Founding members of Gamma Phi Beta pose for a photo
Founding Colorado Mesa Gamma Phi Beta members pose for a photo on campus on Bid Day.


Colorado Mesa's Greek life grows to four chapters

In just a few short years, Colorado Mesa University’s Greek life has grown from zero to four including two fraternities, Kappa Sigma and Theta Xi, its first sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha, and the newest sorority added this fall, Gamma Phi Beta.

“Our first year will be a year of milestones for our charter members, including in the initiation and installation of the new chapter, and the efforts of our members to work together to form a strong sisterhood and continually uphold the values, mission and vision of our organization,” said Maureen Walker, Gamma Phi Beta international sorority managing director of marketing and communications.

The national sorority includes more than 200,000 members and 140 collegiate chapters including the two newest additions this fall: Colorado Mesa and the University of Central Missouri. Colorado Mesa’s new chapter added an additional 104 members.

“When I joined this chapter I could tell it was something bigger than myself,” Colorado Mesa student Haley Lewis said. “I felt a sense of home when I walked into the ballroom with my other sisters on Bid Day. Much like our growing campus, I feel blessed to be a part of a sisterhood that is all about growing stronger together.”

CMU waited almost two years after the first sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha, was inducted to announce the sorority community was open for extension.  Gamma Phi Beta submitted interest materials and then began the recruitment process, which included collegiate leadership consultants tabling on campus and meeting with other CMU student organizations for a week. 

Three days of official recruitment events followed where potential new members met with Gamma Phi Beta representatives.  The process concluded with Bid Day where CMU students were officially welcomed to Gamma Phi Beta.

“As Colorado Mesa University is committed to a personal approach to advance the common good of its students, Gamma Phi Beta parallels these initiatives as we instill our sorority’s core values of love, labor, learning and loyalty in all of our members.” Walker said. “Gamma Phi Beta strives to build confident women of character who celebrate sisterhood and make a difference in the world around them. Our members are provided opportunities to develop leadership and mentorship skills through in-chapter experiences and international events and conferences. Our members are encouraged to utilize the leadership skills gained from Gamma Phi Beta and share them with both the fraternity and sorority and campus communities to strengthen the Colorado Mesa University community as a whole.”

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