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Phi Mu celebrates 100 years at MU

Phi Mu is one of eight sororities to pass the centennial mark at MU.

Sept. 9, 2013

This weekend, Phi Mu celebrated the 100 year anniversary of its original charter on campus.

To celebrate Phi Mu’s chartering in May 1913, Phi Mu invited back alumnae, and its national president made an appearance Saturday to congratulate the MU chapter.

The weekend celebrations started Friday night at Harpo’s for a welcome celebration. Current members and alumnae mingled and discussed memories of being a member of Phi Mu.

The celebration continued Saturday when all the alumnae, active members and Phi Mu National President Kris Bridges gathered in front of the columns to take a group photo. They then proceeded from their photo to a formal brunch at the Columbia Country Club, where Bridges gave a speech to the 200 women in attendance.

The celebration came to a close Sunday morning at the Phi Mu house. The active members hosted a brunch and house tours for the alumnae to show their newly renovated house.

MU Phi Mu Social chairwoman Maureen Lewis-Stump said she felt proud to be a part of Phi Mu this weekend.

“Not many sororities can say that they’ve been on campus for 100 years,” she said. “I’m so honored to get to share this experience with our alumnae and our national president.”

Phi Mu joined the ranks of seven other sororities that have been at MU for 100 years or more: Alpha Phi, Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma and Pi Beta Phi.

Jessica Robinson, Phi Mu new member educator, spoke about the origins of Phi Mu at MU on Saturday.

“Phi Mu was chartered at MU when having women as undergrad students was practically illegal,” she said.

While Phi Mu has reached a major milestone, it is nowhere near finished on the MU campus, Lewis-Stump said.

“We’ve come so far, but we’ve still got a lot to accomplish,” Lewis-Stump said. “Philanthropy, recruitment, we’re still going to grow a little bit.”

Bridges said she was very excited for the MU chapter of Phi Mu.

“I am very proud of our chapter here at Mizzou,” she said. “The way that they live out our values of Love, Honor and Truth and uphold our traditions is truly inspiring.”

Lewis-Stump said the chapter members try to be the best Phi Mu’s that they can be.

“We stay classy, we keep our values and traditions, and that is what makes us one of the best sisterhoods on campus,” she said.

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