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Gamma Alpha

San Diego State University

Oct 1st, 1949

Founding Date

In May of 1949, Phi Kappa Gamma sorority at San Diego State College was invited to Alpha Phi in ceremonies held at the home of Mrs. Hildreth Peckham (Kappa-Stanford). Alpha Phi alumnae in San Diego were very happy about this because Phi Kappa Gamma, in addition to being involved in campus life and academically minded, were members of the first Greek letter and second oldest women’s social group at the college. 


The Gamma Alpha new members of Alpha Phi met in the chapter room every Monday while college was in session, and when the semester ended they continued to meet every Monday throughout the summer. It was the first time that non-deferred recruitment had been in effect on this campus. In addition, recruitment parties were held in the homes of alumnae or colleagues. When recruitment came to an end, the soon to be Gamma Alpha chapter had twenty women who joined Alpha Phi. The next and most important date on the calendar was October 1- initiation and installation day for Gamma Alpha. 


Formal initiation ceremonies for 24 collegians and 20 alumnae were conducted by Alpha Phi collegiates from Beta Pi at the University of Southern California and Beta Delta at the University of California at Los Angeles, and by members of Pasadena, Los Angeles, and San Diego alumnae chapters in the active chapter room in the House of Hospitality.