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Beta Nu

Duke University

May 10th, 1935

Founding Date

The Beta Nu chapter of Alpha Phi was first installed on May 10, 1935 at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Prior to Alpha Phi joining the Duke campus, a group of women had formed Xi Omicron.  In 1933, shortly before Christmas, they began meeting in secret, slowly adding members and remaining on probation, per school custom, until Panhellenic membership was allowed in April. After another six months of Panhellenic probation, again, as was customary for Duke’s new groups at the time, the Xi Omicron women were free to petition national sororities for membership, and that is what they did in reaching out to Alpha Phi.


Alpha Phi President Margaretta Lindsay (Zeta-Goucher) served as toastmistress at the banquet following the initiation of the Beta Nu chapter at Duke.