This past Thursday, Gamma Nu participated in Chili and Bingo Night at a local church here in Elon. Phi Mu, along side Zeta Beta Tau and several other Elon University organizations participated in the event. Roughly ten Gamma Nu members helped work the event by passing out food and drinks, while many others simply attended for fun.
One of the main attractions at this event was, of course, the chili. There were at least seven different types of chili available that were all homemade and delicious. The most popular selection was the “classic chili” with both beans and meat. Other varieties included white chili, vegetarian chili, chicken chili and chili with no beans. Essentially, there was every type of chili present to tickle your fancy. An array of homemade deserts and breads were also up for grabs.
It wouldn’t have been a chili and bingo night without some bingo! Everyone who attended the event was able play this fun and familiar game. According to Emma Carty, a member of Gamma Nu, “this was the best part of the night.” It was a time for both students and members of the community to let loose and have a good time, not to mention there were prizes! Mostly donated to the church by local businesses, there were many gift cards being given away as prizes.
This was a great way for the members of Gamma Nu to stay involved with our community. A member of the church commented on “how great it [was] that Phi Mu could make an appearance” at their event- we were more than happy to support!
This past Tuesday, February 11th, Phi Mu, Elonthon and Zeta Beta Tau partnered together to host FTKoffee House.
This event was held to benefit Duke Children’s Hospital and raise money for the kids. Together, we raised a grand total of $1,200! During the event multiple artists performed, and from live bands to guitarists and singers, everyone was there to benefit this amazing cause.
Yummy baked goods and grilled cheese were also served, in addition to crafts for everyone to make for the kids. T-shirts for Elonthon were sold, and a lucky winner won a door prize at the end of the night. In addition, we had a patient from Duke Children’s Hospital come and talk about how much the hospital has helped her, and how events like FTKoffeehouse inspire her as she continues her journey.
The event was incredibly successful and we had a great turn out. We hope that it motivated others to dance for the children at Elonthon in April, and to give to the inspirational cause as well.
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Every fall here at Gamma Nu, we get a new set of “House Girls”. This group is made up of nine sophomores and one junior who were hand picked to live in the Phi Mu on-campus sorority house. These girls are chosen to represent Phi Mu at Elon University, as well as Greek life as whole on Elon University’s campus.
The ten lovely members of the house include Harrison Bowden, Reed Haeckel, Rachel Krauss, Jordan Doherty, Ruthie Robinson, Claire Watkins, Courtney Hayes, Caroline Morelock, Shannon McMillan, and house captain Hannah Friedman. The on-campus house is made up of four double bedrooms and two singles—one of which is reserved for the house captain.
After having lived in the house for only a few short weeks, all of the girls agree that they are beyond happy to be there. Rachel Krauss remarked how she loves, “being surrounded by [her] sisters all day. Living in the house makes [her] feel more involved in Phi Mu and reminds [her] how much it means to her”. While reflecting on how the group has been getting along, Caroline Morelock exclaimed that, “the house dynamic is great and something special!”
In addition to getting along swimmingly and representing Phi Mu well, the house girls have also been making an effort to maintain solid relations with the other Greek organizations on campus. They have already had dinners and social events with many of the fraternities living on campus. Jordan Doherty recalls these events as, “fun and a good opportunity to mingle with neighbors!” Claire Watkins even baked cookies for a number of the houses after accidently setting off the fire alarm one evening.
This will definitely be a rewarding year for the house girls and the entire Gamma Nu chapter looks forward to watching them grow!
Emerging leaders Brianna McClelland and Jess Lowe traveled to Indiana on June 12th to participate in Phi Mu’s UIFI program. The Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute brings together sorority women from across North America to create opportunities that enhance leadership skills and one’s commitment to their chapter. At UIFI, participants are given the tools needed to positively affect the community.
Jess and Briana stayed for four days at the Phi Mu sorority house at Indiana University. The ladies participated in experimental activities, hands-on interaction, and personal reflection. Throughout the four days they were there, all the participants were engaged in informational sessions where the women were presented with information on leadership and discussed the importance of values. Essentially, the goal of UIFI was to learn how to apply these values to Phi Mu, and their lives in general! During their free time, the women spent time bowling, shopping, and exploring Indiana’s beautiful campus.
Brianna and Jess also had the privilege of working with their sisters on a community service project. They visited a middle way house where they played with kids at a daycare. The middle way house was designed to help moms and children rebuild their lives after experiencing domestic violence.
At the end of the four days, the women had a small graduation celebration, and Brianna and Jess even had to honor of meeting current Phi Mu President Kris Bridges! While reflecting on her favorite moment of the trip Brianna recalled, “ I loved listening to our session leader and Former National President, Frances Dobering. She is so passionate about Phi Mu, and gave a beautiful speech on values. She taught us that Phi Mu is more than just letters, and that the creed is truly a part of us. After her speech, I came out with a new and refreshed point of view of Phi Mu as a whole.”
Jess agreed that the speech was extremely inspiring, and also commented on the experience as a whole. “It was an honor to attend, and I am so happy I had the opportunity to meet my sisters from other schools. Bri and I both created strong bonds with them, and I plan on staying in touch with them in the future.”
UIFI has been the premier personal and leadership development experience for undergraduate members of sororities and fraternities for over 20 years, and we are thrilled that Brianna and Jess had such a wonderful experience!
On April 22, Gamma Nu held our first annual Pastries with Professors event. Held at the Phi Mu on campus house, from 4-5 pm professors who were personally invited by our sisters came to the house for an hour of homemade bread, cookies, tarts, and pink lemonade. Professors were greeted at the door and had the opportunity to fill out name tags as they started
conversations with our members. The house quickly filled with energetic conversations as everyone munched on pastries while talking to their favorite professors outside of the classroom. Academic Excellence Chair, Meghan Brindley, could not have been happier about how the event turned out.
“This was the first “Pastries with Professors” event that Phi Mu has put on. Our idea behind the event was to better the relationships that Phi Mu has with Elon’s professors by creating a more informal and relaxed environment (surrounded by homemade desserts!). I was extremely happy with the turnout and simply overwhelmed by how much fun our sisters had mingling with the professors. My goal is make this a semiannual event each semester.” — Meghan Brindley.
We hope the professors had as much fun as we did at the event and look forward to having another one next semester!
Every year Gamma Nu participates in ELONTHON to support Phi Mu’s national philanthropy, Children’s Miracle Network. This year the ladies of Gamma Nu raised over $15,000, being recognized at the closing ceremony as one of biggest donators! We prepared ourselves for the big event by having groups visit Duke’s Children Hospital, making personal connections with the hospital and our cause. Our women danced together and mingled with the families while creating long-lasting memories throughout the 24-hour dance marathon. Phi Mu Gamma Nu, was represented by multiple 24-hour dancers who shined throughout the night with their positive and sparkling energy while also having numerous members be part of the executive committee. We are proud to say as a chapter we were able to contribute to the grand total of $212, 728, knowing that the money raised will continue to create miracles.
Phi Mu Thons For The Kids!
On April 7th, Gamma Nu had our biggest philanthropy event of the spring, Breakfast at TIffany’s! Located in the new Lakeside Ballroom, our philanthropy chair, Sophie Emmerson, worked tirelessly with her committee to make the day fun and a major success.
The blue table cloths and Tiffany boxes on the tables were accompanied by sunflowers and black and white pictures of our chapter throughout the year made the ballroom look exquisite! Guests paid $12 to enjoy a breakfast buffet filled with a yogurt bar, sausage casserole, homemade breads and cookies. With a slideshow of pictures playing on a projector and relaxing music playing in the background, friends and families gathered to enjoy this beautiful day.
When guests entered the event, they were given a raffle ticket in the hopes of winning numerous prizes throughout the event such as a gift card for dinner, Cold Stone gift card, and most important, the Tiffany necklace! Breakfast at Tiffany’s was a smashing success with a total of $4,000 raised for Children’s Miracle Network! We cannot express our gratitude enough to all those who attended the event and to those who participated! To check out pictures from the event, “Like” us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/PhiMuElon