Pi Beta Phi Establishes Florida Eta at the University of Miami

Pi Beta Phi installed its Florida Eta Chapter at the University of Miami on March 27, 2021, making history as Pi Phi’s first-ever virtual installation. Pi Phis across North America joined the 87 Florida Eta collegians to virtually celebrate the chapter’s installation weekend.
On Friday night, campus friends joined members for a Cookie Shine, a Pi Phi tradition which encourages members and friends to share their memories and aspirations while celebrating the sisterhood of our Fraternity. On Saturday, members attended their first chapter meeting after being virtually initiated by Grand President Marla Neelly Wulf, Kansas Beta. The weekend concluded with a virtual Installation Ceremony hosted by Grand Vice President Fraternity Growth Alison Veit Heafitz, Illinois Zeta, and Resident Leadership Development Consultants Sarah Moore, South Carolina Alpha, and Christiana Holladay, Colorado Gamma.
Throughout their New Member period, Florida Eta members prioritized getting to know one another despite challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Chapter members participated in several sisterhood activities including a virtual Valentine’s Day event, virtual Pictionary and an outdoor workout class with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated.
“I have full confidence that the incredible women of Florida Eta are going to do great things for their chapter, for Pi Phi and for the University of Miami campus,” said Grand President Marla Neelly Wulf, Kansas Beta. “I am very excited for the opportunities and bonds this sisterhood will bring – it is just the beginning.”
In Spring 2020, the University of Miami 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 October 2020, the Fraternity received an invitation to establish in Spring 2021.
Founded in 1867 at Monmouth College in Illinois, Pi Beta Phi promotes friendship, develops women of intellect and integrity, cultivates leadership potential and enriches the lives of members and their communities. Pi Beta Phi has more than 300,000 initiated members, and has installed more than 200 collegiate chapters and nearly 300 alumnae clubs worldwide. 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 pibetaphi.org or follow Pi Phi on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information, please contact:
Alex Gaskin
Assistant Director of Fraternity Growth
(636) 256-0680

Published April 2, 2021