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Pi Beta Phi Returns to Clemson University
CLEMSON, S.C. — November 22, 2016 – Pi Beta Phi reinstalled its South Carolina Beta Chapter at Clemson University November 18–20, 2016. Many South Carolina Beta alumnae and Pi Phis from across North America joined the 159 South Carolina Beta collegians to celebrate the chapter’s return. Campus friends joined the women for a Cookie Shine, a Pi Phi tradition, which was held on Friday night. Pi Phi alumnae from 32 different chapters, as well as family and friends, attended the Installation Banquet on Saturday night. The weekend concluded on Sunday with chapter members attending their first chapter meeting and officers being installed by Grand President Paula Pace Shepherd.
Throughout their New Member period, the collegiate women immersed themselves into the Clemson University fraternity and sorority community. During the fall semester, the women planned a Monmouth Duo event with Kappa Kappa Gamma, participated in homecoming activities with the women of Chi Omega and gentleman of Beta Theta Pi and won the Sigma Nu scavenger hunt philanthropy event.
“We are thrilled to be back on campus at Clemson University and are grateful for the overwhelming support from the Panhellenic community, campus officials and local alumnae,” said Grand Vice President Membership Rae Wohlhueter Maier. “I am confident the South Carolina Beta Chapter will not only be an incredible Pi Beta Phi chapter, but also a great partner to the Clemson community.”
Pi Beta Phi’s South Carolina Beta Chapter at Clemson University was originally installed in 1976. After 18 years on campus, the chapter voted to relinquish its charter in 1994 because of low membership. In the spring of 2016, the campus Panhellenic Council voted to open for extension.Pi Beta Phi submitted materials and offered a formal presentation to the University’s Extension Committee, and in April 2016, the Fraternity received the invitation to recolonize in the fall of 2016.
About Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women: Founded in 1867 at Monmouth College in Illinois, Pi Beta Phi has installed more than 200 collegiate chapters and nearly 300 alumnae clubs worldwide. Pi Beta Phi promotes friendship, develops women of intellect and integrity, cultivates leadership potential and enriches the lives of members and their communities. The Fraternity believes in the power of reading and through its philanthropy, Read > Lead > Achieve®, promotes a lifelong love of reading that can unlock true potential. For more information, visit www.pibetaphi.org or follow Pi Phi on Twitter and Facebook.