September 2020 Collegiate Chapter of the Month: Gamma Tau, Johns Hopkins University

This month, we feature Gamma Tau Chapter at Johns Hopkins University. The women of Gamma Tau have consistently balanced campus and community involvement with academic excellence, representing the best of our steadfast sisterhood. Read on to learn more about the Gamma Tau Chapter and its members!

Chapter Name: Gamma Tau

School Name: Johns Hopkins University

Date Chapter Founded: 1982

Number of Members: 95 (126 before our seniors graduated!)

Chapter GPA: 3.66

Chapter Philanthropy Event/Monies Raised for CMN Hospitals

Each year Gamma Tau raises $5,000 for CMN Hospitals through our annual Pastathon event. Pastathon is an all-you-can-eat pasta dinner that the entire Hopkins community looks forward to each year.

Fun Chapter Facts

  • Gamma Tau also raises money in honor of our late chapter sister Katie Oppo who was initiated in 2010 and passed away in 2011. The Katie Oppo Research Fund (KORF) aims to increase awareness and fund research for the prevention, treatment, and cure of Small Cell Carcinoma of the Ovary Hypercalcemic Type (SCCOHT). Each year, Gamma Tau hosts Mr. Phi Mu, a talent show featuring members of other fraternal organizations. This event raises $5,000 annually for KORF.
  • Gamma Tau also volunteers at the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s House at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, our local CMN Hospital in Baltimore. Members cook and serve dinners for the families of children being treated for life-threatening illnesses at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

Points of Pride

  • Gamma Tau received two awards during the 2018-2020 Virtual Convention: Outstanding Initiation Record and Outstanding Cumulative Grade Point Average. At the 2020 Phi Mu Officer Academy, we received awards for Academic Excellence and Membership Excellence.
  • At Hopkins, we won 1st Place at JHU Greek Weekend 2019 and we also earned the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life’s Chapter of the Year Award in 2017.

Interesting Facts about Our Members

  • We are involved in over 100 student groups on campus including academic societies, athletics, community service programs, performing arts groups and special interest groups. Many sisters have taken on leadership roles in these organizations. Miri Cazes is Panhellenic President and Rachel Jackson and Riley O’Toole are captains of the Johns Hopkins Women’s soccer team.
  • As a chapter, we are committed to battling racial injustice. Gamma Tau raised over $1,500 for the Baltimore Action Legal Team this past summer. Sister Amy Lu went even further, creating Canvas4Change. Canvas4Change is an organization that sells prints and custom canvases and donates the proceeds to organizations battling racial injustice. Amy has donated over $1,000 to non-profits such as the Equal Justice Initiative and the Black AIDS Institute.

Staying Connected During COVID-19

  • While Johns Hopkins is entirely online this semester, Gamma Tau will host many events for this fall to stay connected. Sisterhood Development Chairwoman Elise Moore has planned JackBox game nights and “Chopped”-style cooking competitions.
  • Elise also implemented Phi Mu Goes Green, a semester-long initiative to promote environmental friendliness. Sisters have posted about reducing their waste by buying second-hand, shopping smartly to avoid excess food waste, and using reusable mugs, straws and utensils.
  • Vice President of Chapter Development Rachel Swanstrom has planned engaging chapter events on COVID safety and mental health, professional development and how to learn online.
  • We are so sad we can’t be together this semester, but this is a time when we are especially thankful for our sisterhood!