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Zeta Alpha

Eastern Illinois University

Apr 24th, 1976

Founding Date

Sixty-eight new Alpha Phi pins were in evidence Saturday, April 24, 1976, at Eastern Illinois University at Charleston, Illinois, when the new initiates signed their names to the charter that opened the Zeta alphabet in Alpha Phi’s roll of chapters. It was to have been sixty-nine, but one of the potential new members became ill late Friday night after the Court of Ivy and had to be hospitalized. She was initiated later at Convention at Pheasant Run.


Installation weekend began April 23 with the Court of Ivy ceremony conducted by Delta Pi (Indiana State), with the assistance of Beta Alpha (Illinois) and Beta Tau (Indiana) helping with initial recruiting.


Saturday’s events were on schedule all the way, thanks to two local alumnae, Marlys Kennard Fallen (Beta Alpha-Illinois) and Mary Ann Dunn Uphoff (Beta Alpha-Illinois).


The banquet featured a talk with Barbara Wasser Melchert (Omicron-Missouri). Welcomes were given by Dr. Arlen Fowler, representing the university; Helena Coulthard (Iota-Wisconsin), Judy Rinne (Gamma-DePauw), and Karen Augsburger Campbell (Delta Pi-Indiana State), president of Delta Pi chapter. The response was given by Cynthia Hamilton Iverson (Zeta Alpha-Eastern Illinois), president of Zeta Alpha. 


The initiates were introduced by Margaret Donnelly, and Debbie Day presented the gifts. Sonja Nicely acknowledged the gifts, and Helena Coulthard conducted the Loving Cup Ceremony.


Demonstrating real Panhellenic spirit, the chapter’s recruitment adviser, Sue Cook (Illinois Wesleyan), wore a Kappa key. She and her husband, Don, the EIU Panhellenic adviser, were enthusiastic supporters of Alpha Phi’s advent on the EIU campus, and the local alumnae welcomed her as an affiliate member of their chapter.