Grand President Emily Russell Tarr, Texas Beta
Installation of Mississippi Gamma
Mississippi Gamma was installed the weekend of April 3–5, 2009 at Mississippi State University. The charter was received at the 2009 Dallas Convention. All of the installation events were held in the Colvard Student Union on Mississippi State University’s campus. The members enjoyed a Pledging Ceremony, banquet, and Cookie Shine. The activities far exceeded anyone’s expectations with such a large group in attendance, from family members, Pi Phi international and regional officers, Pi Phi alumnae, current collegians and fellow Mississippi State Greek members. Initiation was held at Starkville First United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 4. In attendance was Sarah Ruth “Sis” Mullis, South Carolina Alpha, and Oklahoma Beta Mary Loy Tatum, who served as New Chapter Assistance Officer until she became Grand President in 2009. Sarah Ruth “Sis” Mullis was then appointed as the Chapter Assistance Officer.
Living at Mississippi Gamma
Mississippi Gamma's house was the first house to be owned by the Fraternity Housing Corporation (FHC). FHC ensured the property would be environmentally sustainable by making it the first Greek house in the nation to be LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). With this distinction, the house was recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council with a LEED Silver certification for new construction. Covering over approximately 20,000 square feet, the house consists of 21 bedrooms housing 40 members along with the Housing Director. Ground was broken on April 8, 2010, and the women moved in 2011. The house has a painted brick exterior; inside features include dining and study halls, as well as a formal living room, library, study rooms and TV lounges.
When they graduated, the founding class of 2009 purchased a commemorative iron bench. On the sprawling front porch, beautiful rocking chairs were donated by the Parents Club. Leading up to the front entrance of the house, brick pavers are placed in recognition of members. On the front of the house next to the porch stands a young Japanese maple tree in memorial of Tess Veal, a member who passed away in 2012.
Panhellenic Groups on Campus
Alpha Delta Pi, Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Gamma, Kappa Delta, Phi Mu, Pi Beta Phi and Zeta Tau Alpha
There are two large philanthropy events throughout the year. In the fall there is Pie Night, where various types of pie are served and the proceeds go to Pi Beta Phi Friendship Fund and the Pi Phi Literacy Fund. In the spring there is Pi Phi Pizookie, where pizookies (skillet cookies with a scoop of ice cream on top) are served and the proceeds go to the Laura Carson Fund, the chapter’s local philanthropic partner.