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 a glimpse into the lives of the wonderful women of Pi chapter and allows you to understand what makes our sisterhood so genuine.
As a freshman, I never thought I would be sitting here two and a half years later writing this message to you. My time as a member of Gamma Phi Beta has been incredibly enriching. I have made life-changing memories in this home with these women and I would not trade a single second of it. These women have shaped a very scared freshman girl to a woman of strength and confidence. They have empowered me to recognize how much greater this organization is as a whole than my individual role. Pi chapter is filled with laughter, road trips, dance parties, pranksters, coffee experts, Netflix watchers, leaders, achievers, innovators, and so much more. The unwavering dedication 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 own story that I get to 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 your own story may start with what I have shared with you, and most certainly continue with your own memories, realizations, and an all-encompassing sisterhood.
"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."
From all of my Gamma Phi Beta sisters and myself, congratulations on choosing the University of Nebraska - Lincoln to spend the best four years of your life! Whatever path led you to sorority recruitment, we can’t wait to take this journey with you. Recruitment is such an exciting time for all of us at Gamma Phi Beta. It is a time to remember all the reasons we chose our home, but more importantly, it is a time for us to meet even more amazing women with whom we’ll get to share our sisterhood! I remember when I went through recruitment three years ago. I had such amazing, genuine, and truly funny conversations with women. Unbeknownst to me, these women would positively change my life.
As I reflect on my time as a Gamma Phi, I can’t help but think of all the ways these women have made me the person I am today. I have Gamma Phi Beta to thank for leading me to my people.
She led me to women who will pull pranks on our president. She led me to women who will drive with me for eight hours to see a two-hour concert. She led me to women who are funny, driven, and unthinkably kind. She led me to women who will hold me when I cry. She led me to a beautiful home and the silliest 68 roommates I could have imagined. She led me to women who push me to be my best self, and even push me to take on this crazy role as Membership Vice President. She led me to the happiest years of my life.
My hope for you, my fellow Husker, is to continue your curiosity with sorority recruitment. Ask questions and be authentic. Every chapter on UNL’s campus has so much to offer confident women of character who choose to pursue recruitment. As a Greek community, we work together to make this campus the best it can be; a campus that promotes leadership, service, scholarship, and community. I strive to help every woman find her home on our campus. I urge you to look through our website and imagine yourself in a home that means as much to you as Gamma Phi Beta means to me.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any other recruitment-related questions, please contact Pi Chapter’s Recruitment Advisor, Annie McKeighan at email@example.com.
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.
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 Schools is a collaborative philanthropy event with Farmhouse Fraternity, during which chapter members serve homemade ice cream sandwiches with Cookie Co. Cookies! The money raised at the event is 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. Scoops for Schools will be held each September in the green space on the northeast corner of 16th and R Street (across the street from Gamma Phi).
Our annual fall fundraiser is our Pi Chapter signature French Toast Feed. We spend one night in October making unbelievable amounts of French toast to serve our many visitors from all over Lincoln. All of the proceeds go toward Girls On The Run. We don’t mean to brag, we don’t mean to boast, but at Gamma Phi Beta, we love our French Toast!
We’re excited to announce that Gamma Phi Beta will be hosting a new annual 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. Moonball will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Spikes Beach Bar and Grill. Teams of 6-8 people can sign up on Gamma Phi Beta Pi Chapter's Facebook page until April 12.
Shelby is from Columbus, NE and went to Scotus Central Catholic High School. She is majoring in nursing and is a passionate member of Teammates, Dance Marathon, The Big Event, and FOCUS Greek. She loves avocados, Chipotle runs with her Gamma Phis, coffee, and The Office. Shelby says her favorite thing about Gamma Phi is that “the women in this house are kind, genuine, and sincere, but they also play pranks on you and put your mattress in the closet. Still, they are the people who make me a better person every day.”
Lauren is from Elkhorn, NE and went to Elkhorn South High School. She is majoring in finance with minors in computer science and mathematics. Lauren is a member of the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management and is also involved in ASUN Student Government and the College of Business Administration Student Advisory Board. Her favorite restaurant is Qdoba and she likes to watch Sherlock and listen to Fetty Wap. “My favorite thing about GPhi is undoubtedly the down-to-earth women of this sorority. They are truly my best friends and my support system. These women have broadened my perspective and taught me so many important lessons.”
Brenna is from Elmwood, NE and went to Elmwood-Murdock High School. Her majors are accounting and secondary business education and her minor is entrepreneurship. She is the president of Phi Beta Lambda, treasurer for The Big Event, and the philanthropy chair for the College of Business Administration Honors Academy. Brenna is also very passionate about helping refugees in Lincoln and started a blog called Home is Here to tell the stories of refugees in our area.
Frannie is from Lincoln, NE and went to Lincoln Southwest High School. She is majoring in psychology and minoring in child, youth, and family studies. Outside of school, Frannie loves to teach dance and work with kids. She also enjoys Mountain Dew, spending time with her family, and watching So You Think You Can Dance. Frannie says her favorite Gamma Phi memories are from the mornings she and Sarah Troyer used to get Husker Hoagies, take their sandwiches up to her dorm room and watch 19 Kids and Counting.
Cassidy is from Lincoln, NE and went to Lincoln High School. She is majoring in communications and advertising and public relations and minoring in Spanish. Cassidy is a dedicated member of the Nebraska Human Resources Institute, Launch Leadership, and a staff member of Hart Dance Academy. She is a big fan of Parks and Recreation, Gilmore Girls, making to-do lists, and cheese. “One of the best parts of Gamma Phi is the way that every single person has a passion, and everyone empowers one another to follow it. There is endless support for everything that everyone does, and I've never felt more motivated to pursue the things I love than when I am around these women.”
Alison is from Sussex, Wisconsin and went to Hamilton High School. Her major is psychology and her minor is communications. On campus, she is involved in Navigators as well as Hope IV Us, an organization that aims to educate high school students about mental health. Alison is very passionate about ending the stigmas surrounding mental illnesses and plans on becoming a mental health counselor one day. She also loves cheeseburgers and reminding people that “you are enough”.
Casey is from Howells, NE and went to Howells-Dodge Consolidated High School. She is majoring in hospitality, restaurant, and tourism management and minoring in business. Casey is a proud member of Teammates and loves to watch Say Yes to the Dress and cultivate her Pinterest in her free time. One of Casey’s favorite Gamma Phi memories was being activities chair last year and building relationships with people all across the Greek community during Homecoming week.