Beta Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi

at the University of Illinois!

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The Beta Alpha Chapter at the University of Illinois. Sue Hutchinson, a graduate student at the University of Illinois, was encouraged by Alice Broadus Clark, wife of the dean of men, and Ruby E. C. Mason, dean of women, both who desired to have Alpha Phi on campus, to gather a group of women who also desired to have an Alpha Phi chapter on campus. They first organized Tau Alpha Theta which was approved by the Council of Administration of the University as a secret sorority on May 19, 1920. The University of Illinois required a local organization be at least one year old before it could petition a national fraternity and since the group did not wish to be known until they had some encouragement from Alpha Phi, they secured recognition without publicity. There were disadvantages of being a secret organization such as conducting meetings and rushing so as to provoke “no unusual curiosity”! The encouragement from Alpha Phi came in the spring of 1921—within one year of being organized as Tau Alpha Theta. The girls then drafted their petition to Alpha Phi over the summer, and their petition was granted by Christmas. The Beta Alpha chapter was installed on February 10 and 11, 1922.

“Beta Alpha bids fair to be one of the strongest chapters in the Fraternity, located, as it is, in one of the largest and best equipped of the State Universities, and being founded by a group of girls with Alpha Phi ideals, ranking among the first in scholarship and prominent in campus activities”

—Beta Alpha Alumni

Photo Gallery

Page from Tau Alpha Theta minutes book
Chapter house 1925
Chapter house 1946
Initiation 1940’s
Initiation 1950’s
Members of chapter 1950’s
Members of chapter 1960’s
Initiation 1960’s
Initiation 1970’s
Initiation 1970’s
Members of chapter 1970’s
Members of chapter 1970’s
Living room in the 1990’s
Front foyer 2006
2017
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2017
Composite of Beta Alpha Chapter founding members 1922
Chapter house 1924
Members of chapter 1926
Initiation 1940’s
Initiation 1940’s
Chapter house 1954
Members of chapter 1960’s
Members of chapter 1960’s
Initiation 1960’s
Moms Weekend 1970’s
Living room in the 1980’s
Living room in the 1980’s
Living room in the 1990’s
Living room 2008
Chapter house 2009
2017
2017
Members of chapter 1923
Chapter house 1923
Members of chapter around 1945
Initiation 1940’s
Initiation 1940’s
Members of chapter 1950’s
Initiation 1960’s
Members of chapter 1960’s
Initiation 1970’s
Initiation 1970’s
Members of chapter 1970’s
Members of chapter 1970’s
Members of chapter 1980’s
Front foyer 2008
Back foyer 2008
2017
2017
2017