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On August 3, 1961, Dean Charles Keown submitted a Special Study—Fraternities and Sororities to University President Kelly Thompson.  The summary report listed Sigma Phi Alpha, The 13ers, The Barons, Oma-Kron Club and Pi Lambda Alpha as men’s groups and Beta Omega Chi, En Amie, Zeta Tau Omega, Pi Sigma Upsilon and Phi Delta Omega as women’s groups.  There was a grand total of 244 men and women involved in these organizations.  The Special Study group recommended that the college adopt a policy which would permit the establishing of national social fraternities and sororities on the campus of Western Kentucky State College.  It was stated that social fraternity or sorority fulfills a need which most other college clubs do not provide.  Social fraternities, if given the proper supervision and direction, can add materially to the strength of the student program.  Social fraternities and sororities would give students added opportunity to develop social competence.  The social fraternities and sororities would complement the existing student organizations.  Thus, began the evolution of the WKU Greek system to national organizations.

On January 9, 1965, Phi Delta Omega became Sigma Kappa the first national/international sorority on the Hill.  On February, 5, 1965, Phi Kappa Alpha became Kappa Sigma the first national/international fraternity on the Hill.  The following shows the Organization, Original Name (if derived from a local organization) and Founding Date at WKU.

 

Organization (Original Name)                            Founding Date

Sororities

Alpha Delta Pi (Pi Sigma Upsilon)                                                 May 15, 1965

Alpha Gamma Delta                                                                         January 26, 1990

Alpha Kappa Alpha                                                                           November 22, 1968

Alpha Omicron Pi (Kappa Delta Alpha)                                        May 8, 1965

Alpha Xi Delta                                                                                    April 1, 1967

Chi Omega (Beta Omega Chi)                                                        February 6, 1965

Delta Sigma Theta                                                                             March 14, 1970

Delta Zeta                                                                                            December 6, 2015

Kappa Delta (Zeta Tau Omega)                                                      March 27, 1965

Omega Phi Alpha                                                                              December 3, 1993

Phi Mu (Epsilon Alpha)                                                                     March 5, 1965

Sigma Alpha                                                                                       2014

Sigma Gamma Rho                                                                           April 1, 1978

Sigma Kappa (Phi Delta Omega)                                                  January 9, 1965

Zeta Phi Beta                                                                                     January 10, 1974

 

Fraternities

Alpha Gamma Rho (Alpha Gamma Tau)                                     January 8, 1966

Alpha Phi Alpha                                                                                March 25, 1972

Alpha Tau Omega (Beta Alpha Rho)                                            February 25, 1967

Delta Tau Delta (Phi Phi Kappa)                                                   February 11, 1967

FarmHouse                                                                                        April 23, 1995

Iota Phi Theta                                                                                    March 11, 2010

Kappa Alpha Order                                                                          January 12, 1979

Kappa Alpha Psi (Kappa Q)                                                           May 10, 1969

Kappa Sigma (Phi Kappa Alpha)                                                  February 5, 1965

Lambda Chi Alpha (Phi Sigma Tau)                                             March 15, 1965

Omega Psi Phi (Kappa Q)                                                              November 23, 1969

Phi Beta Sigma                                                                                 March 15, 1972

Phi Delta Theta (Phi Delta Chi)                                                     May 7, 1966

Pi Kappa Alpha (Lambda Sigma Epsilon)                                  February 6, 1965

Sigma Alpha Epsilon (Delta Kappa Nu)                                      October 2, 1965

Sigma Chi (Sigma Phi Alpha)                                                        December 11, 1965

Sigma Nu (Omicron Kappa Alpha)                                               May 8, 1965

Sigma Phi Epsilon (Kappa Gamma Chi)                                     March 19, 1967

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