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Eta Gamma

University of Akron

Apr 26th, 1986

Founding Date

A beautiful spring weekend was the setting for the inspirational events that touched all who participated in the installation of Eta Gamma chapter of Alpha Phi. The newest addition to the Greek system at the University of Akron was officially installed on April 26, 1986. Fifty collegians and four alumnae were initiated on Saturday morning, April 26. Twenty-three new members of Eta Gamma were also present at the reception honoring the new chapter.


The weekend began with the Court of Ivy Ceremony on Friday evening conducted by collegiate members of the Epsilon Alpha chapter from Ashland. Also present were five new members of Epsilon Alpha who were also to be initiated that weekend at Ashland. 


Joining the collegians from Ashland were Alpha Phi volunteers from across the United States and Ohio who were also present to assist in the ceremonies. International President Nancy Wittgen Burks DeVoe (Gamma-DePauw), International Vice-President Collegiate Operations Lise Edwards Ricketts (Epsilon Alpha-Ashland) and International Vice-President Alumnae Mary Berkmoes Carroll (Delta Omega-Minnesota State Moorhead) were joined by District V Alumnae Chairman Artie Schafrick Zaller (Beta Omicron-Bowling Green), District Governor Diane Hovanec (Beta Omicron-Bowling Green), and Field Representative Lisa Goodwin Michael (Beta Pi-USC). The weekend events were coordinated by Beth Frazier Shoemaker (Beta Omicron-Bowling Green), installation chairman.


Following the initiation ceremony conducted by Vice-President Lise Edwards, a reception was held hosted by the Akron-Canton area alumnae. Welcoming Alpha Phi to the university was its president, Dr. William Muse. During the chartering ceremony, parents, guests and collegians from Beta Omega chapter at Kent State watched as Eta Gamma took its place in Alpha Phi history. The ceremony ended with the new chapter singing a favorite song to the audience and the women from Kent State then joining them in their circle of friendship.