The potential Beta Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi was organized as Delta Delta sorority in April, 1922, at the University of Arizona. In May, 1922, the authorities at the University recognized the group and the women took a small house. Very soon after, they decided to make Alpha Phi their goal and spent the next few years proving their abilities. They held the scholarship cup for several semesters and went out for athletics and dramatics. A very active support in helping the women shape their policies and activities was Ina Gittings (Nu-Nebraska), head of the physical education department at the University of Arizona.
Then, in the spring of 1925, a formal petition was sent to Alpha Phi, and a telegram announcing its acceptance was sent as a Christmas present the following December. After vacation, preparations for installation began in earnest. Delta Delta had expanded beyond its first house and moved into a larger one, and it was here that the installation committee consisting of Marion Wiley Keys (Alpha-Syracuse), Ann Kelly (Omega-Texas), Charlee Kelly (Omega-Texas), Marjorie MacElhinney (Upsilon-Washburn), and Betty Field (Beta-Northwestern) initiated the new chapter. Charlee Kelly, a writer for the Quarterly in 1926 wrote about the installation of the Beta Epsilon chapter at The University of Arizona,
“It is impossible to describe the installation of Beta Epsilon of Alpha Phi as it is to describe a sunset”. The possible new members of Beta Epsilon dedicated all of their efforts to mastering the intricacies of the chapter roll before their initiation at midnight on Friday where three of the founders and their first new member were initiated. The next day twelve upperclassmen and eleven underclassmen also became new members before the installation banquet that was held Saturday evening at the Santa Rita Hotel. At the banquet, Ina Gittings (Nu-Nebraska) served as toastmistress, Marian Wiley (Nu-Nebraska) read an original poem in response to the “Unbroken Mustangs”, Frances Rogers (Beta Epsilon-Arizona) spoke about the growth of the group in “Cactus and Sand” and Charlee Kelly (Omega-Texas) proposed a toast to all of the active Alpha Phi chapters in “The Rodeo Arena”.
On October 11, 1930, Beta Epsilon (Arizona) dedicated its new Roof Tree house.
The Beta Epsilon chapter at the University of Arizona was installed in 1926. In the fall of 1930, the first Alpha Phis entered the time-honored round room in the beloved chapter house. The massive front doors of the uniquely charming Spanish colonial revival style building feature hand-carved ivy and forget-me-nots.
• The Beta Epsilon chapter house is cheerful, from the white stucco exterior and red tile roof, to the sweeping lush green grass and the cascade of pink bougainvillea. This desert oasis has been the home of Alpha Phis for decades and has been expanded three times to date. Recently featured in Phoenix Home & Gardens after the third expansion in 2017, the home celebrates the secret motto of Alpha Phi in its three beautiful and iconic arches.
• 1339 E. 1st Street, Tucson, Arizona
• Dorothy Hummel Marshall – International Executive Board
• Lisa Cabaniss Olson – International Executive Board
• Renee Smith Zimmerman Zainer – International President
• Helen Crowder Weisser - 1974 Ursa Major Award Winner
• Elizabeth Tuttle Rutherford - 1978 Ursa Major Award
• Ann-Eve Manfield Johnson - 1980 Ursa Major Award Winner
• Nancy Brown Grant – 1984 Ursa Major Award Winner
• Anne DeWinter Kayl – 2008 Ursa Major Award Winner
• Patricia McCarthy – 2010 Michaelanean Award Winner
• Sue McCarthy - 2010 Michaelanean Award Winner
• Sari Davidson – 2020 Ursa Major Award Winner
• Lisa Cabaniss Olson – 2016 Michaelanean Award Winner
Mar 12th, 1926