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Utah Alpha

University of Utah

Founding date: 9/11/1929

Installing Officer:
Grand Secretary Gail DeWolf, Iowa Zeta

Philanthropic Events:
Arrow Jam and
Pie a Pi Phi

Installation at Utah Alpha

A local group, Gamma Phi, was formed in 1897­. The Pi Beta Phi chapter was officially installed on September 11, 1929. The Initiation Ceremony took place at the Jewish Community Center, where decor was colored wine and silver blue by coincidence. The installation banquet was held at the Hotel Utah, a historic landmark in Salt Lake. Tables were arranged with baskets of wine-colored asters, blue delphinium and carnations. There were several speakers, and Virginia Carthey served as Chairman of the banquet. Grand Secretary Gail DeWolf, Iowa Zeta, installed the chapter and led “Pi Phi Grace.” Ethel Paul gave a toast about the Golden Arrow, which brought a realization of the true meaning of the arrow to every Pi Phi. Leaila Sexton represented the Utah Alumnae Club and told of the “Flight of the Arrow” which gave a brief history of the journey of Pi Phi.

Living at Utah Alpha

The Utah Alpha chapter house was built specifically for the local group Gamma Phi. It was the first house built in the state of Utah specifically for a women’s fraternity. In the dining room, there is a newspaper article from when the house was built. Nearly 200 alumnae and collegiate members dedicated it formally. It is French colonial in architectural style, and the interior resembles the heritage and history represented in the exterior. The chapter house was combined with the house next door when more space was needed. There are nine bedrooms in the home, one guest room and the house manager’s apartment. There are three bathrooms upstairs and two downstairs. There are around 20 live-in members at a time. The kitchen was also recently renovated, and it is beautiful!

In the  dining room, there is a china cabinet that holds Pi Beta Phi artifacts. There is china from the 1966 Mother’s Club, an award from the 1958 Homecoming, an ASUU blood drive award from 1959 and numerous china from past senior classes. There is also a trophy wall with more recent awards in the living room, ranging from Favorite Sorority to Highest GPA on the row.

Panhellenic Groups on Campus

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

Philanthropic Service

In the fall, Utah Alpha hosts Arrow Jam. In the spring, the chapter hosts Pie a Pi Phi.