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Phi Mu ΦΜ

What is Phi Mu?

Phi Mu is a sorority in the National Panhellenic Conference. It was founded on March 4th 1852 in Macon Georgia at Wesleyan College. Today, there are over 138 chapters across the nation and over active members 15,000+ and lifetime members (alum+active) is 185,000+.

Phi Mu also places a large emphasis on personal and academic development, service to others, and lifelong friendships. Chapters will host many events to bring chapter members together, such as by holding bonding events throughout the semester and through specific special events like Big/Little reveal. Chapters often host events with other Greek organizations on campus. These often include mixers, crush parties, and philanthropy events.

Philanthropy events are very important in Greek life. Many Phi Mu chapters hold one large philanthropy event each semester. These events bring together college students and the local community to support Phi Mu’s national philanthropic partner, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) for the last 36 years.

Phi Mu is a member-led organization. In every chapter, sisters lead a variety of efforts including recruitment, member education, personal development, philanthropy initiatives and service projects. Chapters will elect an Executive Board and Chairwomen to lead these various aspects of the sorority. Typical Executive Board positions in Phi Mu include:

  • President

  • VP of chapter

  • VP committees

  • Treasurer

  • Membership Director

  • Academic Excellence

  • Honor Chairwoman

  • Director of Harm Reduction and Prevention

  • Social Chairwoman

  • Philanthropy Chairwoman

  • Sisterhood Development Chairwoman

  • Panhellenic Delegate

  • Property Chairwoman

  • Secretary

Members of the Executive board must be in good standing with the sorority and represent all of the organization’s values in the position.

Chapter positions vary based on each chapter’s needs. Typically these positions are created to help assist the Executive Board positions around specific functions within the sorority. Positions generally include:

  • New Member Educator

  • Membership Director Assistant

  • VP of Chapter Development Assistant

  • Academic Excellence

  • Alternate Panhellenic Delegate

  • Apparel Chair

  • Campus Activities Chair

  • Intramural Chair

  • Chaplain

  • Diversity and Inclusion

  • External Relations

  • Historian

  • KROP

  • Parliamentarian

  • Public Relations

  • Reference

  • Ritual

Overall, the Executive Board and chapter positions are essential for a chapter’s success in the Greek community on each college campus.

There is even the opportunity to stay involved with Phi Mu once graduating college. Sorority alumnae can serve as chapter advisors. The advisors typically work closely with the Executive Board and Chairwomen of a given chapter to help guide that chapter through decision making, implementing new rules, and sisterhood development.


What is Phi Mu's reputation?

Potential New Members are usually very excited to receive a bid from Phi Mu. Nationwide, Phi Mu chapters are typically social and studious, and normally place a large emphasis on service and friendship.

Most Phi Mu chapters are social within their Greek communities. The sorority usually has lots of Greek connections on campus, so they partner with many different organizations for social events. Chapters have social events which are typically organized every month with two or more organizations. Typically members of Phi Mu receive invitations to other Greek events as well.

Each individual chapter of Phi Mu is in charge of setting and voting on a GPA for their members. Chapter member’s academic success is very important to the sorority. The academic chair works with chapter members to create unique academic plans and insure their success in the classroom. They also help facilitate connections between chapter members in the same major.


Phi Mu motto, symbols and colors

Phi Mu’s colors are rose pink and white. The flower of Phi Mu is the rose-colored enchantress carnation, which refers to the “women’s love and sisterhood”. The Phi Mu Badge is a barbed quatrefoil shield of gold and black bearing two bonds, three stars, a hand clasping a heart and the Phi Mu Greek letters. Sir Fidel the lion is the organization’s mascot.

Some common phrases important to the sisterhood are; “LIOB” and “The Faithful Sisters”.

images from: https://phimu.org/about-us/


Phi Mu’s Philanthropy

Phi Mu is the only sorority to partner with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and to have an alliance with the National Women’s History Museum. In addition, Phi Mu was the first Panhellenic sorority to establish a National Philanthropy Day.

Since Phi Mu’s partnership began with CMNH in 1986, the organization has raised over $19 million through philanthropy events and alumnae relations.


Phi Mu’s Founders Information

Three junior women came together on January 4, 1852 at Wesleyan College to lay the foundation for the Philomatheam Society. After months of gathering members and creating a constitution, the Philomathean Society was officially introduced to the Wesleyan campus and observed March 4, 1852 as their founders day.

After years of success at Wesleyan College, the Philomathean Society developed a strong sisterhood of alumnae with rich tradition, giving them the confidence to expand into a national organization, known today as Phi Mu.


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