The History Of Theta Delta:
In the month of October 1970, a group of young women formed an interest group, the Escepionelles, in order to establish a chapter of Delta Sigma Theta on the campus of Illinois State University. During this time, the Escepionelles functioned as a Pyramid Club. They learned Pyramid material, became more familiar with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, rendered services to the community and on the campus established a true sisterhood.
The Theta Delta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated was officially established on February 13, 1971. Delta Sigma Theta was the first black Greek lettered organization recognized by the University on the Illinois Campus. A formal initiation ceremony was held in teh Fairchild Lounge which then Midwest Regional Director, Hortense Canady and Regional Assistant, Barbara Curtis presided. Sixteen young women were initiated at this time.
In 2002, Bloomington-Normal Alumnae chapter inititated the return of Theta Delta chapter to bring back the public service needed at the undergraduate level. In this process, there was also a concern for another institution in the twin-city community that did not have a chapter. Illinios Wesleyan (past Iota Zeta chapter) was added to the roster, which started the Theta Delta Core chapter, which included both undergraduate students from Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University.