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© 2018 by Gamma Phi Beta alumna Lauren Urso

HISTORY

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Gamma Phi Beta was founded in 1874 at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. Even though it was becoming more acceptable for women to attend college during this time, women often faced scrutiny and hostile environments around campus. Women were often barred from taking certain classes and participating in certain activities, and it is because of this discrimination that our four founders found comfort in each other’s company.

Pictured Above (left to right): Mary A. Bingham, E. Adeline Curtis, Frances E. Haven, Helen M. Dodge

Our four founders found friendship in one another during their time at Syracuse University, and they founded Gamma Phi Beta on the values of love, labor, learning, and loyalty.  Gamma Phi Beta was the first women’s organization to be coined a “sorority,” and today there are over 216,000 members.

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Beta Omicron History

 

The Beta Omicron chapter was installed on November 3, 1951. The Initiation service took place at the Psi Chapter (Oklahoma University) and 77 women were initiated into the first pledge class.

 

Pictured Below: The Installation ceremony of the Beta Omicron Chapter, 1951.

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