Alpha Xi Delta sorority representatives and 134 pledges recolonized the Chi chapter on the Kansas University campus Saturday.
The pledging ceremony, which took place in the Bruckmiller Room of the Kansas University Alumni Center, crowned a weeklong recruitment process.
Sorority representatives from Indianapolis, site of the sorority's national headquarters, came to Lawrence last Monday to begin the recruitment of what they hoped would be 150 initial members.
"We're looking for women who want to establish and develop a new group," said Linda Dinus, national extension vice president. "We want someone who has very high goals and who has lots of interests."
The representatives held an interest meeting last Monday, informational sessions Tuesday and Wednesday, a rush party Thursday and a preference party Friday.
ALPHA Xi Delta sorority members from Kansas State University and the University of Nebraska and alumni who live in the Kansas-Nebraska region traveled to Lawrence to help with the effort, Dinus said.
This is the second Alpha Xi Delta sorority established at KU, said Diane Gregory, executive director.
"This is our Chi chapter," she said. "Our first chapter here opened its doors in 1915 but closed in 1933 because of the Depression. So it's a re-establishment of that chapter."
Ten women founded the sorority in 1893 at Lombard College, Galesburg, Ill., and 107 chapters and colonies now make up the entire national sorority, Gregory said.
Next fall, the new KU sorority members will move into the Mount Ross Dormitory, 1003 Emery Rd., which holds about 50 people. "We have plans to remodel and add additional living space in the future," Dinus said.
ALPHA Xi Delta is the second sorority KU has added to the Greek living system in the last four years. Both additions are part of a six-year plan designed to admit a total of three new sororities, said Jill Russell, vice president of sorority affairs for the Panhellenic Assn.
Kappa Delta entered the system two years ago, and a third, still undetermined sorority, will join the system in another two years, Russell said.
Panhellenic decided to admit the three new sororities when pledge classes at existing sororities rose to about 60, she said. Sororities interested in joining the KU Greek system make presentations to Panhellenic and KU officials, Russell said.
Panhellenic and KU representatives then decide on what sororities to admit, she said.