On January 30, 1965, Delta Phi chapter was installed at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
This group, formerly a chapter of Beta Sigma Omicron sorority, was visited by Mary Carr Boyd (Omicron-Missouri), then assistant international vice president; and Mary Fisher Slaughter, district alumnae chairman; with Norma Brooks, national Beta Sigma Omicron president, in the winter of 1964. When Beta Sigma Omicron merged with Zeta Tau Alpha, the Indiana chapter petitioned Alpha Phi. They were accepted November 1, 1964, by Gamma Rho chapter, Penn State.
Installation ceremonies were held at the Rustic Lodge, situated in a grove of the Christmas trees for which Indiana is famous. The initiation ceremony was conducted by the Gamma Rho chapter. Representatives from Maryland (Delta Zeta) and Bucknell (Beta Chi) were present.
After a buffet luncheon, a model meeting was conducted by the Gamma Rho chapter, Betty Lehman presiding.
Installation of Delta Phi chapter took place at five in the afternoon, followed by a candlelight banquet for approximately 125 Alpha Phis and their guests. Mary Miller Mott, director of finance, was toastmistress. Delta Phi chapter was welcomed to Alpha Phi by Eloise Chandler O’Connor, district governor, and to Indiana State College by the dean of women, Miss Nancy Newkirk. A collegiate salute was given by Betty Lehman, president of Gamma Rho chapter. Irene Rose Moore, director of programs, gave an inspiring speech on “Alpha Phi, My Fraternity.”
A reception was held at 8:30 in the Blue Room of John Sutton Hall, on the campus. Representatives from the college community joined Alpha Phis in welcoming the new chapter.
Sunday morning the new initiates attended services together at the Methodist Church and in the afternoon held a recruitment party, as it was also recruitment week at Indiana.
June Collins Herron – 2010 Polaris Award Winner
Jan 30th, 1965