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Epsilon Nu

University of Delaware

Apr 23rd, 1972

Founding Date

For over 15 years Alpha Phi had been thinking of the University of Delaware as a possible field for extension. Then four years ago, four local sororities were formed on the campus. The four locals were nationally oriented from the beginning and spent many sessions with the administration drafting policies which would not only be acceptable to the university, but to Panhellenic groups as well. The fact that one of those four hard-working groups hoped to affiliate with Alpha Phi was sheer delight to the alumnae who had dreamed about it for so many years.


Dorry Morgan Effron (Beta Chi-Bucknell), Director of Extension, came to the University to meet with the local known as Kappa Chi, with university officials and with the Wilmington alumnae. The executive board voted in October to accept Kappa Chi’s petition, and the group was pledged formally on Sunday, November 21, 1971.

On Friday evening, April 21, 1972, Elizabeth Fairchild Brady (Eta-Boston), Director of Chapters-East, conducted the inspiration service. 


Delta Zeta chapter of the University of Maryland initiated the collegians. They were joined on Saturday by Shirley Parker Beckemeier, Educational Development Administrator, and Margaret Faze Williamson, Advisory Board Consultant. A buffet luncheon was served in the church fellowship hall.


The Newark Country Club was the setting for the initiation banquet. The chairman was Marge Tiffin (Beta Omega-Kent State).


Collegians, alumnae and honored guests gave a standing ovation to the speaker, LaVerne Harvey. Her talk was laced with humor and sentiment, and everyone succumbed to LaVerne’s charm. 


Libby Brady, toastmistress, introduced the president of the University of Delaware, Dr. E. A. Trabant, and his wife. Welcome to Epsilon Nu was given by Joan P. Avis, Coordinator of Student Activities; Shirley Beckemeier, Mary Sanders, and Judy Dudley, president of Delta Zeta chapter. The president of Epsilon Nu, Deborah Dzielak, gave the response. Kathy Logan introduced the collegiate initiates. To cap off the lovely program, Mrs. Brady conducted the Loving Cup Ceremony. 


The First Presbyterian Church of Newark service was attended by Epsilon Nu on Sunday. In the afternoon a reception was held at the Howard Johnson Motor Lodge. The chartering ceremony took place with Libby Brady conducting.