A Longer Past
In 1918, Stephens College, Columbia College, and other Missouri two year (or Junior) colleges decided to make an honors society to honor their students. They created Phi Theta Kappa, which has gone on to become a national organization. The American Association of Junior Colleges recognized that organization on November 19, 1929, which is now observed as Phi Theta Kappa's Founder's Day. Unfortunately, when Stephens became a four year college, we lost touch with Phi Theta Kappa. We didn't have an honors society until 1996, when Sigma Tau Delta received its charter from Isabel Sparks, with Ginger Jones as our plenary speaker.
The early chapters of Phi Theta Kappa had a rough time staying open, it seems, with Alpha Chapter, located at Stephens, in existence from 1918 to 1937, Beta Chapter from 1948 to 1970. There was also an alumni association called Lambda of Missouri Alumni Association, chartered in 1988 and then almost immediately became Inactive, and its charter was retired in 1993.
Any information regarding the members of these associations would be welcome.
This year, Sigma Tau Delta has sent out postcards to all PTK chapters inviting their members to visit Stephens College, their founding institution. We especially hope that PTK members interested in English/Creative Writing will attend the Performing Arts Weekend March 17-18.
Stephens College, 1920's
Information on this page was provided by the Phi Theta Kappa homepage, the Stephens College Archives, and Denise Halbach of the Development Department, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Center for Excellence.