Alpha Phis gathered from all directions in Champaign and Urbana for the Installation Ceremonies of Beta Alpha Chapter, at 714 west California Street, Urbana, February tenth and eleventh. Representatives were present from Syracuse, DePauw, Cornell, Boston, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Toronto, Montana, Seattle, and a very large delegation attended from Northwestern. The initiation was held at the house on Friday and was followed by the banquet, which was served in one of the halls of the Wesley Foundation, that spacious, dignified structure presented to the University by the Methodist Church. The initiates and visitors numbered overy eighty, and as the procession marched from one of the adjoining rooms to the banquet hall the corridors re-echoed, “Alpha Phi Toujours.” The toast plan was a miniature Quarterly, bound in an exact duplicate of the Quarterly cover. With Mrs. Cora Allen McElroy (Beta-Northwestern) as toastmistress, and with such speakers following, it is not difficult to imagine that a wonderful program resulted. The coming of Alpha Phi to the University of Illinois was welcomed by many of the other fraternities and organizations on the campus. Their congratulations were emphasized by baskets and boxes of flowers that completely filled the Alpha Phi house, and many telegrams were received from distant friends and sister chapters.
The Vietnam War (1969-1972) had a large impact on Beta Alpha Chapter. Protests commonly took place on campus and, since the Armory that housed ROTC groups was across the street from the house, they were surrounded by the national guard.
• The historic Beta Alpha house, purchased in 1923, is located right in the heart of campus. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 15, 2005, and was remodeled by architect Charles Harris in the Georgian Revival style (1937-38). The two-story brick building has a five-bay exterior with a central entrance and some of its key Georgian details include raised brick quoins, pedimented dormers projecting from the gable roof, and large brick chimneys on either side.
• 508 E. Armory Avenue, Champaign, Illinois
• Mary Brugenhemke Jung – International Executive Board
• Irene Rose Moore – International Executive Board
• Mary Yearsley – Foundation Board
• Mary Yearsley - 1974 Ursa Major Award Winner
• Rebecca Tygett Galloway – 1976 Michaelanean Award Winner
• Dolores Lamport Loew – 1976 Ursa Major Award Winner
• JoAnn Simon Thar - 1982 Michaelanean Award Winner
• Margaret McCarthy Shold – 1988 Michaelanean Award Winner
• Margie Justus Freese – 2012 Michaelanean Award Winner
Feb 10th, 1922
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