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Encyclopedia > Gamma Phi Beta
ΓΦΒ – Gamma Phi Beta
Image:gamma phi beta crest.jpg
Founded November 11, 1874 (1874-11-11) (age 132)
Syracuse University, (Syracuse, New York)
Type Social
Scope International
Motto Founded Upon A Rock
Colors Brown and Mode
Symbol Crescent Moon
Flower Pink Carnation
Jewel Pearl
Philanthropy Campfire U.S.A.
Members 150,000 currently
lifetime
Headquarters 12737 E. Euclid Drive
Centennial, Colorado, USA
Homepage http://www.gammaphibeta.org

Gamma Phi Beta (ΓΦΒ) is an international sorority that was founded on November 11, 1874 at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York by Helen M. Dodge, Frances E. Haven, E. Adeline Curtis, and Mary A. Bingham. The sorority's national headquarters are located at Centennial, Colorado. Gamma Phi Beta currently has over 150,000 initiated members, 116 active collegiate chapters and 160 alumnae groups across the United States as well as Canada. Gamma Phi Beta was the first official "sorority" (as opposed to a female fraternity) in the country & is now one of the largest sororities. Image File history File links Gamma_phi_beta_crest. ... November 11 is the 315th day of the year (316th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 50 days remaining. ... Year 1874 (MDCCCLXXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link with display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Syracuse University (SU) is a private nonsectarian research university located in Syracuse, New York. ... Nickname: The Salt City Location of Syracuse within the state of New York Coordinates: City Government  - Mayor Matthew Driscoll Area  - City 66. ... The brown and orange disks of color are objectively identical, in identical gray surrounds, in this image; their perceived color categories depend on what white they are compared to. ... Look up mode in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is about Earths moon. ... Binomial name L. The carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus) is a flowering plant native to the Near East and has been cultivated for the last 2,000 years. ... While the term fraternity can be used to describe any number of social organizations, including the Lions Club and the Shriners, fraternities and sororities are most commonly known as social organizations of higher education students in the United States and Canada but there are fraternities in the whole world (for... Syracuse University (SU) is a private nonsectarian research university located in Syracuse, New York. ... Nickname: The Salt City Location of Syracuse within the state of New York Coordinates: City Government  - Mayor Matthew Driscoll Area  - City 66. ... “NY” redirects here. ... Coordinates: Country United States of America State Colorado County Arapahoe Incorporated 2001 Mayor Randy Pye Area    - City 72. ...


The official symbol of Gamma Phi Beta is the crescent moon. The pink carnation is the official flower. The pearl is the sorority jewel. The Gamma Phi Beta badge was designed by Tiffany & Co.[citation needed] The jeweler delivered the first badges on December 16, 1874.


Gamma Phi Beta's primary objective is to promote the highest form of womanhood. Its creed is Love, Labor, Learning and Loyalty.

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History

Colleges and universities admitted few women students in the 1870’s. In fact, administrators and faculty members gave women a rather reluctant welcome. They argued women had inferior minds and could not master mathematics and the classics. In this controversy, Dr. E. O. Haven, Syracuse University chancellor and former president of the University of Michigan and Northwestern University, maintained that women should receive the advantages of higher education. He enrolled his daughter, Frances, at Syracuse.

The members badge
The members badge

After considering an invitation to join the then two-year old Alpha Phi, Frances instead asked three friends to assist her in organizing their own society. They sought the advice and help of Dr. Haven, their brothers, the faculty and members of two existing fraternities. Gamma Phi Beta was subsequently founded by Helen M. Dodge, Frances E. Haven, E. Adeline Curtis and Mary A. Bingham on November 11, 1874 at Syracuse University. Image File history File links Gamma_phi_beta_badge. ... Image File history File links Gamma_phi_beta_badge. ... Year 1874 (MDCCCLXXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link with display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Syracuse University (SU) is a private nonsectarian research university located in Syracuse, New York. ...


Dr. Frank Smalley, a professor at the University, first coined the word sorority with respect to Gamma Phi Beta. The sorority changed its colors, originally light and dark blue to light and dark brown in 1875 to honor Dr. J.J. Brown, whose study was used for Friday afternoon meetings of Gamma Phi Beta. While the term fraternity can be used to describe any number of social organizations, including the Lions Club and the Shriners, fraternities and sororities are most commonly known as social organizations of higher education students in the United States and Canada but there are fraternities in the whole world (for...


The first initiate, Clara Worden, was initiated in March of 1875.


Gamma Phi Beta is a member of the Syracuse Triad along with Alpha Phi and Alpha Gamma Delta. See also Fraternities and sororities The Syracuse Triad is the name given to the three womens sororities founded at Syracuse University. ... Alpha Phi (ΑΦ) is a fraternity for women founded at Syracuse University on October 10, 1872. ... Alpha Gamma Delta (ΑΓΔ) Founded in 1904, Alpha Gamma Delta is an international fraternity for women dedicated to academic excellence, leadership development, high ideals and sisterhood. ...


Frances E. Haven went on to assist in founding the Omicron chapter at the University of Illinois. Omicron is the only other chapter founded by one of the original founders. Frances E. Haven is also buried in a cemetery on campus at the University of Illinois. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC, U of I, or simply Illinois), is the oldest, largest and most prestigious campus in the University of Illinois system. ...


Every initiated member has a life-long membership to Gamma Phi Beta with the opportunity to participate in the Gamma Phi Beta world as long as she chooses.

Founders of Gamma Phi Beta
Founders of Gamma Phi Beta

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Mission of Gamma Phi Beta

To foster a nurturing environment that provides women the opportunity to achieve their potential through lifelong commitment to intellectual growth, individual worth and service to humanity.


Vision of Gamma Phi Beta

To be a premiere women’s organization with a winning spirit through: seeking cultural, demographic and economic diversity, the development of chapter, community and interfraternal leaders, providing programming which addresses issues relevant to women and society, the strengthening of resources, a focus on being member-driven, and management of the organization through volunteerism.


Philanthropy and Community Service

Although Gamma Phi Beta was not founded as a philanthropic organization, the sorority has a long history of community service and philanthropic participation. Gamma Phi Beta supports Camp Fire USA and other community service activities for many reasons. Camping for girls has a visionary cause. It never goes out of style and is able to adapt to the needs of society. It also allows girls of diversity to come together as one. There are many local community involvement opportunities associated with camping as well as environmental appreciation that links young girls back to nature. By focusing on camping for girls, Gamma Phi Beta is able to provide more money for girls' programs, which have been under funded when compared to boys programs. More than $57,000 has been donated to Camp Fire USA and its local councils. Gamma Phi Beta does support other philanthropies including Children's Miracle Network, Sick Kids Hospital, March of Dimes, Breast Cancer Society, battered women shelters, American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, United Way, Cerebral Palsy, M.A.D.D., Ronald McDonald House, AIDS Canada, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Leukemia Society, and Oprah's Angels.


Notable Alumnae

For a full list of notable Gamma Phi Beta alumnae please visit here. [1]

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References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Prominent Gamma Phi Betas. Gamma Phi Beta. Retrieved on 2007-07-03.

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External link

  • Gamma Phi Beta/Gamma Phi Beta International

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Gamma Phi Beta - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (544 words)
Gamma Phi Beta is the 8th oldest Sorority in the country and is one of the largest sororities with chapters in both the United States and Canada.
Gamma Phi Beta was founded by Helen M. Dodge, Frances E. Haven, E. Adeline Curtis and Mary A. Bingham on November 11, 1874 at Syracuse University.
Gamma Phi Beta is a member of the Syracuse Triad along with Alpha Phi and Alpha Gamma Delta.
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Gamma Phi Beta was the first true sorority because it was started by all women, as opposed to female fraternities which were founded by men.
Gamma Phi’s are women more than willing to reach out to the community and frequently participate in activities that raise money for foundations such as The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Badger Camp, a camp for physically and mentally disabled children.
The mark of a true Gamma Phi is found in the sister who strives to promote the highest type of womanhood and possesses the desire to build upon the strong foundations of the sorority through academics, extra-curricular activities, community service and Greek involvement.
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