Gamma Phi Beta

Gamma Phi Beta Logo

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.

Gamma Phi Beta members pose for a group photo.

“Founded on 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.”

Members of Gamma Phi Beta pose for a group photo.

The Gamma Phi Beta national philanthropic mission is Building Strong Girls, a mission we carry out through our support of Girls on the Run. In the Epsilon Beta chapter, we also support a local philanthropy, the Angel Wings Fund.

Gamma Phi Beta held its 80th national convention on June 23-26 in St. Louis, Missouri to conduct sorority business, celebrate our points of pride, observe our sacred rituals and embrace our True and Constant sisterhood. The Alma College chapter of Gamma Phi Beta won nine awards, including:

Mary A. Bingham Award Honorable Mention
The highest honor awards to a chapter that has shown excellence in all areas of chapter life. This award is not divided by chapter size and only one winner and one honorable mention are awarded across all chapters.

Lillian Thompson Individual Leadership Award - Winner: Sarah Sheathelm
This award is named for Lillian Thompson, a sister who served as Grand President from 1902 to 1903 and was the first Gamma Phi Beta to serve as the National Panhellenic Conference Chairman. The award recognizes a collegiate member who excels as a leader in her chapter and on her campus. This award is not divided by chapter size and only one winner and one honorable mention are awarded across all chapters.

Administrative Excellence Award (collegiate chapters between 0-75 members)
This award recognizes collegiate chapters that excel in chapter administration.

Education Excellence Award (collegiate chapters between 0-75 members)
This award recognizes collegiate chapters that have excel in member education programming.

McCormick Medallion Public Relations Excellence Award (collegiate chapters between 0-75 members)
This award honors chapters who excel in public relations on their campus and in their community.

Recruitment Excellence Award (collegiate chapters between 0-75 members)
This award recognizes collegiate chapters that excel in recruitment, a vital function to our Sorority’s continued growth and success.

Elizabeth Ahlmeyer Quick Panhellenic Excellence Award (collegiate chapters between 0-75 members)
This award recognizes collegiate chapters that excel in Panhellenic affairs and is named after our very own Betty Quick, who served as the 61st National Panhellenic Conference Chairman from 2005-2007, making her just the third Gamma Phi Beta to serve in the role.

Academic Excellence Award
This award is given to all the collegiate chapters that have achieved a GPA that is a 3.0 or higher and a GPA that is at or above the all-sorority and all-women’s averages on their respective campus during the past two academic years.

Advisory Board Excellence Award (collegiate chapters between 0-75 members)
This award recognizes collegiate chapter advisory board for their outstanding service and dedication.
Advisory Board members include:
Chapter Advisor: Bree Erin Brownlee, ’04
Recruitment & Philanthropy Advisor: Kimberly Light, ’05
Financial Advisor: Kathleen (McCrudden) Dobrovic, ’01
PR Advisor: Màiri Clow, ’17
Education Advisor: Abby Schaitkin, ’18
New Member Advisor: Laura Heberling
Administrative Advisor: Mariah Bruff
Philanthropy Advisor: Jillian (Thompson) Pehrson, ’14
Local Facility Advisory Chairwoman: Cheyenne Hansen, ’20