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Our Mission: Alpha Gamma Delta is an international fraternity for woman that exists to provide opportunities for personal development through the spirit of sisterhood.
Gamma Sigma Chapter
In the early spring of 1969, a few women lying out behind Shackleford Hall started talking among themselves about the possibility of starting a new sorority at Troy State. The men’s fraternities were expanding, and there had been only three women’s Greek groups at TSU for quite awhile: Phi Mu, Alpha Delta Pi and Kappa Delta. This group of women decided to investigate and went to the Dean of Women and the Panhellenic Advisor with their idea. They were urged to “take the plunge.”
This group of women carefully put together the names of 10 women they felt were outstanding personally and scholastically who would be assets to any new group. They then asked Miss Joyce Sorrel, P.E. teacher at TSU, to join their group’s first discussion of this project in a third floor room. They talked about what it would take to start a local sorority and build it into a strong national chapter. Miss Joyce Sorrell consented to be the faculty advisor, but only if the group gave 110% of their hearts and energy to make it a success.
A second meeting was held on May 30, 1969, to vote on whether to carry through with the project. It was unanimous! They named themselves Alpha Omega (AO) since they intended to stick in out no matter what from the beginning to the end. They chose the colors yellow and white and named the yellow rose as the official flower. Everyone soon left for summer break and vowed to make their presence felt on campus that fall of 1969. Over the summer, Thonda was contacted by the TSU Panhellenic Advisor and told that the other three sororities on campus were willing to absorb this group of 10 women into their sororities. Thonda told her that they would NOT split up, and they were determined to start the new group.
The new group was allowed to recruit that fall, but only after the other three sororities had selected their new members. When Alpha Omega hosted their first “rush” tea, 54 girls showed up and eight were given bids to join as the first AO new member group.
People on campus soon began to realize this new group existed. They participated in everything, and it soon got them noticed. Late in the spring of 1970, the Panhellenic Advisor thought they were ready. She contacted the National Panhellenic Council to advise them of AO’s existence and their desire to affliate with a strong national group. NPC then contacted various groups intereted in expansion.
Soon several groups began to visit (Delta Delta Delta, Kappa Alpha Theta, Alpha Zi Delta, Chi Omega and Zeta Tau Alpha). AO also knew that Alpha Gamma Delta had been contacted and waited to see if they would visit. In June, representatives for Alpha Gam came to visit and proved to the group that they were everything this group stood for and wanted to be. AO petitioned Alpha Gamma Delta for a charter and found out just two weeks before 1970 fall Formal Recruitment that their petition had been approved. AO would recruit as a future Alpha Gam colony!
The university gave the group the recreation room in Pace Hall to use for recruitment, and Auburn University sent a representative down to get them through. The help and advisement that they received from local alumnae then and afterwards were fantastic. Even having to compete with the three national groups who each already had lovely chapter rooms and lots of silver trophies, the future Gamma Sigma chapter welcomed 12 terrific women!
They had a wonderful group of 17 women who would become alumnae initiates and 26 undergraduates who would all be charter members. The installation and Initiation were held on February 6, 1971, in the basement of the Baptist Student Union. Grand President Lorna Wilson Brigden from Toronto, Canada, came to preside over the Initiation Ceremony. After two years of hard work, Gamma Sigma Chapter was officially named the 103rd chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta.
Flowers: Red and buff rose with green asparagus plumosa fern
Colors: Red, Buff and Green
Founding: May 30, 1904. Syracuse University - Syracuse, New York
Total Membership: Exceeds 165,000
Total Installed Collegiate Chapters: 190
Alumnae Chapters/Clubs Across North America: More than 250