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."
From all of us at Gamma Phi Beta - Pi Chapter, welcome to the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. We're so glad that you've decided to call this campus your temporary home for the next four years. This next stage in your life is going to be full of ups and downs, but I can already tell you your decision to join the Greek Community is one you will never regret. Reflecting on my own recruitment experience, I remember being overwhelmed and uncertain. As the first member of my family to go Greek, I didn't know what I was getting myself into. Throughout the week, I felt a sense of comfort talking to the other women in line waiting to enter various chapters. Looking back on it now, it was remarkable how hundreds of us were all in search of a new home, but unknowingly some of us would be finding the same home together.
And to those women that I found my home with, I am eternally thankful. This home has brought me endless laughter, an abundance of unconditional love, and everlasting friendships. From long road trips to Husker game days to spoonfuls of Yogurtini to packing food for those in need, this sisterhood has made my collegiate career one I could never possibly forget. But most importantly this home has become my rock.
In its very beginning, Gamma Phi Beta was founded on a rock. Little did our founders know by founding this sorority on "the firmest and most enduring substance" that our sisterhood would endure and offer a home where sisters could lean on each other in times of need. Without these women, I would not be the person who I am today. I would have never gotten through my darkest hours without my sisters. Whenever you walk through the front door, there will be a sister waiting for you. A sister who will give you advice. A sister who will listen to you. A sister who will sit there with you. A sister who will hold you. A sister who will be your rock.
For many of you, this is your first real 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.
Throughout your week of recruitment, look for women who you want to become. Look for a chapter where you can be your authentic self. Look for women who value your same values. Look for a chapter where you feel a genuine aura. Look for women whose interactions speak louder than their words.
My advice to you is to find a sisterhood that can be your rock for the next four years and for the rest of your life. I found my rock here at Pi Chapter and hope you can 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. Thanks for growing our Gamma Phi Beta sisterhood by writing a reference. With questions about references, please contact Allie Davison at email@example.com.
If you have any other recruitment-related questions, please contact Pi Chapter’s Recruitment Advisor, Annie McKeighan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Thank you a thousand times over for taking the time to learn a little more about our Gamma Phi Beta sisterhood. I’m so happy to share with you what it’s like to be here - and I’ll tell you right now, it’s so far beyond anything I could have even imagined. I’m going to be honest and say that I never thought I would join a sorority. I grew up in Lincoln with a loving family and great group of friends, and I just didn’t think I needed something like this. But for some providential reason, I decided to go through recruitment and give this sorority stuff a shot. I am so, so glad I did.
During that first week of my first year as a Husker, I got to meet women in this house who were just like me, but also different in some really beautiful ways. I talked to women who knew exactly what it felt like to be homesick, even though my parents lived just ten minutes away. I talked to women who understood that moving away from your family isn’t about the distance - it’s about realizing that you’re not a kid anymore, that you have the power to choose where you want to go, and that you’re gonna grow in ways you didn’t even know you needed to. And it’s gonna be hard, but you’re ready. You are strong. You are not alone.
When I walked through Gamma Phi Beta, I saw women whose beauty ran so much deeper than the makeup and great hair. I could see their beauty in the way they smiled at me, but also at each other. When they asked me how I was feeling, I knew I could say, “Honestly, I feel stuck right now and I have no idea what to do.” Even before I accepted their bid, I knew they cared about me.
I was stressed about money; my parents and I agreed that if this was something I wanted to do, I had to take financial responsibility for it myself. I was stressed out that whole week because I hadn’t anticipated loving the Greek system so much, and I didn’t know how to make a decision. I remember feeling torn in every house I walked in, like, “Wow, it would be great to be a part of this, but how?” And on that last day of recruitment, I stood in front of the women of Gamma Phi Beta and my heart just knew. I remember saying to myself, “I would bend over backwards to be here.”
And here I am. I get to live with women who are striving for something, and who challenge me to reach higher than I really thought I could. That’s what I wanted from a sorority: a place to grow into the woman I knew I could be, but wasn’t always sure how. I’m still getting there, no doubt about that, but I don’t think I would have made it this far without the friends I’ve made in Gamma Phi. Life in a sorority., and especially Gamma Phi, is not the glitter and gossip and pillow fights you see on TV. It is fun, but it’s also hard and really, really beautiful. I’m still learning who I am and where I want to be, but I’m really glad that I get to learn that in Gamma Phi. I hope you decide to give this sorority stuff a shot; without my willingness to come here with an open heart, I wouldn't know what it’s like to be filled the way these women have filled it.
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 night 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 on Gamma Phi Beta Pi Chapter's Facebook page soon.
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 Instiute on UNL’s East Campus. Despite her name, she 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, she can be found working out, drinking coffee, loving on her new niece, Palmer, or spending quality time with her Gamma Phis.