Connect. Impact. Shine.
On November 11, 1874, four women at Syracuse University had a vision of an organization founded on the ideals of sisterhood, love, labor, learning and loyalty, and Gamma Phi Beta was born. Today we move forward with the principles of connect, impact and shine. Each of the sisters of the Epsilon Beta chapter here at Alma College embodies those ideals and principles.
Our colors are brown and pink. The browns are in honor of Dr. John J. Brown, who allowed our founders to utilize his study at Syracuse University for their meetings. Our flower is the pink carnation, chosen because it is one of the longest lasting flowers. Our symbol, the crescent moon, represents our ever growing sisterhood. The badge worn by sisters is the only badge designed by Tiffany & Co. and was voted Most Beautiful Sorority Badge.
“Founded upon a rock” is the open motto of Gamma Phi Beta because as cofounder E. Adeline Curtis said, “since the rock is the firmest and most enduring substance and offers the most protection, it is fitting that Gamma Phi Beta be thus founded.”
The Gamma Phi Beta national philanthropic mission is Building Strong Girls, a mission we carry out through the foundations Campfire USA and Girls on the Run. In the Epsilon Beta chapter, we also support a local philanthropy, Angel Wings.