Sigma Kappa’s Beta Mu chapter began as a local sorority called Omega Delta. Founded at Culver-Stockton College on February 26, 1926, the women of Omega Delta wore pins of black onyx, bordered in pearls with the Greek letters of Omega Delta in gold. Their colors were old rose and silver grey, and they chose a pink rose as their flower to represent purity and growth. The chapter’s motto was serbavo fidem, which is Latin for “I will keep the faith.”
Omega Delta was welcomed into the Grand Chapter of Sigma Kappa the weekend of April 18, 1947. In doing so, Beta Mu of Sigma Kappa represented the first international sorority at Culver-Stockton College. The occasion included formal pledging in the parlors of Wood Hall on Friday. On Saturday, April 19, 1947, formal chapter installation in the L. L. Culver Gymnasium (now Herrick Hall), performed by the Sigma Kappa national council officers. That evening, the new chapter celebrated with a formal banquet in the Lincoln-Douglas Hotel in Quincy, Ill. On that Sunday, the chapter held a model meeting in Culver Hall (now Johnson Hall), and then hosted a tea there as well.
The chapter resided in a home formerly occupied by a dean of the college. In time, that house was relocated and placed to adjoin a house situated on property donated to Culver-Stockton College by Frances Clough, creating the original Clough Hall. Following the Flood of 1993, this building was deemed unlivable, and the chapter temporarily relocated first to the Dean’s House in Canton, and later to the top floor of Johnson Hall. In the spring of 1994, Culver-Stockton broke ground on the current Clough Hall, and the chapter moved in in 1995.
In April 1997, the chapter celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a banquet in Hannibal, Missouri, where three sisters who became Sigma Kappas upon the induction of Omega Delta were given their 50-year pins to encircle their badge. At this event, the Tri-State Alumnae chapter presented a reproduction of the Beta Mu charter to the house, replacing the original version lost over the years.
Today, our sisters are still in Clough Hall and are very involved in other campus activities, including Panhellenic Council, Up Til Dawn, theater, music ensembles, soccer, softball, Psych Club, Phi Eta Sigma, Theta Alpha Phi, and many, many more. (See campus involvement for a complete list!)