DELTA CHAPTER AT SUNY ONEONTA
Established October 20, 1894
Emeralds and Pearls...Arethusa Girls
Sigma Gamma Phi
EXCERPTS FROM THE ORIGINAL MINUTES BOOK OF THE DELTA CHAPTER OF THE ARETHUSA SORORITY.
“September 26, 1894-
31 Normal students met with Dr. Milne in the Normal building to ask his advice about forming a society. He seemed very much pleased at the idea. … His words were encouraging, and as he left the room he wished us success.
October 5, 1894-
...The constitution was immediately drawn up. It was read by Miss Josephine Axtell and discussed by the society.
October 20, 1894-
Two delegates from the Alpha Chapter of Arethusa at Brockport were present for the purpose of organizing the Delta Chapter of the said society in Oneonta.
… They pronounced us the Delta Chapter of the Arethusa Fraternity. They were both anxious that we should be earnest and make Arethusa a success in Oneonta. By their words, it was plain to all that Arethusa Society was no trifling but an elevating institution.”
“... It was suggested that the society be distinguished as a reading society, and that each member purchase some noted book of solid reading which should be loaned throughout the society. When the member should leave school, she could either donate this book to the society or she could retain it”.
“...rooms in the Normal building will be ready for the new chapter (Arethusa Delta) by the last of the school year. These rooms will be on the fourth floor over the main entrance.— excerpt from “A New Society”
The Oneontan, Nov. 1894
1st row - Annie Volpe, Christy Arbegast, Leslie Rowan, Gail Fitts, Ro (?), Sue Wright.
2nd - Laura Veiera, Edy Harrison, Loretta Calabrese, Annie O'Connor, Maryellen Betzold, Donna Heinrichs, Barb Perlman.
3rd - Eileen Hogencamp, Tori Price, Sue Darrow, Shari Pine, Maureen McEnroe, Elissa (?), Cindy Kalman, Tania Mouscardy.
— with Ann Marie Volpe Giacoia, Eileen Hogencamp, Tori Price, Anne Marie Fields and Barbara Perlman Barchat.
Betz and Stephanie painting the tunnel. Fall of '1979.