February 1, 1958, was a great day in Wichita, Kansas. Gamma Xi chapter of Alpha Phi was installed on the University of Wichita (now known as Wichita State University) campus as one of five national groups replacing the former five local sororities. With Alpha Phi came Alpha Chi Omega, Gamma Phi Beta, Delta Gamma and Delta Delta Delta. Although the youngest in Alpha Phi at the time, Gamma Xi had a 30 year history behind it. Early in the fall of 1927, a group of women, most of whom had been students and sorority leaders on other campuses before coming to Wichita, began to talk of a new organization-one based on scholarship and sisterhood. In December 1927, an organizational meeting was held and a charter drawn up for Epsilon Kappa Rho sorority. In March, 1928, 17 campus leaders became charter members of the group which is now Gamma Xi of Alpha Phi. Epsilon Kappa Rho was the first group to acquire a house off the campus, and its members were active in every organization of importance at the university. The first woman president of the student council was a member of Epsilon Kappa Rho.
Installation weekend began on Saturday morning with the initiation of 62 enthusiastic alumnae in the Grace Presbyterian Church. The ceremony was conducted by Washburn (Upsilon), and in the afternoon Upsilon held initiation for 32 collegiates. This gave Gamma Xi a total of 94 new initiates who were present that night at the formal installation of the chapter. Clara Ingwerson Gregson (Iota-Wisconsin), past international president, presented the charter to the chapter.
A banquet at the Innes Auditorium followed the installation ceremony, and Sunday morning the group attended services at the Grace Presbyterian Church. On Sunday afternoon a model meeting was conducted by 25 members from the University of Kansas (Gamma Delta) chapter, and later a reception was held in the Fine Arts building in honor of the five new sororities.
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• Alison Lindsay Brookins - Administrative Law Judge
• Dr. Quincalee Brown - Former Executive Director of the Water Environment Federation and the Water Environmental Research Foundation
• Kaye Wilson Klem - Author
• Breea McCorkle - First student from Wichita State to serve an internship at the White House, working in the Office of Political Affairs
• Mary McMullen - First woman to graduate from Wichita State’s College of Engineering
• Sally Salguero - Chief Administrative Attorney - Office of the District Attorney
• Annalaura Williamson - 1972 Michaelanean Award Winner
• Lois Payne Koopman – 1976 Ursa Major Award Winner
• Dr. Quincalee Brown – 1994 Francis E. Willard Award Winner
• Lyneille Aday Meza – 2006 Ursa Major Award Winner
• Marcia McKee Weddle – 2008 Michaelanean Award Winner
• Shirley Clegg Dieker – 2010 Michaelanean Award Winner
• Tami Blyn Alexander – 2012 Michaelanean Award Winner
• Holly Malek Bryk – 2014 Constellation Award Recipient
• Sally Salguero – 2014 Ursa Major Award Winner
• Alison Lindsay Brookins – 2016 Ursa Major Award Winner
• Nancy Holmes – 2016 Michaelanean Award Winner
• Catherine Bull Weinberg – 2016 Michaelanean Award Winner
• Della O’Hara Lickteig – 2020 Michaelanean Award Winner