University of Akron


Chapter History


Eta was founded at the University of Akron on March 15th, 1879. Our chapter remains as the Fraternity's oldest continuous existing chapter with over 135 years of history. Since then we have strived to maintain excellence and live by our motto "Do Good." We are one of the five sororities at the University of Akron recognized by the Panhellenic Council. Delta Gamma strives to maintain high academics, strong philanthropic participation, and proudly shares the strongest bond of sisterhood.




In 1883, Delta Gamma's second national convention was held here in Akron. Our national magazine the ANCHORA was voted into existence, and the colors bronze, pink and blue were added to the fraternity. 


Noteable Eta Alumna: 


Mary Gladwin, was a Red Cross nurse who served in three wars from 1898 to 1919. For her work she was decorated by the United States, Russia, and Japenese and Serbian governments. The nursing building at Akron is named in her honor. 


Ruth Billow, who was binded in a childhood accident, made an impassioned plea to Convention in 1936. She asked that Delta Gamma make a difference in the lives of those with limited or no sight. Her wish was also to help society appreciate the talents of those who are visually ipaired. Ruth would be overwhelmed by the accomplishments of the members of her Fraternity today through our work with Serivce for Sight, and our adjunct philanthropy, Joining Forces.


Dorothy Garrett Martin, has helped Akron's campus grow tremendously along with her husband Paul Martin, Phi Delta Theta Ohio-Epsilon. In 1991 a new Foundation center was added to Executive Offices (Dedicated as the Dorothy Garrett Martin Center the following year). In celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary, Dr. Paul Martin honored his wife by establishing the Delta Gamma Lectureships in Values and Ethics. The first Delta Gamm Lechtureship in Values and Ethics was established here at the University of Akron. This Lectureship has brough speakers of all different backgrounds to speak on the behalf of values and ethics. Speakers at Akron recently have been Colin Powell, Michael J. Fox, Genna Davie, John Walsh, and Glenn Close.


Dee Gee's are all over Akron's Campus, here are some of our landmarks: 


The Dorothy Garrett Martin Fountain on the North Quad

University of Akron's Martin Center

Banta Park on the corner of Buchtel and Spicer St

Mary Gladwin Hall

Rob's Cafe, named after Mrs Robertson, and Eta Alumna 

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