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California Nu

Loyola Marymount University

Founding date: 11/16/2002

Installing Officer:
Grand President Sarah Ruth Mullis, South Carolina Alpha

Installation of California Nu

Installation weekend took place November 15–17, 2002. The local Installation Committee Chairman was Kentucky Alpha Karen Emberton. Her committee included Anne Zantop Cioffi, Jan Kincaid Clifford, Anne-Marie Anderson Bulawka, Desiree Dexter Brown, Sherry ZeBrack Berg, Ashley Dye, Sheila McKenna, Christina Running, Carolyn Stirling and Mary Allison Davis Kusserow.

Friday included the reading of the Constitution and Statutes, followed by a formal ceremony for alumnae initiates at the Huesman Hall. Following the formal ceremony, the Preparatory Service was held. Chapter members participated in a Cookie Shine that included alumnae. The Initiation Ceremony was held at the Holy Activity Parish on November 16. Grand President Sarah Ruth "Sis" Mullis conducted the Initiation Ceremony for 71 collegians and three alumna initiates. Grand Vice President Finance Maurine Hager Jones, Montana Alpha, and Grand Vice President Membership Kay Knittle Brock, Colorado Alpha, assisted during the ceremony. Saturday evening's banquet was held at the Renaissance Hotel. Following the introduction of the collegiate and alumna initiates, Sis Mullis presented a silver tray from Grand Council. Past Grand Council Member Evelyn Peters Kyle, Illinois Alpha, also presented a silver tray to the chapter. Kim Barger Durand presented a pair of candelabras from the chapters of Alpha-Zeta Province. 

Grand President Sis Mullis installed the chapter. The women then provided entertainment by leading the group in Pi Phi "Ring Ching" and "One Two Three Words." Karen Emberton read a poem from Poet Laureate Evelyn Peters Kyle, written in honor of the installation. On Sunday, a model chapter meeting was held in Pereira Hall on the LMU campus. California Nu New Chapter Assistance Officer Jane Landreth Russell presided over the meeting. Grand President Sis Mullis installed chapter officers and presented Chapter President Meghan Elizabeth Bryan with the president's badge. Grand President Emerita Jean Wirths Scott, Pennsylvania Beta, then presented the Panhellenic Delegate with a pin designed to commemorate NPC's Centennial. More than 200 guests attended the reception on Sunday, including parents, friends, Pi Phi collegians and LMU administration and faculty.

Living at California Nu

Loyola Marymount University does not recognize official chapter houses, and therefore, California Nu does not have a facility. The chapter meets in lecture halls on campus for chapter meetings and official chapter business, which suits the chapter’s need for a large amount of space.

The California Nu Chapter has an “Angel Box,” which is passed around for members to put in affirmations or notes to other members. The Angel Box has been present since the beginning of California Nu. It is a small wooden box engraved with a small plaque that reads "Angel Box, California Nu." These notes and affirmations are then read aloud by the President, Vice President of Member Development and Vice President Administration at the close of chapter. Normally, bigs and littles will congratulate each other on a job promotion, a great grade on a test or a significant life event. It is special for the whole chapter to hear wonderful news about other members!

Panhellenic Groups on Campus

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

Philanthropic Service

Currently, the chapter has two main philanthropy events. Dodge the Arrow, held in the fall, is a dodgeball tournament with a twist — if and when you get out, you can get back into the game if you speed read a page from a Dr. Seuss® book! Arrowspike, held in the spring, is a large volleyball tournament held on Sunken Gardens, the largest community space on campus!

Notable Alumnae

  • Lauren Froderman, winner of the 7th season of “So You Think You Can Dance.”