Zeta Iota Chapter charter members with International President L’Cena Brunskill Rice (Southern California), 1998.

Zeta Iota Chapter (Valparaiso)

Zeta Iota Chapter was installed at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, on April 18, 1998.

The forty-two women who were initiated chartered Gamma Phi Beta's 153rd chapter. The Initiation ceremony was held at Delta Iota’s facility at Purdue University, with Elizabeth 'Kiki " Phillips, director of ritual, and members of Delta Iota Chapter (Purdue) and Epsilon Chapter (Northwestern) performing the ceremony.

The Installation reception and brunch was held at the beautiful Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton, Indiana. Becky Boyd-Obarski, extension coordinator, served as the mistress of ceremonies. Tim Jenkins, dean of students, gave a motivational speech about the challenges and rewards of the transition from a local to an international sorority. L'Cena Brunskill Rice, International President, discussed the lifetime commitment of membership in Gamma Phi Beta and the rewarding experiences of being an active alumna. Collegiate Leadership Consultants Melissa Marshall and Jennifer Heidal presented awards to two outstanding members for their superior academics and contributions within the chapter. The much-awaited charter, president's badge and gavel was then presented to the chapter president, Ellen Goetz, and members of Zeta Iota Chapter by L’Cena.

Shortly after installation, the women celebrated Valparaiso's traditional Spring Weekend and participated in the 59th annual campus songfest, where they took first place in the women's division and best musical composition.

Excerpt from the summer 1998 issue of The Crescent, page 24.