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Purdue Mortar Board: Chapter History
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Mortar Board History at Purdue

Fall of 1924 SLS (service, leadership, and scholarship), a new honor society for recognizing senior women, was formed with 7 women as members.
November 26, 1926
  • SLS was formally as the 36th chapter of Mortar Board
  • Purdue University enrollment was less than 4000 students with approximately 700 women
  • The School of Home Economics was formed
September 1927 Purdue Mortar Board organized a junior and senior women's athletic booster club (a female counterpart to Gimlet) called the Gold Peppers. The Gold Peppers served the campus until 1974.
1942 During WWII, all the Mortar Board members wore identical beige suits with the MB emblem. Suits cost 12.95 and were purchased in Fort Wayne .
1945 First scholarship. Mortar Board allocated $10.00 to be used with funds from Panhellenic Association and the Golden Peppers.
1945 The Reminder Calendar was created. Each members was given a number to sell. BOSO is still looking for the lost inventory of calendars. The printing bill was $292.50.
1958 Mortar Board with the assistance of Dean Stone convinced the local bookstores to sell the calendars. Dean Schleman consulted with Mortar Board on some new type of counseling for freshman women.
1961 Mortar Board began assisting the Dean with freshman counseling for 10 years, which is an early form of orientation.
1962 PMU agreed to serve Sunday Breakfast to Mortar Board at initiation and Homecoming - a privilege reserved previously only for Iron Key.
1971 Purdue chapter received the first ever National Citation for its record of service on this campus.
  • Decision to include men, nationally
  • Calendar printing bill was $12,000. And the total sold was 19,000 at $1.50 each. Scholarship and fellowship money totaled $13,500
  • 50th class of the Barbara Cook Chapter
1977 First class with 5 men out of 30 total and the 50th anniversary of the chapter.
1987 The chapter was named for Dean Barbara Cook, the beloved advisor and benefactor for 30 years. A university marker was erected by Mackey in her honor.
1990 The leadership conference was established.
1990 Purdue Mortar Board Premier Volleyball Invitational Tournament was founded. Purdue Boilermakers won every game taking first place against Southwestern Missouri, Eastern Kentucky, and Cal Poly.
1996 The Mortar Board awards dessert was started.
2000 Mortar Board assisted in establishing a local alumni club.
2001 Mortar Board established the Horizons Scholarship Dessert
2002 Celebrated 75th anniversary with a Homecoming dinner at the University Inn.  Raised over $6000 for endowment.
Assisted in the Purdue Relief Effort which raised over 15,000 for the Red Cross Liberty fund.  Hung yellow ribbons around campus and buried a time capsule to remember the reaction and events of the campus during the week of September 11th .

Purdue Mortar Board has assisted or helped establish:
  • Sponsored May Day
  • Women's Athletic Association
  • The YWCA
  • The Glee Club
  • The Pep Club
  • Established the student government international
  • Published a graduate study handbook
  • Supported a magazine for creative writing
  • Set up the first award for an outstanding woman in engineering, the Crabtree Award
  • Provided the women's swimming score board
  • Various building markers on campus including the Amelia Earhart plaque at the airport
  • A pond in Horticulture Park (50th class gift)
  • Supported the Music Man cast
  • Established the Schleman Medallion
  • Established with ODK the Dean Stone Award for advisors
  • Did the survey on salary differentials between men and women on campus
  • Curb cutouts
  • Community and Family Resource Center, Lafayette
  • L. Tony Hawkins Boiler Challenge Course
  • Purdue Village Day Care Center


Updated: 09/15/07 07:17 PM


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