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Florida Alpha

Stetson University

Founding date: 1/30/1913

Installing Officers:
Grand President May Lansfield Keller, Maryland Alpha

Philanthropic Events:
Pie a Pi Phi, Arrow Week

Installation of Florida Alpha

The chapter was installed on January 30, 1913. Pi Phi guests were welcomed by University President, Dr. Lincoln Hulley, and his wife, Pennsylvania Beta Eloise Mayham Hulley. Installation activities took place at John B. Stetson University. This was the second installation of a Greek organization on campus and the first of a fraternity for women. Prior to the installation, the organization was a Stetson University society for women. When the group of women discovered Pi Beta Phi, they applied to become a chapter. Upon approval, 18 women were initiated and chartered the Florida Alpha Chapter of Pi Beta Phi. These women were Ruth Allen, Marie Dye, Fay Cribbett, Nina Phillips, Mabel Eldredge, Marguerite Blocker, June Loel Adams, Mary Ellen Keown, Lee Craig Bowers, Gladys Louis Sidway, Mildred La Verne Vorce, Annie Nadine Holden, Harriett Spratt Hulley, Louise Crisfield Hulley, Sarah Van Hoosen Jones, Mary Landes Buttorff, Lillian Wadsworth Eldredge, and Katherine Brice Carpenter. Harriett Hulley, one of the charter members, was the daughter of Lincoln Hulley, the playwright/poet and President of Stetson University at the time.

Living at Florida Alpha

While the house is really an on-campus residence hall, it is still clearly the Pi Beta Phi house. The chapter room is full of sisters watching movies, doing homework, and eating dinner. Sixteen of the 112 sisters live in the eight bedrooms in the house. In 2016, the entire chapter room was renovated. The area received a fresh coat of paint, new tables and chairs and new d├ęcor, giving the chapter room a classy, contemporary look. Chapter members are extremely proud of these changes and are forever grateful for the everlasting memories created within the four walls of the Pi Phi house.

The Florida Alpha house was the first house created on “sorority row” at Stetson University. Thus, the groundbreaking shovel is in the chapter room. There is also a trophy case full of chapter awards from recent years, including the silver plate for Phi level in 2015 and awards from Stetson University’s Panhellenic community. In 2011, Florida Alpha won runner-up for the Balfour Cup. The vase is proudly displayed in the trophy case. For nine years, Florida Alpha has won the Christensen Cup, the intramural championship trophy, which sits on a stand in the TV room. Florida Alpha is extremely proud of its chapter’s accomplishments, and that pride is evident upon walking through the chapter room. Another interesting piece in the chapter room is the brand-new Cookie Shine plate that the 2016 graduating class gave the chapter as their senior gift. This plate is a beautiful silver plate that stands out in the chapter room. The Florida Alpha Chapter charter is prominently displayed on a wall in the chapter room, serving as a constant reminder of the shared values and dedication to the women who paved the way for Pi Beta Phi to be the first fraternity for women on campus.

Panhellenic Groups on Campus

Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Delta Delta, Kappa Alpha Theta, Pi Beta Phi and Zeta Tau Alpha.

Philanthropic Service

Florida Alpha has two main philanthropy events. This fall, the chapter held Pi Beta Battle, a capture the flag tournament raising money for the Fraternity’s philanthropy. At the event, food, T-shirts and pies to “Pie a Pi Phi” are also sold to raise money. In the spring, the chapter hosts Arrow Week, a Greek-wide competition week. This week includes a book drive, Pie a Pi Phi, a literacy talk by Dr. Shankar-Brown, a spelling bee and a fashion show. There is also Pi Phi Parlor, a late-night philanthropy event/ice cream social. These events have been extremely successful in not only raising money for Read > Lead > Achieve®, but in educating members of the fraternity and sorority and Stetson community about the importance of literacy.