History of Gamma Phi Beta: Gamma Phi Beta has a rich heritage spanning over 140 years. Gamma Phi Beta was founded by four collegiate women, Helen M. Dodge, Frances E. Haven, E. Adeline Curtis, and Mary A. Bingham. Seeking support in a world that made them feel alienated due to their gender, Gamma Phi Beta would become the first-ever “sorority”, impacting the lives of over 200,000 sisters to date who have followed in their footsteps in joining a sorority. The founders’ purpose of Gamma Phi was, “the promotion of a higher literary culture and social development.”  The colors of Gamma Phi are two shades of brown, a light and dark brown. The symbol is a crescent moon.  The practice of making special occasions with gifts of flowers lead to Gamma Phi Beta’s special choice of the pink carnation. The carnations name roughly translates to either “flower of love” or “flower of the gods”. The carnation was chosen as the flower of choice because of its beauty and lasting fragrance. Gamma Phi Beta’s Core Values include; love, labor, learning, and loyalty. 

The pink carnation, Gamma Phi Beta's flower

Gamma Phi Beta at the University of Arizona in 1922.   The first chapter of Gamma Phi Beta

Gamma Phi Beta @ The University of Arizona: The Alpha Epsilon Chapter was brought to the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, on April 29th, 1922. The sorority’s mission is to inspire the highest type of womanhood. Each year the sorority recruits a new pledge class of over 100 girls. There are around 300 girls total in the sorority. 

Gamma Phi Beta at the University of Arizona, current photo of the house

Location: Gamma Phi Beta is located at 1535 E 1st St, Tucson, AZ 85719. It is on “Greek Row” located at the corner of N Cherry Avenue, and in between E 1stSt and E Speedway Blvd. It is a two-story building and painted pink on the outside with a fountain in front. The location is approximately a five-to-seven-minute walk from the University of Arizona’s campus. The house recently had a remodel done, the kitchen was completely redone as well as the bathrooms and entire downstairs area. The house has several bedrooms, two sleeping porches, dining and kitchen area, chapter room, several bathrooms, a basement with a computer and study room, and a huge living room.  

View of Gamma Phi Beta house          Gamma Phi Beta Moon Crescent


Philanthropy: Gamma Phi Beta’s national philanthropy is Building Strong Girls, with a mission to provide experiences and resources that build spiritual, mental and social resiliency in girls. The sorority members envision a community full of wonderful girls who have the resiliency necessary to advance their own lives and the lives of those around them! There are several other events hosted by the Gamma Phi’s at the UofA to help with their philanthropy. Girls on the run is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential. Gamma Phi Beta raises money to support Girl on the Run but also volunteer. Girls on the run hold a 5K race in which all of Gamma Phi Beta attends. On the day of the race they help set up, clean, make signs, hair spray and face paint, and even be a running buddy in the race! Go for Glow is hosted in the spring and is a relay race. This is a unique event to the chapter at the UofA and in honor of one of the Gamma Phi Betas sisters Gloria, and her now-flourishing organization, R.A.C.E Charities. Other events hosted by Gamma Phi Beta include Grilled Cheese with G Phi B’s, Gamma Phi Festival, and Gamma Phi Carnival. All these events are annual food philanthropy events, held at the Gamma Phi Beta house with DJs, fun decorations, and fun foods! These events are open to the public and tickets/shirts are sold by the Gamma Phi Beta members or at the door. The proceeds go towards helping the members fulfill their philanthropic missions! Another event that goes once every year is “Moonball”. This event gets other fraternity, sorority, and non-greek members involved and the opportunity to help the Gamma Phi Betas reach their philanthropic goals. "Moonball" is a kickball game where there is a team of ten players, and four coaches per team. It is usually hosted at the recreational center on campus. 

Gamma Phi Girls @ Girls on the Run                         Gamma Phi Girls @ Go for Glow                            Gamma Phi Girls at Grilled Cheese with G Phi B's



Recruitment: Each Greek organization at the University of Arizona has recruitment. Gamma Phi Beta participates in recruitment of New Members every year in August. The new pledge class usually consists of anywhere from 100 to 110 girls. Recruitment goes on for around a week where the affiliated members of Gamma Phi Beta get to introduced themselves and get to know potential new members! The week before recruitment is known as “work week” and almost all of the members of Gamma Phi Beta get ready for recruitment and spend each day doing different activities and bonding. Gamma Phi Beta has now started doing spring recruitment as well as fall recruitment which started in the spring of 2019. 


Further Information: 

For more information on Gamma Phi Betas, check out: http://www.gammaphibetauofa.com/home.html , https://www.gammaphibeta.org/who-we-are/our-history , https://www.facebook.com/arizonagammaphi/ , https://www.instagram.com/arizonagammaphi/?hl=en , https://twitter.com/arizonagammaphi?lang=en , http://gammaphibetauofa.tumblr.com

“Explore the Legacy” Our History, https://www.gammaphibeta.org/who-we-are/our-history


“Decades” The History of Gamma Phi Beta, http://gammaphibetahistory.org/decades/


“Alpha Epsilon Chapter” The History of Gamma Phi Beta, http://gammaphibetahistory.org/alpha-epsilon-chapter/


“Philanthropy” Gamma Phi Beta, http://www.gammaphibetauofa.com/home.html