Pi Beta Phi

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Chapter Photo at the Bungalow (5/20/2007)
Pi Phi class of 2012 at Preference Party January 2011

The Illinois Beta-Delta chapter of Pi Beta Phi (ΠΒΦ) is one of the four national sororities on Knox College's campus in addition to Delta Delta Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma and Alpha Sigma Alpha (ATP).

International Fraternity Awards The Illinois Beta-Delta Chapter was chosen out of Pi Phi’s 134 active collegiate chapters across the nation and Canada for the Excellence In Servant Leadership and Spirit Award in 2008.

Campus Greek Awards 2012

  • Outstanding Chapter President
  • Outstanding IFC/Panhel Delegate
  • Outstanding Philanthropy
  • Highest Sorority GPA
  • Second Place in Greek Week Talent Show
  • Second Place in Greek Week Overall

Campus Greek Awards 2011

  • Outstanding New Member Programming
  • Alumni Relations Award
  • Third Place in Greek Week Overall
  • First Place in Greek Week Talent Show

Campus Greek Awards 2010

Campus Greek Awards 2009

  • Outstanding New Member Orientation
  • Second place in Greek Week talent show

Campus Greek Week 2007

  • Campus Involvement Award
  • Alumni Relations Award
  • New Member Education Award
  • Most Service Hours Per Member: Honorable Mention
  • Best Service Project: Cure-a-palooza
  • Advisor of the Year: Jean Tulin
  • Greek Woman of the Year: Casey Norton

Knox College Pi Phi Homepage

The History of Pi Beta Phi[edit]


Pi Beta Phi was founded on April 28, 1867, becoming the first women's fraternity based on the men's Greek system. Initially named I.C. Sorosis, the organization initially consisted of 12 founders:

Emma Brownlee Kilgore, Clara Brownlee Hutchinson, Fannie Thomson, Libbie Brook Gaddis, Nancy Black Wallace, Jennie Nicol MD, Inez Smith Soule, Fannie Whitenack Libbey, Margaret Campbell, Rosa Moore, Ada Bruen Grier, and Jennie Horne Turnbull

The organization was founded at the Holt House on the campus of Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. Today the Holt House is used for small weddings, receptions, meetings and social gatherings. Nearby Pi Phi chapters and alumnae clubs use it for meetings, initiations and ceremonies. The Knox College chapter of Pi Beta Phi has the privilege of using the house for initiation and other events.

Pi Phi Firsts[edit]

  • First women's college secret organization based off of the men's Greek-letter system
  • First Fraternity for Women (1867)
  • First national (multi-chapter) Women's fraternity
  • First to have a national philanthropy, Settlement School (now the Arrowmont School for the Arts and Crafts)
  • First to have a Canadian philanthropy, Northern Libraries Project (now Arrow in the Arctic)
  • First to establish an alumnae department
  • First to form Alumnae Advisory Committees to support collegiate chapters
  • One of seven founders of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC)

Pi Beta Phi National Homepage

Knox Chapter[edit]

  • Knox College's Illinois Beta-Delta Chapter is the only dually chartered Pi Beta Phi Chapter in the world. The Great Depression during the 1930s caused Lombard to close down and subsequently the two chapters combined in 1930. The Illinois Beta chapter was founded at Lombard College in Galesburg 1872 only five years after the creation of Pi Phi on the campus of Monmouth College in 1867. The Illinois Delta chapter was founded at Knox College in 1884. In 1930 Lombard College was forced to close due to pressures brought on by the Great Depression and the two chapters subsequently combined to create the current Illinois Beta-Delta chapter.
  • Being that Galesburg is in such close vicinity to Monmouth, Illinois where Pi Beta Phi was founded, Beta-Delta members have the opportunity to be initiated in Holt House where their founders themselves first dreamed up Pi Beta Phi.
  • The Pi Beta Phi fraternity flower is the wine carnation, which was adopted at the 1890 national convention here on Knox College’s campus at the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity Hall.


National Philanthropies[edit]

  • Settlement School and Arrowmont:

The Settlement School in Gatlinburg, TN was formed in 1912 to provide education, economic opportunity, and health care to rural areas. The school later began to adapt to the growing community by offering arts and crafts classes in an effort to preserve and promote the region's crafts tradition. The school came to take on the name of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts which exists today as a world-renowned facility providing college and graduate level courses. Arrowmont continues to be a major philanthropic effort of Pi Phi. Arrowmont

  • Arrow in the Arctic
  • Champions are Readers (CAR)
  • Fraternity Day of Service

Beta Delta Philanthropies[edit]

Pi Phis at Cure-a-palooza
Pi Phis take the Plunge
Pi Phis at Pie-A-Pi-Phi in Spring 2010
Pi Phis participating in Delta Delta Delta's Triple Play in Spring 2010

Pi Phi Beta Delta's make philanthropy one of their chapter's principal causes. Pi Beta Phi’s national philanthropy is literacy, and works to support literacy in a number of ways: through unique partnerships with organizations, through financial backings, through club and chapter programming and so much more. We encourage you to visit the following websites to learn more about First Book and spreading literacy:

           First Book 
           The Literacy Site  

The chapter both focuses on literacy and a variety of other causes and philanthropies, including the following:

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

Breast Cancer Research

Cystic Fibrosis Research

Discovery Depot

First Book

Fun Fair

Holt House

Lymphoma Research Foundation

Multiple Sclerosis Research

Pi Beta Phi Foundation

Safe Harbor

Scarecrow Festival

Special Olympics of Illinois

Support for school children in Ecuador

Fundraising to build wells in Malawi

Prom Dress Drive for high school girls in Galesburg

AIDS Charities

Girl Scouts of Knox County

Initiative for Girls group for at-risk girls in Galesburg

Pi Phi's strong relationship with the Galesburg community is continually evidenced by their participation in local organizations and philanthropies. Members participate on their own in the Reading Buddies program, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Galesburg Rescue Mission, Humane Society, and the Carl Sandburg Literacy Coalition, contributing 1-40 hours monthly to these causes. Involvement in an organization like Pi Phi provides many of us with the guidance, support, and skills necessary to be successful in their many other endeavors!




President: Teagan Eastman

VP Member Development: Hannah Schierl

VP Fraternity Development: Kelsey Cullum

VP Membership: Stephanie Schudel

VP Philanthropy: Camille Brown

VP Administration: Gretchen Walljasper

VP Communications: Abby Kravis

VP Event Planning: Anushree Kedia

VP Finance: Olivia Louko

New Member Coordinator: Kaity Hutchcroft

Panhellenic Secretary: Kira Meehan

Leadership Nominating Committee Chair: Areanna Egleston

Standards Chair: Amanda Lee

House Manager: Carli Bogulub


President: Caitlin Harrison

VP Member Development: Randi Sterenberg

VP Fraternity Development: Teagan Eastman

VP Membership: Rachel Zak

VP Philanthropy: Amanda Lee (Winter 2012); Gretchen Walljasper (Spring 2012); Camille Brown (Fall 2012)

VP Administration: Emyle Weimer

VP Communications: Kelsey Cullum

VP Event Planning: Kirsten Bystrom

VP Finance: Anna Goldbeck

New Member Coordinator: Rayann Parkinson (Winter 2012); Stephanie Schudel (Spring and Fall 2012)

Panhellenic Secretary: Carina Tran

Leadership Nominating Committee Chair: Jenna Temkin

Standards Chair: Lisa Blagg (Winter and Spring 2012)

House Manager: Elizabeth Drake


President: Katy Sutcliffe

VP Member Development: Caitlin Harrison

VP Fraternity Development: Amy Miller (Winter and Fall 2011); Areanna Egleston (Spring 2011)

VP Membership: Rachel Hautzinger

VP Philanthropy: Robin Mahung

VP Administration: Rita Mertens

VP Communications: Lizzy Warner

VP Event Planning: Laura Mogilevsky (Winter and Spring 2011); Aparna Kumar (Fall 2011)

VP Finance: Sharon Zhu

New Member Coordinator: Rachel Zak (Winter and Spring 2011); Teagan Eastman (Fall 2011)

Panhellenic Vice-President: Aparna Kumar (Wiinter and Spring 2011)

Panhellenic Exec Member: Amanda Lee (Fall 2011)

Leadership Nominating Committee Chair: Rachel Perez (Winter and Spring 2011)

Standards Chair: Becca Chelton (Winter and Spring 2011); Lisa Blagg (Fall 2011)

House Manager: Kelsey Cullum

Notable Pi Phis[edit]

-Notable Pi Phis Include:

Fay Dunaway (Florida Beta): Academy Award-winning Actress

Jennifer Garner (Ohio Eta): Golden Globe-winning Actress/Producer

Barbra Bush (Alumna Initiate 2003): Former first lady (wife to George H. W. Bush)

Grace Coolidge (Vermont Beta): Wife of Calvin Coolidge

Carrie Chapman Catt (Iowa Gamma): Founded the League of Women Voters.

Anna Fisher (California Epsilon): Astronaut and NASA Physician.

Dr. Gladys Henry Dick (Nebraska Beta): Co-discoverer of the Dick Test for scarlet fever and the antitoxin used in the treatment of scarlet fever.

Dr. Sue Ann Huseman (Missouri Alpha): Monmouth college’s 11th president and first woman to hold the position.

Laurel J. Andrew (Illinois Beta-Delta '86): Secretary of the Knox College Board of Trustees; Director and Treasurer, The Andrew Family Foundation, Orland Park, Illinois. Andrew and her parents, Edward and Edith Andrew of Orland Park, Illinois, and their family members, provided the lead gift for Knox's E. & L. Andrew Fitness Center. Andrew completed an M.B.A. at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


Pi Phi Verbage[edit]

  • PiBetaPhilia: A love for Pi Phi ladies, rampant on Knox Campus.
  • Picrastination: When Pi Phis get together and procrastinate homework and other productivity with other Pi Phis by baking, crafting, or watching girly tv.