July 2020 Collegiate Chapter of the Month: Delta Epsilon, Purdue University

Our latest collegiate Chapter of the Month has been an outstanding example of Phi Mu sisterhood for over 90 years. Read on to learn more about the Delta Epsilon Chapter at Purdue University and its members!

Chapter Name: Delta Epsilon

School Name: Purdue University

Date Chapter Founded: 1929

Number of Members: 98 right now (141 when we had seniors!)

Chapter GPA: 3.70

Chapter Philanthropy Event & Monies Raised for CMN Hospitals

At our first philanthropy event of the year, Miracle Mania, we raised over $13,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Later in the year at our second philanthropy event, Greek Series of Poker, Delta Epsilon added an additional $1,300. In addition to this, we had a strong team raise $12,781 dancing at Purdue University Dance Marathon. Our chapter looks forward to dancing and raising more money for both Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis in the coming months.

Fun Chapter Facts

  • Delta Epsilon is part of Purdue University’s Greek system, which is one of the largest fraternity and sorority life communities in the nation. Purdue is home to 11 cooperative houses and more than 80 fraternities and sororities. Over 6,000 students (20% of all undergraduates) are members of these organizations.
  • Our most notable alumna is Mary Ellen Weber, a veteran astronaut of two space flights and recipient of the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.
  • Our chapter is ranked #2 on campus for highest GPA among Panhellenic sororities.

Points of Pride

Phi Mu Delta Epsilon was voted the Panhellenic Chapter of the year in 2019! This year, our chapter was recognized for raising the Top Philanthropy Dollars at Purdue and our Chapter Adviser, Courtney Neal, Delta Epsilon, was named Panhellenic Outstanding Chapter Advisor.

At the 2020 Phi Mu Officer Academy, we were recognized for Academic Excellence and Membership Excellence. At the 2018 Phi Mu National Convention, we received the following awards and recognition: Best Financial Operation with a House Corporation, Philomathean Society, Financial Honor Roll, Formal Recruitment Quota Award, Chapter Total Award, 100% M3 Participation and Academic Honor Roll Award.

Interesting Facts about Our Members

Our chapter is a vibrant and well-rounded group of women. We hold ourselves accountable to our commitments and to our goals. Members of Delta Epsilon continue to give back to our Purdue community in many ways. Amanda Coy is Purdue’s 31st Golden Girl, a leader of Purdue’s “All-American” Marching Band. She holds the current title of Miss Purdue and she is also competing on team USA for Baton Twirling Worlds.

Kirsten Wozniak is working as a security officer at the Indiana Dunes State Park where she helps maintain the integrity and preservation of the park as well as the safety of park visitors. Two of our sisters hold leadership roles in the Purdue University Dance Marathon (PUDM), which raises money for Riley Hospital for Children, a CMN Hospital. Elena Richardson is serving as the President of PUDM and Meg Schleter is serving as the Vice President of Internal Affairs for PUDM. In the coming fall semester, Delta Epsilon member Emily Dalessandro will serve as the President of Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management Council.

How We are Staying Connected during COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Delta Epsilon has found innovative ways to stay in touch with our sisters. At the heart of our connectedness is our Instagram page. We utilize interactive stories and inspirational posts to keep in contact with our current members as well as our alumnae followers. Our chapter has also hosted several Zoom get-togethers over the past few months which have enabled the Executive Committee and Cabinet to keep our chapter informed about current world events. We look forward to our transition back to campus in the fall, and we continue to urge our members to be respectful and kind in these difficult and unprecedented times.