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Pi Beta Phi Rolls Out Revised Education for New Members

Published On: 2014-08-07

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Constance Dillon
Communications Coordinator
(636) 256–0680

Pi Beta Phi Rolls Out Revised Education for New Members  

ST. LOUIS – July 24, 2014 – Pi Beta Phi® is excited to announce the launch of its revised New Member Education Program. The program, which is an orientation to the Fraternity and the first step of Pi Phi’s award-winning member development program Leading with Values®, now features online, interactive courses and an increased focus on sisterhood. 

During the eight-week program, Pi Beta Phi New Members across North America will learn the meaning of Pi Phi’s core values through self-paced, online courses. The courses ensure each New Member receives consistent and structured education about Pi Phi heritage, values and member obligations. 

The program also features weekly, in-person meetings where New Members participate in sisterhood and mentoring activities. Activities range from name game icebreakers to identifying servant leadership qualities in one another, including giving shout-outs on social media using the hashtag #piphiservantleader. 

“We hope Pi Phis look back on their New Member period and remember feeling at home in the chapter,” said Pi Beta Phi Executive Director Juli Willeman. “The program provides a New Member with the opportunity not only for personal growth, but for making special connections with her Pi Phi sisters. This program is just the beginning of a lifelong bond that continues into our alumnae lives.”

This past spring semester, 37 Pi Phi chapters piloted the revised program. The women said the online courses were quick, easy and fun; and they enjoyed the bonding activities at the weekly meetings. “The feedback our pilot chapters provided was essential in ensuring the program is engaging and relevant to today’s collegians,” said Collegiate Services and Programming Coordinator Ashley Hallowell. 

Current chapter leaders received training on the new program at Pi Beta Phi’s College Weekend, July 17–19, 2014, in St. Louis. The three-day event featured a New Member Education specific-track, or “College,” designed to help chapter leaders and their advisors gain mentoring and facilitation skills and learn how to successfully implement the program. Attendees also learned how to make the program fit with unique chapter needs and campus cultures.

Leading with Values, including the Pi Beta Phi New Member Education Program, is made possible through financial support from Pi Beta Phi Foundation. As a partner and supporter of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity, the aim of the Foundation is to enrich lives through education, leadership and philanthropy. The Foundation is proud to help members develop their leadership skills by sponsoring this important program. To learn how the Foundation is impacting lives of Pi Beta Phi members and the community every day, visit www.pibetaphifoundation.org

To learn more about Pi Beta Phi’s New Member Education Program, please visit www.pibetaphi.org/newmember

About Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women: Founded in 1867 at Monmouth College in Illinois, Pi Beta Phi has installed 200 collegiate chapters and more than 300 alumnae organizations worldwide. Pi Beta Phi promotes friendship, develops women of intellect and integrity, cultivates leadership potential and enriches the lives of members and their communities. 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 www.pibetaphi.org or follow Pi Phi on Twitter and Facebook.