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Delta Psi

University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh

Jan 29th, 1966

Founding Date

Delta Psi chapter was installed on January 29, 1966, in ceremonies at the Pioneer Hotel in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Members of the local Alethian sorority at Wisconsin State University-Oshkosh had been welcomed to Alpha Phi on our Founders' Day the past October, and the 56 collegiate and 5 alumnae initiates were indeed pleased to be invested with the golden pin of Alpha Phi.


Delta Psi collegiates boarded two chartered busses on Friday evening, January 28--destination: Madison. Sue Raulerson (Beta-Northwestern), field secretary, and Ann Hofsetter, Wisconsin (Iota) president, as well as collegiate Iotas, presented an inspiration ceremony, and an official summons to initiates was given out.


Initiation services began early Saturday morning, with collegiate assistance from Wisconsin (Iota), Delta Sigma (Wisconsin Stevens Point) and Gamma Upsilon (Wisconsin Milwaukee). After a luncheon prepared by Iota's house director, Mrs. Robinson, the women returned to Oshkosh to prepare for the initiation banquet and installation ceremony.


Representing the Executive Board, Eugenia Worley Schoch (Omega-Texas), director of alumnae, presented the charter to Lois Sawitski, Delta Psi chapter president, in ceremonies at the Pioneer Hotel. At the banquet, which followed, Nancy Ludwig Thill, toastmistress, who had previously joined at Northwestern (Beta), but was initiated at very morning at Delta Psi, presented Alph Phi dignitaries, distinguished university representatives and collegiate speakers. The tone of the evening was set by a solo presentation which commenced the program--Rhoda Laabs singing "You'll Never Walk Alone." This was followed by an introduction of the new initiates by Sue Raulerson.


Eugenia Schoch charmed all she met in tru Texan style and inspired those present at the banquet with her address entitled "The Golden Pin." Ruth Nelson, dean of women, and Dr. William White extended congratulations to the new chapter on behalf of the Wisconsin State University administration with speeches based on the theme "Hand in Hand." Special words of welcome on the part of the alumnae were presented by Rita DeHut Carver (Iota-Wisconsin), installation chairman, as well as by Nancy Barry Bender (Beta-Northwestern), district alumnae chairman. Lucia Learmonth Bannister (Beta-Northwestern), alumnae secretary for the Executive House, was introduced.


Ann Hofsetter, Iota president, extended greetings to the new initiates from a collegiate standpoint. Sandra Flentje, Delta Psi president 1966-67, addressed the group on the subject of "Love and Loyalty" and how these concepts relate to Alpha Phi membership. The loving cup ceremony, conducted by Janet Powers McGurn (Beta-Northwestern), district governor, brought the evening's festivities to a close.


The newly initiated Delta Psi members and Alpha Phi International visitors attended church services on Sunday, preceding their participation in a model chapter meeting conducted by Sue Langton, president of Delta Sigma chapter at Stevens Point. Formal installation of the new Delta Psi officers was the highlight of the meeting. The weekend's events culminated in an installation reception in the Reeves Memorial Union where parents and friends of Alpha Phis were introducted to President and Mrs. Guiles, Mrs. Schoch, MMrs. McGurn, Mrs. Bender, local alumnae and new collegiates.