During the 1903 – 1904 school year at Syracuse University in New York, Marguerite and Estelle Shephard discussed the lack of new women’s organizations on campus. The two sisters had noticed that university enrollment had doubled in the past four years, but only one addition had been made to the women’s fraternity system, thus many otherwise worthy women were being denied membership. The Shephard sisters contacted one of their highly respected professors, Dr. Wellesley Coddington, and proposed their wish to create a new fraternity. Dr. Coddington was very supportive and offered much assistance in making their dream a reality. With the addition of nine other friends – Jennie Titus, Georgia Dickover, Grace Mosher, Ethel Brown, Edith McConnell, Mary Snider, Georgia Otis, Emily Butterfield, and Flora Knight – a new sisterhood was founded at the home of Dr. Coddington on May 4, 1904: Alpha Gamma Delta (Alpha Gam).