Pi Beta Phi

at the university of wisconsin-madison

About Our Chapter

Welcome friends, family, and fellow members of the Wisconsin Alpha Chapter of Pi Beta Phi! We here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison want to welcome you to our chapter’s website where you can find tons of information about Pi Phi as a national fraternity, our specific chapter, and all of our amazing sisters. 

A letter from our President 

Thanks for taking an interest in the Wisconsin Alpha Chapter of Pi Beta Phi! I would love to share with you some of my experiences in Pi Phi, in hopes to show you how one organization can positively impact so many young women. 

I sincerely believe that being a member of Pi Beta Phi has been one of the most enriching and rewarding experiences of my life. After accepting my bid, I realized that I had joined an organization that was much greater than myself. In addition, this past summer, I was fortunate enough to be selected to represent WI Alpha at Pi Beta Phi’s National Convention. As I sat surrounded by a thousand other Pi Beta Phi members and alumnae, I saw the impact and power that this Fraternity possesses. It was truly touching to see how in one organization there was such a large, unspoken bond of sincere friendship, honor, respect, and philanthropic service. 

Throughout my time in Pi Beta Phi, I have been blessed to meet and know so many genuine and inspirational women. Each of my fellow sisters at UW-Madison exemplifies the kind of woman that I strive to be each and every day. Though we are a chapter filled with a variety of personalities, these women are all intelligent, loyal, and accepting. 

From sisterhoods, to social events, to our annual philanthropy events, Pi Phi has enriched my life with friendships that I know will last a lifetime. My sisters are the first people to push me to strive for my best, and the first people to offer a helping hand when I need support. Without these friendships, I know that I would not be the person I am today. 

Pi Beta Phi is rooted in the values of integrity, lifelong commitment, honor and respect, philanthropic service to others, personal and intellectual growth, and sincere friendship. I believe that Pi Beta Phi gives members numerous opportunities to live by these values while promoting friendship, leadership, and especially academics. Thanks to Pi Phi, I have had so many other opportunities to get involved here on campus such as, participating on the Legislative Affairs Committee of ASM and shared governance committees, Humorology as well as being a Spanish teacher. Every individual member has the opportunity to get involved within the Greek community on campus as well as any student organizations that they so choose.

In addition to outside organizations, the WI Alpha Chapter of Pi Beta Phi does our own philanthropic service by putting on large events such as Pi Phi Wing King, Pie a Pi Phi, and Pi Phi Sugar High. All proceeds benefit First Book, which promotes children’s literacy, and The Pi Beta Phi Foundation.

As a chapter, we strive to help lower the statistic that 1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read. We also organize a weekly member volunteer program called Champions Are Readers where we read to local elementary school students right here in Madison at Randall Elementary. Also, our chapter participates in other service opportunities including Relay for Life, DanceMarathon, and Humorology.  Overall, as Chapter President, I am proud to say that many members reach outside of Pi Beta Phi to gain additional leadership and philanthropic opportunities as well as participate in our own chapter’s events.

Being a member of Pi Beta Phi means so much more than just the letters and sisterhood, it's a lifelong commitment to one another through all the highs and lows. My sisters have helped me to grow and to learn so much in the past few years, and we hope to return that blessing to every new member in the future. It is an immense honor to be the Chapter President of the Wisconsin Alpha Chapter of Pi Beta Phi for 2018. I hope that this provides a glimpse of how important this Fraternity is to me, and how I am so proud to be surrounded by such an amazing group of women.

Please feel free to continue browsing our website! If you have any further questions about the Fraternity, please feel free to visit our national website at www.pibetaphi.org.

In the Wine and Silver Blue,  

Mary Grace Larson

WI Alpha Chapter President 2018

Wisconsin Alpha Chapter History

Our chapter received a charter on November 1st, 1894. A few years later in July of 1897, Wisconsin Alpha hosted the 15th annual Pi Beta Phi Convention here in Madison at the University of Wisconsin's Library Hall. We moved into our current house at 130 Langdon St in 1986. Our chapter was also the first chapter use bata pins for the new member period.

Other notable achievements include: 
The Balfour Cup in 1926 and 1927
The Carolyn Helman Lichtenberg Crest Award for Outstanding Personal Achievement in 1991
The Collegian Spirit Award in 2004
The Alumnae Spirit Award in 2012
Greek Community Outstanding Philanthropy Award in 2013 
Greek Community Outstanding Community Service Award in 2013 

International History 

Pi Beta Phi was founded in April 28th, 1867 by 12 women at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois as the first national fraternity for women. The 12 founders had a vision to form the first national secret society for women at a time when only five state universities admitted women.  During a time when few women were admitted to colleges and universities, Pi Beta Phi was able to create a unity between pioneering women. Called I.C. Sorosis, Pi Beta Phi was used as their secret motto. Before long, they became known as the Pi Phis, leading to the official name change in 1888. These women established unity in a secret society of strong women.

Pi Beta Phi distinguishes itself in the Greek Community by leading the way as one of the first seven founding members of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), an umbrella organization for 26 inter/national women's fraternities and sororities. Because of the positive impact the organization has had on the lives of so many women, there are over 130 Pi Beta Phi chapters at universities across the United States and Canada, with more than 240,000 women initiated since 1867. The founders of Pi Beta Phi created the Fraternity to cultivate sincere friendship, establish real-life objectives and promote happiness. Pi Beta Phi continues to encourage young women to develop meaningful relationships as they reach for their personal goals. While Pi Phi creates a strong organization for women to belong to during their college years, it also continues to facilitate communications among its alumnae after graduation. Pi Phi for Life is a specific program for graduating seniors. There are 300 alumnae organizations around the world and a member-only website to help connect Pi Phis wherever they may be.