Arizona Alpha Centennial – A Celebration 100 Years In The Making

Arizona Alpha Angels came back to campus in October to celebrate 100 years of sisterhood at the University of Arizona. After starting as local sorority, Gamma Delta, Arizona Alpha was chartered as a chapter of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity on August 1, 1917. We were delighted to have five descendents of one of our founding members, Helen O’Malley Powers, attend our Centennial Celebration. Helen’s daughter, Mary Helen Powers; granddaughters Susie Gerhart, Christy and Mary Helen “Dede” Powers; and great granddaughters Katie Christy Care and Tess (or Maggie?) Christy were all in attendance to help celebrate the gift given to us by the amazing women who brought Pi Beta Phi into our lives at the University of Arizona.

The weekend started with cocktails and class dinners on Thursday and continued Friday with a beautiful dinner for over 250 Pi Phis. During the Centennial Dinner, Former Grand President Sis Mullis inspired members young and old to continue building the legacy of Pi Phi, we sang our favorite fraternity songs, and scrambled for treats at the Cookie Shine. Saturday was filled with fun and friendship at the Pi Phi tailgate party at the UA Greek Heritage Park and football game watching party at the Pi Phi house. Sunday brought the weekend to a close with happy memories and fond farewells.

After 100 years, the Arizona Alpha chapter of Pi Beta Phi is a shining symbol of the legacy and love shared by thousands of women at the University of Arizona.

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If you are interested in purchasing additional copies of the Centennial book, you may order it from the Book Patch for $19.17