Gamma Phi Beta
Date Founded at UI: February 3, 1910
Colors: Pink and Brown
Motto: Founded Upon a Rock
Flower: Pink Carnation
Symbol: Crescent Moon
Number of chapters nationally: 112
National headquarters location: Englewood, Colorado
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As a chapter, we make a conscious effort to incorporate sisterhood into our busy lives. Through spending time together we able to enrich our bond as sisters and grow as stronger and more vibrant women. Some of our traditional sisterhoods are; passing out candies canes around campus during the holiday season, at the beginning of February making valentines for the amazing men and women who are serving our country and our annual rafting trips in the fall. We also take part in many unplanned sisterhood activities such as taking trip to the mall, watching movies together, going to get coffee and just hanging out together around campus.
Academics are very important to our chapter. We use a study program which not only serves as an aid for our members, but also promotes learning and the importance of knowledge. Gamma Phi Beta is consistently above the all women's and all sorority average. This past Spring semester (2012), our chapter received a 3.38 GPA, the highest on campus.
We encourage the women in our chapter to maintain high academic standards through positive recognition. We hold an annual scholarship banquets in the spring to acknowledge those that have achieved their personal goals and received a high GPA. Members are also given the opportunity to receive academic scholarships at this time.
Philanthropic/Community Service Projects:
The women in our chapter are highly involved in the community. Our Philanthropic focus is "Building Strong Girls" and we team up with two organizations, Girls on the Run and Camp Fire USA, to help raise money to support both organizations every year. Campfire USA is an organization that sends underprivileged children to summer camp who might not normally have the opportunity to attend. This past year we made enough money to send four girls to camp where they were able to learn, play, and do various activities to help them grow into bright young women. Girls on the Run- our new Philanthropic focus- gives participants the opportunity to train for a 5k run with the goal of inspiring self awareness and healthy lifestyles in girls. We host an annual philanthropy event called G Phi B Ball- a three-on-three basketball tournament held in the U of I Memorial Gym. In addition to this, we also host a Silent Auction every year during Mom's Weekend.
Gamma Phi Beta also has an adopted stretch of highway located just north of Moscow. Twice a year, the women in our chapter all pitch in to clean this area. Many of our members also volunteer around campus, at local elementary schools and high schools, in local businesses, and in the community clean up days - in order to give back to the Moscow community for all that they have given us.
We also take part in many of the philanthropies that are put on by fraternities and sororities, and other organizational groups on campus.
At Gamma Phi, we understand the importance of hard work, but we also understand that it is important to have some fun too! We hold several dances throughout the year, including one that is hosted annually with Alpha Phi and Alpha Gamma Delta. This dance is to commemorate the fact that each of our chapters were nationally founded at Syracuse University in New York.
Our Chapter also hosts other date events, etiquette dinners, and more causal social get togethers with both fraternities and sororities on campus, including movie, game nights, and dinners. Our Chapter is also largely involved with intramurals. This past semester we were first in overall intramurals!
Awards & Honors (campus & nationally):
Nationally through Gamma Phi Beta, we have been recognized with the Mary A. Bingham Award, the McCormick Medallion and many Academic Excellence Awards. Locally we have received the Chapter Excellence Award from the Office of the Dean of Students several times. Most recently, we were recognized on campus with the Academic Excellence, Excellence in Scholarship, Outstanding Public Relations, Excellence in Community Service, Outstanding House Corporation Board, New Member of the Year, and Outstanding Senior and Greek Woman of the Year.
Many of our members have also been honored as individuals, receiving University of Idaho Achievement Awards, Dean’s List honors, and a variety of different awards from specific colleges.
Our chapter is always involved in campus activities such as Greek Week and Homecoming, as well as University sporting events, theater and dance performances, the University of Idaho Jazz Festival, and many other events that take place on campus.