Thanks for the chapter name Heather!
Yes, 1959 is correct. I wanted to know more about it because my mother was in this chapter. Her local sorority affiliated with Chi O that year. Unfortunately, she doesn't remember a lot about Chi O because it was her senior year and she was busy preparing to get married and move to Panama where my dad was stationed in the army.
I was looking at one of her yearbooks from '57 (or maybe '58) and the local sororities were so cute. There was a Kite Club which became Theta and an Anchor Club which became Delta Gamma. My mom's group was called Pi Sigma (I think) and my dad was a Sigma Pi.
I found this quote on Emory's Web site. It's kind of sexist but also pretty funny.
Soon after admitting women to the college, the administration faced the issue of the chartering of national sororities. Dean of Students Ellis Herber Rece was openly perplexed. He wrote to ask the advice of a colleague at the University of Tennessee in Nashville:
"We are having our troubles. We admitted women to our college two or three years ago. They are all over the place and in everybody's hair now. We are facing the question of sororities or no sororities. We keep trying to put it off, but it keeps pressing in on us."
Evidently, the UT colleague gave the nod to women's organizations on campus. In 1959, ten sororities received national charters at Emory.