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KKG housing plans develop: Kappa must raise $2 million for new house

March 27, 2015

Kappa Kappa Gamma alumna Karen Barrett Chism’s recent gift to Monmouth College could pave the way for a new house for the Alpha chapter.

During a visit to campus, the Chisms – who now live in Palo Alto, Calif. – noted that the home on South Eighth Street, which is directly behind the current Kappa house, was for sale.

This prompted the couple to purchase the Eighth Street house with hopes that someday a large, modern facility would be built on the property. Located across from campus on Broadway, six active members currently live in the chapter house.

Junior and Kappa Kappa Gamma president Maggie Brundige said, “A bigger house is important to our chapter for many reasons. As our numbers continue to grow, we would love to have the facilities to accommodate those numbers. With 65 girls in our chapter, and only seven spots in our present house, we are leaving little opportunity for everyone to have a chance to live in the house. A large house would allow for more girls to live there and enhance our sisterly relationships with one another.”

Brundige has been informed that because the college now knows where the new house will be built, they need to raise a minimum of $2 million to begin construction. Currently, Monmouth is working off a four- to five-year plan that, as of now, includes tearing down the existing house on Broadway and the home on Eighth Street in order to utilize both lots.

Polly Timmerman, Kappa Kappa Gamma alumna and advisor to the Monmouth chapter, is also looking forward to the day when more members can live in a chapter house together and forge the friendships that come from that experience.

“A bigger house would allow more members to live together,” Timmerman said. “This builds unity and promotes friendship. Some of my closest friendships in college developed from sharing space with women I didn’t know very well.”

Although the plans are still in the very early stages, Timmerman sees potential for a unique living space that would showcase the chapter’s rich history on this campus and across the nation.

“The founders of Kappa, like our other sororities, were intelligent, creative and progressive women. I think it would be a tribute to all of the members of the past, present and future to include some unique and artistic elements in the design and architecture of a new house.”

Elizabeth Meyer
Courier News Editor

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