Eta Mu was installed at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Saturday, January 21, 1989.
Installation events began on Friday evening with the Court of Ivy ceremony conducted by collegians from Iota (Wisconsin). On Saturday afternoon, after initiation, a lovely reception was held at the historic Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee. Parents and Alpha Phi collegians from neighboring schools attended the reception and were able to share in the excitement and enthusiasm of the Eta Mu members. Barbara Born Donohue (Gamma Upsilon-Wisconsin Milwaukee), a Milwaukee alumna and former District Governor, planned the reception and did a wonderful job coordinating the weekend’s activities.
Many other Alpha Phi volunteers were also present for the installation weekend. Mary Berkmoes Carroll (Delta Omega-Minnesota State Moorhead), International Vice-President Alumnae and new chapter supervisor for Eta Mu; Denise Jung Reens (Epsilon Delta-Northern Illinois), Assistant to the Vice-President Alumnae; Mary Beth Smith (Delta Pi-Indiana State), Administrator of Chapter Promotion; Karen Utech Hathaway (Alpha Lambda-Alumnae Initiate), General Manager of Alpha Phi International; Carol Bunge Holm (Delta Omega-Minnesota State Moorhead), District Alumnae Chairman; and Field Consultants Julie Cornelius (Zeta Delta-Iowa State) and Kendra Kling (Beta Delta-UCLA) were all present to show their support and to assist in the ceremonies.
The new chapter received many welcoming gifts that were presented to them during the reception. The Milwaukee alumnae chapter presented Juliana Furcon, Eta Mu president, with the president’s badge. Joyce Shumway (Beta-Northwestern) represented the Alpha Phi Foundation and presented a $1,000 check to the Milwaukee Children’s Hospital in honor of the new chapter. Mary Beth Smith presented a traveling scholarship badge to Laura Oeffling, to represent Alpha Phi’s continued dedication to scholarship.
To the Eta Mu members, installation marked not only a new chapter for Alpha Phi, but the introduction of the Greek system to the women at Marquette.
Alpha Phi became the first national sorority at Marquette in September when Delta Theta Gamma, a local sorority, was accepted as a new chapter. Eager to learn all they could about Alpha Phi and to open the opportunity to other Marquette women, the new members held an informal recruitment. They spent the remainder of the semester working diligently toward installation.
1517 W. Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Jan 21st, 1989