Friday, July 08, 2011

Archive Trip!

A few National Officers took a trip to Cincinnati. Their mission? Visiting the National Archives in preparation for Phi Beta's 2012 Centennial!

Here are just a few photos from their trip!

Unveiling the Archives

Inside the Archives

A Collection of Batons through 1972

A Membership Plaque

Chapter Photo from a 1925 College Yearbook

Tau Chapter Charter (with Grace Mattern's signature)

The 1950 & 1965 National Conventions

The Gavel Award (Awarded to Outstanding Collegiate Chapters)

And finally a lunch break!

National President Cora Willett, Expansion Committee member Jordan Werring and National Director of Ritual Jessica Schollenberger

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

National Director of Special Services Announced

It is my pleasure to announce the Appointment of Dr. Martha Haun as the National Director of Special Services, where she will be concentrating on Constitution/Bylaws changes and revisions recommendations. Dr. Haun is a Past National President of Phi Beta (6 yrs) and professional Parlimentarian. She is the Director of Graudate Studies at the University of Houston in Houston, TX and the Founder and Director of the Center for Health and Crisis Communication.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Haun!
With Phi Beta Sincerity,

Cora Willett

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Convention Wrap Up

Phi Beta's 2010 Convention culminated with the Awards Banquet.

Awards Recipients

Leadership Pin: Jordan Weering, Phi

Collegiate Scholarship Honorable Mention: Kerstin Schumaker, Phi

Alumni Chapter Award: Pi Alpha Mu, Cincinnati

President's Award for Excellence: Madeline Wright, Pi Alpha Theta

The Convention delegates inducted the new slate of National Officers. The new officers are listed below and may be contacted through

National President: Cora Willett
National VP Alumni: Elin Torvik
National VP Collegiates: Alicia Gausepohl
National Treasurer: Shirley May Byrnes
National Editor: Carrie Frederick

More photos, videos, and information from the Convention are posted on the facebook event page. Thanks to everyone for another great convention, particularly the Pi Alpha Mu chapter for their amazing job as hosts!

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Out for Art in Cincinnati

The traditional memorial service was presented in Pilgrim's Chapel. Pi Alpha Mu chapter members provided live music.

Cincinnati chapter members performing for the memorial service

Pi Alpha Mu chapter members Leesa & Terry performing for the Memorial Service

Convention attendees toured the Cincinnati Wing of the Cincinnati Museum of Art.

Convention attendees at the Cincinnati Museum of Art

The National Council awarded the Leadersip to Jordan Weering.

National President Cora Willett presents Phi member Jordan Weering the Leadership Pin
National President Cora Willett presents Phi member Jordan Weering the Leadership Pin

Jordan unfortunately is unable to attend the Saturday evening Awards Banquet, so her pin was awarded on the bus after a tour of architecture and important artistic venues in Cincinnati.(Which makes for a good future Phi Beta trivia question!)

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Back to Our Beginnings - 1912!

Convention attendees were treated to an evening celebrating our founding year at the home of gracious hosts Bill & Marion Cooley.

There was a traditional dinner, dramatic vignette, dance presentation and sing-a-long.

Pi Alpha Theta chapter members present a dramatic vignette as Phi Beta's founders

Pi Alpha Mu chapter members present a dramatic vignette as Phi Beta's three founders

Pi Alpha Mu members at dinner

Pi Alpha Mu chapter members with host Bill Cooley.

Phi members at dinner

Phi chapter members at dinner

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Meetings & A Broadcast History Lesson

Phi Beta business meetings started to day and are in full swing.

Phi Beta members during business meetings

We had a break where members enjoyed not only a delicious lunch, but where also treated to another historic vignette which highlighted Phi Beta's historic relationship to broadcasting and

Pi Alpha Mu chapter members performing at Convention

Pi Alpha Mu chapter members performing

Bravo for Broadcasting presentation

Bravo for Broadcasting presentation on the history of broadcasting in Cincinnati

Members are looking forward to an exciting night in 1912 this evening!


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Reuniting Old & New Friends - Registration & Opening Reception

Phi Betas from around the country were welcomed by the Pi Alpha Mu chapter during registration. The chapter is holding several raffles for baskets ranging from arts themes to fitness to coffee. Below are photos from the registration table.

binders at the registration table etched drinking glass with Phi Beta Coat of Arms raffle baskets

The opening reception featured Phi Beta history, including a historic artistic vignette and several displays of the history of Cincinnati.

Pi Alpha Mu members performing
Pi Alpha Mu members performing a historic vignette

table centerpiece

Phi member Jordan Weer performing during the opening reception

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

National Council Preparing for Convention

National Council arrived in Cincinnati this afternoon to finish getting ready for Convention.

We took a break to join some other members for dinner at a local restaurant. And since it's National Ice Cream Day, we had to stop at Graeter's - a local ice cream joint.

Phi Beta members at The Buckhead Restaurant National VP Collegiates Alicia enjoys ice cream

Then it was back to the work of finalizing paper work and agenda items.

paperwork to be collated into convention binders

We're looking forward to seeing everyone at the opening reception Thursday night @ 7pm. You can keep up with all of the Convention happenings right here on the Official Phi Beta blog. We'll have more photos & videos posted on our Facebook Event Page.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Jewelry Sale!

Phi Beta's jewelry prices are going up immediately after Convention. Since many people choose to purchase jewelry (for themselves and as gifts for fellow members) during Convention, we've decided to hold off on the price increase until July 19. If you've been considering a jewelry purchase, now is the time to make it and save!

You can browse all available jewelry at

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Stay Tuned for Convention Updates!

Phi Beta is celebrating 98 years at our 2010 National Convention!

We'll be posting breaking news for those of you unable to attend, so check often.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Convention 2010: Bridging Time thru the Arts-Registration

Registration for Convention 2010 is now available!

Download the Convention Registration Form

Early registration (before June 10, 2010) $155
Registration Fee includes: Thursday Evening Reception, Friday Lunch, Saturday Lunch w/transportation to Art Museum and Pilgrim Chapel, Saturday Banquet and Meeting Supplies.

Hotel Reservations and Information
Make your hotel reservations by June 10, 2010 to receive discount price.
Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront: 800-333-333 or
Please identify yourself as part of Phi Beta Convention. Radisson is offering these rates for 2 days before and after convention. All rooms are the same price, regardless of occupancy.
Room rates are $138.01 (including taxes)
Complimentary Airport Transportation (5:00 am- 12:00 am Daily)
Complimentary Parking and WIFI to all guests.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Convention 2010 - Cincinnati Ohio

Convention 2010 will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, hosted by the Pi Alpha Mu chapter.

Stay tuned to and your RosePetals for detailed information & registration info.

Celebrate 98 years of Phi Beta!


Monday, August 04, 2008

eRose Petals is Coming Your Way!

The e-Rose Petals is on it's way!
Phi Beta news delivered regularly right to your email!

Does the National Office have your current email address on file?

You can update all of your information at!

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Impromptu Dance & Jam Session

An irish-inspired session broke out at Convention 2008 in the Presidential Suite.
Irish dancing by Julia. Guitar by Doug. Bodhran by Carrie.

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Congratulations to the 2008 National Phi Beta Award Winners!

Phi Beta recognizes the talents of our members, and every Convention celebrates these talents with awards. The 2008 National Award recipients are:

Awarded to members for specific achievement and service to the fraternity.
Gay Ross-Clunis, Pi Alpha Upsilon Chapter, Newport News/Williamsburg, VA, for starting a new alumni chapter
Cora Willett, Pi Epsilon Alpha Chapter - e-Chapter, for work above and beyond National Council duties.

A National Council Award; a monetary award given to an alumni chapter which has exhibited outstanding achievement.
Pi Alpha Upsilon, Newport News/Williamsburg, VA.

Awarded to historians/members for superior contributions to fraternity publications
Bernice DuLong, Pi Alpha Theta Chapter, Los Angeles, CA
Sylvia Crowell, Pi Iota Chapter, Los Angeles CA.

Monetary award given to a collegiate member who has not only exhibited artistic talent, but has also displayed exemplary abilities in living a life of service. National Council was pleased to award a high honorable mention:
Natalie West, Phi Chapter, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio.

Award given to a collegiate member in recognition of outstanding leadership and a demonstration of integrity within Phi Beta.
Alicia Gausepohl, Phi Chapter, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio
Mary Anne Edmiston, Phi Chapter, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio

Grant awarded to an alumni member to assist in furthering professional endeavors.
Nancy Schuman, Pi Alpha Sigma Chapter, Cleveland, Ohio

Award given to a Phi Beta patron who has generously shared both time and talent with Phi Beta members.
Alvin Mills, Pi Alpha Theta Chapter, Los Angeles, CA

Award given to an alumni member who has steadfastly and continuously lived a life of service. The recipient of this award must have also exhibited special cooperation with National Council within his/her lifelong years of service.
Eleanor Hughes, Pi Alpha Theta Chapter, Los Angeles, California.

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Phi Beta Announces New National Officers

Congratulations to all of Phi Beta's National Council. Members hold a two-year term. Our Council Members for 2008-2010 are:

National President: Cora Willett

National VP Alumni: Carrie Frederick

National VP Collegiates: Alicia Gausepohl

National Treasurer: Debbie Frantz

National Editor: Dawn Pilger

If you are interested in any Directorships or assisting nationals please check for further information.

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Convention 2008 Marches In!

Marjorie Vance (Pi Alpha Upsilon) leads Phi Betas, with the assistance of Lucy Lescszek (Pi Alpha Sigma) and Dr. William Richardson (trumpet, Alumni-at-Large), in several rousing verses of Oh When the Saints Go Marching In.... including a few in German!

Photos from Convention '08 are available here. We are also soliciting your photos and videos from Convention - Contact Us!

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Phi Beta Initiates New Members, Enjoys Varied Entertainment

Phi Beta welcomes our newest members, Doug Hare and Dr. William Richardson!

Dr. Richardson, trumpet and piccolo trumpet, was one of the performers during the Friday afternoon luncheon, accompanied by Barbara Sterbank.

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Phi Beta Hosts Film Premier at Convention

Filmmaker and Composer Jamie Auberg, Pi Alpha Upsilon, takes questions after premiering his film Intergalactic Archaelogy II at the opening night of Phi Beta's Convention in Williamsburg, VA. Auberg wrote the screenplay, composed all original works of music, acted, and edited the film.

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Convention Attendees Enjoy Colonial Williamsburg

Phi Beta Convention attendees enjoyed a casual lunch before the official evening kickoff. During lunch, one of our littlest attendees, Ella Willett (daughter of National Treasurer Cora Willett), showed us how cold the water here is:

And then she enjoyed a laugh with National President Elin Torvik.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Stay Tuned for Convention Coverage!

Can't make Convention? Want to keep up with the breaking news, the important decisions, and all of the Phi Beta hijinx? Check the Phi Beta blog for our first ever on-site Convention coverage!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

National Awards Nominations

Every Convention features an awards presentation. This highlight affords both National Council and all fraternity members the opportunity to acknowledge those Phi Betas who have distinguished themselves through exceptional talent and unparalleled service to our fraternity. The awards listed below are open for nomination. Do consider nominating an outstanding member or patron.

LEADERSHIP PIN -- individual award given to a collegiate who has not only exhibited outstanding leadership, but has also demonstrated integrity.

ROSE AWARD -- individual award given to an alumni member who has exhibited outstanding professional development or outstanding lifetime career achievement.

HELENGRACE WARWICK AWARD --individual award given to an alumni member who has been of active, lifelong service to Phi Beta, and who has assisted National Council in some capacity.

JACK E. BLAKE PATRON AWARD -- award given to a patron who has demonstrated an unusual commitment or contribution to Phi Beta.

COLLEGIATE PROJECT AWARD -- award given to a collegiate chapter which best brings an awareness of Phi Beta to the campus or the community.

If you wish to nominate an individual or a chapter for one of these awards, you can do so via e-mail or regular mail. Please indicate the name of the award, the name of the individual or chapter, and the reasons WHY the person/chapter deserves recognition. Note that the ROSE AWARD requires a resume, photo and brief biography of the person being nominated.

Send nominations to:

Thardulak (at) aol (dot) com

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Phi Chapter's New Web Site!

Phi chapter recently launched a brand new chapter website. Their home on the web is: Be sure to check them out!

If your chapter has a website let us know, and we will be sure to post it at!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Phi Beta!

Phi Beta will celebrate 96 years serving the arts on May 5, 2008. Phi chapter at Capital University held their annual "birthday" party - which celebrates both the national founding in 1912 and the chapter's founding in April of 1932.

National Treasurer, and Phi alumna, Cora Willet was in attendance this year, with daughters Ella & Lea. See what they had to say!

See more photos at the new Phi Beta flickr page!

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Monday, April 07, 2008

Convention Registration Form 2008 Now Available

The most recent edition of the Rose Petals included the Convention Registration Form. If, however, you need more copies, you can now download the registration form from by clicking here.

The form includes registration for the general Convention as well as special Convention events. Be sure to send yours in ASAP!

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Sunday, April 06, 2008

Alumni Grant & Collegiate Scholarship 2008


Don't forget you have until May 1, 2008 to submit your applications for the Esther Kellog-Schulz Alumni Grants! Details available here!


Your deadline for the 2008 Collegiate Scholarship Competition is also May 1, 2008! Details available for you right here!

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Information on Phi Beta Convention 2008 in Williamsburg

Pi Alpha Upsilon is hosting the 2008 Phi Beta Convention in Williamsburg, Virginia on July 17. We are reaching out to all Phi Betas to join the fun! The theme for the convention will be “Phi Beta Meets History” with an appropriate logo of colonial style fife and drum performers. We recommend that you save the information in this article for future reference.

In choosing a hotel for the convention site, the warmth of personnel and overall
attractiveness prompted the decision to contract with the Williamsburg Hospitality House next July 17 – 19. As always, the hotel will let you come before the Convention begins and/or stay after the Convention ends for the special Phi Beta room rate. Check with the hotel for details at (757) 229-4020 and to reserve your room.

There is a highly recommended (but optional) walking tour of Colonial Williamsburg. This is a prime tourist attraction. This tour will take place on Thursday, July 17. It will begin at the Hospitality House (the hotel) at 9:00 am. A lunch will be served at King’s Arm Tavern at 11:30 am. After lunch there will be free time to continue touring until 5:00 pm. The tour package includes a two-day pass to Colonial Williamsburg. The cost of the tour package is $70.00 and needs to be sent to the National Treasurer (Cora) with the convention registration form. (Dress should be casual with comfortable shoes. Those wishing to participate in this tour need to make Wednesday night (July 16th) reservations early, as only rooms for National Council have been arranged for that night. When making your arrangements, ask the hotel for the Phi Beta rate. Check in time is 3pm. The hotel does offer luggage storage if the rooms are not available upon check-in.

The nearest airport is the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport in Newport News, VA. Shuttles from the airport to the Hospitality House (the hotel) are available from Tidewater Coach Shuttle Service (757) 218-9539 for the following prices (prices subject to change):

Single: 1-way at $35 and roundtrip at $65
Doubles: 1-way at $40 and roundtrip at $75

Carey VIP Chauffeured Services (757) 220-5466 is also available (3 passenger town car one-way trip cost $87.68). There are also 7 cab companies serving the area (consult a local phone book).

Most of the Williamsburg Area Transport Shuttles service the hotel, providing rides to various places of interest ( Those of age 60 or more ride for half price. Famous places of interest include Jamestown, Yorktown, Busch Gardens Theme Park, the Mariners’ Museum, many outlet stores, and the Williamsburg Pottery. The hotel provides pamphlets for these and many other places of interest in Virginia. A magazine offered by the hotel and motel association, which is available in the lobby, gives all this information plus discount coupons for many local shops and restaurants.

Phi Beta members will provide entertainment at the convention. On Thursday evening, Jamie Auberg will present the premiere of his original movie “Intergalactic Archeology.” Mr. Auberg will also play an original clarinet composition at the banquet. The banquet entertainment will also include Emily Chua, who will provide a generous serving of French piano solos. Marjorie Vance (Program Chairperson) will make a vocal appearance with Emily Chua as well. There will be guest artists comprised of new Phi Beta members, friends, and faculty from Centerstage Academy. The forecast is calling for a strong chance of chamber music!

TOTE-BAGS are available by pre-order only. The bags are 2-tone (royal blue and black) with zippers and pockets, perhaps for your water bottle and cell phone. They include a screen print of the Convention info. The Tote-bags cost $15 each. Orders must be placed by June 15, 2008. (We need 25 for a minimum order!)

Send Checks to:
Jamie K. Auberg
Treasurer, Pi Alpha Upsilon
126 Windsor Pines Way, Apt. G
Newport News, VA 23608

If you have any QUESTIONS, call
Gay Ross-Clunis at (757) 565-1873
(M-F before noon or weekends)

We recommend you bring an umbrella, as the weather in this part of Virginia can be quite unpredictable. We also recommend that you bring your credit cards! The renowned shopping center, Merchants’ Square, stays open until 7:30pm, and there are many other delightful shops within Colonial Williamsburg. We look forward to seeing you here in historic Virginia next summer! Please order your tote-bags.

Submitted by Jamie Auberg, PAU
Historian, Pi Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Phi Beta

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Monday, January 21, 2008

Rose Petals Deadline Extended - Resubmissions Requested

Dear Members of Phi Beta Fraternity,

It is with great honor I came to join our organization in 1999, only 9 years ago. In that time, I served as my collegiate chapter President and four years as National VP of Collegiates. Last convention, I accepted the National Editor position, and have been struggling to produce quality materials for all of Phi Beta.

I have endured my share of personal and professional trauma and happenings over the last year and a half, since our 2006 convention where I was sworn into office. Fortunately, I was able to produce the most recent issue of the Rose Petals this past summer, but sadly, due to my moves around Columbus, Ohio, missed out on some of the
non-electronic (postal mail) submissions. Currently, I am in the midst of compiling the next issue of Rose Petals, so that you may all get excited about our upcoming 2008 Convention in Williamsburg, Virginia!

It is with heavy heart I write about yet another setback. While at dinner on Monday, January 14, my car was broken into, and my laptop was stolen. I have reported the incident to all necessary parties, but there is little hope of return. While I still have all articles submitted to me via email, again, I have no hard copies of articles or reports from chapters that submitted materials via US Postal Mail. This includes submissions for Rose Petals and the Baton. This includes both hand written letters and photographs.

Sadly, I must request that any submissions made non-electronically be resubmitted as soon as possible. I hope that this will give other chapters a 'last minute' opportunity to submit even if they have not yet turned in a chapter report or feature article. I also hope that many more of our artistic members nationwide will be interested in
posting a small (and inexpensive!) advertisement for this publication. Or if you are interested in updating your chapter report, please do!

I vow to do my best in the production of this winter's Rose Petals (including convention registration information due in June) as well as our upcoming Baton issue which I hope to print by the start of May. Rose Petals submissions are now due January 31 to editor (at) phibeta (dot) com and Baton features by February 22. Ads for those publications have the same deadlines.

Love in Phi Beta,

Julia Cline
National Editor

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

2008 National Convention

Phi Beta's National Convention is being held this year in Williamsburg, Virginia, hosted by our Pi Alpha Upsilon chapter.

This year's Convention dates are July 17-20, 2008.

The Convention hotel is the Williamsburg Hospitality House, located near historic Colonial Williamsburg, Merchant's Square, and the College of William and Mary.

Registration information will be available in the next issue of Rose Petals.

Make your plans to attend now!

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Welcome Pi Alpha Phi Chapter!

Welcome to Phi Beta's newest Alumni chapter! Pi Alpha Phi chapter is located in DeCatur, Illinois. The chapter was installed on Saturday, August 4, 2007. Nine members were present for the ceremony, performed by National VP Collegiates Roy Pilger and National Director of Fraternity Education Dawn Pilger. Check out the latest Rose Petals for photos!

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MacDowell Colony Celebrates Centennial

Phi Beta would like to congratulate The MacDowell Colony on their Centennial Celebration. The colony turned 100 this year, and has been hosting special events throughout the year to celebrate. Visit the special MacDowell Colony Centennial web site to learn more and find events in your area!

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Monday, March 05, 2007

National Council Visits Prospective Convention Site

Phi Beta National Council members held their annual meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia on February 23 - 25, 2007.

Council members provided updates on their individual progress in their positions and outlined goals and tasks to complete during their terms. Read their complete officer reports in your Rose Petals.

In addition, the National Council worked with 2008 Convention hosts Pi Alpha Upsilon as they are already delving into the process of planning a great Convention for all of us in Williamsburg. The Council was delighted to attend the initiation of a new Phi Beta member, Jamie Auberg, and preview a trailer for his upcoming film.

Above: National President Elin Torvik, National Treasurer Cora Willett, National VP Collegiates Roy Pilger, & National Editor Julia Frahm enjoying Merchants Square in Historic Williamsburg

Photos from the National Council Meeting:

Pi Alpha Upsilon chapter with their newest
member, filmmaker and composer Jaimie Auberg

The Lobby of The Williamsburg Hospitality House,
one of the prospective locations for Convention 2008

National VP Collegiates Roy Pilger, National Editor Julia Frahm,
National VP Alumni Carrie Frederick, National President Elin Torvik,
& National Treasurer Cora Willett enjoy visiting Colonial Williamsburg

National Council works hard even as they wait
to board their flights home on Sunday morning

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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Esther Kellogg-Schultz Alumni Grant

Phi Beta announces the first Esther Kellogg-Schultz Alumni Grants, made possible by a generous gift from Esther Kellog-Schultz.

All alumni members of Phi Beta are eligible to apply for these grants of $250 each. The deadline for applying is April 15, 2007.

Further details about the grants may be found online at the Alumni Resource Center.

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Monday, October 30, 2006

New Alumni Chapter in Virginia

October 29, 2006 saw the chartering of Phi Beta Fraternity's newest alumni chapter: Pi Alpha Upsilon. The chapter is located in Virginia, with members currently located in Newport News, Lynchburg, and Richmond.

(from left to right) Blanche (Patron), Rebecca, Emily, Marjorie, Randy, Gay

National President Elin Torvik and National VP Alumni Carrie Frederick had the privilege of visiting the historic Newport News/Williamsburg area to perform the member initiation and chapter installation ceremonies.

Pi Alpha Upsilon chapter co-presidents Rebecca Lowe and Gay Ross-Clunis

The chapter is led by long-time Phi Beta member Gay Ross-Clunis and newly initiated member Rebecca Lowe.

We look forward to seeing our newest alumni chapter grow. Look for more details in your next Rose Petals. Please join all of Phi Beta Fraternity in welcoming our newest members!

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