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University of Texas

May 14th, 1920

Founding Date

Amy Comstock (Iota-Wisconsin) implored Alpha Phis to “Get out your geographies,” as she introduced them to the Fraternity’s other new chapter, Omega, at the University of Texas. “[Y]ou’ll need them to appreciate our latest and largest addition to Alpha Phi territory. For the Lone Star State is glorious in its great stretches.” Traveling by train across Texas with several other Alpha Phis on their way to the chapter’s installation, Amy was delighted to find “a new appreciation of the state we were adding to our roster of chapters.” Omega chapter was also the result of much hard work and planning. In 1919, when a group of six students banded together in an effort to join a fraternity, Mrs. Neil Carothers, director of the Woman’s Building at the university, suggested Alpha Phi since “among her friends and acquaintances she numbered many members of that Fraternity.” By the spring of 1919, the group formed its own secret society, “Delta Alpha,” added new members, and launched preparations to petition Alpha Phi. They met secretly in their dormitory rooms and at the “charming little bungalow” of Goldie Horton, a university mathematics instructor, who had also joined the group. In the fall of 1919, they began correspondence, by letter and wire, with representatives of Alpha Phi, and soon, Alpha Phi members made two separate campus visits. 


Visiting delegate Martha Belle Churchill (Alpha-Syracuse) also made a visit to the campus to meet the group in March 1920. By the time a petition was happily granted, secrecy had been maintained throughout the entire process; not a word leaked out beyond the group until the day following the Friday afternoon initiation and banquet, which took place at Professor Goldie Horton’s house. “On Saturday the news was out,” Amy Comstock reported. “The morning paper carried the story that a chapter of Alpha Phi had been installed in the University of Texas. And when one considers that it is almost nine years since a new fraternity has entered the field at that great institution it was quite an event. The campus buzzed with the news and never were Alpha Phi pins displayed with greater pride and happiness.” In turn, Alpha Phi welcomed with pride these new sisters who held so many honors at the university: among them were two members of Phi Beta Kappa, the editor of the University Magazine, the president of the Woman’s Council, the president of the Ashbel Literary Society, and two student athletes. The Omega chapter was off to a fine start indeed.