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Florida Epsilon

University of Central Florida

Founding date: 1/10/1981

Installing Officer:
Grand President Jean Wirths Scott, Pennsylvania Beta

Philanthropic Events:
Pi Burger Phri and Color Me Literacy

Installation of Florida Epsilon

The chapter was installed on January 10, 1981. Installation activities took place at the First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. Special guest speakers at the installation banquet included Florida Beta Jean Curtis Yothers, Curator of the Orange County Historical Museum. 

Living at Florida Epsilon

The Pi Beta Phi house at the University of Central Florida holds a very special place in its members’ hearts, especially since 2012 when it was named the “Little Blue Cottage.” It is one of the only houses on Greek Park that stands out with its bright baby blue color. Furthermore, the facility is noticeable due to its very large roof, which is supposed to one day become a second story. There are 39 women who live in 10 bedrooms with two sets of full-size bunk beds. Chapter members find the TV room to be one of the best rooms in the house due to its comfy rug, large TV and gift ledge. The TV room was an extension to the facility and is the location of very special bonding moments like watching “The Bachelor” or a place to leave a present for a sister.

In the TV room, there are rows of shelves called the “Gift Ledge.” The Gift Ledge is used for sisters to leave presents for other sisters. It used especially during big/little (before reveal) and year round for Guardian Angels to drop off gifts secretly. There is nothing quite like seeing the Gift Ledge full of Pi Phi love! The chapter also has a very special silver vase displaying the winners of the Carol Crockett Campus Involvement Award from 1986–1996. Finally, one of the most important items in the house is the stained glass that rests above the front door. The stained glass was donated by a chapter member Jennifer Pierce’s father, Warren. He designed and donated it to the chapter in honor of his daughter when the house was first built! 

Panhellenic Groups on Campus

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

Philanthropic Service

Florida Epsilon has two main philanthropy events, one per semester. Both of these events are relatively new, but have earned a lot of support from the fraternity and sorority and University of Central Florida’s (UCF) communities. Pi Burger Phri is the fall philanthropy event, and it is an all-you-can-eat burger, fries and pies event. The event is set up in the backyard with a huge white tent, tons of tables, lights, a stage and live music (even featuring a Florida Epsilon alumna). In the spring the chapter’s philanthropy event is Color Me Literacy. It is a color run around the UCF campus and has garnered a lot of support in last three years the chapter hosted it. Runners received a shirt and a packet of color powder, and the top three runners in each age group (male and female) receive a medal. The run ends with a “Color Party,” featuring a DJ and sisters throwing color powder all around the backyard. In 2016, the third Color Run raised $15,000 for Read > Lead > Achieve®!

Notable Alumnae

The Florida Epsilon chapter values the connection to Pi Beta Phi history and therefore, it is notable that the chapter has two charter members, Barbi Stiles and Cindy Pajak, on AAC. These two women truly exemplify lifelong commitment both to Pi Beta Phi and their chapter. 

Carolyn Helman Lichtenberg Crest Award Winners from Florida Epsilon

  • Kautia Dawn Vaden Hampton (2007)