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Gamma Xi
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FoundedMay 8, 1925 (1925-05-08) (94 years ago)
CollegeUniversity of California, Los Angeles
LocationLos Angeles, CA
HomepageGamma Xi Homepage
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University of California at Los Angeles established in 1919, Los Angeles, California

Founded May 8, 1925


3,006 initiates as of (June 2018)


Charter Members:

Marion Roberta Adams, Ruth Allison Cannon, Marian Cooper, Helen Strothers Davenport, Helen Gwendolyn Davies, Jane Elizabeth Farish, Okla Alice Glass, Marian Barbara Henshall, Kathryn Chenalls Hocking, Frances Hockmeyer, Isabel Mushet, Elizabeth Barbara Park, Pauline Peipers, Miriam Reid, Beryl Alla Souder, Lucile Elspeth Stone, Norma Grace Stoner, Evelyn Mae Temple.


Fraternity Council Officers:


Fraternity Loyalty Award Recipients:


Fraternity Alumnae Achievement Award Recipients:

Lucy Guild Toberman, 1972; Public relations expert; women's and special features editor for Los Angeles newspapers; community activist Donna DeVarona, 1980; Two-time Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer; first female network TV sportscaster


Additional Outstanding Gamma Xi Alumnae:


The Early Years (Excerpted from The History of Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity: 1870-1976)[edit]

Webster would have us believe that a sorority is, "A club of girls or women, as in a college." To the Gamma Xi Kappas at the University of California at Los Angeles, this definition lacks much. It tells nothing about the human qualities that had made Kappa so special to so many women.

To the founding sister it was seeing the chapter's beginnings back in 1925. Originally, she had been a member of a local group, Phi Delta Pi, established in 1918, but on February 14, 1925, received the news that Kappa Kappa Gamma had accepted the petition of the local group. Phi Delta Pi had just concluded a most successful rushing season, and was entertaining the prospective pledges with a formal dinner at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. The president, Betty Park (Drake) announced, after all the toasts were over, that she had been given a wonderful valentine that afternoon from Kappa. Gamma Xi was installed as Kappa's newest chapter on May 8 by Georgia Hayden Lloyd Jones, Eta-Wisconsin, then Fraternity director of provinces, and Pi Chapter, assisted by Beta Eta.

Gamma Xi became the first chapter in the history of the Fraternity to attend as hostess chapter its initial convention at Mills College in Oakland the summer of 1926.

The chapter's first major problem was finding adequate housing. In 1929, when UCLA moved to its present site, the fledgling sisters left the rented house on the original downtown campus. With the permanent location established for the university, the Kappas entered into a round of fund-raising projects, enlisted help from alumnae, and the Mothers Club to garner the necessary funds for a chapter house. With a loan from the Endowment Fund to supplement the money already raised, ground was broken in June of that year.

A Kappa alumna from those days remembers, "We were so fortunate to purchase perhaps the most ideal corner site on Sorority Row. It was decided that our beautiful new home would be Mediterranean in style to blend with the new UCLA buildings. What fun we had establishing and developing new traditions. Among the most enduring have been pledge presents, Dad's Dinner, and a breakfast to honor graduating sisters. We established a fine tradition of academic excellence. First on the Row."

World War II Era[edit]

"The mood of Gamma Xi changed as our men left for Europe and Asia in the 1940s," reflects another sister. "Our activities focused on the war effort. Along with the university, we revamped and accelerated our goals to adapt to war time conditions. Now, we emphasized our philanthropic aims. I remember that each member contributed in her own way- whether it was as chairman of a paper drive, or knitting, or packing Red Cross boxes. We blackened our windows, wrote 'V' letters and waited for the postman to bring us news of our men. The war seemed to foster even closer bonds of sisterhood."

The Key, February, 1942, stated that Roxanna Jackson, Delta Zeta- Colorado College, United Services Organization director at Long Beach, had sent word that the members of Gamma Xi had been "very generous and cooperative with the USO of Los Angeles and nearby military posts...Reports regarding the Sunday afternoon activities which have come back to me from individuals who have attended these parties have been very glowing..."

Gamma Xi's Jean Bartel (Hogue) became "Miss America, 1943." The Key recorded: "The 1943 winner had to be the kind of girl the American servicemen think of as the ideal young woman, with talent, intelligence, poise, personality, as well as beauty." PM magazine reported that: "...she really does look like the average American mother's idea of a perfect daughter. She doesn't smoke or drink, of course...during her first year at UCLA she joined Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and is very proud of golden key, fleur-de-lis, etc. In fact she is particularly eager not to do or say anything in her new role that would embarrass KKG." Miss Bartel sold two and one-half million dollars worth of war bonds on a tour of 33 key cities for the Third War Loan Drive that fall.

Highlights of the 1950s[edit]

During what the historians called "the silent '50s," Gamma Xi was anything but quiet. A sister from those days ponders on their activities: "Our chapter was the most active ever/while I was at UCLA. We had good times! There was the annual Kappa-Fiji Formal, Kappa-Beta Formal, and each year we had two formal initiation dances. We continued a recent tradition of a University of Southern California and University of California at Los Angeles Kappa breakfast following the cross-town football game. We had fun helping our USC Kappa sisters with their newly founded chapter, Delta Theta. We were the busiest house on the Row. We were a house of boomers! Every school organization had at least one sister on its roster. We had the president of Red Cross Productions, editor or our school year book, Rally Committee chairman and so many more. We had the Homecoming Queen three years in a row, and we won first place in the Panhellenic Parade, staged before the USC-UCLA football game. Those years reflected the Greek supremacy on campus."

An excerpt from The Key, October, 1953, states: "Highlighting the year are the bi-annual scholarship banquets. A diamond Key rewards the highest average; a silver ashtray, the greatest improvement; and silver spoons are presented to all those making a minimum C+ average and improving averages of a .3 grade raise."

Highlights of the 1960s[edit]

A Kappa sister of the 1960s has a far different view of what Gamma Xi means. "I remember my four years at UCLA as ones of retrenchment and revaluation of traditional values." The house reflected the world in miniature. Generally, there was little interest in the Greek on campus. "We never wore our keys to class. The Greek news section in the Daily Bruin withered and vanished."

Among the Kappas themselves, there was dissension. Rush meetings became mandatory. Those not attending the spring dance were fined five dollars. Dress standards were reviewed and changed, but not until many meetings were devoted to discussion.

A "no lock-out policy" was refused by the Mothers Club. Gradually, as the number of actives dwindled it became clear that the Gamma Xi's must insist that all members live in. The Greeks were losing out to UCLA's new coed dorms and apartment living. Many Kappa sisters were distressed to see other sororities close their doors. One charter after another was revoked.

UCLA was pared some of the more violent forms of anti-Establishment activities. A more recent alumna reflects, "Kappa has always shown an interest and concern for the welfare of others. It was through Kappa and Gamma Xi that I truly found a mode for service. I shall always be grateful to my Kappa training and proud to associate myself with Gamma Xi."

Fortunately, for this generation of Kappas, Gamma Xi traditions are alive and well. With a renewed interest in sororities, all the houses that weathered the lean years filled their quotas last rush. "We even had to have eight pledges room elsewhere. Unheard of!" the chapter president exclaimed.

The house still has the best location on Sorority Row. There are problems accommodating the members' cars and the beautiful house has been redecorated and modernized many times. In the almost fifty years that Gamma Xi has been at UCLA, the University has grown and prospered from a small enclave in the bean fields of Westwood Hills to a fine university. And with the university, Gamma Xi has prospered and grown, continuing its fine social, educational, and philanthropic traditions.

Highlights of the 1980s:[edit]

The 1980s were a time for individual and chapter growth for Gamma Xi. Philanthropy was held closely to the chapters heart over the decade. Their services to their surrounding community included participating in the annual Special Olympics held before UCLA Greek Week, yearly donations to the UCLA’s Child Life Unit and they continued their tradition of sending one child to UNICamp, a week long summer camp for underprivileged and inner city children.

Gamma Xi continued to hold a variety of events such as Senior Bruch, Mom and Dad’s day, and began to hold a house retreat in the San Bernardino mountains for those who lived in.

The scholarly hard work of Gamma Xi did not go unnoticed by UCLA as they were awarded the highest GPA out of the all women’s average at UCLA.

All the hard work put in by the women of the chapter over the 80s paid off when Gamma Xi was awarded Best Chapter in the Kappa Province by Kappa Kappa Gamma Nationals in 1988.

Highlights of the 1990s[edit]

The ladies of Gamma Xi continued the hard work started in the 1980s and strived to further establish themselves as successful chapter. Kappa Kappa Gamma Nationals took note of this and awarded Gamma Xi with the Most Improved Chapter Award at the 1994 Province Meeting.

Earning good grades and maintaining a high GPA was still a major goal for the chapter. To help motivate members various events were put on by those who held the position of VP of Academic Excellence. The remodeling of the study room in the house gave members a place to spend time with one another as well as an environment for school work. All the study paid off as throughout the 90s Gamma Xi was never below the top 5 in grades for Greek life.

Promoting philanthropy work was a large goal over the 90s for the chapter. Throughout the decade a variety of philanthropy events were attended such as Revlon’s Run-Walk, Heal the Bay, and various food drives. The 90s were known as the “busy” decade by many and this rang very true for the Gamma Xi chapter. With many goals in mind the chapter was always striving to be the very best.

Highlights of 2000-2010[edit]

Following the traditions of the sisters before them was a major goal for Gamma Xi during the early 00s. Gamma Xi continued to lead the way for campus involvement with sisters on the Panhellenic Council, The Daily Bruin (UCLA’s school newspaper), UCLA’s Womens Volleyball, and The Student Alumni Association just to name a small few.

A time of change did occur for the women of Gamma Xi when it came to philanthropy events. Over the decade an array of events were tried and tested to discover what event would greatly benefit the UCLA community and the sisters. In 2007, an annual philanthropy event was set and called “A Day In The Life”. This event was directed toward local school children to come to UCLA’s campus where the women of Gamma Xi would show them what it meant to be a Bruin for a day. The event was widely popular and in 2008 won the UCLA Panhellenic Philanthropy Programming Award.

Dedication to maintaining a strong grade point average continued to be a strong moral for Gamma Xi as they raised their average GPA semester after semester. The average Greek student GPA was steadily greater than the average UCLA student. The ladies of Gamma Xi continued to shine as Kappa women on campus and the surrounding community through the years. Old traditions were honored and new paths were discovered which would lead the chapter to a new level of success.

Highlights of 2011[edit]

It was another amazing year at the Gamma Xi chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma! With lots of hard work and dedication from our membership chairs as well as the house, we swept the row this fall and have an amazing, full pledge class that add so much to our house. We won the award for best philanthropy of our whole Greek system again, as well as created a new philanthropy called "Krismahanakwanzaka", bringing in hundreds of new toys to donate to the Mattel children's hospital for Christmas. We also hosted an alumni day, combining alumni day at UCLA with a Kappa alumni day and were able to meet many Kappa alums and hear their stories of when they lived in the house. Additionally, we had part of our house redone this summer, leaving us with beautiful blue and blue decorations that is hard to take your eyes off of!

Campus: The only big changes around campus is the tuition spikes at UCLA, and John Wooden passing away last year.

Chapter: I would say the tuition spikes definitely have effected our sorority, as Kappa is very expensive to be involved in as well so with the two combined we are having trouble with people paying their dues on time or even at all. Although this hasn't caused a high drop rate, I can definitely say we will expect to see more people applying for associate and special status in the near future.

The main problems that our chapter has are getting people to pay their dues and getting people to attend meetings or events. Luckily the establishment of Bill Highway has helped immensely in the accuracy of paying dues, however we are still in debt but are working on it extremely hard and will hopefully be able to get back on track in no time. For the attendance issue, Chapter Council talked to nationals and was able to get a program approved where if a member does not attend a certain percentage of mandatory events, we will be able to take away their privileged of attending an event from them. This helps immensely because we have always give empty threats because we never could actually take anything from them, but now we can positively reinforce them to attend mandatory events so they can go to the events they are looking forward to!


Highlights of 2012[edit]

This year has been very successful for the Gamma Xi Chapter. For the first time in several years we are no longer in debt. After implementing the BillingHighway system, the number of members that pay their dues has climbed drastically. This has allowed us to partake in many more sisterhood events, such as class retreats and a fancy dinner in Hollywood. At the UCLA Panhellenic Awards night, Kappa Kappa Gamma received more awards than any other chapter, including Best SOE Chapter Management, SOE Panhellenic Chapter Council Enrichment Award, SOE Panhellenic Council Gold Laurel Recognition, SOE Panhellenic Council 4th place, and Best Philanthropy Programming and Single Philanthropy event.

Three new sororities were approved to join the Panhellenic sororities at UCLA. One chapter will be implemented next year and the two other chapters will be implemented within the next few years. The Pauley Pavillion basketball stadium was completed this year. All sororities were required to have a minimum number of members attend the stadium opening.

Our PR Chairman hosted our second annual Alumni Day event. This particular event was very successful in connecting with alumni in the LA county area. This year our chapter established more chapter council positions so that more members can be involved in leadership roles. Some of these positions include Day Heads for rush, a Key Points chairman, and an assistant Treasurer.

Highlights of 2013[edit]

It has been a great year for the Gamma Xi Chapter! Our Billhighway system is still very successful in collecting the chapters due. This allowed for new renovations in the house, including tiling in the kitchen and hardwood floors upstairs, making our house is more beautiful than ever! We have participated in many sisterhoods this year, such as biking together in Venice, bringing our chapter even closer. Our philanthropy was very successful, as always, with our Day in the Life. Our chapter also supported a member in house in creating philanthropic run that fought human trafficking. The run actually started and ending at our chapter, and we helped raise $3300 and implanting plans to make this a yearly event with Kappa’s support. We also had a great recruitment this year and are so happy for the new additions in our chapter! Describe the recent changes on your campus and describe the overall nature of your chapter.

A new sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta, has joined the row this year. Kappa has been very supportive in helping this girls begin their chapter by attending many of their events and creating welcome baskets for the girls. Kappa continues to support UCLA’s athletic teams with chapter attendance at basketball, football, and other extracurricular events. Kappa has also put more importance on academics this year, asking girls to log the amount of time they spend studying each week. We also implemented a Monday night study time for all girls to come together and help each other with various academic issues. Each week we reward a girl who demonstrated great academic activity or success, in order to show how important school is to our girls. We also received a lot of help from Nationals in the last year, causing our chapter to grow and strengthens in ways we never imagined. We have created much better relationships with our advisers, allowing us put more meaningful time and effort in the keep up of our Chapter.


Highlights of 2014[edit]

2014 began with a triplet meeting for all of the newly elected officers in Gamma Xi (President-Alex McKenna, VPS- Isabella Hanulik, VPO- Gina Giordano, VPAE- Olivia Hayward, Treasurer- Mindy Wheeler, Recording Secretary- Megan Couch, Corresponding Secretary- Maggie O’Leary, Registrar- Natalie Dolloff, Marshal- Grace Olson, Philanthropy- Julia Bennett, House Manager- Erin Miley, Risk Management- Nicole Guffy, Event- Courtney Louie, Education- Erin Becker, New Member- Stephani Domako, Membership- Fiona Davies, Panhellenic Delegate-Hadley Nolan, and Public Relations- Emily Wheeler). The first order of business was to appoint assistants (Assistant Event- Sarah Sanders, Assistant Membership- Andi Bernardoni, Assistant Treasurer- Michaela Monaghan). Winter Quarter was a slow social quarter for Gamma Xi, but was filled with sisterhoods and Greek community events. Gamma Xi competed on the Red Team for UCLA’s annual Greek Week with partners Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Following Greek Week, Gamma Xi won the award at the Greek Gala for Best Greek Week Delegates. Our winter sisterhoods were spent at both a roller blading rink and on a yacht in Marina del Rey, making them some of the coolest sisterhoods our chapter has ever had. Gamma Xi also participated in a plethora of other chapters’ philanthropies in the winter including Sig Ep Kicks for Kids, Sigma Chi Derby Days, Theta Chi Hair Salon, Tour de Pi Kapp, ZBT War of the Roses, and Wings for Life by RedBull.

Spring Quarter was an eventful quarter for Gamma Xi. Almost 20 girls started their quarter participating in UCLA’s Dance Marathon on the Blue Team, partnered with ZBT. Our dancer captain and sister, Monica Avakian, led us for the full 26 hours beautifully in Pauley Pavilion for the first time ever. Our PR Chair, Emily, put on a wonderful Mom’s Day brunch at the Luxe Hotel on Sunset Blvd. Our sisterhoods included watching a movie and making s’mores in the Kappa Kourtyard and a wonderful pool party to send off our seniors at the W Hotel. Gamma Xi also was honored to host two different pinnings for our girls, Roxy Thrapp (Sigma Chi) and Sam Varchetto (SAE).

Fall Quarter began, as always, with Kamp Kappa and our big fall recruitment. Fiona and Andi led us fearlessly through Kamp and prepared us fully for recruitment and were rewarded with our wonderful new 59 members. Stephani planned an amazing Alice in Wonderland themed Bid Day that was a huge success. Erin B. put on a fantastic Founders Day celebration in collaboration with Formal Meeting and was able to educate the new members on the founding of Kappa Kappa Gamma and our beginning as a fraternity. Stephani also planned bonding class sisterhoods in the fall for each grade: Freshmen went to Sky Zone, Sophomores went ice skating, Juniors went to Disneyland, and the Seniors had a brunch at the penthouse of a hotel on the beach. Presents came around quickly and Emily threw a fantastic Dad’s Day tailgate with catered Chipotle. Gamma Xi put on another successful and exciting A Day in the Life (of a Bruin), our chapter’s philanthropy event with more kids in attendance than ever before! Gamma Xi was also able to bring back our holiday philanthropy party to raise money for the Kappa Foundation and Reading is Fundamental and also collect toys for Toys 4 Tots.

A new sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta, has joined the row this year. Kappa has been very supportive in helping this girls begin their chapter by attending many of their events and creating welcome baskets for the girls. Kappa continues to support UCLA’s athletic teams with chapter attendance at basketball, football, and other extracurricular events. Kappa has also put more importance on academics this year, asking girls to log the amount of time they spend studying each week. We also implemented a Monday night study time for all girls to come together and help each other with various academic issues. Each week we reward a girl who demonstrated great academic activity or success, in order to show how important school is to our girls. We also received a lot of help from Nationals in the last year, causing our chapter to grow and strengthen in ways we never imagined. We have created much better relationships with our advisors, allowing us to put more meaningful time and effort in the keep up of our Chapter.

Gamma Xi holds chapter meetings in the dining room of our Kappa house, located at 744 Hilgard Ave. in Los Angeles. Gamma Xi is fortunate to have a beautiful home on the edge of Westwood and Beverly Hills. Greek Life at UCLA was originally funded by one person and this one person said that in order to receive funding for the houses, fraternities and sororities had to agree to have their respective houses on complete opposite sides of campus, therefore, sororities reside on Hilgard Ave. while fraternities reside on Gayley Ave. and Landfair Ave. Our house is owned by the Kappa Kappa Gamma House Board of Los Angeles. Our house currently holds 51 sisters at one time, but it wasn’t always this big. The house has been added onto and renovated many times over the years since our founding here at UCLA, but we have always had this same house.

Highlights of 2015[edit]

The 2015 school year began with a triplet meeting for the newly appointed officers of the Gamma Xi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma at UCLA. The newly elected members went as followed; Nicole Guffy as President, Hannah Demetor as VPS, Stephani Domako as VPO, Erin Becker as VPAE, Kylie Taylor as Treasurer, Amelia Danovitch as Recording Secretary, Annie Sasso as Corresponding Secretary, Emily Bochner as Registrar, Celeste Carswell as Marshall, Emily Hughes as Philanthropy Chairman, Bre Maughn as House Manager, Stephanie Larratt as Risk Manager, Genevieve Zimmerman as Event Chairman, Ali Welschmeyer as Education Chairman, Kevan Caroll as New Member Chairman, Michaela Monaghan as Membership Chairman, Liviya James as Panhellenic Delegate and Danielle Merrihew as Public Relations Chairman. Chapter Council then appointed assistants as followed; Julia Savage as Assistant Membership Chairman and Ariana Taghaddos as Assistant Treasurer. Winter quarter was a bit slow for our chapter, but we managed to participate in a ton of philanthropic events and put a focus on sisterhood. Gamma Xi’s Chapter Council had a blast at a sisterhood event at Disneyland. The newly elected chapter council members were able to get to know each other better and prepare for the year ahead. In addition, we participated in UCLA’s Greek Week on the White Team and ended up being the highest fundraising sorority. At the Standards of Excellence Gala, Gamma Xi proudly took home three awards for membership development, external relations, and third highest overall Standards of Excellence points. Additionally, numerous members of the chapter partook in other Greek philanthropy events such as Sigma Chi’s Derby Days, ZBT’s War of the Roses, Theta Chi’s Hair Salon, Chi Omega’s Wings for Wishes and Sig Ep Kicks for Kids. Additionally, Gamma Xi was able to surpass the all sorority and all women’s GPA.

Spring Quarter was especially exciting for Gamma Xi. Members of our chapter who are also involved in the Pediatric Aids Coalition were able to form a team of about 25 Kappas to participate in Dance Marathon (a 26 hour event where students pledge to stand on their feed for 26 hours to raise funds and awareness for Pediatric HIV/Aids), partnering with our friends in Sig Ep. The Team Blue dancer captain was our very own Ali Welschmeyer who led us fearlessly into the fight against Pediatric HIV/Aids. We had sisterhood movie nights in the courtyard and a yoga class led by Bridget Bruggeman (a second year member who is also a certified yoga instructor). Danielle, our PR chair, planned a beautiful Mom’s Day brunch at the Luxe Hotel on Sunset Boulevard. We also had two adorable pinnings, one for Emma Campbell (SAE) and Cassidy Pearl (Sigma Chi). Furthermore, Gamma Xi was making an important transition onto the GIN System, a new means of communication throughout our chapter in an attempt to keep all members updated in all things Kappa and UCLA. Last but not least, Gamma Xi’s Chapter Council went to the Regional Leadership Conference in April, learning more about KKG and our roles in the house, meeting fellow Kappas from other chapters, and discovering more about ourselves as a whole.

Fall Quarter came quickly and we were back at Kamp Kappa for fall recruitment. Our Membership Chairman, Michaela Monaghan, did an incredible job with rush and we ended up with 58 amazing, charismatic, and kind new members join our chapter! The house went under some renovations during Summer 2015 and all of the girls were eager and excited to see the new improvements to our already beautiful homes. Kevan planned a “Sweet Home Kappa Gamma” bid night and the entire chapter had an amazing time welcoming the new members. Ali W. planned a fun Founders Day in which the whole chapter was told about the history of our house, the background of Gamma Xi, and the founding of Kappa Kappa Gamma in general. Big Little Reveal was an exciting time for all of the members taking on little sisters, and was quickly follow by Kappa Presents and Kappa’s Dad’s Day—both of which were a blast! We also had our “A Day in the Life” philanthropy in which we had over 150 students from Brockton Elementary come to campus and learn what it was like to be a Bruin for a day, while also contributing to Reading is Fundamental. They learned our 8-clap, we read them books, they ran through campus doing an obstacle course, and were sent home with backpacks full of school supplies. The kids’ smiles and laughter brought joy to each and every Gamma Xi member. We finished off fall quarter with our second philanthropy, Kappa Krismukkah, where all of our friends on campus came to our house to enjoy holiday festivities and to either donate toys to the Mattell Children’s Hospital or donate money to the Kappa Kappa Gamma foundation or to Reading is Fundamental.

A word to describe Kappa’s nature this year: excitement. Our members took advantage of every opportunity to not only support our sisters, but also the students and organizations around us. From participating and donating to philanthropies of other sororities and fraternities, to attending baseball, basketball, football, soccer, and water polo games to support our athletes, our chapter was showing support to Bruins all over campus. Furthermore, our chapter loves to make good luck baskets during midterms and finals week and distributing them to other houses. During the stressful times of exams, Gamma Xi members unite, support, and help each other out in all academic subjects to ensure our girls do the best they possible can. This has paid off as we have continued to surpass the all sorority and all women’s GPA! We reward girls who have achieved academic success during our weekly meetings and we nominate a Kappa of the Week to a member who especially exemplified our womanly and true ideals during recent events. The chapter has also worked to further take advantage of the relationships with advisors by reaching out to meet with them more frequently and maintaining contact to ensure all of our chapter council members are on task and are doing all they can to improve our chapter as time goes on.

Chapter Philanthropy:

What organization(s) has your chapter historically/traditionally raised money for, or donated hours to, in your community? Reading is Fundamental and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation

Why did your chapter choose this organization(s) to support? As UCLA students, our Gamma Xi members know how important it is to take advantage of every academic opportunity and to help others in need. By donating to Reading is Fundamental and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation, we believe we are positively contributing to society by providing children with books and opportunities to be inspired by higher education. We especially try to carry and present ourselves as potential role models to those around us. During A Day in the Life, our hearts are filled with joy and warmth as we watch the kids of Brockton Elementary giggle and run around our campus as excited and potential future Bruins. Our members not only want to give them an unforgettable experience on our campus, but to also inspire them to want to prioritize academics and show them that hard work pays off.

Highlights of 2016[edit]

The 2016 school year began with a triplet meeting for the newly appointed officers of the Gamma Xi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma at UCLA. The newly elected members went as followed; Liviya James as President, Tia Rabinovitz as VPS, Danielle Merrihew as VPO, Meg Hauer as VPAE, Lucky Roselli as Treasurer, Sasha Deming as Recording Secretary, Lauren Thaxter as Corresponding Secretary, Natalie Mologne as Registrar, Joy van Hasselt as Marshall, Courtney Carbonneau as Philanthropy Chairman, Zoe Borden as House Manager, Nicole Cohen as Risk Manager, Genevieve Zimmerman as Event Chairman, Tori Oto as Education Chairman, Ali Cazel as New Member Chairman, Julia Savage as Membership Chairman, Bridget Bruggeman as Panhellenic Delegate and Kylie MacDougall as Public Relations Chairman. Chapter Council then appointed assistants as followed; Molly Sanders as Assistant Membership Chairman, Courtney Clement as Assistant Treasurer, and Emily Goldman as assistant Event Chairman.

Winter quarter was a bit slow for our chapter, but we managed to participate in a ton of philanthropic events and put a focus on sisterhood. The newly elected chapter council members were able to get to know each other better and prepare for the year ahead. In addition, we participated in UCLA’s Greek Week on the White Team. Additionally, numerous members of the chapter partook in other Greek philanthropy events such as ZBT’s Miss ZBT, and Sig Ep Kicks for Kids.  

Spring Quarter was especially exciting for Gamma Xi. The position of recording secretary was transferred to Nina Romans. Members of our chapter who are also involved in the Pediatric Aids Coalition were able to form a team of around 10 Kappas to participate in Dance Marathon (a 26 hour event where students pledge to stand on their feed for 26 hours to raise funds and awareness for Pediatric HIV/Aids), partnering with our friends in Sigma Chi and UCLA’s School of Nursing. The Team Blue dancer captain was our very own Becky Stepp who led us fearlessly into the fight against Pediatric HIV/Aids. We had sisterhood yoga and acai bowls in the courtyard taught by our very own sister Bridget, a Brandy Melville Private Sale, a calligraphy/art workshop, and a Denny’s pancake breakfast. Kylie, our PR chair, planned a beautiful Mom’s Day brunch at Fleurish on San Vicente Boulevard. We also had two adorable pinnings, one for Sarah Sanders (ZBT), one for Nicole Guffy (Sigma Chi), one for Hadley Nolan (ZBT), and a conjoined pinning for Eryn Voight and Victoria Pacos (Sigma Chi).

Furthermore, Gamma Xi was making an important transition onto the GIN System, a new means of communication throughout our chapter in an attempt to keep all members updated in all things Kappa and UCLA. An exciting addition to this spring quarter was volunteering at the Sunshine Preschool Gala in Brentwood. We had around 10 members attend, and we loved getting the opportunity to make an impact on the community surrounding us. Additionally, we attended Sigma Chi’s Derby Days philanthropy. Last but not least, four members from Gamma Xi’s Chapter Council, Liviya, Danielle, Kylie, and Joy, went to the 71st Biennial Convention in June, learning more about KKG and roles in the house, meeting fellow Kappas from other chapters, and discovering more about themselves as a whole.

Fall Quarter came quickly and we were back at Kamp Kappa for fall recruitment. The position of Panhellenic Delegate was transferred to Montana Dunn and the position of Housing Chairman was transferred to Natty Tucker. Our Membership Chairman, Julia Savage, did an incredible job with rush and we ended up with 65 amazing, charismatic, and kind new members joining our chapter! The house went under some renovations during Summer 2016, including getting central air conditioning, and all of the girls were eager and excited to see the new improvements to our already beautiful home. Ali planned a “Welcome To The Big Leagues” bid night and the entire chapter had an amazing time welcoming the new members. Tori planned a fun Founders Day in which the whole chapter was told about the history of our house, the background of Gamma Xi, and the founding of Kappa Kappa Gamma in general. Our dessert consisted of cake, in order to celebrate Kappa Kappa Gamma’s birthday, which was an idea from the leadership training seminars. Big Little Reveal was an exciting time for all of the members taking on little sisters! During fall quarter this year, we also had a very exciting outdoor movie sisterhood, which followed Kappa Presents and Kappa’s Dad’s Day—both of which were a blast! We also had our “A Day in the Life”philanthropy in which we had over 150 students from Brockton Elementary and 122nd Street come to campus and learn what it was like to be a Bruin for a day, while also contributing to Reading is Fundamental. They learned our 8- clap, we read them books, they ran through campus doing an obstacle course, and were sent home with backpacks full of school supplies. The kids’ smiles and laughter brought joy to each and every Gamma Xi member. We finished off fall quarter with our second philanthropy, Kappa Krismukkah, where all of our friends on campus came to our house to enjoy holiday festivities and to either donate toys to the Mattell Children’s Hospital or donate money to the Kappa Kappa Gamma foundation or to Reading is Fundamental. Fall Quarter wrapped up with the exciting news that we were off of the Focus Letter due to our hard work and great improvements!

Describe the recent changes on your campus and describe the overall nature of your chapter.

A word to describe Kappa’s nature this year: improvement and dedication. Our members took advantage of every opportunity to not only support our sisters, but also the students and organizations around us. From participating and donating to philanthropies of other sororities and fraternities, to attending baseball, basketball, football, soccer, and water polo games to support our athletes, our chapter was showing support to Bruins all over campus. Furthermore, our chapter loves to make good luck baskets during midterms and finals week and distributing them to other houses. During the stressful times of exams, Gamma Xi members unite, support, and help each other out in all academic subjects to ensure our girls do the best they possible can. We also partake in Kappa Kappucchinos, where we hand out free coffee on Bruinwalk to UCLA students walking to class throughout the day. We reward girls who have achieved academic success during our weekly meetings by nominating a KKGenius and we nominate a Kappa of the Week to a member who especially exemplified our womanly and true ideals during recent events. We also nominate a “Polished Kappa” each week by rewarding a woman who portrayed the classy values that Kappa Kappa Gamma admires at an event that week with nail polish! The chapter has also worked to further take advantage of the relationships with advisors by reaching out to meet with them more frequently and maintaining contact to ensure all of our chapter council members are on task and are doing all they can to improve our chapter as time goes on.  

What organization(s) has your chapter historically/traditionally raised money for, or donated hours to, in your community?

Reading is Fundamental and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation

Why did your chapter choose this organization(s) to support? As UCLA students, our Gamma Xi members know how important it is to take advantage of every academic opportunity and to help others in need. By donating to Reading is Fundamental and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation, we believe we are positively contributing to society by providing children with books and opportunities to be inspired by higher education. We especially try to carry and present ourselves as potential role models to those around us. During A Day in the Life, our hearts are filled with joy and warmth as we watch the kids of Brockton Elementary and 122nd Street giggle and run around our campus as excited and potential future Bruins. Our members not only want to give them an unforgettable experience on our campus, but to also inspire them to want to prioritize academics and show them that hard work pays off. Our other philanthropy is Kappa Krismukah, where we invite our friends over to celebrate the holiday season! We have a great time at this event, and our activities include caroling, a photo booth, and decorating cookies, while raising money at the same time!

Highlights of 2017[edit]

The 2017 school year began with a triplet meeting for the newly appointed officers of the Gamma Xi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma at UCLA. We proudly welcomed our newly elected members as followed; Ali Cazel as President, Kylie McDougall as VPS, Katrina Fendrych as VPO, Lexie Geich as VPAE, Courtney Clement as Treasurer, Jacqueline Siegfried as Recording Secretary, Haley Gamboa as Corresponding Secretary, Allison Picchini as Registrar, Isabelle Hansen as Marshall, Montana Dunn as Philanthropy Chairman, Aliana Gungor as House Manager, Joy Van Hasselt as Risk Manager, Emily Gray as Event Chairman, Nathelie Tucker as Education Chairman, Megan Larratt as New Member Chairman, Daphne Janes Membership Chairman, Amanda Cohn as Panhellennic Delegate, and Katrina Froelich as Public Relations Chairman. Chapter Council then appointed assistants as followed; Remy O’Donnell as Assistant Membership Chairman, Julia Gierasimov as Assistant Treasurer, Hannah Sofield as Assistant Event Chairman, and Alison Schwartz as Assistant New Member Chairman. The new chapter council members prepared for their positions while our Gamma Xi Advisor Barbara Wright guided them.

Winter quarter continued with a ton of participation in sorority and fraternity philanthropies across the row as well as UCLA’s annual Greek Week where we represented Team Blue. Multiple Kappa’s partook in ZBT’s “Miss ZBT” and Triangle’s archery dodge ball. Chapter council used this time to settle into their positions and bond as leaders of the house.

Spring Quarter never fails to always be an exciting time in our chapter. We started out by having many Kappas participate in the Pediatric Aids Coalition where they danced for 26 hours straight in Pauley Pavilion to raise funds and awareness for Pediatric HIV/Aids. Our team danced hours on hours partnering with Sigma Chi. Our sisterhood Chairman Allie Cooke planned many exciting sisterhood events including paintballing, an escape room, and a TV show premiere party with pizza. One Monday night we got a surprise visit from contestants on the Bachelorette!

Our PR chairman Katrina Froelich exceeded our expectations by planning a beautiful Mom’s Day on a Malibu Wine Safari ride in the mountains where we saw and fed animals with our families. We also participated in many philanthropies including Sigma Chi’s “Derby Days”, Gamma Phi Beta’s “G-Phi Joe,” and Pi Kappa Psi’s “Pie a Pi Kapp.” Additionally, Gamma Xi had the privilege to send Ali, Daphne, Joy, Aliana, Julia, and Alison from our Chapter Council to Kappa Leadership Conference, where they were educated on roles in the house and got to bond with other Kappas from different chapters though out the country. We also got to celebrate five beautiful pinnings, one for Grace Barr (Sigma Chi), one for Valentine Oliver (ZBT), one for Bre Maughan (Beta), one for Isabelle Staff (Sig Ep), and one for Lauren Hallgrimson (Sig Ep). We finished the quarter with a senior sisterhood were Nathelie Tucker planned a send off brunch to celebrate the graduating Class of 2017’s near and dear college days coming to an end.

After an exciting summer of internships, travel, and summer classes, we were back and ready for Kamp Kappa in preparation for fall recruitment. The position of Recording Secretary was passed on from Jacqueline Siegfried to Cecelia Montalvo as she and many other Kappa’s decided to expand their knowledge abroad fall quarter. The position of House Manager was transferred to Maggie Borse. Our newest pledge class moved into the house with many new renovations and our fabulous House Mom, Carolyn Lombardo. Over the summer our House Board updated our kitchen with new floors, tables, wall decorations, and countertops. Our study pit received new floors and our courtyard received new comfortable outdoor furniture. Kamp Kappa was a huge success thanks to our Membership Chairman Daphne and our Assistant Membership Chairman Remy O’Donnell. Within the week of preparation, we filmed our recruitment video, strengthened our sisterhood with an ice cream truck and games at the park, along with focusing our attention on value based recruitment. We successfully added 65 dazzling new members to join our chapter! We welcomed the new members after a long week with an amazing “Kappa Kappa Space Jam” Bid Night planned by Megan Larratt.

Nathelie Tucker planned an exceptional Founder’s Day dinner with blue cupcakes to celebrate Kappa Kappa Gamma’s 187th birthday. Presents was an exciting time for our new pledge class and active members as we got to invite our families into Kappa Kappa Gamma and spend time with them over UCLA’s Parent’s Weekend. Within the same weekend, Katrina Froelich planned a fun Dad’s Day event at the Rose Bowl Stadium with burgers and company from Sigma Chi Fraternity. We had a very successful big little reveal week where our families grew even bigger! We also had our “A Day in the Life” philanthropy in which we had over 150 students from Brockton Elementary and 122nd Street come to Campus to learn what it’s like to be a Bruin for the day. Our sister’s read them books, played games with them, and sent them off with backpacks and big smiles on their faces. These children managed to put an even bigger smiles on our faces as we patiently await their arrival next year! Our second philanthropy of the quarter, Kappa Krissmukkah, was a huge success where Montana Dunn added a karaoke contest raising money for the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation. All our friends on campus enjoyed holiday festivities while also helping out by donating cans to the UCLA food cabinet and toys to the fire station. We invited a lovely Leadership Consultant, Megan Duffy, into our home for a week to help strengthen roles in the house and oversee our chapter. We unfortunately finished the quarter in a panicked state of mind as the Skirball Fire came dangerously close to our campus. With the leadership from our President, the support from our members, and UCLA community as a whole, we kept each other safe and successfully finished our finals week strong.

A word to describe Kappa’s nature this year: unity. Our members took every opportunity to positively come together to support each other, support organizations, and support UCLA as a whole. From strengthening our bonds with countless sisterhood events this past year, to standing as one in times of natural disasters, our members continued to express selflessness to others. Through out this year, Gamma Xi has truly realized the strength and power we have as women in today’s society. The only thing better than one woman is a whole chapter of them! Not only do we stand in unity as a chapter, we like to share it with others all over campus. During midterms and finals week we make make good luck baskets, distributing them to other houses. We partake in an event called Kappa Kappucchinos in which we hand out free coffee on Bruinwalk to UCLA students. Our academic achievements within the chapter do not go unnoticed. During our weekly meetings we love to shout-out a KKGenius and a Kappa of the Week to exemplify to our chapter our true ideals. In addition, we also like to shout-out a “Polished Kappa” that has acted with great poise by giving them a nail polish! Last but not least, girls love to “sunshine” each other at the end of meeting with a small note or gift letting them know we appreciate them.

Traditionally we donate to Reading is Fundamental and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation. As Gamma Xis and UCLA students in general, we value every opportunity to help others in need. By donating to Reading is Fundamental we believe we are making a positive impact in society by helping provide children with backpacks and books to inspire them to higher education. Not only do we donate money, we want to make a difference by first handedly interacting with children carrying ourselves as role models. We strive to inspire the children showing them that hard work pays off. During our Krismukkah philanthropy, we celebrate the holidays with fun games while raising money for the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation that continues to support us year to year.

Our chapter of just over 190 meets every Monday night in our Dining Room of Kappa Kappa Gamma. We meet together for a formal dinner where we welcome row walks to inform us on activities in our Greek community as well as the UCLA community as a whole. We then gather for our weekly chapter meeting to discuss chapter news as well as to strengthen our sisterhood bond.

Highlights of 2018[edit]

The 2018 school year began with a triplet meeting for the newly appointed officers of the Gamma Xi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma at UCLA. We were incredibly excited to welcome our new Chapter Council with Allie Cooke as President, Aliana Gungor as VPS, Isabelle Hansen as VPO, Jordyn Grusd as VPAE, Nicole Tabarez as Treasurer, Elle Miraglia as Recording Secretary, Emily Martini as Corresponding Secretary, Emily Vincent as Registrar, Allison Schwarz as Marshall, Julia Teeter as Philanthropy Chairman, Maggie Borse as House Manager, Olivia Anderson as Risk Manager, Mackenzie Cullens as Event Chairman, Ilaria Lobo as Education Chairman, Mackenzie Lowenstein as New Member Chairman, Remy O’Donnell as Membership Chairman, Jordan Seles as Panhellennic Delegate, and Pau Bremer as Public Relations Chairman. Chapter Council then appointed assistants as followed; Kiara Warner as Assistant Membership Chairman, Kate Bollinger as Assistant Event Chairman, Paola Suarez as Assistant Recording Secretary. The new chapter council members prepared for their positions while our Gamma Xi Advisor, Barbara Wright, guided them.

Winter quarter started off strong; the new Chapter Council members got a chance to bond right off the bat in early 2018 at a small event hosted by Kendra Scott and organized by Pau. Emily Martini began exploring more of the Gin System, in hopes of implementing the app into everyday use and Jordyn recommended adding a page so that Kappa sisters could fill out class recommendations. We tried a new event with Sig Nu at SkyZone Trampoline park and it was a huge hit! Lauren Posey, Sisterhood Chairman, planned a successful Go-Karting sisterhood at K2 to finish up the quarter.

Spring quarter began with the election of a new House Manager, Lauren Trent. A new system was implemented with the goal of improving participation in philanthropies, sisterhoods, and meeting attendance. The new point system involved receiving a positive points for events attended and losing points for events missed-- having zero or more points at the end of the quarter was required to be able to attend the quarterly date party. Meanwhile, Pau planned an elegant Mom’s Day brunch at the Sofitel Hotel, about 20 minutes away from campus. A delicious buffet, beautiful outdoor patio, and photo booth were some of the many highlights. Moms, family, members, and advisors all had a wonderful time! We also participated in many philanthropies including Sigma Chi’s “Derby Days” and Gamma Phi Beta’s “G-Phi Joe.” The quarter was finished with an exciting and adventure-filled sisterhood at Six Flags.

Summer was filled with internships, jobs, travel, and school. Kappas were given the opportunity to “take over” the Gamma Xi instagram story for a day and share the different activities and opportunities that they had. From vacationing on tropical islands to interning in Aspen, Colorado, our Kappas had exciting summers! The National Kappa Convention was also held this summer in Denver Colorado. Gamma Xi received the Standards Award Honorable Mention for chapters with 193 or more members and many changes were discussed. Most notably, the Chapter Council system was changed with the removal of the Corresponding Secretary and Registrar positions. Kappa Kappa Gamma also got a new brand, including a new mantra of “dream boldly, live fully.” A goal that was set from convention was to see every Kappa, Chapter Council, and Gamma Xi incorporate and embody the 6 new KKG values: truth, connection, respect, optimism, trailblazing and knowledge; to improve our Kappa lives and Gamma Xi; and to integrate these 6 new KKG values into our values-based recruitment.

Once back from break, Kappas were delighted to find new blackout curtains in the bedrooms and that the Key Room furniture had been reupholstered. Kaitlyn Hackworth took over position of Treasurer as Nicole was studying abroad. In addition, Laura Sussman took over the position of Assistant Event Chairman as Kate was also studying abroad. Kappa Kamp and recruitment was the best that we’ve had in years. Kappas responded with positive feedback saying that they felt more close and connected with both the chapter and with their individual sisters. Recruitment went incredibly well, with Kappa gaining 58 new, amazing members. “Philanthropy Day” was changed to “Impact Day” and Kappa got the opportunity to share how their individual members impact the community as well as the chapter as a whole. In addition, door chants/door stacks were removed from the recruitment process as it was agreed that no significant value was derived from them. Our bid day was Carnival themed, with the courtyard filled with colorful kettle corn, cotton candy, and classic games. Kappas stood on the front porch with name cards and balloons to joyfully welcome our newest members to the family.

Dad’s day tailgate with Sigma Chi proved a great time, with lots of Tacos, games, and family. Big/little reveal came midway through the quarter and a scavenger hunt led the new members around the Kappa house to find their new families. More fires hit close to home again this year as flames from Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire raged nearby. We had our only pinning of the 2018-2019 school year in Fall Quarter, celebrating our senior Hannah Sofield. Chapter Council decided to move A Day in the Life to Winter quarter so as to allow New Members to settle in and give more time between that and Kappa Krismukkah. Kappa Krismukkah went smoothly, and Kappa raised close to $1,000 and lots of toys for children and people in need. Member Taylor Adams performed “Santa Baby” to kick off the night and fraternity men followed, performing karaoke renditions of Christmas favorites. A hot chocolate bar, photo booth, and puppies were much loved by everyone! The positive points system implemented in Winter Quarter was a huge success-- participation in events and philanthropies was higher than ever before.

A word to describe Kappa’s nature this year: strength. Our members took every opportunity to positively come together to support each other, support organizations, and support UCLA as a whole. From strengthening our bonds with countless sisterhood events this past year, to standing as one in times of natural disasters, our members continued to express selflessness to others. Throughout this year, Gamma Xi has truly realized the strength and power we have as women in today’s society. The only thing better than one woman is a whole chapter of them! Not only do we stand strong and support each other as a chapter, but we like to share our support with others all over campus. During midterms and finals week we make make good luck baskets, distributing them to other houses. We partake in an event called Kappa Kappucchinos in which we hand out free coffee on Bruinwalk to UCLA students and wish them luck on finals. Our academic achievements within the chapter do not go unnoticed. During our weekly meetings we love to shout-out a KKGenius and a Kappa of the Week to exemplify to our chapter our true ideals. Aliana implemented a “Snaps” aspect to meeting where girls are given the opportunity to give a shout out to a sister who showed kindness to someone else during the week. Last but not least, girls love to “sunshine” each other at the end of meeting with a small note or gift letting them know we appreciate them.

Traditionally we donate to Reading is Fundamental and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation. As Gamma Xis and UCLA students in general, we value every opportunity to help others in need. By donating to Reading is Fundamental we believe we are making a positive impact in society by helping provide children with backpacks and books to inspire them to higher education. Not only do we donate money, we want to make a difference by first handedly interacting with children carrying ourselves as role models. We strive to inspire the children showing them that hard work pays off. During our Krismukkah philanthropy, we celebrate the holidays with fun games while raising money for the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation that continues to support us year to year.