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Illinois Theta

Bradley University

Founding date: 5/17/1947

Installing Officer: 
Grand President Amy Burnham Onken, Illinois Epsilon

Philanthropic Event:
Noodles for Knowledge

Installation of Illinois Theta

A local group, Lambda Phi, was formed in 1901. The group officially became a chapter of Pi Beta Phi on May 17, 1947. Initiation Ceremonies took place over the course of a few days and concluded with a Cookie Shine at the City Women’s Club, hosted by the Peoria, Illinois, Alumnae Club. The installation banquet was held at the Block and Kuhl Skyline Dining Room. A wine and silver blue arrow hung above the speakers’ table, which was decorated with an arrangement of wine and silver blue carnations with a corsage of the same at each place.

Living at Illinois Theta

Lambda Phi was the first women’s Greek organization at Bradley University, and Pi Beta Phi was the first chapter on Bradley’s campus to own a chapter house. The current house was opened in October 2012. Each room in the new house was donated by individuals or previous New Member classes. Their names are acknowledged on a plaque in every room. There are 19 rooms that house 34 women, mostly sophomores.

The Illinois Theta Chapter house contains a stained glass window with the Greek letters Pi Beta Phi donated by a New Member class in the 1970s. Judy Boucher Chamberlain, a Pi Phi from the class of 1961, died young and her father donated her paintings to the chapter. Chapter members also established the Judy Boucher Chamberlain Art Scholarship in her memory. Illinois Theta received the Balfour Cup for the 1987–1988 school year, and it is in an enclosed case alongside the original Lambda Phi President pin and the New Member pin. In the chapter’s new house there is an arrow light fixture from the previous house. It was restored by an Alumnae Advisory Committee member’s husband for current use. Lastly, the New Member class of 2011 donated large iron wings displayed in the chapter room.

Philanthropic Groups on Campus

Alpha Chi Omega, Chi Omega, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Delta, Pi Beta Phi, Sigma Delta Tau and Sigma Kappa

Philanthropic Service

Pi Phi's Noodles for Knowledge philanthropy event is a pasta dinner during which every member is required to sell at least five tickets at $5 each. This raises approximately $4,000 every year, plus another $1,000 from extra tickets sold.

Notable Alumnae

  • Lisa Helfrich Jackson, producer of major television shows including "Everybody Loves Raymond"
  • Barbara Adler

Carolyn Helman Lichtenberg Crest Award Winners from Illinois Theta

  • Nancy Trogman (2014)
  • Barbara Callan Steffin (2003)