Before Theta Iota was a chapter, there was a group called "The Minors", which combined Platteville's mining heritage with a musical term. The Minors held their first meeting on March 5, 1995 by a group of young women headed by Lora Schlieckau (Dadam). Lora and Tim DeTroy had been searching for two musical fraternities that would fit well with the campus, one male and one female fraternity. The fraternities they found were Sigma Alpha Iota and Phi Mu Alpha.
Theta Iota Chapter applied to Nationals in January 1996; there were 17 members and 1 advisor, Ester Wang. The Theta Iota Chapter was then established on April 26, 1996, by 23 dedicated musicians (See List of Members, Founding Sisters). Ester Wang had accepted an out of state job and Marilyn Gotteschalk became Theta Iota's new advisor and later became Theta Iota's first patroness member on April 27, 1999. Theta Iota began recruiting the following semester, Fall 1996, and held their first American Music Recital on April 4, 1997 where twelve pieces were performed. "So Near So Dear" was the closure directed by G. Dan Fairchild, Theta Iota's financial advisor who became a Friend of the Arts on April 1, 1997.
Recommendations to become a fraternity sent with petition to SAI Nationals
|Dr. Robert Culbertson||UW-Platteville Chancellor|
|Dr. Thomas Goltry||Dean of Fine Arts|
|Dr. Sharon A. Walker||Assistant Chancelor for Student Affairs|
|Esther Wang||Assistant Professor of Piano and The Minor's advisor|
A few Rho Chapter members educated the founding sisters during the pledging period.
Virginia Johnson, National VP-Extension and Development and Martha Dodds Stoner Epsilon A Province Officer conducted the installment ritual along with an assortment of SAI alumni.
Founding Executive Board
|President||Lora Renee Schliekau (Dadam)|
|VP-Membership||Rene Katherine Gerstner (Underberg)|
|VP-Ritual||Patti Jo Kisch (Myren)|
|Secretary||Kristina Marie Bartels (Garski)|
|Recording Secretary||Janelle Marie Pogodzinski (Layton)|
|Corresponding Secretary||Tonya Leigh Schmidt (Hill)|
|Sergeant at Arms||Stacey Lynn Martin (Hayden)|
|Editor||Sheila Ann Binder(Latowski)|
This chapter has participated in several community service projects. Here are a few:
|On campus||Off campus|
|Awards & Achievements|