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University of Missouri

Mar 4th, 1910

Founding Date

On Friday, March 4, 1910, the Omicron chapter of Alpha Phi officially joined Kappa Kappa Gamma, Pi Beta Phi, Kappa Alpha Theta and Delta Gamma at the University of Missouri. The ceremonies were held in the family home of founder Calibel Ingels Knudson, at 1904 East Broadway in Columbia, Missouri. It was Calibel, operating under the name Sub Rosa, who had organized the group of ten founding members during the prior year in preparation to petition Alpha Phi. In December 1909, following a campus visit by Extension Chairman Bertha Sawyer Ives (Alpha-Syracuse) and Lucia Sloan (Zeta-Goucher), Sub Rosa was enthusiastically invited to become Alpha Phi's fifteenth chapter. On the evening of the Initiation ceremony, Calibel presided over a banquet. The banquet, attended by Omicron's patronesses and Alpha Phis from near and far, was at the Gordon Hotel (later known as the Niedermeyer Apartment building located on the southwest corner of 10th and Cherry Streets).  Flowers sent by the other sororities festooned the private dining room. The next day, a tea was held to mark the occasion at Read Hall, the women's dormitory, hosted by acting Dean of Women, Dr. Eva Johnston.