Chapter House Address: 130 Langdon
Chapter GPA: 3.214
Pi Beta Phi was founded as the first Fraternity for Women on April 28, 1867 at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois as IC Sorosis. The name was later changed to the greek letters Pi Beta Phi in 1888. Pi Phi was the first women’s fraternity to be modeled after men’s groups and also the first to start a chapter at another college. The Wisconsin Alpha Chapter was founded on November 1, 1894. Since then, Pi Phi’s have been prevalent on campus and pride themselves on being a well-rounded, passionate, involved, and charming group of young women. Whether Pi Phi’s are in the library studying, participating in other student organizations on campus, planning events for Homecoming, competing in Humorology, or laying out on their dock on Lake Mendota, they are always ready to be involved and have fun, within our outside of the Greek community!
Pi Beta Phi is dedicated to philanthropic and community service efforts that will remove the barrier of illiteracy. Champions Are Readers (CARs) is a monthly program that Pi Phis across the country participate in to promote literacy. The Wisconsin Alpha Chapter of Pi Beta Phi visits the Bay View Community Center several times a week to read and study with children, many of whom are underprivileged. In Spring 2009, the Wisconsin Alpha Chapter introduced a new spring philanthropy: Trivia Night at Brats. The event was held at State Street Brats, a popular restaurant in downtown Madison. Teams were given questions about a wide range of topics and all profits benefited First Book and The Pi Beta Phi Foundation for the promotion of literacy in youth.
The women of Pi Beta Phi enjoy giving back to the community, being involved, working hard to excel in school, and just having fun! Pi Phi is a house full of diverse individuals who share the common bond of sisterhood and offers women a positive college experience and the chance to make friendships that will last a lifetime!
*The colors are Wine and Silver Blue.
*The flower is the wine carnation.
*The badge is a golden arrow with twelve links in the chain.
*The pledge pin is a golden arrowhead with the Greek letter Beta. It was created by the Wisconsin Alpha chapter and adapted by the fraternity nationally.
*Angels, the unofficial Fraternity symbol, became associated with Pi Phi in the 1930s..
*Pi Beta Phi was one of the nine founders of the National Panhellenic Conference.
Philanthropies: Trivia Night, Links for Literacy, Arrow in the Arctic , Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts; Champions Are Readers (CAR)
Notable Pi Phis: Jennifer Garner (actress), Faye Dunaway (actress), Patricia Neal (actress), Susan Akin (Miss America, 1986)
The mission of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for women is to promote friendship, develop women of intellect and integrity, cultivate leadership potential and enrich lives through community service.