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Nickname: Pi Phi
Mascot: Angel
Flower: Wine Carnation
Symbol: Arrow
Colors: Wine and Silver Blue
Magazine: The Arrow

National History

12 Founders

Pi Beta Phi was found on April 28,1867 at Monmouth College in Monmouth Illinois. Originally called I.C. Sorosis then later changed to Pi Beta Phi. It was the first national secret college society of women, which was modeled after the Greek-letter fraternities of men.  During a time when few women were admitted to colleges and universities, Pi Beta Phi created a feeling of unity among pioneering women.
Pi Beta Phi was the first to form an alumnae department, first to organize a national philanthropy, and first to establish its own magazine, called The Arrow.
Pi Beta Phi was founded by 12 women, who created the Fraternity to cultivate sincere friendship, establish the real objects of life, and promote the happiness of humanity.

As did our Founders, we must dare to dream, for if there are no dreams, there cannot be "dreams come true."

Our Founders are:

Margaret Campbell
Libbie Brook Gaddis
Nancy Black Wallace
Clara Brownlee Huchinson
Rosa Moore
Emma Brownlee Kilgore
Ada Bruen Grier
Inez Smith Soule
Fannie Whitenack Libbey
Jennie Nicol, M.D.
Fannie Ann Thomson
Jennie Horne Turnbull

Local History

West Virginia Alpha was established in Morgantown, West Virginia at West Virginia University on September 21, 1918.  The chapter first called themselves "The Circle" after Woodburn Circle which is located on the West Virginia University campus.  The chapter was founded by 12 sisters.  They were only the second organized chapter on campus at the time.  Their fraternity colors were green and white.  Their flower was the lily of the valley.
The sisters saw benefits of being affiliated with a national fraternity for women and petitioned for association with one.  The sisters decided on Pi Beta Phi after attending a YWCA Conference and meeting women of Pi Beta Phi.  They soon received news from the National Convention of Pi Beta Phi by way of a telegram with a vote for The Circle of West Virginia University to become the West Virginia Alpha chapter of Pi Beta Phi.