Mary Loy Tatum,
Installation of Illinois Kappa
The chapter was installed on April 20, 2013. The weekend-long celebration began Friday night with a Cookie Shine enjoyed by local alumnae, current and past Grand Council members, Pi Phi volunteers and Headquarters staff. Members of other University of Chicago fraternities and sororities also attended the Cookie Shine to welcome the new chapter.
Illinois Kappa initiated 54 women into Pi Beta Phi along with four alumnae initiates. The Toastmistress was Illinois Kappa alumna initiate Erin Correa. Erin previously served as Executive Director of The Leadership Institute - Women with Purpose, Inc. and was a workshop facilitator for several Pi Phi events. Erin shared her story and why it was important to her to become a Pi Phi, bringing tears to many in the room. The Illinois Kappa Chapter was installed shortly after the Boston Marathon bombing and devastating shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Erin spoke about how the world needed women who embody the Pi Phi values of Integrity, Honor and Respect.
Living at Illinois Kappa
Members of fraternities and sororities at the University of Chicago do not live in houses, but that doesn’t impact the sisterhood Illinois Kappa shares! Illinois Kappa has a ZipCar and occupies a storage unit which is maintained and operated from Pi Beta Phi Headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, by the Fraternity Housing Corporation (FHC).