Pi Beta Phi. Alberta Alpha.
Friends & Leaders for Life
Meet Pi beta Phi
Pi Beta Phi was founded on April 28, 1867, at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. We were first established as a women’s fraternity, named I.C Sorosis, as the word “sorority” did not exist yet. Our 12 founders had the vision to form the first secret society for women, which was patterned after men’s groups, at a time when only five state universities admitted women. As the oldest women’s fraternity at the University of Alberta, the Alberta Alpha chapter of Pi Beta Phi was introduced in 1931.
Pi Beta Phi distinguishes itself from other fraternities and sororities by leading the way as one of the first seven founding members of the National Panhellenic Conference. Pi Phi was also the first to organize a national philanthropic project, form an alumnae department, and establish an Alumnae Advisory Committee for each collegiate chapter.
At the University of Alberta, the Pi Phi women are actively involved in the Greek community. We were the 2014 Greek Week Champions and 2015 Songfest Winners. Other distinctions we received include the Panhellenic Spirit Award and the John Young Most Improved Award in 2015.
The official fraternity colors were adopted in 1882 as wine and silver blue. Our badge proudly showcases our official symbol of the arrow with a 12-link chain, which symbolizes our twelve founders. Our official flower is the wine carnation, and we have adopted the angel as an unofficial mascot since the late 1930’s.
Pi Beta Phi is a value-based organization, and our six core values are: integrity, life long commitment, honor and respect, personal and intellectual growth, philanthropic service to others, and sincere friendship. We incorporate these core values into our chapter and everyday life.
At Pi Beta Phi, we believe in the power of reading and that reading is the foundation of all that we can achieve in life. We believe reading always has been – and always will be – a powerful step towards a life of enduring impact. We encourage inspiring readers, sparking imaginations, and igniting the desire to learn. This love for literacy is why all of our philanthropic events raise money to support various literacy organizations. We host multiple philanthropic events throughout the school year. Our most popular event, Pie a Pi Phi, occurs twice a year at the University of Alberta’s main quad.