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Pi Beta Phi, IL Beta-Delta Chapter

Chapter Founding: Our chapter is the only dually named chapter in Pi Beta Phi. The Illinois Beta Chapter was installed at Lombard College on November 7, 1872 as Iota of I.C. Sorosis. The Illinois Delta Chapter was installed at Knox College on March 7, 1884 as Upsilon of I.C. Sorosis. When Lombard College closed in 1930, the students and chapter could transfer to Knox College. Thus, the chapter took on both names and became Illinois Beta-Delta in June 1930.

Values: Integrity, Lifelong Commitment, Honor & Respect, Personal & Intellectual Growth, Philanthropic Service to Others, Sincere Friendship

Philanthropy: Children Literacy is Pi Phi’s philanthropic effort, which inspires a lifelong love of reading that created a more literate society. We donate our efforts to Read > Lead > Achieve.

Dues: Approximately $275 per term; first term new member approximately $340

Membership Policy: The IL Beta Delta Chapter of Pi Beta Phi welcomes all people into our chapter and philanthropy efforts in ending illiteracy, maintaining a 2.0 GPA and whose values align with those of Pi Beta Phi.

Notable Alum: Jennifer Gardner, Ann Marie "Ree" Smith Drummond

Instagram: @knox.pibetaphi

Facebook: Pi Beta Phi: IL Beta Delta Chapter

Pi Beta Phi, the first fraternity for women, was founded at Monmouth College in 1867 by 12 women who valued the ideals of good scholarship, sisterhood, and high moral and social conduct.

Resulting from the unique combination of two chapters, the Knox College Beta-Delta chapter is the only dually chartered chapter within Pi Beta Phi. The Illinois Beta chapter was founded at Lombard College in 1872 and the Illinois Delta chapter was founded at Knox College in 1884. In 1930 Lombard College was forced to close due to pressures brought on by the Great Depression and the two chapters subsequently combined to create the current Illinois Beta-Delta chapter.

The IL Beta Delta Chapter of Pi Beta Phi is made up of a diverse group of people from all over the country. Our members are a strong and supportive group that are focusing on over a dozen different areas of study as well as holding membership in honor societies such as Order of Omega, Mortar Board and Phi Beta Kappa. Pi Beta Phi is also the oldest sorority that is still active on Knox’s campus.

Pi Phis at Knox are outstanding academically, socially and athletically. The members are a diverse group focusing on over a dozen different areas of study as well as holding membership in honor societies such as Order of Omega and Mortar Board.

Pi Beta Phi's national philanthropy is literacy, and works to support literacy in a number of ways: through unique partnerships with organizations, through financial backings, through club and chapter programming and so much more. They also support a number of different causes locally and nationwide, ranging from Discovery Depot children's museum to cystic fibrosis and breast cancer research.

The Knox chapter has also received international recognition for their accomplishments. In 2009, the Beta-Delta chapter was chosen out of Pi Phi's 134 chapters in the US and Canada as the winner of the Excellence in Servant Leadership Award and Spirit Award.

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