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Gamma Phi Beta


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Gamma Phi Beta


A LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT    

     On behalf of the women of Gamma Phi Beta at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln: Welcome to our chapter’s website!  I hope this website provides you with a glimpse into the lives of the wonderful women of Pi Chapter and allows you to sense the various aspects that make our sisterhood so unique.

    Writing this message allows me to reminisce on my first two-and-a-half years as a member of Gamma Phi Beta.  I remember the most impactful memories I have made with these women – those weekend dinner dates, late night study sessions, sporadic dance parties, and those road trips to Omaha, Minnesota, and small-town Kansas.  However, even more powerful than these memories are the individual women who have inspired me to achieve my greatest potential.  Specific women have empowered me to recognize how much greater this organization is as a whole than is my individual role in the organization itself.  Pi Chapter is the home of pranksters, extroverts and introverts, leaders, innovators, and Cookie Company fanatics.  The unwavering dedication that I have to Pi Chapter of Gamma Phi Beta is a direct result of these women who have found their place in my heart as my mentors, best friends, and sisters.

   I have a story to tell, one that started with my older sister, but has since transformed into my very own story that I share with all of you.  Its pages are crowded with new experiences, inspiring women, and the greatest story I could have ever hoped to author.  So now, it is my greatest desire that you have a new story to tell that may start with what I have shared with you, but will most certainly continue with your own memories, realizations, and an all-encompassing sisterhood. 

in IIKe,

meredith hovis

Pi Chapter President

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Sisterhood


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Sisterhood


ALL THE REASONS WHY WE LOVE GAMMA PHI BETA

"I love Gamma Phi because we are all weird and funny, but at the end of the day there is nothing I wouldn't do for my G PHI sisters!"

"Gamma Phi has given me unlimited snuggles, dance parties, popcorn, and friendships that I can not live without."

"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."

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Recruitment


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Recruitment


 A LETTER FROM OUR MEMBERSHIP VICE PRESIDENT

      On behalf of all the women at Gamma Phi Beta, I would like to congratulate you on your many accomplishments that have led you to the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and your interest in sorority recruitment. This is such an exciting time of your life, and we are eager to be a part of this transition with you. Coming from out of state, I knew nothing about the Greek community at UNL, which made me hesitant to go through recruitment. I decided to go through recruitment with intentions of making lifelong friends and finding a new place to call home throughout my college years. Recruitment was nothing like I expected. It was a week full of making new friends on my floor, listening to chapters sing fun songs, and discovering commonalities with strangers through engaging conversations. Each day walking into Gamma Phi Beta was a breath of fresh air. I talked to passionate, classy women who made me feel so comfortable. At Gamma Phi Beta, I looked around the room and saw women I wanted to become in the next four years. I saw women who so clearly loved one another. It’s 3 years later and I know exactly why I am here, with exciting stories and loving sisters of my own.

      Gamma Phi Beta has surpassed my initial expectations of joining a sorority:

     She has given me the most genuine friends I have ever had. She has given me another mom and family to spend Easters with when home is so far away. She has given me sisters to experience Husker football games with across the country. She has given me more roommates than I ever thought possible, who prank me every time I leave the room. She has given me mentors who push me to be the best version of myself, always. She has given me the opportunity to be the Membership Vice President for the chapter that has been my rock for the past three years.

      Whether you are from just a few miles away, or from out of state, like me, I encourage you to go through recruitment. The Greek System at UNL is truly one of a kind. We are fortunate to be in a community that promotes leadership, scholarship, friendships and service. My wish is that all of you coming through recruitment find a home with women who will help you adjust, grow and succeed in your next four years. I am so excited to share my home and inspiring sisters with you this fall! I encourage you to look around our website to see why Gamma Phi Beta is home to me and my sisters.

in IIke,

Rachel Best

Membership Vice President


Letters of Recommendation

References have always been a 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 alliejodavison@gmail.com.

If you have any other recruitment-related questions, please contact Pi Chapter’s Recruitment Advisor, Annie McKeighan at annie.mckeighan@gmail.com.

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New Members


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New Members


OUR NEW MEMBER PROGRAM

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. These meetings take place once weekly at the chapter house. 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.


     When I received my bid from Gamma Phi Beta, I was overwhelmed with excitement, happiness, and nerves.  Only a few hours before, those women were strangers to me, but in that moment I gained 158 sisters. Creating a bond between all 158 women in Pi chapter and myself was greatly aided by the new member program.  At the beginning of all eight new member meetings, our New Member Educator  had us play ice-breaker games. One of my favorite games was when we went outside on a beautiful September day and played “in her shoes.” During the game, I was able to find out similarities and differences that I had with my sisters.  Furthermore, during new member meetings, sophomores and executive members would come and speak about ways to get involved on campus and their roles in the chapter.  I was better able to visualize how I wanted to serve UNL’s campus and Pi chapter in the future. Rock Solid Relationships aided me in building strong, healthy relationships with the women in other pledge classes. Also by being set up on crescent sisterhood dates with women in the pledge class above me, I was able to see how diverse of a group of women belonged to the chapter and how each woman perfectly encompassed our core values—love, labor, learning, and loyalty.  The meetings more importantly helped me understand why Gamma Phi Beta is so special to women around the world through learning about our history.  The new member program helped me realize how privileged I was to be a part of such a special chapter and how each woman in Gamma Phi Beta was capable of impacting the chapter.  

Becky Brooks

pledge class of 2015

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Philanthropy


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Philanthropy


BUILDING STRONG GIRLS

GAMMA PHI BETA PARTNERS WITH GIRLS ON THE RUN

      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 SCHOOL

Partnered with Farmhouse Fraternity

     Scoops for Schools is a collaborative philanthropy event with Farmhouse Fraternity, during which chapter members will serve homemade ice cream sandwiches with Cookie Co. Cookies!  The money raised at the event will be 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.   It will be held on September 8, 2016 from 6 pm - 10pm in the green space on the northeast corner of 16th and R Street (across the street from Gamma Phi). 


FRENCH TOAST FEED

fall PHILANTHROPY

       Our annual fundraiser is our infamous French Toast Feed. We spend one night in the fall making unbelievable amounts of French toast to serve our many visitors from all over Lincoln.  All of our proceeds go towards Girls On The Run.  This year it will be held on October 20, 2016 from 8 pm - 12 am.  We don’t mean to brag, we don’t mean to boast, but at Gamma Phi Beta, we love our French Toast!


MOONBALL

Spring Philanthropy

     We’re excited to announce that Gamma Phi Beta will be hosting a new philanthropy event this spring called Moonball! Moonball is a volleyball tournament, where event proceeds benefit our philanthropic partner, Girls on the Run. Students, campus organizations, local businesses and community members are invited to participate.  More details to come!

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Leaders


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Leaders


MEREDITH HOVIS, PRESIDENT

Contact her at pichapterpresident@gmail.com

Meredith is from Lincoln, NE and went to Lincoln Pius X.  She is majoring in Secondary Math Education and minoring in business.  Her involvement on campus includes being a Teammates mentor, a FOCUS Bible Study leader, and a Nebraska Legends Scholarship Program peer mentor.  She enjoys biking, country music, One Tree Hill, and going on Cookie Co. runs with her Gamma Phis (follow @mereandbestiegetcookies on Instagram).  Meredith is our selfless leader who is very passionate about Gamma Phi.

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BETH VANDERGIEND, ADMINISTRATIVE VP

contact her at pichapteravp@gmail.com

Beth is from Elkhorn, NE and went to Elkhorn South High School.  She is double majoring in Mathematics and Actuarial Science.  Her involvement includes Navigators, Dance Marathon, Teammates, and Healthy Outlook Peer Educators.  Her favorite food is mangos and she absolutely loves math.  Her favorite artist is Ben Rector and she is an avid triathlon competitor. "I love that Gamma Phi loves me for who I am and pushes me to be the best version of myself that I can be!"

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JANAE AUNE, FINANCIAL VP

contact her at pichapterfvp@gmail.com

Janae is from Fairfax, IA and went to Prairie High School.  She is majoring in Political Science and Economics with the hopes of becoming a lawyer.  She loves all breakfast food and her favorite quote is "Let's go get food".  On campus, she is involved in NHRI, Government Liaison Committee, Undergraduate Advisory Board, Dance Marathon, IC Scholars, and Model United Nations.  Her favorite Gamma Phi memories include late night Sonic runs, pillow talks, our popcorn machine, and gaining 159 sisters.

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RACHEL BEST, MEMBERSHIP VP

contact her at pichaptermvp@gmail.com

Rachel is from Eden Prairie, Minnesota and graduated from Eden Prairie High School. She is majoring in Speech-Language Pathology with minors in Education and Child Youth and Family Studies. She is an Ambassador for CEHS, the Vice President of NSSLHA, a Family Representative for Dance Marathon, a Teammate mentor, and a bible study leader for FOCUS. She loves watching Fixer Upper, snuggling with her bulldog, sharpie pens, going on chips and salsa dates with her G Phi sisters, and running/adventuring outside. She studied abroad in Costa Rica last summer.

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SHELBY BELLER, EDUCATION VP

contact her at pichapterevp@gmail.com

Shelby is from Columbus, NE and went to Scotus Central Catholic.  She loves cats and spaghetti.  She is involved in NHRI, Teammates, Dance Marathon, The Big Event, and Earthstock.  She enjoys watching The Office and going on runs.  One of her favorite memories of Gamma Phi has been having dance parties and prank wars with her roommates.

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JULIA NGUYEN, PUBLIC RELATIONS VP

contact her at pichapterprvp@gmail.com

Julia is from Omaha, NE and went to Westside High School.  You can find her watching Fixer Upper, doing yoga or enjoying Cookie Co.  The Oatmeal Scotchies are her favorite.  Her favorite thing about Gamma Phi is how it is able to unite such a unique bunch of women with different backgrounds and a variety of interests. "I think I speak on almost everybody's behalf when I say I know these women have your best interest in mind at all times, it's truly a magical thing."

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ANGIE NELSON, PANHELLENIC VP

contact her at pichapterpavp@gmail.com

Angie is from Wayne, NE and went to Wayne High School.  She claims to be emotionally attached to Harry Potter.  She loves all three of her dad's old, grey sweatshirts.  When she was 10 years old, she won $100 from the chicken clucking contest at the Wayne Chicken Show.  Her favorite memory of Gamma Phi was krumping with her sisters at the lip sync competition her freshman year for Greek Weekend.

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