Gamma Pi

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Historical facts: ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  1. From its inception in June 1922, local group Pi Alpha had the goal of Kappa affiliation. A lone faculty wife, Aline Pelphrey Christian, Oklahoma, was a wise guide. With her help, Pi Alpha gained the interest of other Kappas in Alabama.

  2. On June 2, 1927, Gamma Pi Chapter was installed at the University of Alabama with 14 charter members. The next day, on June 3, 11 Pi Alpha alumnae were initiated. In 1929, work began on a new chapter house. 

  3. During World War II, the USO entertained and visited wounded servicemen. There were nurse’s aide courses, blood drives, and house dances for service personnel enrolled at the school. In 1945, Gamma Pi won a war bond drive by selling $23,000 of the $60,000 in bonds sold by the entire student body.

Fun facts:

  1. Construction of the new chapter house began in May 2015 and was completed in August 2016.

  2. Gamma Pi was first on campus to provide meals for all new members and others unable to live in. This continuing practice helped build chapter unity.

  3. In the early 1990s, Gamma Pi created a Kappa cookbook to sell. Proceeds from the cookbook were donated to the American Cancer Society.

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