Chapter History   

  Chapter History 1  

 Home sweet home at 330 Triphammer Road!    


 In March of 1918, the Beta Phi Fraternity was founded here at Cornell University. Under the supervision of Miss Louise Case, Beta Phi began working toward its goal of petitioning for a charter of Pi Beta Phi. The future 13 charter members had to submit to the closest investigation as to character, activities,scholarship, and personality. These women were as follows: Helen Miriam Sharrett, Margaret Lounsbury Winfield, Josephine Augusta Sniffen, Mary Alexandria Wheeler, Cornelia Elizabeth Lerch, Evelyn Gertrude Richmond,Elizabeth Dorothy Worman, Grace Brown Blauvelt, Eleanor Margaret Edmonds,Mary Irene Frank and Alice Juliet Street. 

Chapter History 2On June 14, 1919, the Beta Phi Fraternity of Cornell University became a chapter of Pi Beta Phi. These founding sisters of New York Delta meet in Risley Hall, a new dormitory for women at the time. After receiving their charter, they rented a small bungalow on Eddy Street-- the first New York Delta sorority house. From Eddy, Pi Beta Phi moved to Kelvin Place.  In 1937, the group leases a house on 425 Wycoff Ave. Finally , in 1955 Pi Phi bought a plot of land on Triphammer Road. While the new house was being built, the sisters lived at 516 University Ave. In 1956, the first sisters moved into what is still our New York Delta House.


The New York Delta chapter of Pi Beta Phi national fraternity for women prides itself on the diversity of its membership. We certainly share common interests, aspirations, and concerns which enable us to call each other sisters, but it is our common respect for difference which most links us in this organization. This diversity translates into a spectrum of needs and expectations for theChapter History 3 sorority to fulfill. Therefore the chapter's aims are as various as the interests of its members. 

The sorority relies on the diverse perspectives of its members to make it a dynamic organization. Of course, underlying this range of goals among the members of our chapter are the unifying national goals of moral, mental and social advancement. These goals are clearly illustrated through our emphasis on service, programming and sharing fun times together. The chapter aims to provide a positive experience for each sister- an experience which encompasses the achievement of all three of these goals. Most importantly, however, our aim is to foster friendships. In doing so, the chapter hopes individual members will have their unique personal expectations of chapter life fulfilled.
Being a member of Pi Beta Phi at Cornell University offers the special experience of being supported by a network of phenomenal young women. The continuous strengthening of this network through the initiation of dynamic diverse new members is our goal.