The Mississippi Gamma Chapter of Pi Beta Phi was colonized at Mississippi State University during the 2008-2009 school year. The charter pledge class was initiated on April 4, 2009. The following summer at the biennial International Pi Beta Phi convention in Dallas, Texas, Grand President Emily Tarr presented the chapter's charter. Since the establishment of MS Gamma, the chapter has seen much growth in both membership and involvement.
Where are we now?
Approaching our ten-year anniversary, the chapter has been recognized consistently for excelling at the local Greek Life level as well as the Regional and International Fraternity levels. A few of our awards from the MSU Greek community include Best Collaboration, Most Improved GPA, Outstanding Faculty Relations, Excellence in Community Service, Excellence in Leadership, and Excellence in Scholarship. We have been recognized by the Fraternity for our Excellence in Panhellenic, Community Service, Risk Management and Legal Programming, and Recruitment COB, just to highlight a few.
The house is overflowing from the inside out with Pi Phi style and Southern charm. The exterior shows off a two story front porch with Greek columns, and is finished with natural local wood, painted brick, shutters and dormer windows. The interior is full of custom Pi Phi touches such as headboards engraved with the Pi Beta Phi Greek letters, meeting room chairs with arrows on the backs and metal raining that has an arrow design motif incorporated into the pattern. This house is truly one of a kind in its energy efficient design features. The building was designed based off of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification qualifications. Some of the energy efficient and environmentally friendly features of the house include a state of the art HVAC system, which has separate thermostats in each space for more precise control on the interior environment, energy efficient plumbing and lighting, and renewable and sustainable interior finishes such as bamboo flooring. The Mississippi Gamma Chapter house is the first sorority house in the United States to receive the distinction from the United States Green Building Council.