Summer 2019 – Collegiate and Alumnae Pride – Delta Area

“Phi Mu America” is an informal term that is used to describe all of our members and chapters, but 175,000 total lifetime members can be a lot to keep track of! This is why Phi Mu America is split into four areas: Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta.

From the lower Mississippi River to the Atlantic Ocean, the Delta Area covers Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. Here is what our chapters there, both collegiate and alumnae, have been up to lately!

Alabama

Alpha Gamma, Samford University

In the fall, Phi Mu sisters from the Alpha Gamma chapter volunteered with the King’s Home of Alabama for its annual Kampfire for the King. Members helped by staffing inflatables, judging a pie-eating contest, greeting and assisting with check-in, and working on the event setup and tear down.

Huntsville Alumnae Chapter

The newly-formed Rose’ Society of Huntsville held its inaugural Rosè Ball in the spring. The organization is dedicated to helping less fortunate women and children in the local Huntsville and Tennessee Valley area. Two Phi Mu alumnae serve on the Rose’ Society Board of Directors: Priscilla Adams-DuMont, Kappa Delta, and Nancy McDonald, Kappa Delta. Each of five charities received a $7,000 check from funds raised at the Rose’ Ball.

Theta Alpha, University of North Alabama

Theta Alpha members raised over $4,000 for CMN Hospitals at their annual Casino Night event. Three collegians and one alumna traveled to Guatemala for alternative breaks to spend a week serving local communities. A recent alumna, Erin Shockey, has been selected to serve as a Chapter Consultant this year and the chapter is thrilled to have her represent Phi Mu in this way.

Theta Delta, Spring Hill College

Two chapter members traveled to Quito, Ecuador, and worked with an organization, Center for Working Families, that serves those living in extreme poverty. While there, Lauryn Bass and Maya Humeda learned that these women and young girls lack access to feminine hygiene products, which results in their missing work and school for weeks at a time. Theta Delta members were so inspired by the resilience of these women that they decided to raise money to provide them with feminine hygiene products.

Theta Kappa, Huntingdon College

Theta Kappa was excited that during its first-ever Hawk-A-Thon, members raised over $3,175 for CMN Hospitals, which even reached out to feature them on Instagram!

Florida

Alpha Nu, University of Florida

The first-ever “We’ve Got Your Back” panel was organized by Camille Respess, Director of Harm Reduction and Prevention, and Mary Grace Paris, External Vice President. The chapter partnered with the Women’s Student Association and STRIVE (Sexual Trauma Interpersonal Violence Education) to host an empowering event for UF students about creating a culture of respect on campus. Alpha Nu prioritizes mental health while giving strength to chapter sisters and students across campus. Members hope to put on more events such as this one to help support the next generation of powerful, caring women.

Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter

Members gathered at TIAA Bank Field for a behind-the-scenes tour of where the Jags (Jacksonville Jaguars football team) play. They held the annual Family Day at the Jacksonville Zoo and prepared gifts for their Heart-to-Heart Chapter, Alpha Epsilon (Florida State University). For Founders’ Day, alumnae held a Legacy Tea where they hosted six sweet little legacies and held a traditional silent auction which raised nearly $500 for Phi Mu Foundation. They put on their third annual “Helping Hand Bags for the Homeless” philanthropy event, collecting non-perishable food items and toiletries for the homeless in the community. Find the chapter on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/jaxphimu.

Kappa Rho, Florida Atlantic University

Kappa Rho is humbled and honored to be named Chapter of the Year for the fourth year in a row, in addition to winning awards for outstanding sisterhood, sisterhood retreat of the year and outstanding member program. In addition, three members have been added to the FAU Greek Life Hall of Fame. The chapter hosted its first every Magic and Miracles event, where celebrity magician Gary Goodman performed for the campus community and judged a talent contest. Over $6,000 was raised, almost doubling last year’s total!

Theta Gamma, Florida International University

Theta Gamma held its annual Miracle Man pageant in the spring. All of the contestants enthusiastically showed their passion and dedication for CMN Hospitals. At the end of the week-long event, over $17,000 was raised for the kids.

Georgia

Alpha Iota, Mercer University

The chapter held its second annual dodgeball tournament. Teams of five played to earn $2,800 to benefit the local CMN Hospital, Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health. Members had a blast at the tournament and it was all for a great cause.

Augusta Alumnae Chapter

There has not been a Phi Mu alumnae chapter in Augusta, Ga., for many years. On March 9, several alumnae held an informal celebration for Founders’ Day. It was the first time these women, many of whom did not previously know one another, got together. Everyone had such a good time that they met again in April at a local DIY candle-making shop, and in May they went together to the re-release of the movie, “Steel Magnolias.”

Gamma Sigma, Georgia College and State University

Members raised over $400 for CMN Hospitals in the spring. The chapter held a sisterhood event at Six Flags over Georgia to promote bonding. Gamma Sigma also supported local first responders within the campus and Milledgeville community to show appreciation for all that they do.

Kappa Beta, Valdosta State University

Parent’s Weekend is Kappa Beta’s favorite weekend on campus. At the annual event, members celebrated their sisterhood and honored their parents who provide constant support of the chapter. They enjoyed brunch with moms, golf with dads and a dinner that ended with families dancing the night away.

Kappa Phi, LaGrange College

Sisters were instrumental in starting the first-ever LaGrange College Dance Marathon! Members have also been working closely with the Boys and Girls Clubs; sisters have even appeared there, dressed as Disney Princesses, to talk about the importance of mental health awareness. Kappa Phi is also getting very creative with fundraising events, including “Cocoa for Kids” and “Milkshakes for Miracles.”

Kappa Upsilon, University of North Georgia

Last academic year was a great one for Kappa Upsilon, especially academically. Phi Mu had the highest GPA of all sororities on campus and had 27 members earn a 4.0 in the spring semester. The chapter held a special “4.0 Dinner” to celebrate their achievements.

Mu, Brenau University

Mu Chapter members participated in UGA’s Dance Marathon, raising $6,222. Every sister went above and beyond to reach her goal of raising $200 each for CMNH. Members sold Chick-fil-A biscuits on campus and to members of the community to raise $265 for Phi Mu Foundation’s M3 Campaign. The event also helped locally: students could purchase biscuits to donate to a homeless shelter, Good News at Noon.

Theta Zeta, Georgia Institute of Technology

Theta Zeta hosted its annual spring clothing drive, Mu Marketplace. Chapter members sold their own clothes and donated the proceeds to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Under the leadership of Philanthropy Chairman Sara Cleland, the chapter opened the event to the entire Georgia Tech campus and converted the house into a shopping boutique for all! This raised $2,078, an increase of over 300% from the previous year. The sisters of Theta Zeta are excited to continue this great event for many years to come!

Mississippi

Alpha Delta, University of Mississippi

For the fourth year in a row, Alpha Delta contributed the most among collegiate chapters to Phi Mu Foundation’s M3 campaign. Members celebrated with a bowling event that was attended by National President, Andie Kash, Delta Eta, and Foundation President, Pamela Gaines, Epsilon Alpha. Everyone had a great time bowling, bonding and eating pizza while recognizing and appreciating their chapter’s dedication to Phi Mu Foundation.

Alpha Omicron, University of Southern Mississippi

In March, Alpha Omicron hosted its annual philanthropy event, Milkshakes for Miracles, and contributed the money raised to the Louise Caroline Bledsoe Endowment Fund. Milkshakes for Miracles raised over $13,000 that will aid in the creation of ten suite facilities to allow families to stay with their children while they are being treated at the chapter’s CMN Hospital, Blair E. Batson, in Jackson, Miss. Alpha Omicron is grateful to the community for supporting the Bledsoe family, local Hattiesburg residents, through the chapter’s fundraising efforts.