Theta Nu Alpha is a Pacific University sorority which was founded in 1921. The March 8, 1921 issue of the student newspaper, "The Index," gave this account of its founding:
GIRLS PLAN NEW SOCIETY
A number of girls under the leadership of Miss Willard and Dean Farnham [the Dean of women students] met at Herrick Hall [the women's dormitory], Thursday evening in view of organizing a new society. During the business meeting, Dean Farnham gave a much appreciated talk on the requirements and obligations of a new organization.
The April 5, 1921 issue has the next mention:
The St. Patrick's Day program of the Theta Nu society proved exceedingly interesting. [A description of a program of humorous rhymes and serious talks follows.] A business meeting resulted in the adoption of the name Theta Nu for the society. In a very short time the society's constitution will be ready to present to the faculty for ratification.
Later issues of the newspaper give updates on Theta's activities, which seem to have been held weekly on Thursday nights. The first elected president was Lillian Yost. Like other fraternities and sororities at this time, Theta Nu appears to have started out as a literary society. The principle activities that they engaged in were, at first, mostly organized around lectures, poetry readings and musical performances.
In later years, Theta Nu ran annual events collaborating with other Greek societies. They often partnered with the fraternity Gamma Sigma, holding rush parties and informal dinners together. The Thetas also hosted special events on campus such as a P.J. Dance, May Day breakfast, and a Spring Formal banquet.