Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Spotlight: Katelyn Lunders

"This summer I was given the opportunity to work as an intern at Meredith Corporation in Des Moines. Meredith is the leading media and marketing company serving American women. They also have many well-known national brands and multiple distribution platforms including print, television, online, mobile, tablets, and video. As a journalism major with an emphasis in magazine I am extremely fortunate to be working for several of Meredith's magazines this summer in their Crafts Group, including American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilts and More, Quilt Sampler, and Make It Yourself. Through this internship I have gained experience with writing, copy editing, social media, and even some modeling for a couple of the magazines. One of my favorite responsibilities is controlling the Twitter accounts for American Patchwork & Quilting and Quilts and More. There are three tweets posted a day and I write them and then schedule when they will be posted. This internship has really helped me to see what my future will be like if I work for a magazine someday, and I now understand the process it takes to make and publish a magazine. Working for Meredith is easily the best job I have ever had and I cannot wait to find out where this experience will take me in the future."


Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer Spotlight: Meredith Miller

"This summer I was lucky enough to be offered an internship in our nation's Capitol to work for the news outlet POLITICO. POLITICO is a web based news outlet that covers political stories and the ins and outs of DC. They have a normal website, a Pro website that offers more content, and a newspaper that is published 3 days out of the week. I was selected to work in the video and photo department for the summer because of my broadcast background. So far I have had the opportunity to cover stories like the House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor, primary defeat, the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision, multiple protests on immigration and transportation, and even the election of the new House Majority Leader and House Whip. I have already had several of my photos published in the newspaper and the website. DC is a power hungry city that is full of life and to live in the heart of it is really is a dream come true. Mizzou's journalism department helped find the journalism students housing on Capitol Hill. Living four blocks from the Capitol is something I never thought would happen to me. I work for POLITICO 4 days a week with varying hours and attend Mizzou seminars on Friday where we hear from several different people in the journalism business. Overall I will end the summer with 9 credit hours and a life time of experiences. I have even made some amazing friends along the way including some other Mizzou Greeks and made connections that will hopefully help me in the future. My pledge mom just moved to DC too so what else could I ask for in this summer! This summer has been full of professional experiences along with some DC fun, including all the touristy things you can think of. I thought waking up to see the Columns everyday was cool but just wait until its the Capitol, Washington Monument, and the White House, it is truly breathtaking!"


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Summer Spotlight: Courtney Rayhill

"I was lucky enough to enjoy the experience of a lifetime for this past month of June. I was enrolled in a study abroad program to study the mediterranean diet and lifestyle as well as a sports nutrition class in Florence, Italy. Throughout our time in Italy, we were lead on several different day trips and excursions. The first Saturday we traveled to Modena, where we learned about balsamic vinegar production, and then to Parma, where we saw the process of making parmesan cheese and then toured a proscuitto facility (all with free samples included, obviously). The following day we traveled to Cinque Terre, or the five cities, where we hiked from town to town all while taking in the unimaginable views. The following week we traveled to an artisan pasta making shop, where we saw how this family run business takes wheat and produces many different types of pasta using traditional methods. It is truly impressive what a strong emphasis Italians place on going the extra mile and doing the extra work to produce quality products. Later in the week I was lucky enough to work with Chef Andrea Trapani, the chef of the Florentine soccer team, and we were instructed on how to properly prepare a typical game day meal for the athletes. Afterwards we were able to tour the National Soccer Museum and got a glimpse at their training facility, but unfortunately since the world cup was going on we didn’t get to see much more. That weekend was our next excursion, we took a day trip to Rome, to experience the historical city and admire the many breathtaking views and sites it has to offer. St. John’s Day (the patron Saint of Florence) was upon us and we took advantage of this holiday and ventured to Lucca, where we rented bikes and road along the top of the city’s walls. After a few hours, a few of us decided to hop on a train and go see Pisa, because honestly who doesn’t want some cheesy tourist pictures of them pushing on the leaning tower of Pisa? When we came back we were able to enjoy a nice dinner and then view the fireworks display over the Arno River. My time in Florence was one of the greatest experiences of my life and I’m already anxiously awaiting the day I will be able to return. Over the course of those short three weeks Florence became my home and changed me in many ways I never thought possible. My study abroad experience has enriched my life in more ways than one and I encourage any and everyone to travel and see as much of the world as they can."


Monday, June 30, 2014

Summer Spotlight: Marisa Anz

{shown on the left with two campers}

"For the past six weeks, I have been working at Kanakuk summer camps. I was a counselor at K-1 for 12 year-old girls and had so much fun getting to know them and grow in faith. We did many activities like the blob, slip n slide, and rock wall! I also traveled to Wichita, Kansas and Fayetteville, Arkansas with Kampout through Kanakuk. We brought the Kanakuk experience to local churches to partner with them for the sake of the gospel. Throughout my time at Kanakuk, I learned more about God and what it means to serve and love others. The past six weeks of my life have been unforgettable. I am so thankful I got the opportunity to spread God's word this summer while working along side an incredible staff!"


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Updated Website

After months of renovations and updates, our website is ready to be relaunched with a new address and information! Our philanthropies, sisterhood and links have all been renewed and ready for exploration through our social media outlets. Take a peak and enjoy at:

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Announcing our first ever Tumblr!

We are very excited to showcase our first ever Tumblr! We have been working hard to show what the women of Missouri Alpha represent. We hope you enjoy our page of pictures and adventures.


Monday, May 5, 2014

Farewell to our Seniors!

It was a celebration of 4 years as we said goodbye to our MO Alpha Senior Member Class 2010. The seniors all gathered together for one of their last times as students in Stotler Lounge on campus. The women were graced with some of their favorite foods like McDonald's hamburgers, Hot Box cookies and HyVee chicken strips. We reminisced  on their 4 years at Mizzou and as a sister in Pi Phi. We are so proud of our seniors and wish them all the best in the future.

Founder's Day

This past Monday, Pi Beta Phi celebrated 147 years of being chartered! Missouri Alpha could not be prouder of the progression and women nationwide today. We celebrated last Sunday at PeachTree Banquet center. Alumni and actives gathered with our guest speaker Kyle Schettler. Kyle was the former chapter president of MO Alpha and led us to receive the Balfour Cup. It was a lovely afternoon spent with sisters, treasuring our Founder's accomplishments, and looking forward to the years ahead.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Professor of the Month

Professor Anna Marie Romero is on the Radio and TV News Faculty, and she has been teaching at MU for 24 years. Romero is dedicated to her teaching and helps her students reach their full potential in the challenging journalism courses. "I love being a tiger because our campus has so much spirit and our student body is diverse and always striving to be one," Romero said. Romero enjoys seeing students get hooked on journalism, and she encourages them to success.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Pi Phi for Life

Our chapter was recently blessed to have been contacted by a sister from the Indiana Epsilon chapter at Depauw University. Unfortunately, she is very ill and has asked women from the Missouri Alpha chapter to come visit with her over the next few weeks. Carley Hummel, Hailey Slater and Ann Molina made the trip across town for the first time to chat with our sister the Friday before spring break. "It was so special talking with her and sharing memories," Carley Hummel said. "It truly showed one of Pi Phi's main values, Pi Phi for Life." More women from our chapter will be going to see her over the next couple of weeks.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Bigger and Better, BMOC

The women of Pi Phi hosted their annual philanthropy Big Man on Court this past Friday, March 7th, 2014. This year was bigger and better as 78 teams from 22 fraternities participated in the three-on-three man basketball tournament. Pi Phi raised $5,579 for their philanthropy Read > Lead > Achieve is nationally known as Pi Beta Phi's initiative. The men of Sigma Chi came out on top as their team received the title as the Big Men on Court.

A special thank you to all who participated! You are what made it the success it was.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Venture Out Retreat

The 2014 Executive Council had an eventful Sunday morning as Venture Out took over the Pi Phi basement for their retreat. From overcoming obstacle courses (blind) to trust falling, the new exec bonded and grew as a team to get ready for their upcoming year together. One of the hardest challenges they faced was carrying each other a mere 5 feet over the "acid river", in a game where only one team member could walk across at a time. With two teammates on her back, New Member Coordinator Beth Nelson is shown conquering this test, leading the team to victory. Chapter President Meredith Miller recalls during one of the challenges, "This will be the hardest part of my presidency."

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Meet the 2014 Executive Council!

Missouri Alpha is excited to announce our 2014 Executive Board! 

Chapter President: Meredith Miller
VP of Member Development: Claire Wright
VP of Fraternity Development: Nikki Kagan
VP of Finance: Kelsey Denker
VP of Membership: Carley Hummel
VP of Administration: Kit Nelson
VP of Communications: Ann Molina
VP of Philanthropy: Allison Watkins
VP of Event Planning: Katie Class
VP of Housing: Emily Sheehey
New Member Coordinator: Beth Nelson

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Teacher of the Month!

Dr. Alicia Aviles Quinone
Sami says, "Alicia Aviles Quinones should be highly considered as teacher of the month because of her love of the language and her ability to effectively teach complex spanish concepts. I have been enrolled in spanish courses for over 8 years and I can easily say I have learned more in this course than any before. She does a great job of efficiently channeling the course to cover concepts that are important in advancing to a higher level of spanish. The exercises and class structure force students to be actively involved and engaged. I am lucky to have her as a professor the semester before I leave for spain because I feel I am honestly growing as a spanish speaker."

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Speaker Chris Sandy

By: Chelsey Brummet

On November 7th 2013, Pi Beta Phi, along with other Greek chapters, were able to listen to a risk management speaker, named Chris Sandy. Chris tells a riveting story of how one bad decision changed his entire life, and caused great pain in the lives of many people. Four drinks and Chris’s decision to drive drunk resulted in the death of two innocent people.  Chris was charged and convicted on two counts of homicide by drunk driving and spent over eight years in prison for his crime. During his time in prison, Chris became committed to preventing anyone else from repeating his mistakes. Chris is currently spending the remainder of his sentence on parole until 2031, and he is on a mission to save lives. Chris speaks nationwide to people of all ages, and motivates people to become a better decision maker. Chris’s presentation is heart wrenching and inspirational to hear, and more information on Chris’s story can be seen at

Burgers and Fries with the Pi Beta Phis

By: Anna Weiss

Each fall, the Pi Phis here at Missouri Alpha participate in the fall philanthropy Burgers and Fries. Pi Phi opens up their house and sells tickets for $5 for some delicious food. Girls’ jobs include preparing the food, promoting the event through social media, passing out the food, getting water for the guests, and collecting money/ tickets at the door. All the proceeds benefitted First Book and the Pi Beta Phi Foundation. Other girls went throughout Greek-town late at night to gather people to come to the event. The freshman and sophomores worked the event, but many juniors and seniors stopped by to show their support. The event was a huge success and everyone had a blast!


By: Lauren Boyer

Pi Phi's packed Jessie Hall auditorium to watch skit and dance on the third night of homecoming talent, October 23rd. Our homecoming theme, New Orleans, played a central part in the performance which featured girls from all pledge classes along with men of Lamda Chi Alpha and Phi Delta Theta.

You can watch the full third night of talent including Pi Phi's performance here -> 

Pumpkin Carving!

By: Katie Vaughan 

On October 30, the MO Alpha Pi Phis got together at the Peeph Palace for an exciting sisterhood event. In the spirit of Halloween, all the girls carved their favorite designs and expressions into pumpkins of various shapes and sizes. Girls that live both in and out-of-house originally planned to meet outside on the front lawn, but thunderstorms left everyone no choice but to move to the basement. Gloomy weather aside, all the girls got to enjoy chilidogs, cookies and candy (thanks to the wonderful cooks) while showing off their new creations to their sisters in preparation for Halloween.

Decorate the District

By: Melanie Pittaluga

October is an exciting time of the year especially with the hustle and bustle of Homecoming events and activities. Pi Phi angels participated in Decorate the District this past week in which members headed downtown to decorate local business windows to showcase our Homecoming New Orleans theme. The fun filled day spent decorating the windows was complete with sketches, window paint, memories, and Mizzou spirit! Our jazzy New Orleans design was visible throughout the Homecoming weekend and exemplified the true soul of the city. A huge thanks to all of our painters and everyone who helped with Decorate the District; what a lively way to brighten up the streets of downtown Columbia!

Initiation 2013

By: Janey Marion

A new class of Baby Angles earned their pins this weekend during Initiation 2013. Bound in a sea of white, the Pi Beta Phi house sat quietly friday night while the heaven sent pledge class of 2013 anxiously awaited the morning ceremonies. Saturday morning the house was full of love and full of pride as the 2012 pledge class watched as their precious littles became part of the sacred sisterhood they hold so close to their hearts. After the official ceremonies the newly initiated members were off to meet their families at the MIssouri Theater for brunch and presents. The Baby Angles glowed and their pins shined bright upon arrival to the Theater, and we are anxious to see what the future holds for each and every one of them. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Teachers of the Month!

1. Dr. Flinn
Nominated by: Kiley Donaldson
Kiley says, "I would like to nominate my evolution of human sexuality teacher, Dr. Flinn. I enjoy this class because it is obvious how dedicated and educated Dr. Flinn is about the curricula he teaches. He is constantly putting students first by finding multiple examples and analogies to explain the complex ideas we study. I can tell how passionate he is about what he teaches and it makes the class fun to come to."

2. Dr. Rodriguez
Nominated by: Maddie Shoupp
Maddie says, "I would like to nominate my sociology teacher Dr. Rodriquez because of his passion and dedication to the subject and the class. Dr. Rodriquez in engaging and constantly making sure students understand the bigger picture and importance of sociology. He relates the material back to real world, modern day examples to put objectives into perspective and I really appreciate his love for the class. Oh, and he also has killer dance moves!"

3. Mr. Steve Rice
Nominated by: Jordan Hagan 
Jordan says, "I would like to nominate my journalism professor Steve Rice. In my multimedia journalism class Mr. Rice constantly engages the class by finding fascinating and thrilling examples of what we are studying. Even though the class is a lecture he makes sure there is a conversation between him and students. Sometimes the largeness of Mizzou can intimidate me so it's nice to know that I am in a class where the teacher truly cares for the students in it.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

New Member Retreat 2013

By: Rachel Bunting 

 Every fall, new members attend a retreat just for the freshmen in order to get to know their new sisters. This year, their retreat was held at Shryocks Callaway Farms. The girls navigated their way through the ‘Salute Our Troops’ corn maze featuring a saluting soldier and an American flag. They tried not to get lost along the way.
Our newest angels played icebreaker games to learn more about their pledge sisters and roasted s’mores afterward. The fall weather was a perfect backdrop for this fun event. One of the highlights of the night was learning all of the amazing Pi Phi songs that we love to sing. The night was full of new friends and memories and the freshmen loved their first Pi Phi event since Bid Day.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Dad's Weekend 2013

By: Ann Millington 

The most important part of the first weekend in October wasn’t Mizzou family weekend or the home football game against Arkansas State; it was Pi Phi’s Dad’s weekend. Dads, some accompanied by family, joined their daughters Friday night at Bengals Bar and Grill for appetizers, drinks and lots dad-daughter photos.
The rainy Saturday game day didn’t stop the girls and their dads from enjoying some barbeque. A portion of the proceeds from the barbeque were donated to First Book. After lunch and tours of the house, girls put on their rain boots and ponchos to join their dads, families and  fellow friends to watch the game.

The banner on display for Pi Phi Dad’s weekend was created by Sydney Olinger from pledge class ’12.

Maddi Hunt holds up angle wings with her mom and poses with the rest of her family visiting during Dad’s weekend.  

Greek Honors Night!

By: Audrey Van Vark 

 On October 2, 2013 at the Greek Honors Night, Pi Beta Phi went home with three amazing awards!  The first award went to Hannah Satterlee for Most Outstanding Chapter President.  The second award went to Pi Beta Phi for Overall PHA Excellence award, for the second year in a row. And the last award went to our Alumnae Advisory Committee Chair, Jean Eggerman, for the Most Outstanding PHA Advisor.  A huge thanks to everyone who helped with our success! We couldn’t be more excited about the results. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013

Big/Little Reveal!

By: Samantha Kintz

On Thursday September 19, 2013, Pi Beta Phi had their annual Big/Little Reveal.  All week long, the sophomore big sisters had been leaving gifts and notes for their freshmen little sisters to try to guess and figure out who they were.  Then on Thursday, each freshmen was given a shirt that matched their big sister's shirt, and were led to the Columns for the reveal.  After the sophomores yelled a few chants, the freshmen turned around to find their big sister wearing the same shirt as them.  

Marriage Party!

By: Michelle Leone

This past Wednesday the lovely ladies of Pi Beta Phi threw on some beads for a night of fun with the men of Lamda Chi Alpha and Phi Delta Theta. The three houses met up at Ten Below to celebrate their marriage for the homecoming season. The theme of Mardi Gras made for a wide range of costumes. Glitter, masquerade masks, feather boas and more flocked the dance floor. "It was really fun getting to know new guys because, I usually don't branch out, but I really enjoyed it!" sophomore Chelsei Gonzales said. Nothing like a Mardi Gras themed party to get all the houses in the NOLA state of mind for homecoming. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Emma Schukenbrock

Hometown: Gurnee, IL
Major: Psychology Minor: Art
Favorite part about being a Pi Phi: Meeting all the genuinely wonderful girls because every one of them is so sweet! I'm so excited for the friendships to be made over these four years.
Favorite part about being a tiger: All the school spirit which makes me proud to be a part of something so big.
Future career goals: I want to be an art therapist and work helping kids.
Greatest accomplishment: I'm really proud of myself for being so far away from home because I'm really devoted to my family and it's hard being the farthest away from all of my friends.
Favorite TV show: Psych!!!! Every episode makes me laugh so hard. 
Favorite college memory so far: I can't even pick a favorite there has been too many good moments. Bid day was definitely the happiest, but I love going on Dobs dinner dates with my friend Savannah. 
Interesting fact: I want to have six kids and I already know what I want to name all of them... My husband can pick out the middle names(:

Deanna Deenihan

Hometown: Shorewood, Illinois

Major: Psycholody/Sociology, minor in social justice

Favorite part about being a Pi Phi: All the amazing sisters I've gained in such a short amount of time. Definitely the hottest babies in greek town! PPL

Favorite part about being a tiger: It's actually my 5th year of being a tiger.. Forever a tiger I guess?

Future career goals: Working for the FBI as a forensic psychologist

Greatest accomplishment: Graduating in the top 25 students of my 650 student graduating class.

Favorite TV show: Criminal Minds or Pretty Little Liars.. it's a toss up.

Favorite college memory so far: BID DAY, hands down. Unforgettable experience!!

Interesting fact: I didn't grow any hair until I was two years old. Now I have enough hair for probably our whole member class.

Christine Arnold

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Major: Health Professions

Favorite Part of Being a Pi Phi: Making lasting friendships and memories with girls that are just like you and that you never want to leave and serving those who want to learn how to read but have never had the chance to.

Favorite Part of Being a Tiger: I have always wanted to be a Tiger but I love all the school spirit and going to the football games the most!

Future Career Goals: Physical Therapy

Greatest Accomplished: I have attended six week long mission trips.

Favorite TV Shows: Pretty Little Liars

Favorite College memory so far: Bid Day! and Becoming a Pi Phi!

Interesting Fact: I have been on the set of "The Big Bang Theory," "Two and a Half Men," and "Pretty Little Liars," and walked onto the coffee house set of "Friends".
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