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Gamma Upsilon

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Nov 15th, 1958

Founding Date

By the spring of 1958 the local sororities at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee branch, had decided to go national, and farsighted Alpha Phi was interested. After talking with several of the local groups, Alpha Phi made its choice, and on the weekend of November 16-17, after a new member period of six months, the 49-year-old Kappa Lambda Iota sorority was installed as Gamma Upsilon of Alpha Phi. 


Soon after joining Alpha Phi, the Gamma Upsilon members were hustling about the campus selling candy to earn money for their charter and at the same time carrying on with the part time jobs many of the members held.


Installation weekend for Gamma Upsilon began on Saturday afternoon, November 15, with initiation services conducted by Iota chapter, University of Wisconsin at the home of Helen Luttgen Lillydahl (Nu-Nebraska). The chapter charter was presented by Elinor Smith Davis (Gamma-DePauw), Director of Extension, that evening and was followed by a model meeting conducted by Beta chapter, Northwestern University.


The next day, a foggy, mysterious Sunday, brought the installation banquet and the reception for parents, friends and faculty members held at the Chalet on the Lake overlooking Lake Michigan. Toastmistress for the banquet was Ruth Ricker Burdick (Iota-Wisconsin) who introduced speakers Jean Morrow Meeg (Chi-Montana), Director of Programs; Marjorie Randolph Ziemer (Iota-Wisconsin), president of Milwaukee alumnae; Glenna Arnold Salsbury (Beta-Northwestern), president of Beta chapter; Charlotte Wollaeger, dean of women, and Dr. J. Martin Klotsche, provost of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, main speaker.