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Phi Mu
ΦΜ
Phi mu crest.jpg
Founded March 4, 1852; 166 years ago (1852-03-04)
Wesleyan Female College, (Macon, Georgia)
Type Social
Scope National
Motto Les Soeurs Fideles
The Faithful Sisters
Colors      Rose      White
Symbol Quatrefoil
Flower Rose Color Carnation
Publication The Aglaia
Philanthropy Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
Chapters 123 and 3 planned colonies
Members 185,000+ collegiate
Mascot The Lion "Sir Fidel"
Headquarters 400 Westpark Drive
Peachtree City, Georgia
USA
Website http://www.phimu.org

Phi Mu (ΦΜ) is the second oldest female fraternal organization established in the United States.

The fraternity was founded at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia as the Philomathean Society on January 4, 1852, and was announced publicly on March 4 of the same year. Phi Mu is one of the two "Macon Magnolias," a term used to celebrate the bonds it shares with Alpha Delta Pi as sororities founded on that same campus.

Today, Phi Mu has 123 collegiate chapters, 6 extending chapter, 145 alumnae chapters, and more than 180,000 initiated sisters. In its 164-year history, Phi Mu has chartered over 228 chapters. Phi Mu's National Headquarters is in Peachtree City, Georgia.[1] Phi Mu's national philanthropy is Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Phi Mu is one of 26 national sororities which are members under the umbrella organization of the National Panhellenic Conference.[2]

History

Phi Mu was founded on January 4, 1852 – though not publicly announced until March 4, 1852 – originally as a literary society referred to as The Philomathean Society at Wesleyan College by Mary Ann Dupont (Lines), Mary Elizabeth Myrick (Daniel), and Martha Bibb Hardaway (Redding). Philomathean is derived from the Greek philomath, which means a lover of learning. The Society joined the National Panhellenic Conference in 1904, taking on the Greek letters Phi Mu.

Phi Mu is referred to a women's fraternity since some sororities predate the term "sorority" and are thus known as "fraternities for women." Phi Mu is one such sorority, and its formal name is Phi Mu Fraternity.

In 1939, Alpha Delta Theta, a small national sorority founded at Transylvania University, merged with Phi Mu.

Symbols

Although Phi Mu has no official Jewel, the fraternity recognizes official colors of rose, symbolizing womanhood, and white, symbolizing truth and purity. The official flower is the rose-colored carnation, while the symbol is a barbed quatrefoil. Phi Mu's official mascot is a lion named Sir Fidel. In addition to the lion, ladybugs are used as a secondary mascot.

A Phi Badge is worn by Phi Mu's new, uninitiated members. It is a small gold and black quatrefoil pin bearing the Φ symbol. Initiated members wear the Phi Mu Badge which depicts a quatrefoil with black and gold enamel bearing ΦΜ, a hand engulfing a heart, and three stars. Sometimes the badge is partnered with a guard chain accompanied by the chapter's lettering (for example, the Kappa Omicron chapter of Phi Mu would have a ΚΟ assisting).

Phi Mu's open motto is Les Soeurs Fideles ("The Faithful Sisters"). The fraternity's creed is the uniting statement that every member of Phi Mu is expected to know and live her life by, defining what it means to be a noble woman and enumerating several practices. The second-to-last line of the creed sums up the most important Phi Mu belief: "To practice day by day love, honor, truth."[3]

Philanthropy

Phi Mu's interest in philanthropy is expressed in the first line of its Creed, "To lend to those less fortunate a helping hand," a guiding principle for Phi Mu. As the sorority sponsor for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, Phi Mu is committed to raising more than $500,000 for the hospitals every year. The money raised and donated is used locally or to support one of the 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals nationwide. In total, Phi Mu has contributed over $8.5 million and many hours in an attempt to improve the quality of life for sick children and their families throughout the country. Phi Mu has also established an annual "National Philanthropy Day" each October.[4]

Controversies

In 2010, the Phi Mu chapter at the University of Texas at San Antonio was disciplined for hazing and humiliating pledges. Pledges were blindfolded, roped, and forced to a remote barn to recite the sorority's creed and imitate animals for the amusement of their big sisters.[5]

In 2011, the sorority made national headlines after the chapter at the University of Southern Mississippi dressed in blackface for a "Cosby" themed party. The sorority members involved were placed on probation by Phi Mu's national headquarters and offered a public apology for their misconduct.[6]

Membership

Notable alumnae

Arts and entertainment

Business

  • Evett Simmons (Alpha Tau) - president of the National Bar Association (2000)[7][19]
  • Pat Mitchell (Alpha Alpha) - president, PBS[7]
  • Toria Tolley (Beta Nu) - VP/consultant, The Psychological Advantage, former CNN weekend anchor[7][20]
  • Tammy Cohen (Alpha Lambda) - owner and founder of Employers Reference Source, Inc. (ERS),[7][21]
  • Kristin E. Watts (Theta Beta) - Senior National Advertising Account Executive; Cox Enterprises, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.[22]

Science, technology, engineering and math

Politics and public service

  • Carol Laise (Gamma Delta) - U.S. Ambassador to Nepal 1966-1973, first woman director general of the Foreign Service[26][27]
  • Betty Montgomery (Delta Kappa) - first female Attorney General of Ohio[7]
  • Melinda Schwegmann (Alpha Eta) - first female Lt. Governor of Louisiana[7]
  • Elizabeth Weaver (Delta) - former Michigan Supreme Court Justice and Chief Justice[7]
  • Tova Wiley (Eta Alpha) - first woman to hold the rank of Commander in the U.S. Navy, winner of the Legion of Merit Award[7]
  • Beverly B. Martin (Alpha Iota) - U.S. Federal Judge, sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit[28]
  • Hadley Heath Manning (Gamma Lambda) - 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30: Law and Policy - Director of Health Policy, Independent Women's Forum[citation needed]
  • AC Parham (Lambda Theta) - politician, political activist and speaker; 2018 Jefferson Award Winner for Outstanding Public Service (Columbia, SC)[citation needed]

Literature

Athletics

Chapters

References

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  2. ^ "Our Member Organizations". National Panhellenic Conference. Retrieved 2018-05-10. 
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  5. ^ "UTSA sorority on probation for hazing". mysanantonio.com. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  6. ^ "Blackface 'Cosby' costume draws Southern Miss. sorority penalty". usatoday.com. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
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  8. ^ Scott, Mike (September 30, 2008). "'Steel Magnolias' to unspool for a good cause". NOLA.com. Retrieved October 2, 2009. 
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  12. ^ "About Ashley". Ashley Hatfield, Miss Illinois 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-07-01. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
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  23. ^ "Vibrant Voice – Kathy Pham". A Vibrant View. 2015-08-07. Retrieved 2018-04-18. 
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  28. ^ Beverly B. Martin
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  32. ^ List of winners of the Boston Marathon#Women's Open

External links

  • Phi Mu
  • http://phimufoundation.org
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