August Alumnae Chapter of the Month: Mississippi Gulf Coast

This month, we are excited to feature the Mississippi Gulf Coast Alumnae Chapter. Since their founding in 2011, this group has been providing alumnae living along the Mississippi Gulf Coast with opportunities to stay connected, serve others and support the Fraternity. Read on to learn more about the Mississippi Gulf Coast Alumnae Chapter!

Philanthropy/Support of CMN Hospitals

At our winter holiday gatherings, our chapter collects pajamas and socks for the University of South Alabama Children and Women’s Hospital in Mobile, Ala. We hold several raffles each year with items donated by members and area businesses. All proceeds go to CMN Hospitals.  

Fun Chapter Facts

At the Phi Mu Virtual National Convention this summer, we won the Alumnae Chapter Reporting Award (2020). We are consistently one of the top participating chapters in the Phi Mu Foundation M3 Campaign. Our chapter is comprised of women from over 15 collegiate chapters throughout the United States.

Mississippi Gulf Coast alumnae enjoy their annual holiday party.

Support for Collegiate Chapters

Several of our chapter members serve as Advisers to Phi Mu collegiate chapters. Our chapter sends handwritten cards to all the collegiate chapters in Mississippi for all major holidays, recruitment events and Founders’ Day. We also invite local collegiate members to holiday parties, Founders’ Day and summer events, too. We want them to see that Phi Mu truly is for a lifetime and we love spending time with collegiate sisters!

Mississippi Gulf Coast members, including this alumna and her family, participated in the Front Porch Project during quarantine.

Staying Connected During COVID-19

We are staying connected via social media. In March 2020, we held a virtual Phi Mu Night In, where members shared pictures from their college days. We had over 200 pictures submitted to our Facebook Photo Album for this event.  Members who had yearly dues paid by July 1 were mailed a “happy” as a thank you from the chapter and were also eligible to win a one-year paid membership. We also had members who participated in a local #frontporchproject during quarantine.

Many Mississippi Gulf Coast alumnae participate in Mardi Gras krewes, including Les Masquees. Pictured here is Alumnae Chapter President Melissa Galle’ Polk, who was named the 2020 Queen of Les Masquees.

Interesting Facts About Our Members

Chapter President Melissa Galle’ Polk, Kappa Alpha (Mississippi State University), was the 2020 Queen of Les Masquees, the oldest all-ladies Gulf Coast Mardi Gras Krewe. Other chapter members who are Mardi Gras Royalty this year include:

  • Emily Burke, Alpha Omicron (University of Southern Mississippi) was named Queen of the Order of Mithras 2020
  • Lindsey Streiff, Kappa Alpha (Mississippi State University); Victoria Leckich, Alpha Omicron (University of Southern Mississippi); and Peyton Mohan, Kappa Alpha (Mississippi State University) were named Maids of Gulf Coast Carnival Association 2020
  • Dana Barhanovich Andrews, Alpha Omicron (University of Southern Mississippi) was named Maid of the Order of Billikens 2020
  • Lindsey Smilek, Alpha Omicron (University of Southern Mississippi) was named Queen of Krewe of Neptune 2020
  • Cari-Ann Dunning, Alpha Omicron (University of Southern Mississippi) was named the Queen of Krewe of Neptune 2019

Other interesting facts about our members:

  • One of our members had triplets
  • Shelby Schepens, Kappa Alpha (Mississippi State University) is the Executive Editor of the Mississippi College Law Review
  • Lynn Rush Frisby, Theta Delta (Spring Hill College) was named one of Mississippi Gulf Coast’s Top Influencers
  • Gabrielle Chambless, Alpha Omicron (University of Southern Mississippi) and Karen Glass, Alpha Rho (University of Louisiana at Monroe) were named as Top Women in Business by South Mississippi Living Magazine
  • Joley Hughes, Alpha Omicron (University of Southern Mississippi) and Whitney Grannan, Alpha Omicron (University of Southern Mississippi) were chosen as SaintSations, dancers for the New Orleans Saints
  • Katelyn Perry, Alpha Omicron (University of Southern Mississippi) was named Miss Pontotoc Ridge, a preliminary pageant for the Miss Mississippi pageant