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Eta Beta
FoundedOctober 5, 1996 (1996-10-05) (24 years ago)
CollegePepperdine University
LocationMalibu, CA
HomepageEta Beta Homepage
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Pepperdine, established 1937

Eta Beta founded in October, 1996

478 initiates (as of June 2012)

Some of Eta Beta’s Outstanding Alumnae: (If you have chapter alumnae who have received recognition in any of these three categories, please list them with the date(s) of recognition.)

Fraternity Council Members:

Fraternity Loyalty Award Recipients:

Fraternity Alumnae Achievement Award Recipients:

The Early Years

Founded in 1937 by George Pepperdine, Pepperdine University is a private, nondenominational Christian university that includes an undergraduate liberal arts college and three graduate schools. Approximately 7,550 attended the Malibu campus on 830 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean at the time of the chapter’s founding, coming from all 50 states and more than 60 foreign countries. The school is well known for its departments of telecommunication and business administration, as well as for participation at the NCAA Division I level in baseball, water polo and tennis.


Kappa Kappa Gamma came to the shores of sunny California on April 1, 1996, when the Fraternity pledged 60 young women of the local sorority Zeta Kappa, and four alumnae, at Pepperdine University establishing the colony that became the Eta Beta Chapter. The pledging ceremony took place in the Pepperdine Chapel overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Alumnae in the Malibu, Calif., area joined chapter members from Gamma Xi, UCLA, Delta Tau, Southern California, and Epsilon Xi, Cal. State, Northridge. Before pledging Kappa Kappa Gamma, the group was a longstanding local sorority-the largest on campus. At the University's request, the entire sorority system sought national affiliation. Other National Panhellenic groups colonizing on the Pepperdine campus were Alpha Phi, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta, Pi Beta Phi, and Sigma Kappa. The previous information was excerpted from The Key, Volume 113, No. 2, Summer 1996.


The fog rolled off the Pacific Ocean as 37 undergraduates and 24 alumnae were initiated to the Eta Beta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity October 4-5, 1996 at Pepperdine University, Malibu, Calif. Epsilon Xi Chapter, Cal. State, Northridge, assisted by Gamma Xi, UCLA, and Delta Tau, Southern California. Other Panhellenic groups on campus include Alpha Phi, Gamma Phi Beta, Delta Gamma, Delta Delta Delta, Pi Beta Phi, and Sigma Kappa. The previous information was excerpted from The Key, Volume 113, No. 4, Winter 1996.

The information that follows has been gleaned from available resources including Chapter History Reports, chapter meeting minutes, letters and comments from chapter members and alumnae, the Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity Archives, and The Key. Each chapter is expected to update its history record annually. Contact Fraternity Headquarters at kkghq@kkg.org with questions.

Highlights of the 1990s

In 1996, women of the Pepperdine chapter were honored and excited to be installed as the 125th active chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma. These women were members of the 58-year old local sorority Zeta Kappa. With a G.P.A. above the all sorority average, these women were proud of their academic achievements. When they won the Homecoming competition, the “Heart and Soul” award, the ladies were proud to add Kappa Kappa Gamma onto the spirit cup. There was much excitement about adapting old traditions to fit within the guidelines of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Writing chapter bylaws and learning about the officer positions was aided by the support of the chapter consultants, advisers, committees and alumnae.

Philanthropy: During Step Forward Day, the Kappas joined the rest of the Pepperdine students to go out into the local community to clean up the highways, beaches, and public schools. Chapter members also delivered food to needy families through a local church. On Hillview Acres Day chapter members played with children from the L.A. area. Members also volunteered time at the West Valley Convalescent Hospital and the Fred George Mission. Donations were made to the Randy Jennings Memorial Scholarship Fund and Project Angel.

Convention Awards:

Highlights of 2000-2010

The members were involved in many activities including Songfest and Homecoming, while maintaining excellence in academics. At the Annual Campus Greek Awards in 2004, they received the Rock of the Year Award and the Inter-Sorority Spirit Award. Yearly goals included working to improve attendance and chapter involvement, morale, sisterhood, organization, timely payments, adviser relations and Panhellenic spirit.

In 2006, Eta Beta hosted the Kappa Province meeting. At the Pepperdine Greek Awards in 2008, Eta Betas received the Officer of the Year and President of the Year awards.

In 2009, one quarter of the chapter studied abroad during one semester. The remaining members bonded by getting together for pledge class dinners and to watch the TV show Gossip Girl together. Weekly study hours and weekly Bible Study are a part of this chapter's traditions. To recognize the tragedies of September 11, 2001, Eta Beta participated in a school-wide prayer which took place to pray for the victims and their families. The convocation was also dedicated to those lost on September 11.


Eta Beta participated in Step Forward Day, a campus wide community service project where they spent the day at St. Monica's Parish. Chapter member also went to Melrose in Los Angeles to represent Kappa in the annual AIDS Walk. The chapter held a Kappa King competition among the fraternities with the proceeds going to the Special Olympics. The members participated in City of Hope's Walk for Hope for breast cancer awareness.

Convention Awards: 2008 Rose McGill Magazine Award

Highlights of 2011-2019

From chapter’s History Report: Scholarship, group honors/awards, traditions, special events, changes on campus or within chapter, overall nature of the chapter, chapter goals, challenges and how they were overcome, etc.:



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Highlights of 2020s:

From chapter’s History Report: Scholarship, group honors/awards, traditions, special events, changes on campus or within chapter, overall nature of the chapter, chapter goals, challenges and how they were overcome, etc.:



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Note to Chapter Registrar: Please refer to your chapter archives including chapter meeting minutes and back issues of The Key to fill in any gaps in the above historical highlights. If your chapter archives are not complete, please research your university library, campus newspaper and yearbook archives for newsworthy information about your chapter. Please double check your work for accuracy. Contact chapter Advisory or House Board members, local Alumnae Association members, or your Province Director of Chapters for assistance.

Your efforts will ensure a complete and accurate history of your chapter for future generations to enjoy!