Alpha Eta

Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, October 30, 1915

Members of J.U.G. (Just Us Girls) organized the local sorority Alpha Mu in April 1914. Pauline Gladys Groves, a member of Tau at the University of Kansas, lived on campus and encouraged the group to petition Alpha Delta Pi. The chapter was installed in October 1915 as the fifth NPC group at Kansas State. In 1929, the chapter's new English-Tudor home was built; a fire just after Thanksgiving caused considerable damage but no injuries were sustained, and the chapter moved back in after Christmas. Additions to the house were completed in 1940 and 1961. Annie Cowan Stephens served as housemother from 1921 to 1950 and was initiated upon her retirement. In 1957, she was called out of retirement to serve as housemother for Delta Gamma chapter at Arizona. Dr. Virginia Yapp Trotter served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Education in the 1970s and was named Alumna of the Year in 1973. Mildred "Mickey" Tuttle Axton, was the first woman in the Civilian Pilot Training Program, the first woman to fly a B-29, and served as a WASP WWII test pilot. Annette Havenhill Dix, Tau - Kansas, has served as an advisor for many years. Grand Council members include Inez Backman Carr, Mary Lee Newton Baysinger and Vicki Messmer Hye. Alpha Eta has won Golden Lion three times.