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Arizona Beta

Arizona State University

Founding date: 2/14/1965

Installing Officers:
Grand President Alice Weber Mansfield (Johnson), Missouri Beta

Philanthropic Events:
Arrowspike and
Pi Beta Phry

Installation of Arizona Beta

The chapter was installed on May 1, 1965. That May Day, 29 New Members were initiated into Pi Beta Phi by Grand President Alice Weber Mansfield (Johnson), Missouri Beta. Other installing officers included Grand Secretary Fay Martin Gross, Illinois Zeta; Grand Treasurer Olivia Smith Moore, Missouri Alpha; NPC Delegate Dorothy Weaver Morgan, Nebraska Beta; Director of Membership Helena Dingle Moore, California Gamma; Pi Province South Alumnae President Mary Emrich Van Buren, Illinois Beta; Pi Province President Carolyn Moody Lockhart, Oklahoma Alpha; and Past Pi Province South Alumnae President Jesse Moeur French, Alberta Alpha.

The setting for the weekend festivities of Initiation and Installation of the Arizona Beta Chapter was the renowned Camelback Inn.

After the afternoon initiation, an installation banquet was held. The banquet theme was “Lift Off.” Special guest speakers included Fraternity officers who described their personal experiences with some of the founders. Charter members included alumna initiate Margaret Johnson Goldwater, wife of U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater.

Amid telegrams, flowers, gifts and the Candlelighting Ceremony, it was a festive evening. Past Pi Province South Alumnae President Jesse Moeur French, Alberta Alpha, presented the chapter with a gavel used by her father, Benjamin Moeur, when he was Governor of the State of Arizona. The Pi Province Chapters presented a Loving Cup and the charter members presented the new chapter with an arrow plaque and a mosaic of the Pi Phi crest. To complete the weekend, on Sunday, the new initiates and visiting officers attended church together. Sunday afternoon, Pi Phi alumnae and the new initiates hosted a reception for Arizona State University faculty members, parents of initiates, the Dean of Women and President of the University.

Living at Arizona Beta

“Pi Phi Paradise” at the Adelphi clusters in Tempe, Arizona, is what is home to members! The cluster consists of double occupancy rooms and a few single suites. Currently, there are 27 women living in the cluster from various New Member classes. You can always find members doing homework in the newly remodeled study room, watching TV in the newly decorated chapter room or sitting outside together enjoying the Arizona weather on the porch! Every couple of weeks, the chapter hosts “family dinner” where all members get together, enjoy a delicious catered meal and spend time talking about their weeks. You can always find members in each other’s rooms (and closets!). There is never a dull moment in Pi Phi Paradise.

The chapter has an awesome collection of Arrow magazines dating back since the 1950s! They are carefully kept and are organized in a bookcase. Along with the old Arrow magazines members can look through, there are a few scrapbooks from previous years with photos of different events that the chapter still hosts. Chapter members love seeing the strong sisterhood that was here years and years before the current members came along. One of the most special items the chapter has is a scrapbook from charter members from 1965. It has photos of initiation, events and sisterhoods. It means so much to the chapter to have those memories to look to and remind the current members why they chose Pi Phi.

Panhellenic Groups on Campus

Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Phi, Alpha Delta Pi, Chi Omega, Delta Gamma, Delta Zeta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Kappa Delta, Kappa Alpha Theta, Pi Beta Phi and Sigma Kappa

Philanthropic Service

The chapter’s main philanthropy event is Arrowspike in the fall. A recent Arrowspike, raised more than $22,100! Events during this week of fundraising included a Chipotle® fundraiser, “Penny Wars” during the week leading up to the main event, Pi Beta Phry (where chicken tenders and fries are sold), Tug-of-War, Paint a Pi Phi (one big color war!) and of course, a Sand Volleyball tournament. One year the chapter ran out of more than 300 pounds of chicken tenders in the first two and a half hours of Pi Beta Phry!

Notable Alumnae

  • Dr. Christine Kajikawa Wilkinson, Vice President for Student Affairs at Arizona State University 
  • Nicole Powers Ramirez, Blogger of
  • Samantha Ponder, Sportscaster for ESPN college football and basketball sideline reporter

Carolyn Helman Lichtenberg Crest Award Winners from Arizona Beta

  • Dr. Christine Kajikawa Wilkinson (1993)