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Chapter History

“With pride and pleasure we looked to this symbol of the birth of Gamma Iota…the seed we had been nourishing had at last blossomed forth in all its glory.” 
- Mildred Langford
Gamma Iota Historian, 1949

Colonization of Gamma Iota chapter began in 1947, the same year that UF was to become a co-ed University. Due to a strong presence of active ZTA alumnae in Gainesville, the alumnae as well as ZTA National Delegates wanted Zeta to be one of the first women’s fraternities on the campus. Gamma Iota’s charter was signed on April 2nd, 1949 and we officially became the 82nd link in ZTA’s chain. Our charter and installation initiates are pictured below, and were initiated along with 17 other women – totaling only 26 members at the time! By 1955, Gamma Iota Chapter had grown to 60 members. This was the year that we moved into our current house on Panhellenic Drive; 34 members moved in on January 3rd, 1955!

Thanks to the pioneering ZTA’s of Gainesville, Gamma Iota continues to be home to some of the best and brightest women at the University of Florida.  With such a rich history on this campus, we continue to serve as a beacon for service and excellence, never forgetting what ZTA stands for. 


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