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A Brief History of Pi Beta Phi

Pi Beta Phi was founded on April 28th, 1867 at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. It was the first organization to be established as a national fraternity for college women, modeled after the Greek fraternities for college men. Twelve young women founded it in determination to make a place for women in the collegiate world.  Pi Beta Phi was originally named “ I.C. Sorosis.” The Creighton Nebraska Gamma chapter of Pi Beta Phi was founded on April 9th, 1994 and is one of more than 130 collegiate chapters throughout the United States and Canada.  Nebraska Gamma has been nationally recognized for academics and overall chapter performance and structure.  At previous national conventions, our Chapter was ranked third academically only behind Stanford and Yale and has been ranked as a Top 10 Chapter. 

Our Founders:

-Emma Brownlee Kilgore
-Fannie Thomson
-Margaret Campbell
-Jennie Horne Turnbull
-Jennie Nicole, M.D.
-Libbie Brooke Gaddis
-Clara Brown Hutchinson
-Ada Bruen Grier
-Inez Smith Soule
-Fannie Whiteenck Libbey
-Rosa Moore
-Nancy Black Wallace

Our Symbols: The Golden Arrow and the Angel

Our Colors:  Wine and Silver Blue

Our Flower: The wine Carnation At a convention in 1890 it was said, "The Roots of the Flower are the Founders, for from them the whole plant grew... The stem represents the Grand Council. It gives to us what was received from the roots. It gives us height and strength... The Leaves of our Flower are the Alumnae. They stand nearest the stem and assist it in its work. They are in communication with the world and breathe in for us the best of the world's ideals... The Petals are Red for the Girls are loyal. As it is the rich, wine color which makes the flower attractive, it too is the warm fervent loyalty of its members which makes Pi Beta Phi beautiful in the eyes of everyone... The Pistil is the spirit and the Stamens are ideals of Pi Beta Phi. The petals stand closely united around these to defend and protect them."

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