Indiana University South Bend Sororities:
- Delta Sigma Nu Sorority was on campus in 1970, and have a two page spread in the IUSB Yearbook of that year, The Titan. The header on this reads: "Students on the go: Girls of AEA". The text reads: "Delta Sigma Nu sisters set a precedent when, this school year, they became the first regional campus sorority to pledge a national fraternity, Alpha Xi Delta. The sisters are now members of the Zeta Delta Chapter of the fraternity. They are involved in both service and social activities. The sorority has contributed time and energy at the St. Joseph County Home and with the Urban Youth League. They have also sponsored teas and dances throughout the school year. Any girl attending IUSB full time and holding at least a 2.0 average is eligible." There are three pictures, one of the entire campus chapter, one of the sorority's officers, and one of IUSB Chancellor Lester Wolfson buying a copy of The Titan Yearbook from "Zeta Delta salesgirls". It appears that Delta Sigma Nu changed names to: the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority. This is an educated guess, just as Zeta Delta seems to be affiliated with Alpha Xi Delta sorority. Alpha Xi Delta sorority was on campus in 1978 (as per The Student Life Study of IUSB, February 1978 - compiled by IUSB's Division of Student Services). Alpha Xi Delta is a national sorority (see their website at: http://www.alphaxidelta.org/). As the Student Life Study of IUSB of 1978 states: "Philanthropically, the local chapter has sponsored such projects as preparing Thanksgiving baskets for needy families and collecting funds for the Heart Association and Muscular Dystrophy. Socially, there are dances, parties, hayrides, bowling,, and skating. Alpha Xi Delta provides an excellent opportunity to get together with other girls and make lasting friendships".
- From: Student Life Study of IUSB of February 1978, "Academic Related and/or Non Supported Student Organizations", in the IUSB Student Services Collection.
- Alpha Xi Delta has a two-page photo spread in both the 1970 and the 1971 IUSB Yearbook, The Titan. Unfortunately there is no accompanying text to describe the sorority in any way. The 1970 yearbook features the sorority sisters engaging in a cleaning campaign, some collective mailing (?) campaigns, and playing foosball and drinking beer. In the 1971 yearbook, one of the two photos, they appear to be standing in front of a residential house with an address of "711" - might this be on one of the blocks adjoining the campus?
- There was an Alpha Lambda Sorority on campus (perhaps this is a part of the national sorority, headquartered in Indianapolis, Alpha Lambda Alpha - see: http://www.alphasigmaalpha.org/). The Alpha Lambda sorority has a two-page photo spread in both the 1970 IUSB Yearbook, The Titan. The photos include the entire chapter's members, the sorority's pledging members, and three pictures of activities of the sorority outside. The heading reads: "Alpha Lambda 1970". The text reads: "Under the capable leadership of president Chris Bethe, the twenty-two girls of Alpha Lambda work together to provide service for their school and their community. Whether in the aisles of the IUSB auditorium at IU productions or in the bleachers of a gymnasium at IUSB basketball games, the Alpha Lambda's can be found assisting patrons of the arts and sports fans to their seats. As special projects in the local community, the girls prepared a Thanksgiving food basket for a needy family in the area, and also planned a Christmas caroling program to be given in a local nursing home and at the Northern Indiana Children's Hospital. To be eligible for membership in this local service sorority, a girl must be in good standing with the university and have a willingness to serve her school and her community. The other officers of the Alpha Lambda sorority are Debbie Wagoner, vice-president; Jacki Cholaj, secretary; and Barb Micicinski, treasurer."
- Note: in a 1992 directory of IUSB Student Organizations, Alpha Sigma Lambda is listed as "inactive". (From the Student Associations Collection)
- There appears to have been a Theta Tau Delta Sorority on campus (See: http://www.deltathetatau.org/ - might this be a match? This is Delta Theta Tau, which was begun in Muncie, Indiana - there does not appear to be an organization named Theta Tau Delta). This chapter has a four page photograph spread in the 1970 IUSB Yearbook, The Titan. The titles read: "Theta is where the action is", and "Theta's mix - Scotch and Soda'". The text reads: "The Theta Tau Delta Sorority (better known as the Theta's) has been active on the South Bend Campus since 1966. The Theta's function is not only as a social group but as a service organization as well. The sisters entertained children from the Sunshine House with a Thanksgiving party held at the Northern Indiana Children's Hospital. Throughout the year, they have sponsored activities for the support of their service theme, "Aid for the Mentally Retarded." The sorority also held an inter-sorority tea for the promotion of better inter-sorority relations. An important part of any college social calendar is "The Dance". The Second Annual Theta Tau Delta Ball, "Scotch and Soda", took place on the evening of February 28. The Ball was held at the Erskine Park Clubhouse. Music for the semi-formal affair was provided by the Brand X. The sisters also held a Mother and Daughter Banquet which has also become part of their annual program of events." Note: Brand X was a men's wear boutique on Miami Avenue in South Bend - they advertise in this yearbook also. Photos include pictures from the dance, active members, pledging members, officers, and the sorority sisters socializing. The sorority has a two page photo spread in the 1971 yearbook, this time with no accompanying text to inform about the organization itself.
- The sorority appears to have had a house, as seen in an announcement of their Children's Film Series (circa 1980's) at 3102 East Jefferson Boulevard. (From the Student Organizations Collections).
- There was an Omega Epsilon Phi Sorority, as listed in the Student Association's Club Directory of 1983 - 1984. There does not seem to be any information currently about a national or international organization of this name.
The text of the sorority's description, in part, reads:
"Omega Epsilon Phi Sorority is one of the newest organizations at IUSB. The sorority was started in May of 1983, and is now one of the major clubs at IUSB. ...
...the sorority expands your social life through parties, school activities, and community functions...
Omega Epsilon Phi is also a community service sorority, working and offering service to the public of the South Bend/Mishawaka area. Feel free to call us at..., or visit us at 1904 Marine St. in South Bend." Further, there is an announcement from the sorority of 1984 offering fellow students a weekend babysitting service at the sorority house.
- This is found in the Student Associations Collection.
- Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority is the newest addition to the sororities on the IU South Bend campus. It was established in 2002. It is a largely African American sorority that is now international in scope, but has its roots in Indiana (it was founded in 1922 at Indianapolis' Butler University).
The statement of the IU South Bend chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho follows: We are proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., an "Illustrious" sisterhood.
Iota Xi Sigma Alumnae Chapter was chartered on November 23, 2002 in South Bend, Indiana. The charter members are Kathy Bingham, Kendra Clayton, Teri Ivory, Tracy Robison, Gwen Thompson, and Tonya Spears-Willis.
We are dedicated to serving our local community. We work diligently to uplift and motivate all people and provide opportunities of growth and development to those we serve through our motto, "Greater Service, Greater Progress."