Chapter History

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 CulbertsonUW-Platteville Chancellor
Dr. Thomas GoltryDean of Fine Arts
Dr. Sharon A. WalkerAssistant Chancelor for Student Affairs
Esther WangAssistant 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

PresidentLora Renee Schliekau (Dadam)
VP-MembershipRene Katherine Gerstner (Underberg)
VP-RitualPatti Jo Kisch (Myren)
SecretaryKristina Marie Bartels (Garski)
Recording SecretaryJanelle Marie Pogodzinski (Layton)
Corresponding SecretaryTonya Leigh Schmidt (Hill)
Sergeant at ArmsStacey Lynn Martin (Hayden)
EditorSheila Ann Binder(Latowski)

This chapter has participated in several community service projects. Here are a few:

On campusOff campus
  • Passing out attendance slips at university concerts
  • Purchasing a redbud tree for Arbor Day
  • Advocating breast cancer awareness month (October) through an informational table and residence hall shower tags
  • Working at State Solo/Ensemble
  • Calling incoming freshmen for the music department
  • Bowling for cystic fibrosis
  • Donating blood
  • Caroling and performing at Parkview Terrace Nursing Home
  • Performing for the Platteville Arts Fair
  • Performing for the Dubuque, IA Historical Society at the Historic Ryan House
  • Trick-or-treating for canned goods to donate to Family Advocates, a local abuse & sexual assault shelter.
Past Fundraisers
  • Selling cotton candy at Schwetzingen Day
  • Selling UW-Platteville Pioneer Title Towels in support of UW-Platteville athletic teams
  • Coordination the preparation and printing of the 1997-98 and 1998-99 UW-Platteville Social Calenders.
  • Bake sales
  • Brat sales
  • Selling Music Magnets
  • Selling carnations at State Solo/Ensemble
Awards & Achievements
  • 1996 - Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Greek Leadership
  • 1997 - Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Greek Leadership
  • 1997 - Alumni Association Oak Leaf Award for the most Outstanding Greek Organization on campus.
  • July 1997 - College Chapter Achievement Award for the Epsilon A Province
  • March 1998 - $1,000 grant awarded to Theta Iota to assist in bring the all-female jazz ensemble, Diva, to UW-Platteville in cooperation with the Student Activities Board Performing Arts Series and the Patricia Doyle Women's Center.