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Virginia Eta

University of Richmond

Founding date: 5/2/1987

Installing Officer:
Grand President Carolyn Helman Lichtenberg,
Ohio Alpha

Philanthropy Events:
Lip Sync for Literacy and Ballin' for Books

Installation at Virginia Eta

Virginia Eta was installed at the University of Richmond. Grand President May Lansfield Keller spent most of her career as Dean of Westhampton College, which was the coordinate of the University of Richmond. Although she died in 1964, she played an integral role in the pledging ceremony. It took place in the Deanery, her former home, with a portrait of her overseeing the festivities. The installation banquet took place immediately following the ceremony at the Richmond Hyatt. 

Grand President Carolyn Helman Lichtenberg, Ohio Alpha, Grand Vice President Collegians Annette Mitchell Mills, Alabama Alpha, Grand Vice President of Membership Jean Wirths Scott, Pennsylvania Beta, Grand Secretary Carol Inge Warren, North Carolina Beta, Director of Alumnae Advisory Committees Sarah Ruth Mullis, South Carolina Alpha, Director of Extension Kay Cromb Brada and others were in attendance.

Living at Virginia Eta

While Virginia Eta does not have a typical house like many other chapters, they do have a sorority cottage that is very special to the chapter. The cottage has a kitchen and a living space where the women like to gather. Whether it is watching the Super Bowl or having a movie night, it’s a place where they are comfortable and like to call home. The chapter is constantly updating their decorations in the cottage to put their own touch of personality into it.

One of the chapter's favorite items in their house is the composite of the chartering class. As Pi Phi is celebrating 150 years, the University of Richmond campus is celebrating 30 years of sororities on campus. Because of this, Virginia Eta has enjoyed reconnecting with some of the members of the chartering chapter. 

Panhellenic Groups on Campus

Delta Delta Delta, Delta Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma and Pi Beta Phi

Philanthropic Service

The chapter has two main philanthropy events each year. The fall philanthropy event is an exciting event for the entire campus. “Lip Sync for Literacy” is a dance competition between different student organizations. Both Greek and non-Greek organizations get excited for this event. At a recent event, the women raised more than $4,500. They also incorporated a book drive in which they collected around 550 books for a local elementary school. The chapter will be donating these books at a reading event with as many sisters as they can take. In the spring, Virginia Eta hosts a 3-on-3 round-robin basketball tournament, “Ballin’ For Books.” Balling for Books pulls participants from the Greek and non-Greek organizations on campus, as well. It is well attended each year.