The Mission of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women
is to promote friendship,
develop women of intellect and integrity,
cultivate leadership potential
and enrich lives through community service.
-Pi Beta Phi Mission Statement
I don't even know where to begin when I talk about Pi Phi. When I think about college, I think about Pi Phi. When I think about my friends from college, I usually think of some fun night we spent hanging out in the rec room. Some of my favorite and not-so-favorite college memories happened in the Pi Phi house (pictured above) where I lived for my sophomore, junior, and senior years of college. Even though I didn't learn domestic skills - cooking, cleaning, etc.- I did learn a lot about time management, people, and myself. I will forever be grateful to my dad for allowing me the opportunity to join such an amazing group!
For those of you who might not know, Pi Beta Phi is a national fraternity for women. The University of Arkansas chapter, known as Arkansas Alpha, was established in 1909 (someone will correct this if I am wrong). And, from that time many women from all over the US have been a part of the grand AR Alpha tradition of what I like to call - Excellence. For the past six years we have been striving to make our excellence known nationally, and by the hard work of many members we haven ranked as one of the top ten chapters each of those years. Notably, however, we achieved the number one chapter ranking out of over 130 chapters in the US and Canada for the past two years. It is called the Balfour Cup, and, everyone in the Pi Phi community knows we're rock stars. ;)
After serving as a VP and President for my chapter, I knew that advising a chapter after I graduated was definitely something I wanted to do. I didn't, however, realize I would get the opportunity so soon. So, here I am, helping out on the Alumni Advisory Committee (AAC) with the Texas Betas at SMU. Tonight was our first meeting of the school year and it was so fun to jump back into all things Pi Phi. I will be advising the Vice President of Communications and the Panhellenic council representative. I am so excited to be back in the swing of things and get to see girls enjoy their college years!