa Delta was born - October 23, 1897 - at the State Female Normal School in Farmville, Virginia."

-Ordinary Miracles: 100 Years of Kappa Delta Sorority

The thought that over 100 years ago four young women could just sit down and create a sisterhood as enduring as Kappa Delta sometimes defies understanding. But that's exactly what they did. Kappa Delta's early leaders were women of vision. Today's women live that dream and keep the vision alive!