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Indiana Zeta

Ball State University

Founding date: 8/23/1952

Installing Officer: 
Grand President Marianne Reid Wild, Kansas Alpha

Paint Warz

Installation of Indiana Zeta

A local group, Gamma Gamma, was formed in 1920. The group officially became a chapter of Pi Beta Phi on August 23, 1952. At the time of the chapter’s installation, the University was called Ball State Teacher’s College. It was the first Pi Beta Phi to be installed on a teacher’s college campus after the Association of Education Sororities became part of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), a process that began when Illinois Epsilon Amy Burnham Onken, chaired NPC.

The Installation Ceremony took place in the Arts Building on campus. There was an installation banquet after the event at the Delaware Country Club. The theme was “Royal Gems of Pi Phi” and three women spoke before singing Pi Phi songs.

Living at Indiana Zeta

The Indiana Zeta Chapter does not have a house. However, recently construction began on a sorority “village,” and it is to open in the fall of 2018. This chapter house will house 28 members. Currently, the chapter has a suite located on the fourth floor of Ball State’s all-female residence hall.  It is a relatively small space, but it has a small kitchenette, a large ritual closet and an open area with couches for Pi Phis to study, meet, socialize and relax. While it is a struggle to fit even one New Member class in the suite due to chapter size, it is a great place to hold Leading with Values® workshops, sisterhoods, Policy and Standards Board meetings, study sessions and other smaller gatherings. Curious Pi Phis can also rummage through the closets to find lots of chapter history and memorabilia from past Pi Phis, including chapter minutes, awards, letters, manuals, scrapbooks, newspaper articles, newsletters and so much more.

There is not a lot of room in the suite to display many items; however, there is a beautiful silver platter donated by an alumna that is proudly displayed. Chapter members also love the book used for pledging signatures, which is the same one the Indiana Zeta founders used. Members can flip through and see the names of every Indiana Zeta who ever pledged to the Fraternity. One of the chapter’s beloved current Alumnae Advisory Committee members was a founding member of the chapter in 1952. It is special to look in the book and see her name on the very first page. It is also very special when she visits and shares stories about what the University and Pi Phi were like when she was a student.

Panhellenic Groups on Campus

Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Phi, Chi Omega, Delta Zeta, Kappa Delta, Sigma Kappa, Pi Beta Phi and Phi Mu

Philanthropic Service 

The chapter’s most recognized philanthropic event is called Paint Warz. It typically occurs in September. The chapter has paired with fraternities in the past and has also completed it alone. This event is a hit because every game involves getting messy with paint in one way or another. Students (Greek and non-Greek alike) love it. Events include a tug-of-war, an obstacle course, messy paint Twister, paint dodge ball and several other exciting games students look forward to every year. The participant turnout increases every year, and the chapters are also honored to help Phi Delta Theta support their national philanthropy, the ALS Association.

Notable Alumnae

  • Christine Dobbyn, a news anchor who received the Radio & Television Director Association Award for Young Journalists in 1997 and a regional Emmy award in 2004

Carolyn Helman Lichtenberg Crest Award Winners from Indiana Zeta

  • Judith Summers McCollum (2008)

Grand Council Members of Indiana Zeta 

  • Julie Pratt Simmons
  • Lucy Baker Warner