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Illinois Iota

Illinois State University

Founding date: 1/19/1974

Installing Officer:
Grand President Elizabeth Turner Orr, Oregon Alpha

Philanthropic Event: 
Dr. Seuss' Birthday

Installation of Illinois Iota

A local group, Pi Beta Co-op, was formed in 1967. The group officially became a chapter of Pi Beta Phi on January 19, 1974. The Initiation Ceremony took place at the First Unitarian Church in Bloomington, Illinois. The installation banquet took place at the Illinois House and was hosted by the Bloomington, Indiana, Alumnae Club. Special guest speakers included Club President Julie Mills Williams, Indiana Beta.

Living at Illinois Iota

The Illinois Iota Chapter of Pi Beta Phi is extremely lucky to have such an amazing home to house its members. In fact, recently the home was redecorated. Every year a popular conversation amongst the women going through recruitment is that Pi Phi has one of the nicest homes on campus. The personal favorite of many members is the courtyard located in the center of the home, which gives a nice view of the outside and of the fountain. At night it is even more beautiful because of the lights strung in the area. The chapter home has 11 bedrooms varying in size. Every year during move-in, week members decorate their door with fabric and the roommate’s names. Something else interesting in Illinois Iota home is how many members will mention the chapter’s ghost, Evelyn Dawson. It is more of a chapter-wide inside joke, but whenever things in the house happen unexpectedly, members blame Evelyn.

Panhellenic Groups on Campus

Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Omicron Pi, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Zeta, Gamma Phi Beta, Phi Sigma Sigma, Pi Beta Phi, Sigma Alpha, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta and Zeta Tau Alpha

Philanthropic Service

The Illinois Iota Chapter has many different events to support Pi Phi’s philanthropy, but the one that is celebrated annually is Dr. Seuss’® birthday. On this day of service, the chapter visits Sarah Raymond Elementary School in Bloomington and members read to the children from books like “The Cat in the Hat,” “The Lorax” and “Horton Hears a Who.” Someone from the chapter wears a Cat in the Hat suit as well, which is always a big hit. Illinois Iotas embody Philanthropic Service to Others through this experience.