Pi Chapter - University of Nebraska Lincoln
Pi Chapter - University of Nebraska Lincoln
Hi there! On behalf of Gamma Phi Beta- Pi Chapter, welcome to our website! No matter how you stumbled upon this website, we are excited to show you a glimpse of this sisterhood that so many of us call home.
Three years ago when I joined Gamma Phi, I would have never imagined I would be writing this letter, but life is full of surprises. It is exactly surprises like this that Gamma Phi has taught me to embrace. Surprise visits to Target, surprise game nights, and surprise cookie cakes at meetings. Through each of these unexpected moments, my relationships with my sisters have deepened and grown so much more than I ever thought imaginable. The women you surround yourself with truly shape your college experience. Luckily, I am surrounded by intelligent, passionate and strong women who have had a great impact on who I am today. Gamma Phi is full of love, laughter, and never-ending support.
Gamma Phi Beta was founded on four core values: love, labor, learning, and loyalty. Each woman shows these values in her own way which makes this sisterhood so special. Love can be seen through notes left on each other’s desks, long talks in the living room, and always having a shoulder to cry on. Labor is seen through countless hours of community service in a variety of organizations like the Humane Society, Special Olympics, and our favorite, coaching Girls on the Run. Learning is seen through all-night study sessions in the dining room, countless hours spent at coffee shops together, and constant reminders of our abilities - especially on exam days! Loyalty is shown in every interaction between these women. It is a sister braving the cold to go to another's game, or taking time to support her choir performance. It is always having someone to get ice cream with after a hard test, but most of all it is knowing that you have 200 women who would selflessly drop everything if you were in need.
Gamma Phi has given me so much during my time in college. Everything from an appreciation for Cookie Co. to the courage to push myself out of my comfort zone. Because of these women I smile bigger, laugh harder, and have more confidence than ever. However, Gamma Phi is not about me, it is about movie nights in the tube room, pranks, and corn dog day. It is about the privilege we have all been given to grow with one another. The women of Gamma Phi are dedicated to building strong girls, and we start with ourselves and the women around us. Not only will Gamma Phi improve my college experience, but my whole life. I hope our website shows you how special and genuine this sisterhood truly is.
"Your time in college will be a crazy ride of emotions, from laughter to tears, from failed tests to acceptance letters, from losses to victories. These women have picked me up and cheered me on through it all. They have made me who I am today."
"Gamma Phi has given me women to laugh with, cry with, cheer me on, and be there for me during all of my highs and lows. I never thought I would find this many genuine souls in one place, and I can’t imagine my life without being able to call this place home!"
"Joining Gamma Phi Beta has been the best decision I have made. I have met some of the most genuine, loving, and smartest girls I know. They have taught me that it is always okay to be myself and that if you surround yourself with the people you want to be like, you will become like them."
"Gamma Phi Beta has taught me that it’s never too late to be exactly who you want to be. I am so lucky to be able to call this place home."
First, from all of us at Pi Chapter, a big congratulations for graduating high school, and choosing to come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. For many this decision is filled with lots of thinking, potentially some pro/con lists and many big goodbyes. Well, I can assure you, you have made a wonderful choice and will find peace quickly here, from the roaring of fans at memorial stadium, to friendly faces passing by as you walk to class. UNL is like no other, and I am truly blessed to call it my home. These next four years may be filled with many challenges and successes but choosing to join the Greek Community is a decision that you can be sure of.
My recruitment journey started with having absolutely no idea of what to expect, and that was totally okay! Reflecting on my week of Primary Recruitment, all I knew was that I would be talking with many life-changing women throughout the week, both in different chapters and standing next to me writing their own journey. What I didn’t know, was that somehow at the end of the 5 days, all of us in search of a home would soon find our place and that I would even get to call some of them my new sisters.
In my past 3 years in Gamma Phi, I have created the most powerful memories that I will cherish forever. From celebrating my highest of highs to struggling through my lowest moments, the women in Gamma Phi have been with me through it all. From simple, “Good luck on your exam!!” notes, to folding my laundry while I stay up all night studying, these women never think twice to find a way to help each other. The women of Gamma Phi quickly became my rocks.
In its very beginning, Gamma Phi was founded on a rock, and little did our founders know by founding this sorority on "the firmest and most enduring substance" that our sisterhood would endure forever.
For many choosing your home, not only for the next four years but for a lifetime of friendship, is your first big decision. You may have been influenced by your parents or siblings or friends to decide where to go to college, but this decision will be entirely yours. That being said, I challenge you to take it and run, and to truly make this decision for you, and you only.
When making these decisions, choose a chapter that reminds you of home, and choose a chapter that is filled with women you want to become in the next four years. Look for a place where you can be 100% yourself, no matter how goofy, nerdy, or quirky that may be. Because being you is the best thing you can be. When you're going through primary recruitment look at the women standing next to you in line, talk with them, share your interests and start friendships because the women that are next to you, could be your new sisters and that may be the start of a lifelong friendship.
My best advice to you is to find a home that will never stop filling your bucket, a home that you will always find support, and a place that you can always run to, no matter the tears or cheesiest smile. I have found my rocks at Pi Chapter and I hope you find a chapter that will do the same for you.
References have always been a valuable way for a Gamma Phi Beta to introduce a potential new member to our chapter. Now the process is easier and the information is more accessible. References will now be housed and managed online at GammaPhiBeta.org. Please submit all references using the online system at GammaPhiBeta.org/RecommendAMember. The system has exciting capabilities and will continue to elevate the importance of references. Thank you for growing our Gamma Phi Beta sisterhood by writing a reference. Molly Nelsen, Pi Chapter’s CVRC chairwoman, can be reached at email@example.com.
If technical difficulties arise, the following Recommendation Form may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any other recruitment-related questions, please contact Pi Chapter’s Recruitment Advisor, Annie McKeighan at email@example.com.
Gamma Phi Beta recognizes that legacies are important to our Sorority because they bring a long tradition of pride and support. Although legacies are given special consideration by our chapters, they are not guaranteed an invitation to membership.
A sister, daughter, granddaughter or great-granddaughter of a Gamma Phi Beta shall be given special consideration for membership by the chapter on the campus where she is enrolled. For the purpose of definition, stepdaughters, stepsisters, step-granddaughters and step-great-granddaughters may be considered legacies, if desired by the Gamma Phi Beta relative.
Continuous Open Bidding (COB) is an informal recruitment period that allows a chapter that did not pledge to Quota or pledged Quota but did not reach Total, to pledge additional new members immediately following the primary membership recruitment period. The Membership Vice President is responsible for overseeing the COB procedure, but she is also accompanied by a COB committee to help make decisions and facilitate the process. Events will be held to meet potential new members, but COB will end once enough extensions to membership have been made for the chapter to reach Total.
Pi Chapter's New Member Program is 8 weeks long and is intended to acquaint our new members with the sisterhood and the history of our sorority. During these 8 weeks, new members are introduced to the qualities of love, labor, learning, and loyalty that Gamma Phi Beta is founded upon. These meetings take place once weekly at the chapter house, allowing new members to better get to know their sisters. Pi Chapter of Gamma Phi Beta is proud to have a new pledge class of intelligent, involved, classy, and well-rounded women. We are thrilled to see each of them thriving in our sisterhood in so many ways.
From each of us at Gamma Phi Beta – Pi Chapter, welcome to the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Thank you for deciding to take a little look into our sisterhood. These next four years of your life are going to be full of change, growth, hardship, success, and truly beautiful friendships.
When I decided to experience sorority recruitment my only hope was to be surrounded by a group of women who could fill my heart with joy and walk with me through the ups and downs of life. I desired to find what I now call my, “home away from home.” You may have a different outlook on what being a member of a sorority could provide you. No matter what your reason is, I am so, so excited for you to take this leap into the next chapter of your life. Yes, this next chapter is full of big changes, but thankfully throughout my first two years I have been blessed by having the women of Gamma Phi Beta as my rocks. My people. My home.
When my recruitment week began, I remember thinking, “Wow, this really is the best week ever.” Some of you will have this experience, while others will feel differently. Recruitment can be everything from heartwarming and empowering to challenging and tiring. I don’t know about you but wearing heels multiple days in a row is not particularly my favorite thing to do. Even through the full days, I did not want the week to end. While I sat on the funky colored chair in the living room of Gamma Phi Beta, I looked around and saw the women’s unwavering sincerity and poise. I thought to myself, “I want to be like these women someday.” When I left Gamma Phi Beta on the last day of recruitment, all I wanted was to run through that front door again. Here I am, constantly surrounded by women who are striving for something bigger while pushing me to be the best me possible.
My advice to you is to find a sisterhood that allows you to feel like you can be your most authentic self. Thanks to the women of Gamma Phi, I have found true friendship. I can be real and show my raw emotions. I can giggle obnoxiously and not feel ashamed. I know I can let the tears flow. I can expose my insecurities because I am me and I am loved here. The constant love, hugs, and giggles that are shared within this group of women will never get old. As I come to a close, I want you to know that I am so excited for you to start this new chapter of your life. My only hope is that the pages in your chapter are filled with happiness, love, and women who inspire you to be completely you. You are worthy of real friendships and real love. I am forever grateful for not only four years of pages with my Gamma Phi sisters, but an entire lifetime of love, loyalty, and never-ending sisterhood.
Not only do the women in our sorority build each other up to become the best versions of themselves, but we are also committed to building strong girls in our community. All philanthropic money that we raise during the year goes to the organization Girls On The Run. Girls On The Run teaches confidence, happiness, leadership, and other life skills while creatively incorporating running to third, fourth, and fifth graders. At the end of each season, teams celebrate with a huge 5K in Lincoln. We are proud to not only donate money to this organization, but we are also actively involved as coaches and 5K volunteers.
Scoops for Schools is a collaborative philanthropy event with Farmhouse Fraternity, during which chapter members serve homemade ice cream sandwiches with Cookie Co. Cookies! The money raised at the event is donated to Lincoln Lighthouse. Lincoln Lighthouse is an after school program that offers academic support, evening meals, and recreational activities for middle and high school aged students. Scoops for Schools is held each September in the green space on the northeast corner of 16th and R Street (across the street from Gamma Phi).
Our annual fall fundraiser is our Pi Chapter signature - French Toast Fest. We spend one day in October making unbelievable amounts of French toast to serve our many visitors from all over Lincoln. All of the proceeds go toward Girls On The Run. We don’t mean to brag, we don’t mean to boast, but at Gamma Phi Beta, we love our French Toast!
We’re excited to announce Gamma Phi Beta's newest annual philanthropy event the spring called Moonball! This year, Moonball will be a 5-on-5 basketball tournament, where event proceeds benefit our philanthropic partner, Girls on the Run. Students, campus organizations, local businesses and community members are invited to participate. Moonball will be held on Friday, March 29th, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the UNL City Campus Rec. Teams of 5-10 people can sign up through members of Gamma Phi Beta.
Chloe is from Omaha, NE and went to Elkhorn South High School. She is majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics and wants to be a sports dietician after college. She is involved with Huskers Helping Huskers, Pantry + volunteer, Student Advisory Board, and Order of Omega honor society. Chloe is always munching on soft pretzels while watching Wheel of Fortune or anything on Food Network. She is sassy and full of sarcasm, so she constantly keeps us on our toes!
Olivia is from Omaha, NE and went to Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart for high school. She is majoring in Communication Studies, with minors in English, Spanish, and Law and Business. She hasn’t decided on her future career, but we know she will be great at whatever she chooses to do! She is full of fun facts (even sends a Fun Fact Friday her Pledge Class ‘17 girls every week), a British Royal Family enthusiast and is terrified of horses and heights. You can always catch her with a cup of coffee in her hand while she is reading or heading to one of her involvements on campus, such as Greek Ambassadors, University Ambassadors, PREVENT, and OASIS scholars.
Olivia is from Lincoln, NE and went to Pius X High School. She is majoring in International Business with emphasis in Economics, and has a minor in Spanish. She stays busy by being involved with NHRI, Nebraska Business Honors Academy, and interns at Yeutter Trade Institute on UNL’s East Campus. Despite her last name, Olivia doesn’t like coffee! Instead she drinks way too much Mountain Dew while knowing the lyrics to every Maroon 5 song on the planet. She loves to travel and swimming with sharks is on her bucket list!
Alisha is from Omaha, NE and went to Elkhorn South High School. She currently attends UNMC, working hard for her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She is also involved with UNL Dance Marathon, Student Nursing Association, and FOCUS Greek. She loves to paint and tune in to her creative side, travel, and spend time with her best friends. She is a huge coffee and dog enthusiast, but recently found out she loves tea, so she is currently exploring that side of herself as well.
Aly is from Holdrege, NE and went to Holdrege High School. She is majoring in Nutrition Science on the Pre-Pharmacy track. She is involved with Pre-Pharmacy Club, Pre-Health Club, and UNL Alzheimer’s Association. This cat lover volunteers weekly at the Cat House and works at SOURCE. Eat. Fit. (huge nutrition gal). She also loves playing the piano for herself and her sisters and updating her bullet journal to keep her organized.
Kathryn is from Sioux Falls, SD and went to O’Gorman High School. She is an aspiring surgeon, majoring in Nutrition Science on the Pre-Medicine Track; she is also minoring in biochemistry, humanities in medicine, and dance. She balances all of that with her involvements in the University Honors Program, Honors Ambassadors, and NUMeds. Whenever you need a specific lipstick color, Kathryn is your girl. She is always down for a coffee date with a sister, and will most likely gush about her dog, George, who recently got the cutest haircut.
Ellie is from Lexington, NE and went to Lexington High School. This future lawyer is majoring in Criminology and Criminal Justice with minors in History and Business. She is in Pre-Law Club, College Republicans, and is an ASUN Senator for the College of Community Service and Public Affairs. When she’s not working as a runner at a Lincoln law firm, Ellie can be found working out, drinking coffee, loving on her new niece, Palmer, or spending quality time with her Gamma Phis.