Chapter History

Chapter History

Not only was Alpha Xi Delta the first sorority on campus, but the Gamma Eta chapter was the first National Sorority at an engineering school!

In 1954, the only five women who attended Tech were invited by Mrs. Van Leer, the President's wife and an Alpha Xi alumna, to a meeting at the alumna’s home. After leaving the tea party, they were so impressed with the Alpha Xi Delta National Council that they decided to start their own chapter of Alpha Xi Delta. Elizabeth Hearndon approached an alumna and with everyone's help they were granted permission to begin the formation of the chapter on Tech's campus! The Gamma Eta Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta was created on September 4th, 1954 and its members included all five women who had attended the tea. Their names are:

Shirley Clements Mewborn

 Elizabeth Hearndon

Helen Kimbrough

Diana Michel

Caroline Seals

The first president of the Gamma Eta Chapter was Diana Michel.  The first chapter meetings were held in the President's house which is at the same location of our current Alpha Xi house. Tech's first female graduate was an Alpha Xi, Shirley Clements Mewborn.