The tradition and history throughout the University of Virginia campus created an appropriate atmosphere for Alpha Delta Pi. Alpha Pi local sorority began its one-year probationary period in 1976. It then became Zeta Xi when 58 members were installed on April 16, 1977, making it the eighth national sorority on campus. The chapter originally rented a small house, but in the late 1980s they bought the former Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house. Maryann Friend Gillespie, then Grand Vice President of Expansion, wrote a personal check for the deposit as she was visiting and the check had to be written that day to secure the house. Tammy Cauthorne-Burnette and Karen Stetson O'Toole have long records of service.