The Epsilon Sigma chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma started when seven members formed a local chapter at the University of Virginia in 1975. Since its installation in 1976, the chapter has initiated more than 1,500 members. Self-described as “unapologetically themselves,” the confident, bright and driven active membership is reflected by the diverse interests, professions, and achievements of Epsilon Sigma alumnae. One of the first female fraternities established at the University of Virginia after women were admitted in 1970, the Epsilon Sigma chapter remains one of the most stable and competitive sororities.
Kappa’s Epsilon Sigma house, which opened in 1980, is a 1970’s modern design structure built to industrial construction standards, unlike the many historic buildings that house fraternities and sororities at the University of Virginia. Twenty third-year students and one house director live in the house during the academic year. Because there are over 45 members in each class, third-year members participate in a lottery to determine if they might live in the house each year.
The increasing membership continues to make extensive efforts to adapt everyday activities and chapter events to work within the restrictions posed by the age, size, and layout of the current chapter house. As the chapter grows, and the current structure ages, the active membership, and house board recognize the imminent need for a significant renovation to meet the chapter’s core needs for providing acceptable residential housing, chapter-wide dining, gathering and meeting spaces, and recruitment activity.
The alumnae of the Epsilon Sigma chapter have embarked on a capital campaign plan to raise the necessary funds to renovate and expand the house to meet the current needs of the chapter.